Discover, collect, connect: Explore creativity at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles

Santa Monica, California – [03.18.24] – Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair returns to Santa Monica for its 11th Los Angeles edition, bringing together a diverse array of artists, live performances, and unforgettable experiences for art enthusiasts and collectors alike. Taking place from April 4 to April 7 at the iconic Barker Hangar, this spring’s edition promises to be a wellspring of inspiration and surprise for art lovers of all ages.

The Other Art Fair turns the traditional art fair experience on its head by offering visitors an in-person opportunity to connect directly with emerging and independent artists from around the world. With plainly listed artwork prices and a welcoming atmosphere, The Other Art Fair celebrates diversity, creativity, and transparency in art, offering attendees a truly engaging and inclusive experience.

Handpicked by a selection committee of art world experts, the  140 exhibiting artists will offer thousands of original artworks for sale across various media—including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics and more—priced between $100 and $10,000. Thanks to the pre-vetted nature of the fair’s lineup, attendees can buy with confidence and discover the next generation of contemporary artistic talent. The April 2024 selection committee included celebrated artist Tanya Aguiñiga; Los Angeles based-gallerist Yiwei Lu; Erin Remington, Director of Sales and Curation at Saatchi Art; and The Other Art Fair’s Global Fair Director, Nicole Garton.

True to its promise to subvert expectations and celebrate innovative voices, The Other Art Fair will present “Perceive Me Redux,” a free, nude portrait experience that invites visitors to strip down and see themselves through the eyes of artists, who will sketch their likenesses in a private pop-up group studio onsite. Inspired by artist Kristine Schomaker’s 2020 performance-based project of the same name—which saw 60 artists create nude portraits of Shoemaker—this highlight of the fair’s program will offer attendees a body-positive opportunity to re-evaluate notions of self-worth, validation, and identity by challenging assumptions of perception. Portrait sessions will be available to book each day at the Fair on a first come, first served basis, and sketches by a selection of artists will be available for purchase for $25 each. An exhibition of works featured in the original “Perceive Me” project will also be on view at the fair.   

Foodies and maximalist design-lovers alike will be wowed by the realistic cake sculptures of artist Jasmine Archie, whose “Pretty Shitty Cakes”—as seen on Olivia Rodrigo’s global world tour and in the pages of Architectural Digest—will be featured in a faux bakery pop-up at the Fair, where Archie will live-decorate an exclusive drop of limited edition cake sculptures. Attendees can purchase customized versions of what the New York Times hailed as Archie’s “eccentric, color-saturated confectionary-inspired creations.” 

Kicking off the Fair’s festivities during Thursday’s Opening Night is a special live performance by artist Scarlett Kapella—AKA Pantera of Jumbo’s Clown Room renown and photographer behind the documentary project “Bitch! You Strippin’”—who will treat guests to a cheeky cake-sitting performance, which seamlessly blends fetish, cake, and art.

For those seeking a multisensory experience to start the weekend, the Fair’s Friday Late program will feature an electrifying live musical performance by artist Matt DiBiase of PlexusPlay, fusing EDM beats, live vibraphone, visual projections, high-energy dance for an audiovisual journey not to be missed. 

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles is pleased to announce Kendull Anderson as recipient of its April 2024 New Futures award. Formally established in 2021, the Fair’s New Futures program aims to support talented local artists at the start of their careers by awarding complimentary exhibition space—part of its ongoing mission to break down barriers to entry in the traditional art world. 

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Further underscoring  the Fair’s commitment to social impact, the People’s Pottery Project will present a selection of ceramic works for sale in a dedicated booth at the fair and offer visitors the chance to book ceramics workshops hosted by the non-profit organization offsite. All ceramics are created by artist members of the People’s Pottery Project, whose mission is to employ and empower formerly incarcerated women, trans, and non-binary individuals through paid job training, access to a healing community, and meaningful employment in their collective non-profit ceramic business.

Throughout the weekend, guests can look forward to drinks, delicious eats from local food vendors, sculptural installations, interactive features, and more. “We are thrilled to bring The Other Art Fair back to Los Angeles, offering a dynamic and inclusive platform for artists and art lovers to connect,” said Global Fair Director Nicole Garton. “With a diverse range of features and experiences, we aim to celebrate creativity, empower artists, and foster a sense of community beyond the bounds of the art world.”

Other highlights of The Other Art Fair’s program include:

  • “The Karmacy,” an interactive installation with an imaginative twist on the ‘take what you need’ board. 
  • “Vagr,” a monumental hot pink inflatable sculpture in the shape of tiger, by artist Misha Libertee, raising awareness for the plight of big cats facing endangerment.
  • “Vortex of Creation,” a light-based sculpture by artist Ivan Butorac. 
  • Delicious local eats and refreshments, including healthy fare from Heritage Kitchen LA, Veggie Bomb, Vivace Woodfire Pizza, and a full Fair bar.
  • “Fair Director’s Picks to showcase exceptional work by outstanding exhibitors
  • Curated collections of works priced under $500.
  • Curator-led tours courtesy of Saatchi Art. 
  • Complimentary onsite wrapping for all artwork purchases. 

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles will take place from April 4th to April 7th at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Tickets are available for purchase online at Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of art, creativity, and inspiration.

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