Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Collage Art Association, LA
Just got back from the CAA in LA. I got to see a nice amount of art there, but I can see that Dallas art is comparable to the art in LA. There were a few more galleries that are willing to take risks, but that seem to match the population size, rather than something inherent to LA. Of course, I only saw a percentage of the contemporary art galleries in LA of a period less than a week, so I can't be completely objective on my judgement. However, I would still love to be a small fish in that big pond. I should have known that LA was a driving town, I was struck by the lack of public transportation and the unwillingness to educate thrifty tourists on how to use the public transportation. The front desk of my hotel seem to be shocked that I didn't want to take a cab or rent a car. CAA was great for me, because I was not looking for a job. But other people were really complaining about the job market, of course, that was not completely CAA fault. However, I did thing the panel discussions were more interesting in the Dallas meeting last year. I really felt alone and isolated at times while I was there, luckily the townees were really friendly and many of the CAA goers were willing to interact. All and all, a good trip.