Some People Put on a Show; Others Stage an Art Fair

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
Dean Valentine in his home with “Untitled (Scream 3)” by Simphiwe Ndzube.
LOS ANGELES — For a certain set of collectors, opening a private museum has become de rigueur. But Dean Valentine started a small art fair instead, with an eye to giving everyone a chance to discover new talent the way he does. The fair, called Felix, was founded with the local art-dealing brothers Al and Mills Morán. It drew 40 dealers who offered their wares in a series of rooms and cabanas at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (it was held Feb. 14-17, timed to be concurrent with the first edition of the Frieze Los Angeles fair). “I learned a lot of what I know about art from hanging out with dealers in the mid-90s and asking them, ‘Why is this any good?’” said Mr. Valentine, the former president of Walt Disney Television and the former chief executive officer of UPN. [More]
From left, “Niza Guy,” by Mitchell Syrop, and “Tehachepi (Sic),” by Ivan Morley. On the floor, “Silencer,” a sculpture by Hannah Greely.
A“Lavender Arrest” (2015), by Sanya Kantarovsky, in the home of the collectors Mr. Valentine and Amy Adelson.
From left, “Niza Guy,” by Mitchell Syrop, and “Tehachepi (Sic),” by Ivan Morley. On the floor, “Silencer,” a sculpture by Hannah Greely.

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