Los Angeles

“The Los Angeles International”

The “Los Angeles International” made it painfully clear that if the “global village” Marshall McLuhan fantasized about had indeed arrived, the utopia that was supposed to accompany the delirious, unending transmission of information somehow got lost in transit. Caught between their desire to import the best the art world had to offer, and the futility of financing such a grand and suddenly outdated endeavor, the organizers of the “International” created an interesting and important event that, despite its shortcomings, has the potential to develop into an exciting biannual invitational—if its organizers come to terms with what they are doing, more sharply define their goals, and learn from the mistakes they made this year.

Staged as an art fair without a center, “The International” took place simultaneously in more than 40 galleries across Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa

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