Don't Miss These Art Exhibits in Los Angeles this Fall

"Stools" and "Zodiac" by Ai Weiwei | Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles
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Fall is the official start of the “Art Season” and the Museums and Galleries in Los Angeles runneth over in fantastic and thoughtful work. Below are a few things we think you can’t miss. They include the Ai Weiwei invasion that opened September 28, the art of Black Sabbath (yes, Ozzy) and much more. Come for a visit, or just get off your couch and hop on the Metro and check out at all the beautiful (and sometimes weird) art shows L.A. has to offer.

Ai Weiwei in L.A: Sept. 28, 2018 – March 3, 2019

"Life Cycle" by Ai Weiwei at Marciano Art Foundation
"Life Cycle" by Ai Weiwei at Marciano Art Foundation | Instagram by @kjtheplugg

Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle - Marciano Art Foundation (Sept. 28, 2018 - March 3, 2019)
Marciano Art Foundation stages its third installation in the Theater Gallery, a piece by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. This exhibition is Ai’s first in a major institution in Los Angeles and features the new and previously unseen work Life Cycle (2018) – a sculptural response to the global refugee crisis. The exhibition also includes his iconic installations Sunflower Seeds (2010) and Spouts (2015).

"Zodiac" - Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Hollywood (Sept. 29, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019)
The highly anticipated Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Hollywood opened on September 29 with Zodiac, an Ai Weiwei survey show which includes a reprise of an installation of 6,000 wooden stools (Stools, 2013) representing hundreds of years of Chinese history. Also on view are new depictions of the Chinese zodiac built out of Legos and works inspired by the cats who inhabit Ai’s studio.

“Cao/Humanity” - UTA Artist Space (Oct. 4 - Dec. 1, 2018)
Not just an artist, Ai Weiwei is also the architect of the Beijing National Stadium (aka "the Bird's Nest"), which was designed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The new UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills is also one of his buildings, which opened here in July 2018. He is showing a series of marble pieces in the public space.

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush - ICA/CAAM (Sept. 23, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019)

Nina Chanel Abney, "Untitled (Yo 123)", 2015
Nina Chanel Abney, "Untitled (Yo 123)", 2015. Unique ultrachrome pigmented print, spray paint, and acrylic on canvas, 56 × 56 in. (142.24 × 142.24 cm) Private collection. Image courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Nina Chanel Abney

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush is the artist's first solo museum exhibition. Abney is revitalizing narrative figurative painting, and as a skillful storyteller, she visually articulates the complex social dynamics of contemporary urban life. Her works are informed as much by mainstream news media as they are by animated cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites, and tabloid magazines. The ten-year survey of the artist’s paintings, watercolors, and collages will be presented jointly by the Institute of Contemporary Art and the California African American Museum (CAAM).

Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School - Petersen Automotive Museum (Sept. 27, 2018 – June 2019)

Robert Williams, "Hot Rod Race," 1976
Robert Williams, "Hot Rod Race," 1976 | Photo courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum

Before the 1994 incarnation of an art publication named Juxtapoz, subculture and its artists were not often taken seriously by traditional institutions - so they made their own. Sound familiar? If you like art that includes hotrods, and takes inspiration from comic books, tattoos, psychedelic posters, surfing, skateboarding, street art and B-movie monsters, Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School is for you. The all-star artist lineup Includes: Shag, Chaz Bojorquez, Mister Cartoon, Robert Crumb, Von Dutch, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Rick Griffin, Makoto Kobayashi, Frank Kozik, Laurie Lipton, Estevan Oriol, Gary Panter, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Mark Ryden, Eric White, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams and S. Clay Wilson and more.

Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo - Hammer Museum (Sept. 27 - Dec. 30, 2018)

Victor Hugo, "Ma destinée" (My destiny), 1867
Victor Hugo, "Ma destinée" (My destiny), 1867. Brown ink and wash and white gouache on paper. 6 3/4 × 10 3/8 in. (17.2 × 26.4 cm). Maisons de Victor Hugo, Paris / Guernesey, MVHP.D.927 © Maisons de Victor Hugo, Paris / Guernesey / Roger-Viollet

Poet, novelist, playwright and critic Victor Hugo (1802–1885) was a preeminent figure in the social, political and cultural life of nineteenth century France. One of the greatest writers of all time, (Les Miserables, anyone?) he was also an accomplished draftsman and produced a lesser known but remarkable body of works on paper. Hugo drew in private, and although over three thousand pieces survive today - they were rarely seen in public during his lifetime. 

Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions - Hammer Museum (Oct. 7, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019)

Adrian Piper, "Everything #2.8", 2003
Adrian Piper, "Everything #2.8", 2003. Photograph photocopied on graph paper and sanded with sandpaper, with printed text, 8.5" x 11" (21.6 x 27.9 cm). Private Collection. © Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin

Artist Adrian Piper secretly emigrated from the United States in 2005. She disappeared for many months, and eventually resurfaced in Berlin and has never left. Concepts and Intuitions is an expansive, 50-year retrospective of the firebrand artist that features more than 270 works of drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, painting, sculpture, and sound. Piper’s groundbreaking work has profoundly shaped Conceptual art since the 1960s, exerting an incalculable influence on artists working today.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Skirball Cultural Center (Oct. 19, 2018 - March 10, 2019)

"Notorious RBG" at Skirball Cultural Center
"Notorious RBG" | Photo courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

Based upon the New York Times bestselling book of the same name, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an original exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center created in partnership with the book’s co-authors, who founded the popular Tumblr that earned Ginsburg Internet fame. Through archival photographs and documents, contemporary art, media, and interactives, the exhibition will present a unique take on the American legal system and civic rights movements through the lens of Ginsburg’s public service. Woven throughout the exhibition will be briefs and other writings by Ginsburg, including some of her most famously searing dissents. In keeping with the spirit of the book, the exhibition will riff off the playful connection between the Justice and Notorious B.I.G. (as she likes to point out, they were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York). The name of each gallery section will allude to a song or lyric from the late hip-hop artist.

Never Say Die! Celebrating 50 Years of Black Sabbath - Subliminal Projects (Oct. 19 - Nov. 17, 2018)

Black Sabbath print by Shepard Fairey at Subliminal Projects
Black Sabbath print by Shepard Fairey at Subliminal Projects | Instagram by @subliminalprojects

Sabbath fans rejoice. NEVER SAY DIE! Celebrating 50 Years of Black Sabbath is an exhibition of historical photos, ephemera, and memorabilia of Ozzy’s legendary band, curated by HOME OF METAL, a super fan site, and art curated by SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS. Rumor has it there’s a special concert following the opening reception.

DabsMyla: Things That Can't be Seen

 Fresh off their inspiring floral installation at BEYOND THE STREETS, Husband and wife team, DABSMYLA have created over 20 new large scale paintings, works on paper, debut handmade ceramics and yes, another unforgettable installation. THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SEEN, is their most ambitious show to date. The new mid - mod “interiors” compliment the visual play of new sub conscious characters and human figures, and happen to corellate with the other art in the room. Can you make the connections? Level up. On view October 20 – November 11, 2018. 8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife - Getty Villa (Oct. 31, 2018 – March 18, 2019)

Opening right in time for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife at the Getty Villa invokes Greek spirits in their latest offering. Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples, this exhibition explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died? Find out! 

Rauschenberg: The ¼ Mile or 2 Furlong Piece - LACMA (Oct. 28, 2018 - June 9, 2019)

Robert Rauschenberg’s The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981–98) was created over 17 years and composed of 190 panels that, when combined, measure approximately a quarter mile in length. An eclectic array of materials comprise the piece: textiles, mass media images, and photographs by the artist intermingle with bold passages of paint, while everyday objects such as chairs, cardboard boxes, and traffic lights add sculptural depth. Audio of ambient street sounds recorded during his travels will complement the experience. This presentation is the first time The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong piece will be exhibited in its monumental entirety.

Open Now, Don’t Miss

David Lynch "I Was a Teenage Insect" at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
David Lynch "I Was a Teenage Insect" at Kayne Griffin Corcoran | Instagram by @kaynegriffincorcoran

David Lynch: I Was a Teenage Insect at Kayne Griffin Corcoran until November 3
Fans of David Lynch, Twin Peaks and his austere repertoire of movies will know that the director went to art school to become a painter. To him, his films are just “moving paintings.” So, it makes sense that every once in a while, a new crop of paintings, drawings, and watercolors will escape his fertile mind.