Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Now in its third year, the Felix Art Fair in Los Angeles stands out among its peers for its charm and intimacy. What else can you expect from the combination of incredible artists, a historic hotel on Hollywood Boulevard and pool views? Considering that the fair is one of the first major art events in the city of Southern California since the beginning of the pandemic, it also evokes a mix of emotions: excitement, relief and just a touch of nerves when we return to see art stalls in the meat again.

This year’s 29 participating galleries have been scaled down from the first two iterations and occupy Hollywood Roosevelt’s ground level with installations in the hotel’s pool cabins, a shift from the guest rooms that 60 galleries filled in previous years. Nearby, events are held at the galleries themselves to help accommodate waves of visitors to today’s VIP preview and the public opening this evening, July 29th. Pandemic revolutions led to this new outdoor setting, and face masks and a COVID vaccine or negative COVID test proof are required for entry. Despite these changes, co-founders Dean Valentine and brothers Al and Mills MorĂ¡n Felix Art Fair continue the mission of creating an “experience that prioritizes knowledge, collaboration, and community.”

carpet piece of april bey, picture of marsha p johnson forwarded in various fabrics

April Bey, Transmitter II, 2021. Greetings from the Artist and GAVLAK Los Angeles | Palm Beach.

This year, galleries debuting at the show include Beverly Hills blockbuster Gagosian showcasing selected works by artists Duane Hanson, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon and Tom Wesselmann, as well as LA native Charlie James Gallery showcasing artwork by John Ahearn, Danie Cansino, Glenn Hardy, Patrick Martinez and Gabriella Sanchez. A Felix Art Fair original chart, Roberts Projects returns for the third time with pieces by Dominic Chambers, Lenz Geerk, Wangari Mathenge, Collins Obijiaku, Betye Saar, Taylor White, Brenna Youngblood and Zhao Zhao. Meanwhile, Gavlak Gallery is making a statement with Three’s Company, a presentation by three black artists: Alex Anderson, April Bey and Kim Dacres.

Most of the galleries participating in this year’s edition are Angelenos, which will hopefully encourage the fast-growing artist and collector community in LA to participate and support. It is a much-needed remedy for the insecurity that many art spaces have felt during the pandemic. While personal events may have slowed down, creativity certainly has not, and the lush artistic offerings at Felix Art Fair are proof enough.

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