Must-See Art Guide: Los Angeles
January and February is a time for awards and art fairs. Don't believe me? In Los Angeles, with the Golden Globes, Critics's Choice Awards, and the upcoming Oscars alongside the LA Art Show and the Art Los Angeles Contemporary this week, there's plenty to do and see in the City of Angels. You might not have an invite to Hollywood's most elite ceremonies, but with our selection of the best art shows in LA county, you won't feel like you're missing out.
Before embarking on your journey to brick-and-mortar galleries, visit a digital show: Bid Network Online's sale of photography from the 20th century to the present—including 20 works by famed Hollywood photographer George Hurrell—ends today, so it's now or never! Also ending soon is Fahey/Klein Gallery's exhibition, which takes visitors 12,000 feet up in the air with Vincent Laforet's dizzying aerial photographs. Be sure to visit the show before it closes this weekend, and contemplate the cities of Miami, Sydney, and Barcelona as you've never seen them before. Then, head on to Kohn Gallery to see its two concurrent exhibitions: Dean Levin's first solo show in Los Angeles, which investigates space, perception, and architecture through a variety of sculptures, paintings, and mirrors, and in another room, Lita Albuquerque's installation of paintings and sculptures made with materials sourced from all over the world, from Mt. Vesuvius to centuries-old Japanese enogu pigments.
Over on Wilshire Boulevard, the Hammer Museum presents 12 stunning portraits by Catherine Opie. In an echo of Old Master portraiture, the artist has created elegantly posed images of visual artists, fashion designers, and writers from her inner circle of creative friends. Next stop, François Ghebaly Gallery on Washington Boulevard, where LA-based artist Mitchell Syrop addresses the importance of language mediated and altered through subjective modes of expression. His pseudo-gibberish text paintings with phrases like “Aim yore big guest phan" and “Ima niza guy" feel very relevant to our current über-digital era. If you plan to enjoy some time at the beach—and you totally should—stop by Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Santa Monica, where Lani Emanuel's paintings capture key moments of transition in young women's lives in her contemplative, carefully observed portraits.
Your newsfeed might be full Oscars coverage, but those of you in Los Angeles have other things to do. Log off, and head out to appreciate some exciting art.
Exhibition: “Mitchell Syrop: Niza Guy" When: November 14, 2015–January 30, 2016 Where: François Ghebaly Gallery, 2245 E Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Exhibition: “Hammer Projects: Catherine Opie: Portraits" When: January 30–May 22, 2016 Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Exhibition: “Alexander Yulish: Immovable Thoughts" When: On view through January 2016 Where: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills, 9430 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA
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