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L.A. Art Show 2016: A sneak peek inside, plus an outsider's take on the L.A. scene

L.A. Art Show 2016: A sneak peek inside, plus an outsider's take on the L.A. scene

The Los Angeles Convention Center is frenetic with activity just hours before the L.A. Art Show is set to open. Artists and gallery owners race around in their booths, rearranging works and polishing frames; construction carts rumble by, carrying ladders and buckets of paint. One performance artist lies naked on a bed of fresh flowers, rehearsing a meditative piece to the background chorus of installation hammering, drilling and the repeated zap and ping of retracting measuring tape.

Now in its 21st year, the annual art event has grown steadily along with L.A.’s art scene, from 14 galleries during the fair’s 1995 debut to about 130 galleries last year, which drew close...

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