Everything You Need To Know On L.A.'s Art Scene This Week

by Alexis Hyde · April 22, 2011

April is halfway over and spring is timidly threatening to stay permanently. You should encourage spring to stay sprung by going outside and doing new things, like seeing art in venues you may have not gone to before! Or see shows that are inspired by being outside (my plan) and not necessarily be outside unless the thermometer in my the car guarantees me it is over 73 degrees. Don't follow my example kids, I've said it before, I'll say it again. I'm a weather weenie. Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you next week, same time, same place.

Opening

1. Tonight, THIS Gallery is having an opening for Terri & Gary that promises to be different than anything else showing in LA right now. The last few openings I have been to at this gallery have been next level, shall I see you there?

2. On Saturday, ACME Gallery is holding a reception for their exhibition of Julia Haft-Candell's works. They are so intricate and involved. Prepare to spend a lot of time absorbing.

3. Also on Saturday, Marc Foxx is opening a Kris Martin (different Kris Martin) show. I am so excited about this show because Martin is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. (Yes, I just did that. Stop judging.)

Ongoing

1. MOCA "Art of the Streets"...duh.

2. I hear that the Diane Arbus photographs at Gagosian are amazing and that they have the whole space open again. Get it while the getting is good, we don't get extensive views of Arbus' work in L.A. Go view it and thank Larry The One Who Must Not Be Named for gracing us with this gift.

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2. The only image I have doesn't make the Liza Lou exhibition currently up at L&M in Venice look very interesting, but I promise you, her attention to detail is unmatched and when you are leaving you will wonder where the time went.

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News!!

1. RIP to Tim Hetherington, the documentary photographer and Oscar-nominated director of Restrepo. [ArtInfo]

2. Christie's is auctioning off Warhol's last self-portrait. Very intimate. [Koco]

3. Street artist Space Invader was busted outside of MOCA while "vandalizing/street arting" the area. The Police Department is concerned that this will be a trend surrounding MOCA's "Art of the Streets" show…duh. [Hyperallergic]

4. Hey L.A.! Shepard Fairey has been commissioned to do a mural at the West Hollywood Library and he has some questions for you while he is researching his inspiration. Take the survey and be a part of local art history! [Mondette]

5. Does fashion belong in museums? Art snobs seem to be divided. I say yes (on some), what say you? [The Cut]

6. Remember when I told you that some Native Americans (rightly so) were protesting a nature museum because it was going to be on their ancient burial grounds? No? Well, they were but now it doesn't matter because there is no funding for the project anyway. Like everything else. [Curbed LA]

7. One man's loss is another's gain! The SoCal Nature museum is getting $30 million in state funding! [Culture Monster]

*For more from Alexis see her blog hydeordie.com and follow her @hydeordie.

[Space Invader photo via; Haft-Candell installation via; Diane Arbus photo via; Liza Lou photo via; Warhol self-portrait via; Shepard Fairey mural via; Rodarte at MOCA via]