A Premier International Art Fair for Emerging and Independent Contemporary Artists Comes to Santa Monica in October 2018
Meet All of the Artists in Person and Discover Original and Affordable Artworks
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair, a leading international art fair championing emerging and independent contemporary artists, will return to the West Coast October 25-28 for a second 2018 outing in Los Angeles, this time at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. Following the success of the first Los Angeles edition this past March in downtown Los Angeles, The Other Art Fair will showcase the work of 130 artists from around the world in this larger venue, with an installation and artworks created exclusively for the Fair by Guest Artist Gary Baseman.
“In March, we had record sales and attendance for our debut in Los Angeles. Due to the size of the location, we were limited to showcasing 95 artists selected from over 800 applicants. Now, with the additional room at the Barker Hangar, we can give many more artists the chance to show their work,” said Ryan Stanier, founder of The Other Art Fair. “We’re also thrilled to have Gary Baseman’s support in offering new works and inspiring experiences that are accessible to a wide audience.”
As Guest Artist, Gary Baseman will create an immersive installation onsite at The Other Art Fair and offer a new exclusive limited edition print for purchase. Baseman explores the “beauty of the ‘bittersweetness’ of life” through painting, performance, illustration, toy design, film, and fashion. He is known for the humorous and sometimes devious characters woven throughout his work, which has been seen and exhibited around the world and includes the BAFTA and three-time Emmy Award-winning ABC/Disney cartoon series “Teacher’s Pet.” He also created the visual identity of the best-selling board game Cranium, has collaborated with COACH, and has an animated documentary feature currently in the works called “Mythical Creatures.”
Unlike exhibitors of traditional art fairs, which are typically comprised of galleries, The Other Art Fair’s exhibitors are the artists themselves, giving buyers unparalleled direct access to meet artists and learn about their work firsthand. This next edition will showcase works in a range of styles and mediums by artists from diverse backgrounds, and over 50% of those exhibiting will be women.
The artists are chosen by a panel of art world experts and tastemakers to ensure attendees have the chance to encounter works of an exceptionally high caliber. The Other Art Fair Los Angeles’ selection committee includes: Meg Cranston, internationally renowned artist and Fine Arts Chair at Otis College of Art and Design; Jess Hannah, designer and founder of J. Hannah; Bryan Kirkwood, founder and CEO of ArtMovement LA; Danielle Krysa, artist, author, and curator of The Jealous Curator; Max Presneill, Director and Head Curator at the Torrance Art Museum; and Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP of Art Advisory at Saatchi Art.
“One of the invaluable aspects of The Other Art Fair is the opportunity it gives people to meet artists in person,” said Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator of Saatchi Art. “With a diverse Talks program and tours led by Saatchi Art curators, we want to give people an inspiring and informative experience, and the confidence to purchase works they love.”
The Saatchi Art Talks Program, led by Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator and Selection Committee member Rebecca Wilson, will be hosted in the Saatchi Art Lounge at The Other Art Fair. In this engaging program, artists, collectors and cultural influencers will gather to discuss a range of topics relating to the emerging art scene, including a discussion hosted by KCET’s Chief Creative Officer and “Artbound” executive producer, Juan Devis.
The Other Art Fair Los Angeles will open on Thursday, October 25th with a Private View sponsored by MINI USA. Proceeds from the Private View ticket sales will support The Other Art Fair’s official charity partner ProjectArt, which transforms the nation’s public libraries into vital cultural hubs by offering year-round visual art classes for youth and providing studio spaces for emerging visual artists.