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Highlights from ParisPhoto LA by Peppa Martin, truth and beauty gallery, Vancouver

Monday, May 4th, 2015
We are grateful to Peppa Martin, owner of the truth and beauty gallery in Vancouver, Canada, for writing about ParisPhoto LA 2015 ‘live’ from the fair. Follow Peppa on Twitter & Periscope for more information

The venerable ParisPhoto international art fair held annually in November, migrated west to Los Angeles three years ago, adding this new spring event to the art world calendar and attracting a new crop of exhibiting galleries with greater proximity to the west coast.

Long a cultural hub for contemporary art, Los Angeles is a good fit for gathering the global photography community, affording better geographic access to the fair’s North American outpost for enthusiastic collectors from South America and the Pacific rim.

Landing (partially) in the cavernous sound stages of Paramount Studios in Hollywood, this version of ParisPhoto bears little aesthetic resemblance to it’s glorious sister fair in the elegant Beaux-Arts Grand Palais on Avenue Winston Churchill. Any modernist west coast references are haplessly lost along the faux cobblestone ‘streets’ of an ersatz New York backlot— a tired and dusty old film set wherein a young Brando would have stumbled out a doorway. Venue aside, much of the work was good.

Highlights from ParisPhoto LA

Many of the well established artists comfortably ensconced at the Paris show were noticeably absent, however in their place were pieces from less self-conscious talent, newer to the scene.
Among the notable was the Unglee solo show at Christophe Gaillard with composite panels of Polaroid prints of tulips, contrasted with enlarged newspaper obituaries describing various invented lives and deaths of the artist himself.
Winnipegger Diana Thorneycroft’s diorama’s involving dolls against backdrops appropriated from iconic paintings, at once darkly humourous and foreboding, were a feat of both construction and photographic execution.

Lui Bolin, from Beijing, at NYCs Klein Sun Gallery attracted a conversational crowd to his protest images, as did the intensely sublime collodion prints of constructed narratives by Alex Timmermans at Voila Gallery [image below courtesy of Peppa Martin on Instagram].

No fair is complete without its selection of booksellers, and here were nine — including biggies Aperture, DAP and Mack with their respective stellar lineup of authors signing monographs.  Alec Soth, Julie Blackmon, Danny Singer, and art darling Mona Kuhn were among Saturday’s roster of artists greeting while autographing.

Younger, smaller and more restless than its continental counterpart, this year’s iteration of ParisPhoto LA was memorable for its youthful bravado and impartial variety.

Make-believe Gotham notwithstanding, the California vibe was as much on display as the art and bleached blondes.

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Curious about the fair?
Watch the short videos Peppa Martin live-streamed via Periscope to twitter: @4truthandbeauty

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Amanda Lambert’s Hollywood Road Art Club announces the new autumn programme of events for art collectors and aficionados

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013


Amanda Lambert’s Hollywood Road Art Club has recently announced an exciting autumn programme of events including Edge of Arabia with Ayyam Gallery, a Behind the scenes with the Royal Academy and How to collect contemporary art with Art14. Click here for full details.

Amanda Lambert’s Hollywood Road Art Club is a contemporary art project that offers monthly mid-week evening events on how to navigate the London art market and learn how to collect in a fun, laid-back environment. Art aficionados and beginners welcome!! Events are held either along the Hollywood Road or in Amanda’s Chelsea flat or, in keeping with exploratory theme, elsewhere in London in leading and hidden galleries, private foundations and artist studios. They begin at 7pm with a cocktail hour followed by a 45 minute talk and then a Q&A. Featured talks have included: The Fine Art Fund on Investing in Art; Lazarides Gallery on the Phenomenon of Street Art; Collecting Contemporary Photography; Dinner in an artist’s studio; Artist talks and private exhibitions; VIP art fair tours and much, much more! Fees are £30 per event (including drinks and canapes) or discounted when joining for the term. For more information, please contact Amanda:

Bare Walls Need Love – Modern Art Buyer launches their new website

Sunday, June 24th, 2012


Modern Art Buyer is a brand new, online contemporary art gallery  We’ve scoured every source to bring you a captivating collection from some of today’s most talented artists. You and your home will love it. At Modern Art Buyer  we’re showcasing exceptional paintings, limited edition screen prints and photographs offering you a stunning portfolio of current contemporary excellence. All artists have been carefully selected and their work has been viewed to ensure it meets the standards we expect for our customers. To give you a snapshot, may I introduce a few of the artists who will all be available to buy through the website at (see images above also, courtesy of Modern Art Buyer).

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