The Southern California art scene has centered on the likes of such world-class creators as David Hockney, Ed Ruscha and Ed Moses. We may not be Basil or Manhattan but we don't necessarily want to be. We march to the beat of our own drummer, and as a result are always spawning new and exciting creative talent from LA's art galleries, museums and events.
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Taking place the second Thursday of each month, Downtown Art Walk has seen thousands of visitors meander through the Gallery Row neighborhood. Art spaces stay open in the evening showcasing the newest exhibits. Some of them even host free talks and presentations.
Photo: Paul Nicklen Bellsund, Spitsbergen, Norway, July 2007
This 10,000 square foot museum/gallery facility hosts exhibitions of digital and print photography using state-of-the-art, high definition digital technology (for the former).
2000 Ave. of the Stars, #10
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Art isn't just on display in museums and galleries. It's all around us, on the streets, in the form of outdoor murals, public sculpture and in public spaces in the form of so-called background decor. You'll find it in unlikely locales--from Metro stations to LAX. The article linked above will help you open your eyes to some of them.
Make your way through the new Resnick Exhibition Pavillion, around the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and into the restaurants that make up LACMA, through this linked guide.
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LA is an image town in more ways than one. The moving image may garner the most attention in relation to the iconography of Los Angeles. But this town is also home to some incredible photo museums and galleries that channel that celluloid spirit and also feature work by architectural, landscape, abstract, surrealist and still life photographers.
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This multi-creative event hosted by a Los Angeles arts organization (which does community outreach through art and music education) brings together the work of emerging mixed media artists, including jewelry and fashion designers, video artists, performers and DJs and attendees often numbering 1500+.
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Whimsical, colorful and fanciful are three words that could be used to describe the art and artifacts found at Royal/T, a combination gallery, Japanese maid cafe and boutique in Culver City. If you're a fan of contemporary Japanese and Japanese-inspired pop art, this is your spot.
Painting of Billy Shire by Shawn Barber (Furnished by Lee Joseph Publicity)
Few seminal alternative arts institutions remain alive and kicking in ever-changing LA. But La Luz de Jesus is one of the rare lifers. The gallery attached to the Soap Plant (which sells soap, books, and odd household items) was once on Melrose but is today near Sunset Junction. La Luz--helmed by Billy Shire--has always been an outlet for alternative art and artists (many of whom have become household names in the wake of the 'Banksy Revolution'). Some of the creators who have shown here include Robert Williams, Mark Ryden, Liz McGrath Joe Coleman and Mark Mothersbaugh. In 2011, the art space celebrated its 25th anniversary.
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LA is an industry town, so it's not surprising that this affects even the local art scene. Some of your favorite actors and musicians may also be painters, sculptors or photographers, exhibiting at a gallery near you.
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This annual FADA (fine Art Dealers Association) event takes place at the Convention Center in Downtown. It showcases sculpture, painting, photography, and video art--from over 110 domestic and international galleries.