Littletopia 2019 Opens Next Week at the LA Art Show
Conceived by Red Truck Gallery founder Noah Antieau and our late co-founder Greg Escalante, for the past five years, the beloved Littletopia section of the LA Art Show has showcased some of the fastest rising low-brow and pop art galleries, curators and artists in the world. Since it is a movement that first flourished in Southern California, it's only logical that the LA Art Show hosts one of the only shows in the world to devote so much programming and space to this kind of work. Thousands of attendees pass under Littletopia's custom archway each year to enter this mecca for imaginative, new contemporary voices and honor the visionary artists who came before. This year, Caro Buermann of the leading new contemporary Corey Helford Gallery joins Red Truck Gallery to bring Littletopia into the future by highlighting the women who have fueled the rise of the low-brow art movement. Check out some of the work you can find at this year's LA Art Show below.
Each year, an artist is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipient for 2019 will be Camille Rose Garcia, following the release of her long-awaited Dr. Deekay universe, in the form of the full-length illustrated book The Cabinet of Dr. Deekay, an art exhibition, a series of sculptures, and a stop-motion animation, with additional cinematic adaptations in the works. Often compared to Mark Ryden, she has been a working artist since the age of 14, depicting wasteland fairy tales influenced by vintage Disney cartoons. To this day, her work serves as commentary commentaries on the failures of modern day utopia, blending nostalgic with a satirical skewering of modern society. Her work is currently held in the Los Angeles County Museum and San Jose Museum of Art. In December, Garcia was honored as the recipient of Maestro Dobel Tequilla’s Legacy Series at Art Basel Miami for her contributions as a Mexican artist. Last year’s recipient was the legendary Margaret Keane of “Big Eyes” fame.
This year’s Collector of the Year Award will be presented to Danny Carey, drummer of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning rock band Tool, and his wife, Rynne Stump. They are avid collectors of artists such as Stanislav Szukalski, Rick Griffin, Mab Graves, Adrian Cox, James Jean, Meredith Marsone, Andrew Schoultz, Arik Roper, Jason Borders and Martin Ontiveros, among others.
Every edition of Littletopia is marked by a custom, artist-created archway. The 2019 edition will be created by the iconic cardboard duo, Dosshaus, fresh from their success at the Lucca Biennale.
Confirmed galleries exhibiting include Boxheart Gallery, Copro Gallery, Corey Helford Gallery, John Natsoulas Gallery, Keane Eyes Gallery, Red Truck Gallery, Sally Centigrade and Superchief Gallery LA.
The LA Art Show will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from January 23 - 27, 2019. As the city (and west coast’s) largest art fair, and one of the most diversely programmed in the world, the LA Art Show features an encyclopedic lineup of exhibitors not only in contemporary and modern art, but also classical and other specialized art scenes that often command their own dedicated shows. For its 24th year, the LA Art Show will focus especially on programming from the Pacific Rim.