by Ann Binlot
L.A.’s Best Places to See Art – According to the Director of Paris Photo Los Angeles
This past April, Paris Photo Los Angeles touched down at Paramount Pictures Studios, bringing 79 exhibitors from 17 countries to Paramount’s sound stages and New York Street Backlot.
Highlights of the event, now in its third iteration, include vintage Polaroids by Guy Bourdin at Louise Alexander, new large-format works by Ralph Gibson at Etherton Gallery, a new series by Juergen Teller at Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery, as well as a number of never-before-seen historic works.
But it’s not all about the artwork itself: “We present a fair that is a meeting place for professionals, artists, collectors and amateurs that also happens to be in one of the most mythic places in the world,” says Director Florence Bourgeois.
So why decamp to Southern California? “L.A., and Hollywood in particular, has a long history with image-based art, both moving and still,” says Bourgeois. “The artistic scene is alive and people—students, artists, curators, dealers or collectors—are attracted to L.A. to become a part of it.”
To that end, Bourgeois provided a few of her favorite places to check out art in Los Angeles:
1. From a taxi window and over your shoulder. “L.A. attracts some of the best street artists in the world. Art is all around you in L.A.”
2. West Hollywood’s contemporary OHWOW Gallery, currently exhibiting Diana Al-Hadid’s site-specific sculpture, made from materials like fiberglass, steel, plaster, and gold leaf.
3. ACME, where Iva Gueorguieva’s sculptures made of soapground on fabric and welded steel are on display.
4. The greats: Getty, LACMA, The Hammer, and The Annenberg Space for Photography, all of which are partnered with Paris Photo Los Angeles. @wbbrjp
5. Private homes throughout L.A. “If you are lucky enough to be invited behind closed doors, L.A. residents have some of the most unique collections in the world.”
“Do not go where the path leads, travel instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”