Emmy-winning Jon Hamm hosted the opening night reception benefiting St Jude's Children's Hospital at the LA Art Show, a show that is now one of the biggest in the world. Also in attendance, Emma Roberts and Matthew Modine at the four-day exhibit that will see tens of thousands of visitors over four days. I spoke to Jon and he told me he has been promoting St Jude's since before he was ever on Madmen. The hospital was founded in the 1950s by Danny Thomas, whose son Tony is a friend of his.
Matthew Modine had a booth with his photos from the set of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 classic Full Metal Jacket in which he starred 30 years ago. He told me he was invited by the show to put his photos up, not for sale, but for the enjoyment of the audience as part of the 30th anniversary. He says he loves going to art galleries when he travels.
The L.A. Art Show has roughly 20,000 artworks from about 18 countries. Producer Kim Martindale told me that LA is now one of the best art cities in the world and one of the tops in the world today with more galleries opening here than in any city. Diversity is what this years show is about. DIVERSEartLA takes up 60,000-square-feet with artwork from all over the world. Martindale thinks about $35 million in sales will take place over the four days.
One of my favorites was the interactive installation by a Cuban artist who lives in Miami called "Left" or "Right." Two rows of massive red punching bags with the faces of world leaders for you to punch and let out your frustrations against them (one can only assume the Donald Trump one will be worn out by the end of the show.)