Los Angeles.For some,it's a sprawling jungle of broken dreams.It's a city that many venture to,to play Russian roulette with their ambitions.Perhaps this is the allure of the "City of Angeles". If you take in the view of the city from Griffith Observatory at night, you'll see thousands of twinkling lights shinning far into the horizon. It's as if each individual light is a candle; a flickering flame of one's passion that is so carefully protected from the winds of pessimism.
Los Angeles has become an international art hub. Not only are artists fleeing to Los Angeles to escape raising rents and homogeneous societies in New York City and San Francisco,it has also become home to Paris Photo Los Angeles.
Paris Photo Los Angeles has made LA and Paramount Studios its home every Spring for the past three years. The fair is the sister fair of 18-year-old Paris Photo,held in Paris every November. This year,the fair brought 80 galleries from 17 countries to the Paramount lot.
"Everything that glitters is not gold." This piece of Shakespeare text was echoing through my head as I stepped on to Paramount's New York backlot and wandered the sound stages and buildings that housed the galleries. The setting of this art fair is (literally) a movie set. I found myself questioning if the location of this fair would overshadow the artwork. To my relief, the artwork outshone its impressive enviroment.
I stepped away from the fair feeling enthralled by the works of seven particular artists. Their work made my imagination soar and left my thirsty eyes craving more. Over the next month, we will feature spotlights on these very artists who added so much magic to the fair.