Avant LA

Avant LA

Los Angeles, CA– Avant-L.A. launches Top 10 Now, the first in a series of independent curatorial exhibitions founded by Los Angeles art icon and curator Mat Gleason, and art collectors and gallerists Michael Napoliello and Maria Frisk. The inaugural Avant-L.A. exhibition will feature L.A.’s top 10 indie artists now (Top 10 Now list announced on September 21), and give art collectors a look ahead at the California art landscape.

In conjunction with the Southern California museum-anchored event Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980, and the major ancillary contemporary art fairs, Art Platform-Los Angeles and Pulse Los Angeles, Avant-L.A. adds an exciting new component to the cultural event that is expected to mark Los Angeles as a leader in the art marketplace. Avant-L.A. will offer an alternative to the historical perspective of California art that the museums and fairs will provide.

“Avant-L.A. Exhibitions has identified the 10 most compelling and important established and emerging artists, who are both living and working independently,” said Mat Gleason, Curator and Co-founder, Avant-L.A. “We hope that it will complement the experience of attending Platform, which I expect will rule the L.A. art fairs,” Gleason added.

“We are excited to introduce a new feature to the museum and market circuit next month with Mat at the helm. He embodies the Los Angeles art scene and with his experience and insight, ‘Top 10 Now’ should be on everyone’s itinerary,” said Michael Napoliello Co-founder, Avant-L.A. Avant-L.A. Top 10 Now opens on Thursday, September 29, 2011 with a press and V.I.P. preview, and will open to the general public on Friday, September 30 through Monday, October 3, 2011. The exhibit will feature 10 artists in a prime space located in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to Platform-LA at the L.A. Mart. Produced by Avant-L.A. co-founders and gallerists Michael Napoliello, Maria Frisk and curator, Mat Gleason. Avant-L.A.

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