The City of Angels played host to some particularly notable art shows on the last days of November, with several exquisite shows covering sculpting, word art, and even an exhibit about a hole in a building partition.
- Painted in Mexico: 1700-1900
(Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., through 12/16/17)
- An art show full of contemporary pieces of 18th to 20th century Mexico, with a notable focus on the complex and nuanced cultural realities of the country in those times, wherein the casta, the social rank system devised by the Spanish for the Mexican colonies, inspired an entire genre, named after the aforementioned social rank system. One particular piece shows a Spanish soldier, one of many entrusted with quelling the Native American rebellions, taking an albino toddler from her morisca
- Tomorrow’s Man 4
(Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, through 12/22/17)
- A group show with a unique twist on word art, with giant words like ‘WASTE LAND’, ‘CHRONIC PAIN’, and ‘BURIED ALIVE’ superimposed on photos of picturesque pink roses. This exhibit was curated by Jack Pierson, with his works being featured in this exhibit. The art is all layered on top of each other in such a way that the whole experience of the exhibit, filled with bleak, and dystopian sensibilities, matters far more than any individual work. Overall, the exhibit exudes a dark joviality, akin to gallows humor. The exhibit sets its stall out early, with two red, black, and white signs from Shari Elf flank the entrance to the exhibit, one marked with the word ‘SURRENDER’, the other saying ‘SIGN FROM GOD’.
- Cherry and Martin Gallery’s partition hole
(Cherry and Martin Gallery, 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd., Mid-City, through 1/27/18)
- An oddity if nothing else, this ‘exhibit’ isn’t in a particular space in the Cherry and Martin Gallery. Rather, it’s a display located in a hole in the partition wall that separates the front and back half of the gallery. Here, a narrow table with cinderblocks for legs stretches through the opening, topped by odd, irregularly shaped ceramic pieces by local artist Adam Silverman. The whole exhibit gives off an aura of precariousness, with the uneven, lumpy sculptures sitting on a table barely able to contain them.