Los Angeles’s Ultra-Cool Poolside Fair Felix Is Yet Again a Favorite Among Tastemaking Dealers

Eileen Kinsella, Artnet News, March 21, 2022


The energy, and widespread enthusiasm for L.A.’s bustling week of art events was on full display at the beloved satellite fair Felix, which closed its third edition on Sunday evening after a buzzy few days at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.


Chicago gallery Kavi Gupta chose to bring a wide-ranging presentation that mixed two and three-dimensional works from established names and emerging artists, including 2022 Whitney Biennial artist James Little, MacArthur Genius Award winner Jeffrey Gibson, and Venice Biennale artist and National Academy inductee Deborah Kass. AFRICOBRA founder Wadsworth Jarrell and the 2021 Smithsonian Futures artist Devan Shimoyama were also among those on view.


“It has been invigorating to be back at Felix for our third year and reengage with our LA audience with some of our most in-demand artists,” said Kavi Gupta. The gallery reported strong sales, including works by Suchitra Mattai ($40,000-60,000), Kour Pour ($18,000 – 25,000), and Clare Rojas ($40,000 –  60,000). Little’s work sold as for prices in the $100,000 to 150,000 range as did work by painter Young Il Ahn.


Overall, dealers like Gupta seemed pleased with the more buttoned-down vibe of the fair. “The boutique atmosphere of the Felix Fair offers us the chance to present and discuss complex narratives of contemporary art in an intimate and conversational environment for collectors and curators,” he said.


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