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"THE ABSOLUT L. A. INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL ART INVITATIONAL 1999"
1999-07-15 until 1999-08-21
Los Angeles, CA,
USA United States of America
This summer the Absolut-L.A. International brings a vast array of worlds best contemporary art work to Los
Angeles. In its fourth biennial, The Absolut-L.A. International has developed a unique format whereby some 60 of
L.A.s best contemporary galleries offer their gallery spaces to over 200 international artists from 30 countries for a
six-week exhibition, July 15 through August 21, 1999.
This year the Absolut-L.A. International will also be the first featured event of ARTS/LA, the City of Los Angeles
two-year Millennium celebration, an exciting two year program that unveils a number of innovative programs
designed to highlight LAs art andculture and increase their accessibility.
The Absolut-L.A. International is a citywide nonprofit event conceived to foster a dialogue between the Los Angeles
art community and artists, galleries, curators, museums, collectors and visitors from around the world. Since its
inception in 1993, the Absolut-L.A. International has grown in breadth and quality of participation, sponsorship and
recognition, with principal backing from Absolut Vodka and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, who have
been joined this year by the most impressive roster of sponsors to date.
The biennal commences with the opening gallery receptions around the city. On July 15, from 6-10PM, exhibition
openings will be held for the West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, La Brea Avenue, Beverly Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, and
Wilshire galleries. On July 16, 6-10 PM, openings are at the Santa Monica Main Street, Colorado Avenue, Broadway
Gallery Complex, 18th Street Arts Complex, and Venice galleries. On July 17, the Downtown Los Angeles galleries
will have their openings from 12-4PM and the Bergamot Station galleries will hold their openings from 4-8 PM.
In addition to the wealth of international art being exhibited in the galleries and arts institutions, panel discussions,
lectures, and special events are scheduled to be held at The Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum, the
UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, MOCA, The Santa Monica Museum, Cal State Long Beach Museum, 18th Street Arts
Complex, Barnsdall Art Park, The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, The Skirball Museum, and the Italian Cultural
The web site, www.LAin99.org will feature an interactive catalog and virtual exhibitions, an overview of events, and
a guide to transportation throughout the Absolut-L.A. International and the Los Angeles Millennium Celebration. To
see the exhibitions the old-fashioned, non-virtual way, there will be a catalog, and an žArt BusÓ with guided tours of
exhibitions throughout the city.
To accommodate the influx of visitors this year, the organizers have worked out special hotel and travel
arrangements. For Information on these special rates, contact Tracy at Santa Monica Travel, at 800-826-8823.
For more information on the Absolut-L.A. International, contact the event Co-Chairs, William Turner (310) 392-8399
and Robert Berman (310) 315-9506.