Must-See Art Guide: Los Angeles

Photography shows at the Getty, the De Soto Gallery, M+B, and more.

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Sean Hiller,
Sean Hiller, "Dennis Hopper with Billboard Painting of Double Standard" (2006)
Sean Hiller, Dennis Hopper with Billboard Painting of Double Standard (2006). Courtesy of Craig Krull Gallery.
Ramona Rosales, "Loves Me, Loves Me Not" (2014)
Ramona Rosales, Loves Me, Loves Me Not (2014). Courtesy of De Soto Gallery.
Exhibition view of Wild Nights. Courtesy of Boîte Noire Gallery.
Justine Kurland, Nova SS (2011). Courtesy of M+B.
Corey Grayhorse, "Carnival Kids Series #1" (2013)
Corey Grayhorse, Carnival Kids Series #1 (2013). Courtesy of dnj Gallery.
BJ Formento and Richeille Formento, "Kasumi XXI, Shibuya" (2013)
BJ Formento and Richeille Formento, Kasumi XXI, Shibuya (2013). Courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery.
Bill Manbo/Courtesy of Takao Bill Manbo, from Colors of Confinement by Eric L. Muller (2012).
Allan Sekula, "Good ship bad ship (Limassol) 1–2 (detail)" (1999–2010)
Allan Sekula, Good ship bad ship (Limassol) 1–2 (detail) (1999–2010). Courtesy of Christopher Grimes Gallery.
Installation view of "Made in L.A. 2014". Samara Golden, Thank You (2014)
Photo by Brian Forrest. Installation view of Made in L.A. 2014. Samara Golden, Thank You (2014). Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.
Mikiko Hara, "Untitled (Agnus Dei)" (1998; printed ca. 2007)
Mikiko Hara, Untitled (Agnus Dei) (1998; printed ca. 2007). Courtesy of the Getty Museum.

With its countless cultural landmarks and artistic hot spots, America’s second-largest city delivers on its reputation as the creative capital of the world. This week’s shows are all about photography, so if you find yourself in sunny LA during the month of August, and want to swap the selfies for some seriously powerful pictures, don’t miss these must-see events. Japan is in the spotlight, with curated exhibitions at Fahey/Klein Gallery and the Getty, each exploring the aesthetics of modern Japan. In addition, the Japanese American National Museum has a special show focusing on the life of Japanese Americans during World War II. You can also keep it local with Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum, or Driving L.A. at Craig Krull Gallery, a show whose theme will feel very familiar to anyone who has navigated the city’s infamously congested freeways. There is also The Faces of America at dnj Gallery, a survey of the cultural and environmental elements that shape national identity. Or Allan Sekula: Ship of Fools at Christopher Grimes Gallery, which documents the process of adapting a cargo vessel for a multimedia exhibition site. A more experimental experience can be had at Wild Nights at Boîte Noire Gallery and Soft Target at M+B, Whatever your artistic inclinations, be sure to check out these exciting exhibitions.


Exhibition: Driving L.A.

When: July 12–August 23, 2014

Where: Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Building B-3, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Exhibition: Ramona Rosales: Outside the Lines

When: July 10–August 24, 2014

Where: De Soto Gallery, 1350 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, California 90291


Exhibition: Wild Nights

When: April 23–August 29, 2014

Where: Boîte Noire Gallery, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, Space B222, West Hollywood, California 90069


Exhibition: Soft Target

When: June 26–August 30, 2014

Where: M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles, California 90069


Exhibition: The Faces of America

When: June 28–August 30, 2014

Where: dnj Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J-1, Santa Monica, California 90404


Exhibition: Formento & Formento: Japan Diaries

When: July 24–August 30, 2014

Where: Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036


Exhibition: Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II

When: May 3–August 31, 2014

Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012


Exhibition: Allan Sekula: Ship of Fools

When: July 3–September 6, 2014

Where: Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90401


Exhibition: Made in L.A. 2014

When: June 15–September 7, 2014 (with special events on August 15, 20, and 27)

Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90024


Exhibition: In Focus: Tokyo

When: August 5–December 14, 2014

Where: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90049

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