Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

Illuminating the Los Angeles Art Scene

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Conference

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Conference

This week, Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours is representing the entire Los Angeles art scene for a national contingent of development and urban design thinkers, the Urban Land Institute, who have flocked to the LA Convention Center to attend land-use themed seminars.

Despite conference attendees’ natural appetite for urban exploration, like most conventioneers, their view of our amazing city is likely to be restricted to hotel rooms and the less-than-inspiring downtown Convention Center which, despite Alexis Smith’s impressive terazzo lobby, remains pretty much a cookie-cutter version of any other city’s convention center. LAAGT is here with a team of LA cultural representatives to deliver a little taste of the free-flowing creative energy that our little megalopolis has to offer.

Positive energy abounds here, thanks both to the enthusiastic innovative spirit of the conference’s attendees and also to KCRW’s brilliant and ebullient Frances Anderton, of Design and Architecture (DnA) fame, who along with public relations firm, Secret Agent PR, organized our portion of the event.

 


Matt Johnson, Star in a Jar, 2011, glass, electronics, 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x3 1/2 inches, pedestal: 40 1/2 x 21 x 21 inches

Matt Johnson, Star in a Jar, 2011, glass, electronics, 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x3 1/2 inches, pedestal: 40 1/2 x 21 x 21 inches

From the first time I saw his sculptures in 2003, I’ve been struck by the strange, invisible mystery that flows through most of Matt Johnson’s work. That aspect of his artistic output has been easy to miss, since it has frequently been obscured by the artist’s unusual brand of deadpan humor – (most publicly visible in the emblematic and tiny sculpture of a slice of bread with a face bitten out of it that graced street banners advertising the Hammer Museum’s 2005 THING exhibition.)

Matt Johnson, Breadface, 2004, cast plastic and oil paint, 3 3/4 x 4 x 3/4 inches

Matt Johnson, Breadface, 2004, cast plastic and oil paint, 3 3/4 x 4 x 3/4 inches

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Pacific Standard Time

With three art fairs and an unprecedented number of major museum shows all opening over the course of this weekend – all swimming together in tandem as the official launch of Pacific Standard Time – the already vibrant Los Angeles art scene is coming alive as never before! (more…)