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Two L.A. art fairs opening this week

The L.A. Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center opens Wednesday night. Art L.A. Contemporary at Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport has its opening-night party Thursday.

January 23, 2013|By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
  • "Letters From Los Angeles" exhibition, Raul Guerrero, "Las Indias," 2006, Oil on linen.
"Letters From Los Angeles" exhibition, Raul Guerrero, "Las… (Jack Rutberg Fine Arts )

January is a big month for art fairs in L.A.: Both the LA Art Show and Art L.A. Contemporary take place this week. Why is January such an art fair magnet? Organizers say the weather helps attract out-of-town collectors . Here's a cheat sheet on the two events.

The L.A. Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Focus: modern and contemporary, 19th century and historical, prints and vintage posters, all in their own section

Special project: "Letters From Los Angeles," a group show curated by Jack Rutberg with text-based work by dozens of California artists, such as Ed Ruscha, Ed Kienholz, Lita Albuquerque and Alexandra Grant

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First out: Four "diamond dust" prints by Shepard Fairey (meaning diamond dust is applied to the surface of the screenprints) at Paul Stolper Gallery booth

Celebrity quotient: James Franco is guest of honor at the VIP reception from 7 to 8 p.m.

Opening-night party: Wednesday, 8-11 p.m., $125

Regular hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 11-5 p.m.; $20 daily admission

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Art Los Angeles Contemporary at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport

Focus: Of-the-moment works in all mediums

Special project: An installation by L.A. artist Jon Pylypchuk of cigarette-men sculptures holding picket signs will greet visitors at the door.

First out: Video screening of MOCAtv, its new YouTube channel, will feature the debut of Jim Shaw's "The Hole and the Whole" on Thursday

Celebrity quotient: Regulars include Neil Patrick Harris and Rachel Griffiths

Opening-night party: Thursday, 7-9 p.m., $50

Regular hours: Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $20 daily admission

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