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L.A. Art Show, September 14 - 16, West Los Angeles
Art Crawl 4, September 20 - 22, Silverlake

by Bill Lasarow

Dauna Whitehead, "Echo Park
Circa 1980", photograph, 2001.

Eric White and Joe Sorren,
"Pink Rits and the Glory
of Autumn", a/c, 30 x 36".

After three of these annual Art Crawls, it is time to acknowledge that the Silver Lake bullseye of L.A. Bohemian Hipness has settled into its Art Colony status in a way that deliciously sets it apart from the rest of the known universe. Even the name of this self-guided gallery tour makes its point--you are not so much asked to walk as to Slink around the the fourteen participating spaces (several of which are not really public galleries, but art locations for the duration of the Crawl at least). But slink you should come September 20th and 21st (at night, 7-11pm), and even with the kids if you wish on the 22nd (a daylight crawl, 12-7pm!). The little cluster of neighborhood galleries in Echo Park has been a small miracle of staying power. The Soap Plant’s Luz de Jesus space in Los Feliz is Mecca to the Juxtapose crowd. Barnsdall Park may be closed for remodeling, but the curators there have lined up special art installations along the parade route to really spice things up. It’s free, so you only need to show up. But if you still want to know more call (213) 250-4686, e-mail to sales@laluzdejesus. com, or browse the Web at

Edward Ruscha, “Hollywood,” screenprint, ed. 100, 17 1/2 x 44 7/16”, 1968.
Photo courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.

A far different tone is associated with the seventh annual L.A. Art Show, the Fine Art Dealers Association’s polished gathering of about 45 exhibitors. The John Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA has been a superb venue for the Art Show, whose participants bring in a tasteful array of Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelite, Modernist, Latin American, not to mention a splash of Contemporary art. By eschewing the sprawl of the larger art fairs this event has fostered a sense of engagement and civility that, given our druthers, will never go away. Oh, the dates this year are September 14th (12-7pm), 15th (12-6pm), and 16th (12-5pm). Admission is $15 and includes the catalogue. If you want to drop $100 to $500 on the Opening Gala on the 13th, call the Performing Arts Center for tickets, (213) 202-6280. Funds from this go to their educational outreach program. Otherwise call (800) 656-9278 or go to the Web site at for further information.

Paul DeLongpré (1855-1911), "Violets,"
watercolor, 1905. Photo courtesy
of Spanierman Gallery, NYC.

Alexis M. Podchernikoff (1886-1933),
"Wild Everlasting," o/c, 24 x 36".
Photo courtesy DeRu's Fine Arts.