The Stars Turn Out For Art in LA Affair
Opening night gala draws over 500 to see some of the best artists in the world. The Offs Album Cover by Jean-Michel Basquiat was also on display at the event
By: AC Gallery
The event ran all weekend, August 17-20 and more than fifty artists were in attendance. The art forms ranged from painting to multi-media, from photography to sculpture and masks. The artists themselves were as diverse as the artwork, ranging from first time exhibitor, eighteen-year-
Amidst all the wonderful original art, and glitz and glamour of Hollywood, right there in the middle of the gallery were 3 prints of Jean-Michel Basquiat's album cover for the 80's punk band The Offs. The famous work by the late artist had the crowd buzzing all night long.
The host for the evening was Fred Thomas Jr. Better known to most people as "The Whattzzzuppp guy," from the beer and burger commercials, Thomas, an award winning actor and director in his own right, has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Temple University, and is a Basquiat scholar. Wearing a t-shirt with the artists image and a sport coat, Thomas' understated elegance set the tone for the evening. When asked about the event, Thomas stated simply,"An array of brilliance was on display this evening."
Celebrities a-plenty graced the red carpet and actress and talk show host Kristin West had her hands full with interviews. Celebs ranging from Emmy nominated actress Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), to film producer Beau Szumillas, pop stars like Ricky Rebel and Harper Starling(Euphoria)
Sponsors for the event included Buzzbox Cocktails, Esoteric Collection, Poutine Brothers Food Truck, and Viva Tequila.
Benitez says he can't wait to do this again; "I'm not sure how we are going to top this one, but next year we will be back, and hopefully even bigger and better." Next year's Art in LA Affair is scheduled for February 13-17 2019.
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Page Updated Last on: Aug 21, 2018