Join me this week in and around the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles — click HERE for photos and more details. While you’re here, eat and drink at our local spots – click HERE for my current Top 10 plus other recommended places to go.
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ONGOING: Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk
The longest-running event of its kind in the city, meet your neighbors and get some exercise while ensuring our community’s safety. Co-founded by Joel Bloom, the weekly event has been kept alive since 2007 by local photographer Scot Ezzell and others.
Meet at The Pie Hole @ 716 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013
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CONTINUING: Witness Los Angeles: Investigating Our City through the Block Print by William J. Acedo
PUBLIC HOURS: Wednesday-Sunday @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Thursday, May 31
Stop by and see these detailed block prints of downtown scenes by local artist William J. Acedo, which are remarkable for their hallucinogenically lucid detail, texture, and visual depth. Acedo is an artist/sculptor who has lived in Downtown Los Angeles since 1988. He joined Self Help Graphics “De Los Abajos” Print Collective in 2005. There, he created a series of prints — many of which are on view in this exhibition.
District Gallery @ 740 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
FRIDAY 4/20 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
OPENING: Large: Paintings of Wicked Adults by Raul Guerrero, Anna Stump, and Tim Youd
PUBLIC HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday @ 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Friday, June 8
Painting the human figure is a bit of an anachronism in the contemporary art world. Painting LARGE figures is a statement of defiance.Three contemporary artists who paint large, emotionally messy and questionably moral figurative compositions demonstrate that “size DOES matter.” In contrast to their large works, each artist also presents small sketches, providing insight into their creative processes.
Warehouse Gallery of Art Share Los Angeles @ 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013
SATURDAY 4/21 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
GRAND OPENING & INAUGURAL EXHIBIT: L.A. Freewalls Inside
PUBLIC HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday @ 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Wednesday, June 6
Celebrate the opening of the LALA Gallery, an international street art gallery by renowned L.A. Freewalls and Jetset Graffiti founder Daniel Lahoda. The inaugural exhibition features over 30 artists who have helped make Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District one of the biggest and most recognizable public art spaces in the world. In addition to Shepard Fairey, Risk, Saber, Swoon, How & Nosm, and Ron English, this group show includes Anthony Lister, Askew One, Becca, Cern, Chris Brand, Cryptik, Cyrcle, Dale Vn Marshall, Dan Witz, Daze, Dee Dee Cheriel, Evan Skrederstu, Insa, Jaybo, Kim West, Kofie, Lady Aiko, Ludo, Mear, The Perv Brothers,Poesia, Push, Pyro, Ripo, and Zes.
LALA Gallery @ 1335 Willow St., 2nd Fl. (near Villains Tavern), Los Angeles 90013
SATURDAY 4/21 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
GRAND OPENING & INAUGURAL EXHIBITS: Coney Island of the Mind by Tim Youd + Beuys in the Basement by Michael Montfort
PUBLIC HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday @ 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM free of charge and by appointment through Sunday, June 3
Celebrating 20 years of publishing Coagula Art Journal, join acclaimed editor, art critic, curator and Arts District stakeholder Mat Gleason for this grand opening of his premiere exhibition space of contemporary art and two inaugural shows: CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND, a solo show by artist Tim Youd, which combines his love of literature with his lust for the flesh; and BEUYS IN THE BASEMENT, an exhibition of never-before-seen photographs of artist Josef Beuys taken in the 1960s by the late German emigre photographer Michael Montfort.
Coagula Curatorial @ 977 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles 90012
SUNDAY 4/22 @ 10:45 AM
EVENT: Little Tokyo Blessing of the Animals
Bring your furry loved ones for a unique Japanese-style Blessing of the Animals.
Centenary United Methodist Church @ 300 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90013
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