Must-See Art Guide: Los Angeles

This week’s guide includes Alec Monopoly, Morris Louis, Lynda Benglis, and more.

Alec Monopoly, Marilyn Monroe Mural (2016). Courtesy of ArtLife Gallery.


The art world knows that Los Angeles is more than movie stars: In recent decades it has generated some of its greatest luminaries, including the likes of David Hockney, Shepard Fairy, and Ed Ruscha. This week, visitors to the City of Angels can expect to encounter pieces from both emerging and established artists who are helping to make L.A. a cultural hotspot.

While in town, check out Alec Monopoly’s latest addition to the cityscape—a monumental portrait of Hollywood icon and Andy Warhol-muse Marilyn Monroe. Painted on the facade of an L.A. building on trendy Melrose Avenue, the mural celebrates celebrity culture and Pop Art. Next, head over to the “2017 Summer Group Show” at Mixografia to explore a diverse array of work from prominent contemporary artists. This year’s exhibition highlights work produced at Mixografia’s affiliated printing studio, and features lesser-seen works from artists Lynda Benglis, Helen Frankenthaler, and John Baldessari. Finally, don’t miss Ben Jackel’s latest solo exhibition “Reign of Fire,” which explores the nature of warfare through a series of ceramic pieces. The show, which chronicles the development of military weaponry throughout time, is sure to captivate art lovers and history buffs alike.

Head for the Hollywood Hills equipped with our full list of picks below.


Exhibition:Alec Monopoly: Marilyn Monroe Mural

When: July 1, 2016–December 31, 2017

Where: 8126 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Installation view. Courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

Exhibition:Sculpture 1958–1964

When: July 15–September 2, 2017

Where: Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 1201 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Ben Jackel, Night Vision (2016). Courtesy of L.A. Louver.

Exhibition:Ben Jackel: Reign of Fire

When: July 19– September 1, 2017

Where: L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA

Erik Olson, Self Portrait (2017). Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Exhibition:ERIK OLSON: L.A. Paintings

When: July 15–August 19, 2017

Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Stanley Boxer, Quarried Series VI (1993). Courtesy of Mixografia.

Exhibition:2017 Summer Group Show

When: July 29– August 26, 2017

Where: Mixografia®, 1419 E. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Kristen Schiele, Dartboard (2017). Courtesy of 101/EXHIBIT.


When: July 22–August 26, 2017

Where: 101/EXHIBIT, 668 N. La Peer Drive, West Hollywood, CA

Sebastião Salgado,
Fishing in the Piulaga Laguna during the Kuarup ceremony of the Waura Group, Upper Xingu Basin, Mato Grosso, Brazil
(2005). Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery.

Exhibition:Sebastião Salgado A Life in Photography

When: June 3–September 2, 2017

Where: Peter Fetterman Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery A1, Santa Monica, CA

Ryosuke Yazaki, Chijyo (2016). Courtesy of M+B.

Exhibition:Ryosuke Yazaki Chijyo

When: June 29–August 31, 2017

Where: M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Installation view. Courtesy of Honor Fraser.

Exhibition:Morris Louis

When: June 23–August 30, 2017

Where: Honor Fraser, 2622 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

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