Must-See Art Guide: Los Angeles

This week's guide features John McLaughlin, Thomas Houseago, Carol Bove, and more.

The Harrisons at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. Photo: Various Small Fires, Los Angeles.

It’s difficult to be in high spirits this time of the year, with the holidays and the inauguration behind us. Unless, of course, you’re in Los Angeles, where the winter sunshine at least partially makes up for it. We can’t deny it: LA’s art scene is booming. From galleries and museums to fashion and music, the Left Coast has so much going for it, highlighted this week by the eighth edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. This four-day event, which opens today, takes place in Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. 62 participating international galleries will showcase artwork.

Of course, if you’ve been hiding from the cold this season and finally made it out to LA, you may also want to check out some of the many gallery shows on view now. Here’s a list of not-to-miss exhibitions, whether you’re in town for the fair or looking for some culture.

Antonia Wright, Under the Water was sand, then rocks, miles of rocks, then fire (2016). Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Antonia Wright, Under the Water was sand, then rocks, miles of rocks, then fire (2016). Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Exhibition:Antonia Wright: Under the water with sand, rocks, miles of rocks, then fire
When:
January 7–February 11, 2017
Where:
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Theaster Gates "But to Be a Poor Race" at Regen Projects, Los Angeles (installation view). Photo: Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Theaster Gates “But to Be a Poor Race” at Regen Projects, Los Angeles (installation view). Photo: Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Exhibition: Theaster Gates: But to Be a Poor Race
When:
January 14–February 25, 2017
Where:
 Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Installation view, John Armleder at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Installation view, John Armleder at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Exhibition: John Armleder
When: 
January 13–February 25, 2017
Where:
 David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl, Los Angeles, CA

Brian Sharp. Photo: 365 Mission.

Brian Sharp. Photo: 365 Mission.

Exhibition: Bryan Sharp
When: 
January 14–March 26, 2017
Where:
 365 Mission, 365 S. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA

Thomas Houseago "The Ridge" at Gagosian, Beverley Hills (installation view). Photo: Gagosian.

Installation view, Thomas Houseago “The Ridge” at Gagosian, Beverley Hills. Photo: Gagosian.

Exhibition: Thomas Houseago: The Ridge
When: 
January 12–February 16, 2017
Where:
 Gagosian, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

Jacob Hashimoto, Tiny Rooms and Tender Promises (2016). Courtesy of Mixografia ®.

Jacob Hashimoto, Tiny Rooms and Tender Promises (2016). Courtesy of Mixografia ®.

Exhibition:Jacob Hashimoto
When:
January 14–March 4, 2017
Where:
Mixografia ®, 1419 E. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Mark Seliger, Octavia McKinney (2015). Courtesy of Von Lintel Gallery.

Mark Seliger, Octavia McKinney (2015). Courtesy of Von Lintel Gallery.

Exhibition: MARK SELIGER: On Christopher Street: Portraits”  
When:
January 14–February 25, 2017
Where: Von Lintel Gallery, 2685 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Josh Manis Non Serviam (2016). Photo: M+B, Los Angeles.

Josh Manis Non Serviam (2016). Photo: M+B, Los Angeles.

Exhibition: Josh Mannis: Knowledge Of The Future Estate
When:
January 14–February 25, 2017
Where: M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Carol Bove. Installation view. Courtesy of Maccarone.

Installation view, “Carol Bove” at Maccarone, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Maccarone.

Exhibition: Carol Bove” & “Nate Lowman
When:
September 17, 2016–January 28, 2017
Where:
Maccarone, 300 S. Mission Street, Los Angeles, CA

The Harrisons at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. Photo: Various Small Fires, Los Angeles.

The Harrisons at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. Photo: Various Small Fires, Los Angeles.

Exhibition: The Harrisons
When: 
January 24–March 28, 2017
Where:
 Various Small Fires, 812 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Alexander Calder, Untitled (1945). Courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.

Alexander Calder, Untitled (1945). Courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.

Exhibition: SURREAL / UNREAL: Over 100 Works from the 1930s to the Present
When:
November 5, 2016–February 18, 2017
Where:
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Ginny Bishton, Walking 1 (1998). Courtesy of LACMA.

Ginny Bishton, Walking 1 (1998). Courtesy of LACMA.

Exhibition: An Irruption of the Rainbow: Color in 20th-Century Art” & “John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction
When:
December 17, 2016–February 28, 2017 & November 13, 2016–April 16, 2017
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Ron Nagle at Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery.

Ron Nagle at Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery.

Exhibition: Ron Nagle: Ice Breaker
When:
January 21–April 8, 2017
Where:
Matthew Marks Gallery 1062 N. Orange Grove, Los Angeles, CA


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