The best art this spring is to be found in an eclectic mix from the surreal to formal gardens and origami, in an urban cityscape or with indoor collections and from world-class photography to impressionistic works. In all, a holistic environment enhances art on display or in action. Southlanders can celebrate another spring through creative genius and interpretation or with realistic renditions. These five opportunities evoke the shocking and sublime beginnings of the season of renewal.
Revolver Gallery of Beverly Hills
9459 Charleville Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Revolver Gallery of Beverly Hills breaks into another spring season with expositions and auctions beginning mid-February. Specializing in contemporary and modern art, the gallery is also an exclusive dealer of Andy Warhol works. The gallery itself is a work of art with “chic minimalist decor” and painted ceilings contrasting with polished concrete floors and the lighting system is designed to bring out the hues and vibrancy of Warhol’s work. From professional artists to aficionados, and from collectors to dealers, a visit is an experience of all that is Warhol.
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Downtown Art Walk – Los Angeles
411 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
From April 11th and then monthly throughout the spring, downtown L.A. comes to life with the Downtown Art Walk. The eclectic and diverse collections offer art for every taste, and the variety lends itself to new discoveries. The downtown area of the walk is littered with niche shops, galleries and classy bars with entertainment. Additionally, the several streets and blocks in the district offer a complete evening in a high-energy creative community environment, in what locals call “gallery row.”
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Date: Through April 27, 2014
With a wide-ranging collection of every possible subject, the ongoing spring special showing, titled “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years,” brings out the stark and sublime of our world. Lasting through the first half of spring, the showing studies the power of realistic photography as art. One hundred years before the Internet opened eyes to the world in images, the National Geographic magazine sent out the best photographers to capture people, cultures and nature monthly. Emotions of understanding are evoked, and the photo art brings out the depth of its subjects. From landscape vistas to close-ups of people, and from the familiar to the exotic, viewers will be struck by the quality and professionalism of the individual photo artists.
Cherry Blossom Festival At Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Date: March 22-23, 2014 at 9am
The cherry tree’s brilliant pink blossoms announce spring’s advent, and at the Cherry Blossom Festival in March, the Descanso Gardens are bringing Japan’s cultural tradition to the Southland once again. The entire event is a reverent welcoming of the season of rebirth. Cherry trees will be on sale, the art of origami is to be demonstrated, Minyo Station will meld western pop and Japanese traditional music in concert, and more. The garden, in and of itself, is a demonstration of the art of gardening. The sedate and sublime essence of that tradition is enjoyed amid the refined gardens with fine cuisine, enactments and guided walks.
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Museum of Contemporary Art – Room to Live
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Through March, 2014
“Room to Live: Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collection” runs through late March with “room-scale” art at The Museum of Contemporary Art. Founded in 1979, the directors have built an extensive collection dating back to the 1940s and the MOCA is the only museum dedicated to contemporary art in the Southland as well. With this showing, curator Bennett Simpson includes works from the 1960s in traditional media such as sculpture, painting and drawing, but with the sixties generation of artists, we began to see photography and video/film as well as installation art start to take hold of the public’s imagination. Room to Li
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