A team of Hyperallergic contributors scoured the fair’s vast and truly delightful offerings and picked some of their favorite items to share with you.
Abe is a writer based in Los Angeles.
From Vinyl to Board Games, Special Exhibitors at the LA Art Book Fair Offer Fun Alternatives
For attendees looking for a diversion, five special exhibitor projects carve out unique spaces for play and commerce.
The Lesser-Known History of Slavery in California
California Bound recounts a tumultuous history of mass migration, displacement, and litigation that led to the establishment of California’s earliest African American communities.
Charles White’s Intimate and Dignified Portraits of Labor and Black Oppression
Charles White: A Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art surveys an illustrious career that spans from the Great Depression to the age of Black Power.
Extraordinary California Women Artists Working from 1860 to 1960
An exhibition brings together work by artists whose contributions to art movements and regional histories might have been obscured, forgotten, or overshadowed by those of their male colleagues.
How K-Pop Has Become a Battleground for Political Ideologies
Not unlike the art market, K-pop is governed by corporate interests and a hunger for global audiences.
How Teaching Artists Configure Into the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike
The work of arts providers has been put on hold as district and union leadership continue to negotiate around teacher demands for smaller class sizes, more support staff, less standardized testing, and higher pay.
Stark Photos of a Louisiana Prison that Was Once a Slave Plantation
Two photographers document the lives of incarcerated men at Angola, a former slave plantation that is now the largest maximum-security prison farm in the US.
How Mexican and Chicanx Activism Flourished in 20th-Century Los Angeles
Political art-making and organizing have continued unabated for over a century in Los Angeles, starting with an influential newspaper by two anarchist Mexican brothers.
Los Angeles Resists Easy Definition in Aperture Magazine’s New Issue
The issue is as much about prevailing ideas around Los Angeles as it is about the people who lived, and continue to live, there.
Artists Are Addressing the Tide of Gentrification in LA’s Little Tokyo
The Little Tokyo Service Center is piloting an artist residency designed to help local residents and small businesses address the gentrification affecting Little Tokyo and other parts of Los Angeles.
Rick Bartow, the Native American Vietnam Veteran Who Confronted Loss Through Art
The Autry Museum surveys the four-decade career of Bartow, who discovered the restorative and transformative powers of art making.