The fair carousel is neverending and Art Los Angeles Contemporary was a stop on the circuit I had definitely been looking forward to. Now in its 5th year, ALAC seems to have gained a great deal of momentum—attracting many of LA’s leading contemporary galleries, as well as a number of international dealers as well.

It was a pleasure to see Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based painter Kristine Moran’s lushly painted canvases, courtesy of Daniel Faria from Toronto.

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 Krsitine Moran’s lushly painted Crossing Over

Paradise Row from London had an excellent single-artist installation, showcasing Shezad Dawood‘s  stunning embroidered pieces; I wasn’t the only one taken with the pieces; before Thursday’s fair preview even finished, nearly all the works in the booth had sold.

Subtle, allover abstraction was definitely a predominant theme at the fair, with cloudlike compositions cropping up at nearly every turn. Among  the best of these were Wendy White’s graffiti-inspired, hard edge paintings and John Bianchi’s aluminum rose-coloured works on aluminum.

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 A wall-size spraypainted canvas by Wendy White

There were excellent sculpted pieces as well; David Brooks‘ mixed-media works highlighting the risks to endangered animals brought some valuable gravitas to Tinseltown; and with a few hours of (blissfully) rare rain descending on LA outside the hangar, Rana Begum‘s brightly-coloured geometric lacquered steel wall pieces brought in a metaphorical ray of sunshine.06.-Whale_01

 David Brooks’ Entangled Image (Humpback Whale), an inkjet print and steel beams