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"Sixty-Five of L.A.s Best Contemporary Galleries and Art Institutions Participate in the Biennals Fifth Term"
2001-07-18 until 2001-08-18
Absolut-L.A. International Biennal Art Invitational
Venice, CA, USA United States of America

This summer, the Absolut-L.A. International brings a vast array of world's best contemporary art work to Los Angeles. In its fifth term, the Absolut-L.A. International has developed a unique format whereby some 65 of L.A.'s best contemporary galleries and art institutions offer their gallery spaces and exhibition venues to over 200 international artists from 30 countries for a four-week exhibition, July 18 through August 18, 2001. This year the Absolut-L.A. International will continue to be a featured event of ARTS/LA, a website developed in cooperation with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to highlight the arts and culture of Los Angeles 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, Audi, and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, who have been joined this year by the most impressive roster of sponsors to date.

The Absolut-L.A. International commences with the opening gallery receptions around the city. On July 18, from 5-8PM, exhibition openings will be held for the Bergamot Station Galleries in Santa Monica. . On July 19, from 6-9PM, galleries in West Hollywood, Westwood and Beverly Hills will host openings. On July 20, the La Brea Avenue, Beverly Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, and Wilshire galleries, will host openings from 6-9 PM. On Saturday July 21, from 1-4 PM openings will be held in galleries in Venice and in Santa Monica on Main Street, Colorado Avenue, and the18th Street Arts Complex. Also on July 21, the Downtown Los Angeles and Chinatown galleries will have their openings from 4-7PM.

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, and the Italian Cultural Institute, the Korean Cultural Center, the Irvine Fine Arts Center The web site will feature an interactive catalog and virtual exhibitions, an overview of events, and a guide to transportation throughout the Absolut-L.A. International. To see the exhibitions the old-fashioned, non-virtual way, there will be a catalog and visitors guide.

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