ALAC 2015 Edition, Where is the artist’s commitment?


IMG_4847Jan 29 – Feb 1, 2015  at  The Barker Hangar

Lazy Boy by Wrinkle Decker


Hey Artists and gallerists from Los Angeles, what’s going on? What’s wrong with you?
Is it because of the permanent blue sky and your easy life in Los Angeles? Were you tired like Wrinkle Decker’s Lazy Boy shown at the entrance of the art fair?

Is there any reason to explain why your paintings -your artworks in general- showed both great talent and such an emptiness?!

Some paintings were really good (see below) but some were just the kind you ask for to bring a “contemporary feeling” to the house you plan to sell!

Come on Artists, you are obviously skilled, so A/ think more than technique and B/ dig a little and bring some commitment to you work! I’m sure you have something to say. Thanks. BCh


Perfect organization

The whole organization of ALAC was excellent:

  • Still at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, which brings by itself a cutting edge touch.
  • The welcome was warm, the Press staff was professional as well as the VIP welcoming and inside a pleasant lay out to facilitate the flow of visitors and also their meeting/chatting with friends.
  • The programming offered a variety of events from the launching of “Freeway eye wear” by artist Raymond Petitbon and ForYourArt through conversation “Collector as Curator” and the VIP programming offered a panel of visits in houses of collectors and brunches or cocktails in  galleries and museums.

61 Galleries

39 from the US (15 NY, 17 Los Angeles, 3 San Francisco, 2 Miami, 1 Chicago, 1 Dallas),
2 from Canada,
19 from Europe (6 London, 4 Germany, 4 Paris, 2 Italy),

1301PE Los Angeles
ACME. Los Angeles
Alden Projects™ New York
Altman Siegel San Francisco
American Contemporary New York
AND NOW Dallas
The Apartment Vancouver
Michael Benevento Los Angeles
Brand New Gallery Milan
Brennan & Griffin New York
Shane Campbell Gallery Chicago
Canada New York
Ana Cristea Gallery New York
DUVE Berlin Berlin
Anat Ebgi Los Angeles
Edel Assanti London
Derek Eller Gallery New York
Et al. San Francisco
Foxy Production New York
Carl Freedman Gallery London
François Ghebaly Gallery Los Angeles
Greene Exhibitions Los Angeles
Grice Bench Los Angeles
Jack Hanley Gallery New York
The Hole New York
i8 Gallery Reykjavik
Ibid. London & Los Angeles
Johann König Berlin
David Kordansky Gallery Los Angeles

Galerie Christian Lethert Cologne
Levy.Delval Brussels

Josh Lilley London
Louis B. James New York
Gallery Luisotti Santa Monica

M+B Los Angeles
Macaulay & Co. Fine Art Vancouver
Monitor Rome, New York
Nicodim Gallery Los Angeles and Bucharest
Peres Projects Berlin
Praz-Delavallade Paris
Marc Selwyn Fine Art Beverly Hills
Tif Sigfrids Los Angeles
Fredric Snitzer Gallery Miami
Spinello Projects Miami
team (gallery, inc.) New York, Los Angeles
Richard Telles Los Angeles
Rachel Uffner Gallery New York
Valentin Paris
Various Small Fires Los Angeles
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Los Angeles
Jonathan Viner London
Tracy Williams, Ltd. New York
Tyler Wood Gallery San Francisco
Workplace Gallery Gateshead/London


4 painters who really had something to say:

Best Painter 1/4

Despina Stokou at Derek Heller Gallery – oil, spray paint, marker, oil crayon, charcoal, pastel chalk, collage on canvas 70.875 x 59 inches (180 x 150cm)


Despina Stokou is from Greece and worked for a while in Berlin, Germany. Her paintings are absolutely not the kind to see with the Internet. The image doesn’t show the layers, the complexity of the painting, the meaning, the words…

Best Painter 2/4

Anne Neukamp at Galerie chez Valentin – oil, acrylic & tempera on cotton, 200 x 150 cm


The German Artist mixes the paradox, she works with classical technique on contemporary subjects. The subject is often a little piece of something -an item or an image- she turns into an organic element that becomes critical on the painting, like a messag to the world, when it’s nothing, just a piece of something! very interesting.

Best Painter 3/4

Stefania Batoeva (left) at Nicodim Gallery


Stefania Batoeva (left) at Nicodim Gallery


The free gesture of this young Bulgarian, London-based artist is certainly to watch over…

Best Painter 4/4

Dan Attoe “Swimming pool at Night” at Perez Projects


Dan Attoe - detail
Dan Attoe “Swimming Pool at Night” – detail


There was mystery, light, great technique. This little sweet painting on board was a perfection.

Best Artist: Tomory Dodge

Flat City Living, 2014, oil on canvas, 72 x 90 inches – courtesy ACME gallery


We follow Tomory Dodge since his last exhibition at ACME in 2013.  He is a great painter who creates a strong body of work. 

The painting shown at ALAC was an interesting complex one. A web of several layers creates depth combined with multiple stripes that explode the boundaries of the frame.

Best Booth: ANAT EBGI from Los Angeles


IMG_4917They showed: Amie Dicke, Martin Basher, Jason Bailer Losh, Joe Reishen, Neil Raitt

Worst Painting