8 Must-See Gallery Shows, Pop-Ups, and Other Installations Happening Around Los Angeles This Week
In town for Frieze LA? See work by Doug Aitken, David Hockney, Beverly Pepper, and more.
Los Angeles is finally commencing its long-awaited international fair week. Artists, galleries, and collectors the world over will descend on the inaugural edition of Frieze LA, as well as a handful of satellite fairs setting up shop around the city, including Felix LA and Spring Break. Yet these upstart expos aren’t the only places to see great art. Many of the city’s top galleries and museums are also mounting some of their strongest shows this week. Here are eight exhibitions to check out if you’re in LA this week.
Down the street from Regen Projects‘s 20,000-square-foot space on Santa Monica Boulevard is a derelict storefront window, empty inside save for three ethereal human figures. Illuminated by pulsating light, each figure holds a phone to her face, as if on permanent hold. This is Doug Aitken’s installation Don’t Forget to Breathe (2019), a dark rumination on late-capitalism in which e-commerce has turned brick-and-mortar stores into literal ghost towns.
Dates: February 8–17
Location: 6775 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles
“Phases” at Mixografia
On view at Mixografia is a show that demonstrates the influence that the one-of-a-kind printer, publisher, and exhibition space has had on the LA art scene over the past 45 years. Titled “Phases,” the exhibition brings together a variety of printed works that showcase the evolution of portraiture and its conventions from the early 1970s through today. Twenty artists are represented in total, including John Baldessari, Larry Rivers, and Alex Israel—all of whom collaborated with Mixografia to make the work.
Dates: January 26–March 9
Location: 1419 E. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles
Sam Francis. All works were created between 1970 and 1979—his “most spectacularly innovative decade,” according to critic Richard Speer’s essay for the show. It was a period during which the artist “configured, deconstructed, and reconstructed organic shapes and brilliant color in muscular expansions and contractions.”
Dates: February 15–April 12
Location: 1880 Century Park East, Suite 100, Los Angeles
“David Hockney: Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing]… Continued” at LA Louver
The deadpan title of this show—if you can understand it—says it all. On view are all new works by the venerable British painter, including portraits, multi-canvas paintings, and what Hockney calls “photographic drawings.” The latter are wall-sized compositions made of hundreds of stitched-together photographs, the latest example of Hockney’s ongoing interest in new forms of technology. More than 60 years into his career, the artist casually continues to find ways to reinvent himself while still doing what he does best.
Dates: February 7–March 23
Location: 45 N. Venice Boulevard, Venice, California
Occupying a storefront space next to Gagosian’s Beverly Hills outpost, artist Albert Oehlen presents a “pop-up” wall drawing this month. The massive installation, a scribbly charcoal-on-paper sketch that the artist considers an exercise in free-form creation, can be seen both indoors and from the street.
Dates: February 8 – March 2
Location: 420a North Camden Dr., Beverly Hills
“New Particles from the Sun” is a collection of sculptures the 96-year-old American-born, Italy-based sculptor Beverly Pepper, made in the early part of her career, between 1958 and 1967. The title is taken from a poem Frank O’Hara wrote for a show of hers held in Rome in 1965. The pairing makes sense: O’Hara’s rhythmic, expressionistic style complements Pepper’s steel experiments—both move at their own pace, following each idea and tangent to a natural conclusion.
Dates: January 12 – March 9
Location: 1201 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
After signing on with Kohn last fall, Mexican artist Lebrija makes his debut at the gallery this year with an ambitious exhibition. On view are paintings from the artist’s signature Veladuras series, which feature layers of muted semi-transparent paint that form prismatic abstractions, as well as a new sculptural work and film installation. Lebrija is not quite as well-known to American audiences as he is in his home country, but hat may be changing soon.
Dates: January 18 – March 30
Location: 1227 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles
Cindy Parra’s work looks like the art class homework of an elementary school child: Her acrylic illustrations are filled with doodled princesses, stars, and, most prominently, a pink unicorn. However, she does them with a knowing sense of irony, touching on a number of big themes along the way, including desire, fantasy, and fetishism. Parra, who goes by the handle @horseandunicorndrawings online, also sells the works for very cheap, usually around $400 to $600—a critique, she says, of the art market and the treatment of young artists.
Date: February 3 – 24
Location: 30 S Wilson Ave., Pasadena, California
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