Weekend Plan: L.A.'s Top Four New Art Exhibits

12:42 AM PST 01/19/2014 by Christopher Wyrick

In the interim between the Golden Globes and the Grammys, head out to see these important shows this weekend, including pieces by painter Alfredo Ramos Martinez, whose patrons included Alfred Hitchcock.

The L.A. art world is starting off 2014 with a bang, with the headlining acts being the L.A. Art Show at the Convention Center, which goes through this Sunday, January 19 and Art Los Angeles Contemporary at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, which runs from Jan. 30 – Feb. 2. There are dozens of other exhibitions opening in the New Year around Los Angeles that shouldn’t be missed, including these four stand-outs:

Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California
Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E Union St, Pasadena
January 18 - April 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 7-9 pm

This exhibition in four parts examines the life work of Mexican-born Los Angeles painter Alfredo Ramos Martinez.  Martinez received commissions for his rich depictions of the people and landscapes of Mexico from a number of prominent figures in Hollywood from Alfred Hitchcock to Charles Laughton

Annie Lapin
Honor Fraser, 2622 S La Cienega Blvd
Through February 22, 2014

There is a great place where abstract painting seems to slide straight out of the landscape we inhabit and then depart poetically into a new universe with perverse, beautiful rules of time and space. The paintings of Annie Lapin have this amazing ability to feel both at home in this environment and provide a doorway to something yet to be discovered. Hollywood collectors are great because they are also creative a lot of the time. It is great to be able to talk to a collector isn't totally overwhelmed with somebody who has creativity. They get it.' Spotted at the show opening on the 11th were David Burtka, Molly Shannon and comedian Dmitri Martin.

Liz Larner
Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd

Through February 15, 2014

Liz Larner is a mainstay of the Los Angeles art scene and an important sculptor for her generation. Her seventh show with Regen Projects continues the artists’ exploration of the nature of sculpture as a physical and psychological phenomenon. A remarkable stainless steel X sculpture is featured in the new exhibition which is related to a commission from the prestigious Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Just Add Water
Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd
Through August 3

This powerful exhibition of large-scale watercolors by contemporary L.A. artist Rob Reynolds captures the story of the creation of the L.A. aqueduct in a poetic and insightful way. The installation of the works in the ornate rotunda harkens back to the days before LACMA when the museum was responsible for exhibiting everything from dinosaurs to Degas.

If these haven’t satisfied your art fix, here are seven more new art shows of note:

Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd
January 26 – May 18

This curious exhibition promises to be an unusual time capsule of lust and liquid addiction -- examining the way women were depicted in the art of Paris at the turn of the twentieth century. The show is a varied collection of prints, letters and ephemera from the Elisabeth Dean Collection, including works by Mary Cassatt and other important French artists.

Peter Fischli David Weiss: Polyurethane Objects
Matthew Marks Gallery, 1062 N Orange Grove Ave
January 18 - April 12

Leon Kossoff : London Landscapes
LA Louver, 45 N Venice Blvd.
January 23 – March 1

William E. Jones Heraclitus Fragment 124, Automatically Illustrated
David Kordansky Gallery, Unit A, 3143 S La Cienega Blvd
Through February 22

Tim Armstrong: Avenues & Alleyways
Subliminal Projects, 1331 Sunset Blvd
January 24 - February 22

Daniel Joseph Martinez: The report of my death is an exaggeration Memoirs: Of Becoming Narrenschiff
Roberts and Tilton, 5801 W Washington Blvd
Through March 8

Samara Golden / Jesse Mockrin
Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th Street
January 18 – February 18

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