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Best of Culture 2018

BY Kelsi Maree Diaz, Laura Eckstein Jones, Meg McGuire and Allison Mitchell | December 15, 2017 | Feature Features

Best of Culture
Karyn Lovegrove

BEST ART ADVISER
Speak to anyone in-the-know, and the message is clear: L.A. is the place to be for provocative, exciting art. Luckily, passionate art adviser Karyn Lovegrove is here to help clients build exceptional collections while guiding them through a rapidly transforming industry. “There are definitely trends that come and go, and in the past, there has always been an artist who is the flavor of the month,” she says. “[Now], collectors are being more experimental. In particular, the market for women artists is blowing up—I find it so inspiring to be working in the field when artists like Yayoi Kusama, Mary Corse, Mary Weatherford and Helen Frankenthaler are finally receiving the attention and market priority they deserve.” The former gallery owner also points to figurative pieces gaining popularity, and names like L.A.-based Jonas Wood, Katherine Bradford and Henry Taylor as talents to watch. No matter the style, Lovegrove insists that all artists she champions possess integrity, a trait fundamental in her own practice as well. “Every chance I get, I go to the source and visit artists’ studios, tour an art foundation or see a collector’s home,” she explains. “Maintaining this diversity in my research also enriches my understanding of how art functions and lives in the world.”

BEST CULTURAL EVENT
The worlds of design and art collide as storied fashion house Fendi brings three works by Italian painter Caravaggio—“David With the head of Goliath,” “Saint Jerome” and “The Boy With a basket fruit”—to the United States for the first time ever at The Getty with Caravaggio: Masterpieces From the Galleria Borghese. An extension of Fendi’s three-year partnership with Rome’s Galleria Borghese and the debut of the Caravaggio Research Institute, the exhibition (on display now) is a historic event for the L.A. landmark, as U.S. museums have been pining for a piece of Caravaggio for decades. But this isn’t Fendi’s first foray into preserving the arts—the atelier recently helped to renovate Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain and installed the first-ever contemporary art piece in the middle of the beloved city by sculptor Giuseppe Penone. Now, that’s legendary.

BEST MEMBERS-ONLY SOCIAL CLUB
“Downtown L.A. already has an incredible community of local businesses, artists and creatives, and it only continues to grow,” says Samantha Stone, the membership director for Soho House’s West Coast division. “We looked for a space for some time and are thrilled to finally have a home in DTLA.” That home will either open later this year or in early 2019 on the corner of Santa Fe Avenue and Bay Street, and the seven-story club—deemed Soho Warehouse—will feature restaurants, club spaces, a screening room, a rooftop with a pool and a gym, and even hotel rooms. “Soho House is about [connections], and we’re excited to fold into the DTLA community and create a space for creatives and locals within the neighborhood to come together.” Membership price upon request

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