Africa, Oceania, Asia art showcased in LA show

LOS ANGELES – The 19th Annual Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show (LAATA) returns to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium from Nov. 14-15.

The first show of its kind in the region, the LAATA is a nexus point for internationally renowned art dealers specializing in Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian and South Asian) and Tribal arts (African, American Indian, Oceanic and Sumatran). Vetted to ensure quality and provenance, the LAATA is regarded as a trusted place to learn about or purchase high-quality, authentic arts.

Visitors attending the show will experience more than 60 individual galleries, each showcasing an exclusive selection of authentic Asian and Tribal arts pieces, from some of the most-sought-after collecting arenas in the world. Art collectors, museum professionals, historians, arts enthusiasts and interior designers attend the show to add to their collections, learn about the different cultures or simply to find a beautiful piece of art to add to their home.

A 2008 show visitor states, “You don’t necessarily need elite expertise to find a great piece of art. I am a designer and I don’t have any special knowledge about Asian or Tribal art. I know what I like and what will look great in my house and the house of my client.”

The LAATA will open with a preview reception to benefit the Fowler Museum of Cultural History’s Textile Council on Friday Nov. 13. Sponsored by Art + Living Magazine and California Homes, the wine and cheese reception will feature lively music and a silent auction. The benefit routinely draws prominent museum and arts supporters eager to take advantage of the ‘first look’ at the show.

LAATA will also present a series of arts discussions, a travel seminar and film screening:

Saturday, Nov. 14

12 p.m. – ArtTalk with the Fowler Museum at UCLA

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents an ethnic arts lecture and discussion led by one of the museum’s critically acclaimed curators. Additional details TBA.

2 p.m. – Before You Go: What Every Traveler Needs to Know

Adrian Kalvinskas, travel expert and owner of Distant Lands Travel Bookstore will offer tips and advice for safe and stress-free travel to South East Asia and Africa.

Sunday, Nov. 15

1 p.m. – Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Screening and Panel Discussion

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles will showcase a short film followed by a panel discussion with leading Indian filmmakers and Bollywood Entertainment professionals. Additional details TBA.

The LAATA opens with a benefit for the Textile Council of the Fowler Museum at UCLA from 6-9 p.m., Nov. 13. This will also be the first opportunity to visit the over 60 top Asian & Tribal exhibitors.

The Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 14, and from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15. There will be no admittance after 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

General admission is $10 per person. A suggested donation of $25 is recommended to attend the benefit. To RSVP for the benefit or for more information, please call 310-455-2886. The show is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street in Santa Monica. For additional information visit

About Caskey Lees Inc.

Since 1985 California based Caskey Lees Inc. has produced high-end vetted antiques and fine arts shows. The production team of Bill Caskey and Elizabeth Lees is widely recognized for refining and expanding the art and antique shows to a new level in this country. Caskey Lees Inc. produces six shows annually: three in New York City, one in Los Angeles and two in San Francisco.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA is the only museum in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to exploring non-Western arts and cultures, past and present. Exhibitions and programs cover a wide range of global artistic expression, from historic traditions to contemporary work.