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The ABCs of L.A.'s January art fairs

January 13, 2011 |  8:30 am

The only thing more confusing than having art fairs with similarly plain-sounding names that take place during the same month is having art fairs that have changed venues recently.

So Culture Monster has a run-down for what's coming up this month, not including the high-profile show, very much still in progress, to debut this September from the organizers of the Armory Show and Art Chicago. (Which has, to make things simpler, just changed its name from Los Angeles Contemporary Art Forum to Art Platform-Los Angeles.)

-- Jori Finkel,

Fair: Photo L.A. and Art L.A. Projects
A.k.a.: photographer dealer Stephen Cohen's fair
Place: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Opening night: Thursday, Jan. 13, tickets cost $80, with proceeds benefiting the photo department at LACMA.
Regular show dates: Jan. 14-17
Strength:  20th-century and contemporary
Talks of note: Uta Barth lecture, "La Brea Matrix" panel with Stephen Shore, and a collecting seminar with ex-Getty photo head Weston Naef
Nice touch: Little Collector is creating a lounge to let kids try their hand at making illustrated books

Fair: Los Angeles Art Show
A.k.a.: the Fine Art Dealers Assn. fair
Place: Los Angeles Convention Center, downtown
Opening night: Wednesday, Jan. 19, tickets start at $125, benefiting the Art of Elysium                Regular show dates: Jan. 20-23
Strength: Paintings and prints with historical range
Talks of note: "Sisterhood City": a panel on feminist art in L.A. with Meg Linton, Cheri Gaulke, Rachel Rosenthal and Linda Vallejo
Nice touch: A new iPhone app lets visitors point a phone at artwork of interest to get key info on it

Fair: Art Los Angeles Contemporary
A.k.a.: The fair that took place in the PDC last year
Place: The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
Opening night: Thursday, Jan. 27, tickets $40 (no beneficiary)
Regular show dates:  Jan. 28-30
Strength: Fresh-from-the-studio contemporary art
Talks of note: Raymond Pettibon on "the importance of one's artistic practice, peers, dogs, music, politics and baseball"
Nice touch: The nomadic nonprofit West of Rome is organizing the opening-night performance

Photo: The "Dwell lounge" from the Los Angeles Art Show's 2010 edition at the L.A. Convention Center downtown. Courtesy Los Angeles Art Show.