New Art Exhibits in LA

Leslie Chen, Staff Writer

There are so many museums and art galleries here in Los Angeles (LA) that with all the shows rotating in and out, it can be hard to keep up. No one wants to be the last person to learn about a cool exhibit when it’s closing down and moving out of town. Here is your guide to some of the new must-see art exhibits in LA.

Alex “Defer” Kizu: Skyroom in the LA Louver: LA street artist Alex Kizu, who goes by the name “Defer”, has recently become a prominent figure in local galleries. Some of his most famous shows include Roll Call and Don’t Believe the Hype, which focused on the role of Chinese-Americans in hip hop culture. For this solo show, he will be creating a massive, intricate mural on an open-roof outdoor “skyroom” structure. He started his work in early October; in an interview with the museum, Kizu described the room as a piece where he is working to bring his “most complex” designs into by incorporating “a lot of elements and dimensions” onto the surfaces. This show will close on Jan. 5, 2019.

Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorn and Love in the Craft & Folk Art Museum: LA-based artist Sherin Guirguis took inspiration from the works of activist and poet Doria Shafik, who was also a campaigner for women’s rights and other feminist values. For this collection, Guirguis will generate a range of two and three-dimensional works, each representing a special moment, poem, or political action in Shafik’s life. Her exhibit is meant to highlight “the neglected histories in social” life. This exhibit will close on Jan. 6, 2019.

West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975 to 1995 in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): This exhibit perfectly displays how graphic design has evolved in the past century. A collaboration between LACMA’s Decorative Arts and Design department and Prints and Drawings department, this installation will explain how different ideology changes are present in today’s posters and publications. If you’re worried about not making it on time, don’t worry一this exhibit won’t close until Apr. 21, 2019.

Wurtz: This Has No Name in the Institute of Contemporary Art LA (ICA LA): Sculptor B. Wurtz has been working professionally for many years, but this is his first solo museum art show. His collection of structures and paintings incorporate everyday objects such as socks and fruit baskets. ICA LA stated that “for over forty years, Wurtz has developed a visual language that subverts the industrial austerity of Minimalism and centers the minutiae from daily life in ways poetic and whimsical. B. Wurtz’s idiosyncratic work in sculpture and assemblage revolves around the use of objects that refer, directly or indirectly, to the ‘acts of eating, sleeping and keeping warm,’ inspired by an early drawing.” This exhibit will officially close on Feb. 3, 2019.

Art exhibits are a wonderful way to introduce yourself to new artists and explore their imagination. Next time you’re bored, try going to an art exhibit一you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn.


Photo courtesy of UNFRAMED.LACMA.ORG