Art: What’s in, LA.

Andy Warhol is back on top, fetching a cool $43 million on November 12, 2009 for his silkscreen, “200 One Dollar Bills.” It’s obvious the art market is moving steadily upward. Why not start building a collection while the market on the rise? I spoke to Los Angeles’s hottest, NYU-educated, art dealer and director at Martin & Lozano Gallery, Lona Grosshart about who the artists to collect in LA are:

New to Town: Dallas-based artist Christopher H. Martin has finally reached the LA market by opening the new Martin & Lozano Gallery in the Avenues of Art and Design district. Martin’s work is featured at hundreds of corporate and private collections globally. His unique Acrylic on Acrylic technique gives depth to his naturally inspired works with an edge. And at the right price, for now, Martin’s works are sure to grace the walls of the elite. Martin & Lozano Gallery, 302 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048.

Re-Discovered: After suddenly dying in 1970, Boris Bogdanovich’s art was completely taken off the market until recently. Now his daughter, Anna Bogdanovich, sister to director Peter Bogdanovich, has brought the collection home, to LA, where it belongs. In his day, Boris showed at the MET, The Whitney and galleries worldwide with fellow-artists, Chagall and Monet.

Contemporary: Step aside Banksy, Mr. Brainwash has been documenting the streets as a film maker for years. In June 2008 he made the transition to artist with a blowout show at his studio. Since then his prices continue to rise and won’t stop until everyone is Brainwashed. Guy Hepner Contemporary, 300 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048.

The Wild Card: Paul Edelstein paints in an abstract figurative, impressionistic style, where color is his day-long inspiration. Picked up by Betty Parsons in the early eighties, Paul’s work exhibited in her gallery alongside artists Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Ellsworth Kelly, and many others.

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featured photo by Kandy Lozano