Art Picks: February 1–14, 2018

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Some great L.A. museum exhibitions are opening later this month including a Jasper Johns show at The Broad which I can’t wait to see. In the meantime, I’m recommending a few PST:LA/:LA exhibitions that are still open (the initiative officially closed last month) and worth seeing. I’ve also listed a special opportunity to support artists affected by the devastating Thomas Fire through a benefit exhibition at the Porch Gallery in Ojai (more details below).

Los Angeles Picks

LACMA (L.A.) PST:LA/LA exhibitions

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 (through April 1). Take note interior design and architecture enthusiasts, this exhibition offers an in-depth look at design dialogues between California and Mexico with more than 250 objects on display–from furniture and ceramics to clothing and more. 

Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici (through March 18). The first major museum survey to explore the history of Mexican painting during the late Baroque era, Painted in Mexico made the L.A. Times critic’s list of 2017 Top 10 Art Exhibitions.

Skirball (L.A.) PST:LA/LA exhibitions

Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales: Murals, Signs, and Mark‐Making in LA (closes February 25). Comprised of over 140 photographs by interdisciplinary artist Ken Gonzales, Surface Tension documents the visual and cultural impact of street murals across the L.A. landscape–from East LA to Venice Beach, from Pacoima to South LA.

Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico (closes February 25). Learn about the life and work of Anita Brenner, an American Jewish writer who played an important role in promoting and translating Mexican history and culture to Americans. You’ll see work by leading artists active in Mexico at the time–like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Tina Modotti– that influenced Brenner’s work and that she knew well.


Ventura–Santa Barbara Pick

Porch Gallery (Ojai):

The Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition (February 1–March 11) features the work of over 40 artists. Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund. The fund represents a grassroots initiative (­a collaborative effort by the Porch Gallery Ojai, The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, and participating artists) to provide cash grants to artists in the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties seriously affected by the Thomas fire. I’ll be at the opening reception this Sat., Feb. 3, from 5-7 pm and I hope to see you there too. 

See you in the galleries!



Image Credits: 

Installation shot of  “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico,1915–1985” at LACMA, 2017.  Photo courtesy of LACMA.

Installation shot of “Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark‐Making in LA ” at Skirball LA, 2017.  Photo Courtesy of Skirball L.A.

Installation shot of “Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition” at the Porch Gallery Ojai, 2018. Photo by Rowanne Henry, 2018.

Joshua Abarbanel, Hull 01, 2016. Stained and unstained wood, concrete, paint.  h: 13, w: 24, d: 24. Available at the Porch Gallery Ojai “Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition.” Photo by Rowanne Henry, 2018


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