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This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Los Angeles is home to more museums per capita than any other U.S. city (topping 100) and far more galleries. To winnow the best to catch this fall, THR spoke to some of Hollywood’s A-list art collectors about what to see by year’s end, including in the emerging gallery nexus centered around Highland and Santa Monica boulevards. (Already home to Regen Projects, Hannah Hoffman and Perry Rubenstein, it will be joined early next year by Michael Kohn Gallery.) Another tip: On Nov. 1 and 2, head to Culver City’s gallery row, where 14 galleries will hold openings. To keep up year-round with L.A.’s best art happenings, sign up for the weekly art blasts of For Your Art (foryourart.com/join).
CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Soul Stirring: African American Self-Taught Artists From the South
There’s a purity and magic in these works by such artists as Sam Doyle, Clementine Hunter and Nellie Mae Rowe. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, through April 6.
Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul
The filmmaker’s 18-minute, five-channel video work explores the intricate landscape etchings of Dutch Golden Age painter Hercules Segers. “Installation pieces seem like such a natural progression for his work. Anything Werner Herzog does is worth checking out, as he is truly one of a kind,” says Warner Bros. senior vp production Sarah Schechter. 1200 Getty Center Drive, through Jan. 19.
Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible
This retrospective of the late Texan painter — who turned his abstract visions into intimate landscapes of archetypal objects (the moon, a horse) — has been taken in by Peter Morton, Dana Delany and Rita Wilson. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., through Jan. 5.
David Hockney: Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos
The artist who made the California swimming pool so iconic is back in town. “I love his process to produce the videos. Hockney attached 18 cameras to his car to record the surroundings as he drove through the landscape of Yorkshire, England,” says OWN business and legal affairs head Tina Perry (who also is board vice chair of the soon-to-open nonprofit art space The Mistake Room.) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Nov. 3-Jan. 20.
MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER
Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland
MOCA goes retro macho with Finland’s erotic drawings and Mizer’s photos of California beefcake. 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, Nov. 2-Jan. 26.
NORTON SIMON MUSEUM
Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints
A wide spectrum of prints by the searing Spaniard will be joined by one of his finest portraits, Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, on loan from the Frick Collection. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Dec. 6-March 3.
PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART
A can’t-miss look at the work of California’s shining light of abstract expressionism. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, through Jan. 5.
Painter Dodge’s recent work is a more abstracted evolution of his existential, junkyard-like landscapes. 6150 Wilshire Blvd., Nov. 23-Dec. 21.
BLUM & POE
Shaw is the Goya of our time, but where Goya used donkeys, bats and giants in allegories of man’s folly, Shaw uses a vocabulary of flames, superheroes and everyday appliances in fantastical send-ups of the modern world. 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, Nov. 1-Dec. 21.
Vance’s abstractions purr with the electricity of a Hendrix solo. 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, Nov. 1-Jan. 4.
The late photographer’s first solo exhibition in L.A. in more than 30 years features 100 shots of such subjects as Brigitte Bardot and models Penelope Tree and Christy Turlington. “He’s a great artist who captured a fashion moment,” says writer-producer and MOCA board co-chair Maria Arena Bell. 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, Nov. 1-Dec. 21.
This show of paintings at Hannah Hoffman is an incredible opportunity to see some of the formative work of the late German artist who studied with Joseph Beuys. 1010 N. Highland Ave., through Dec. 7.
“One word: Warhol,” says Perry of this show, which highlights the little kid in Andy with a focus on his images of spaceships and toy robots. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, Nov. 2-Dec. 21.
OVERDUIN AND KITE
Molzan makes deconstructed, almost Dadaist works that auctioneer and LACMA board member Viveca Paulin-Ferrell calls “unpredictable and humorous. I like how she approaches painting like sculpture — so you end up with both.” 6693 Sunset Blvd., Nov. 10-Dec. 21.
Breitz has made a name on the international scene for photos and video works (CAA agent Thao Nguyen is a fan) that delve into the spectacle of worldwide cinema, from Hollywood and Bollywood to Nigeria’s Nollywood.
1215 N. Highland Ave., through Dec. 14.
Entertainment attorney Alan Hergott recommends new work by blue-chip L.A. artist Pittman, known for his intricate and colorful large-scale paintings: “I just saw the work in his studio. It’s heroic, tour de force painting.” 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Nov. 9-Dec. 21.
» Public Art
LAND (LOS ANGELES NOMADIC DIVISION)
Wildflowering L.A., says Nguyen, is “an exciting public art project activating 50 sites through native wildflower plantings.” Wooden signs marking the publicly visible sites will begin popping up around the city in the next few months, followed by spring flowers. nomadicdivision.org
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