Art Platform Los Angeles Fair Moves From Downtown to Santa Monica Airport Hangar

Good bye, L.A. Mart. (Photo: Andrew Russeth)

Merchandise Mart, the conglomerate that owns the Armory Show and a portfolio of other international art fairs, announced that the second edition of its Los Angeles fair, Art Platform, will take place this September in a new location, the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport—the same space that its rival fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, uses in January.

At the inaugural edition of the fair, back in September, some collectors and dealers could be heard grousing about its venue, L.A. Mart, an anonymous-looking trade fair building in downtown L.A. “No one likes to go downtown,” an area dealer told us back in September. “No one.” This September, it seems, no one will have to!