Absolut Art enlisted the services of two of Los Angeles most celebrated curators – Samantha Culp and Marc LeBlanc, who carefully compiled two dozen emerging and established artists whose diverse and exciting works represent some of the best talent from the city’s burgeoning art scene. They include powerhouse artist and filmmaker Miranda July; Stanya Khan, a veteran of the Whitney Biennial; and punk rock photographer and critical darling Whitney Hubbs, along with talents like Samara Golden and Yung Jake.
Long known as a center for artists to live and create top-notch work, L.A. has graduated into a market center, with the Frieze fair, of London and New York, setting up a Los Angeles outpost in 2019. Adding to major Institutions like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, international heavyweight art dealers like Hauser & Wirth have recently joined longstanding galleries like Blum & Poe.
To bring together an impressive roster from a global metropolis, Absolut Art tapped two accomplished pros.
A true multitasker, Samantha Culp, based in Los Angeles, has penned articles for the New York Times T Magazine and the Chinese art magazine LEAP. She’s worked on brand strategy with giants like Apple and AirBnB, and produced the lauded Netflix series “The Confession Tapes.” She’s also a curator, mounting exhibitions and events for institutions like the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.
For his part, art dealer Marc LeBlanc runs a gallery in Chicago that represents an international roster of artists and shows at top-flight art fairs like Material in Mexico City, NADA in Miami, and Art Cologne. As a consultant previous to opening the gallery, he presented exhibitions at American and European galleries, including Michael Thibault Gallery in Los Angeles, Galerie Nagel+Draxler in Cologne, and Kavi Gupta in Berlin.