Get Ready, Get Set, Go Gallery Hop!

The wait is over! Summer’s quiet lull over LA’s contemporary art scene has lifted and the  new art season has begun! This fall brings an even greater level of excitement to the front with the much anticipated Pacific Standard Time, a collective celebration of art in LA from 1945-1980. With more than sixty SoCal cultural institutions participating, the art extravaganza promises to be a landmark event.

But, there is no need to wait till the end of the month for your art fix as this week offers a veritable smorgasbord of gallery openings. Dust of your art chucks and get hopping!

Here’s a sampling of a few.

Saturday September 10, 2011

KAWS: Hold the Line
Honor Fraser (Culver City)
In a new group of paintings and sculpture, Brooklyn-based artist KAWS delivers stylized adaptations of visual icons of American animation.

Charles Gaines and Patrick Wilson
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City)
Two simultaneous solo exhibitions with new works by Charles Gaines and Patrick Wilson. A participating gallery in Pacific Standard Time, these exhibitions are in depth presentations of two positions that both exemplify important strains in the art from the west coast from Gaines’ conceptual investigations into the aesthetic, political and linguistic construction of meaning to Wilson’s exploration of immediate sensual experience in painting.

Matt Johnson
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
Johnson’s new work transforms materials commonly found in art studios and construction sites, such as dust, drywall, stone and steel, into unexpected forms.

Urban Lives
Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica)
A group show of photography that includes works by Irit Batsry, Pieter Hugo, Valerie Jouve, and Sze Tsung Leong. The photographs in this exhibition chronicle the human situation when living in cities.

Martin Kersels and John Carpenter
ACME. (Mid-Wilshire)
Two exhibtions opening at ACME. Martin Kersels’ Passionista and works by John Carpenter. A schedule of performances in association with Passionista can be found online here.

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