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The Stalls at Skylight ROW DTLA, 1925 East 8th Street, Los Angeles. Photo: Spring/Break Art Show.

Spring/Break Art Show Launches Los Angeles Edition

Spring/Break Art Show, the curator-driven New York–based art fair, will hold its first Los Angeles edition during Frieze week. Taking place from February 15 to 17, the fair will be staged at the Stalls at Skylight ROW DTLA—a series of thirty-two former industrial units that sit across from the former LA Terminal Market—continuing its mission of activating underused sites.

“We’ve been looking for a compelling corner of Los Angeles history to engage,” the fair’s codirector Ambre Kelly said, “and the mercantile legacy of California’s produce industry is indeed a rich one.” Andrew Gori added: “We jumped at the chance to program this unique site and expand our dialog with the arts community in Los Angeles.”

Over the course of three days, more than forty independent curators, artists, and gallerists will come together to present works dealing with issues ranging from self-mythology, propaganda, and appropriation to the occult, religious, and pseudepigraphic. Its overall theme, “FACT AND FICTION,” will also be shared by the fair’s New York edition, which will be held during Armory Week from March 5 to March 11. Participants include artist-run spaces Gas and Tin Flats, nonprofit organizations ProjectArt and Coaxial Arts Foundation, and artists Devin Troy Strother and Kellesimone Waits.

“The ‘fact’ of a person and their environment—the artist and their world—and the ‘fiction’ of their creation—their art—feel blended more than ever,” a release issued by the fair reads. “To some, a 2017 painting by Dana Schutz symbolizing racism became racism. To others, terms ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news,’ suggesting the impossibility of Objective Truth on the one hand, became Objective Truth on the other. . . . Accounting for the power of this symbolism within the realities of twenty-first-century life, the primacy of the insinuation, and the spirit of something ‘feeling’ like it’s true—Spring/Break Art Show 2019 will explore exhibitions that contend with this tug of war between real and unreal, symbolic and literal, fact and fiction, for-real and ideal.”

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