I grew up in Orange County, and as a rule my parents took me and my two brothers on regular outings to Downtown LA in the 80s to get some culture beyond the 'Orange Curtain.' I vividly recall visits to exhibits at The Temporary Contemporary (MOCA) followed by bowls of borscht at the infamous Gorky's near Skid Row, Mexican meals at Serenata de Garibaldi, and shopping trips to the gritty streets of the Garment District. The steamy and gritty LA of the 80s has been transformed in recent years into a trendy area of designer residences, hip restaurants and young galleries. While I had an amazing art and gourmand filled weekend in '#DTLA' (I recall posting somewhere "That I Love LA" with Randy Newman lyrics in mind) I was aware that this is a far different DTLA than what I grew up on.
Now for my LA 'Reel'.
The reason for my trip was to see the retrospective of Larry Sultan's work at LACMA. I first saw his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego in the late 80s with my mom and dad. The show was Pictures from Home, and was a body of work that has informed the way I think about family and photography. It was fitting that I met my folks in LA to see this show, which was tremendous and equally moving.
Anish Kapoor was quite spectacular at Regen Projects in Hollywood.
Julie Opperman was beautifully installed and shimmered at Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City.
UCSB alum Laura Krifka had an entrancing Baroque style exhibition at CB1 Gallery. Her video was phenomenal.
Daniela Comani's exhibition was wickedly good at Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown.
I had a great studio visit with former Marx & Zavattero alum Timothy Nolan, whose studio was bursting with great work including his large scale Restack sculpture.
William Hunt's solo show Playing the Goat at Ibid was captivating, and there were many more great shows.
The food was also great as was the company. Thanks LA!