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The Weekly Round Up: Art in LA

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By Arely Villegas for LAist

“Despite the thriving community of artists, Los Angeles has a shitty history of maintaining the kinds of institutions that artists (and the people who care about art) richly deserve.”- Andrew Berardini

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Image Swap at Actual Size gallery this week.
In recent months, there's been tons of media attention on the Los Angeles art scene: With former art dealer Jeffrey Deitch appointed museum director; philanthropist Eli Broad announcing the downtown location of his anticipated art museum and Los Angeles as the main focus of this year’s ARCO Madrid art fair…. There are so many more examples of the new found attention, but at the end of the day the individuals that deserve all the attention are those that help keep the city’s art community alive: Artists, curators, scholars, gallerists, and even us, the aficionados. Through a weekly update, we'll keep you informed of art openings, lectures, performances, new museum shows, and perhaps even an art world rant or two.

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Today

  • Fort Da // Sampler at Neutra VDL Research House(Silver Lake) at 5pm. A site specific installation by Mexican artist Santiago Borja. Join Borja and his collaborators as he installs a temporary, functioning textile loom, transforming architect Richard Neutra’s historic VDL research House.

Thursday November 18


  • The Artist’s Museum Exhibition at MOCA - Grand and Geffen locations (Downtown & Little Tokyo). Free (or donations based) from 5-8 pm.
  • Untitled (Pie), 2010 at Machine Project (Echo Park) from 7-10 pm. Pie for both your stomach and a good cause!: For one night only, Machine Project would be transformed into a Pie Shop, under the designing influence of art director, Julia Luke and the night’s host (pie director), Sarah Williams. All of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank.
  • Design Loves Art at Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood). 5-8:30 pm. Last year the Pacific Design Center offered art galleries and artists the opportunity to take over the PDC’s vacant spaces, free of charge, in hopes of keeping the blue whale alive. The efforts paid off since galleries responded and new gallerists move in. The Fall season brings us new projects, from Gemini G.E.L to artist Piero Golia’s project space. The hit of the night will be Annie Wharton Los Angeles with the show, The Way the Morning Broke.
  • Artist Talk: Karen Lofgren and Andrew Berardini at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Hollywood). 7-9 pm. Art critic, curator, Andrew Berardini promises an in depth conversation with artist, Karen Lofgren, in conjunction to Lofgren’s current on site installation, Signs Point to Yes.

Friday November 19, 2010


  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) LA at USC Roski School MFA Gallery (Downtown). 7-10 pm. The fourth installment of BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) comes to Los Angeles. For a night of projections and performances in the nexus of 31 artists and 31 projections. Other locations include Berlin, Athens, and New York. The participating artists include, Fernando Sanchez, Pascual Sisto, Samara Golden, Eugene Kotlyarenko, and many more…Don’t miss the after party at Show Cave in Eagle Rock.
  • Busts: My Personal Winter: Samara Golden at Workspace Gallery (Lincoln Heights) from 7-10 pm. Join artist, Samara Golden for the closing reception of Busts: My Personal Winter. A large scale, live video installation compromised of small scaled sculptures of individuals whom she discussed the concept of the work.
  • Automatic Exposure at Tribal Café (Echo Park). 8-11 pm. The AMAR Collective collaborates with performance artist, Gloria Bosque (Killsonic), for an Instant Film art show. The opening reception hosts musical performances from Los Angeles local artist, Buffalo Electric, Luna is Honey and Miranda Macias.

Saturday November 20, 2010


  • Image Swap at Actual Size. 1-4 pm. In conjunction with the exhibition, Consuerga/Wintergarten Ltd, artists Eduardo Consuerga and Parker Davis will host a magazine/photograph swap with the participating audience. Join the Image Swap to trade your magazines, and or photographs with artists and collectors.
  • Tit for Twat: The Release at Commonwealth & Council (Hollywood). 3-5 pm. Join Commonwealth & Council for the closing reception of Tit for Twat: The Release by artist, Kaucyila Brooke.
  • Robbie Canal: The Missing Link at Country Club (West Hollywood). 6-9 pm. A survey of political artist, Robbie Canal. Canal is a prominent component to the 1980s Los Angeles art scene exploring text and the use of images as a satirical weapon.
  • Lisa Sanditz: Stateside & Brian Sharp at ACME Gallery (Mid Wilshire). 6-8 pm. The opening reception of Lisa Sanditz, Stateside and a second show of works by artist, Brian Sharp.
  • The Big Four at Steve Turner Contemporary (Mid Wilshire). 6-8 pm. Four sculptures of four Los Angeles based artists: Liz Glynn, Michael Decker, Jed Lind, and Jacob Yanes. If you’re not already familiarized with Liz Glynn’s work and you have an uncanny taste for sculpture, we urge you to not miss this show.
  • Maya Lujan, Alice Clements, & Tyler Stallings at Jancar Gallery (Chinatown). 6-9 pm.Tom Jancar presents three new exhibitions, with works from artists, Maya Lujan, The Gap, Alice Clements, In The Basement, and Tyler Stallings, Deinstalled Paintings.
  • Mira Schor: Paintings From The Nineties To Now at CB1 Gallery (Downtown). 5-8 pm. The anticipated exhibition of New York artist Mira Schor surveys her work in the 1990s. CB1, has by far proven its credibility to run as a professional art gallery, not to mention the fact of its location-- the heart of downtown LA. (A good gallery in the area, for a change.)

Sunday November 21, 2010


  • Five Points Reading: Word For Word at Workspace Gallery (Lincoln Heights). 7 pm. Workspace Gallery returns with their highly anticipated, Five Points Reading Series. For Sunday’s reading, critic and curator, Caherine Taft joins LA Times book critic, David L. Ulin, writer Michelle Tea, and writer Ali Liebegott. Past series have brought us Los Angeles food guru, Jonathan Gold and one of Warhol’s muse, artist, Mary Woronov. Organized by Nikki Darling and Kate Wolf.