Oscars Art Diary

Sunday 24th February 2013 means only one thing: Oscars. In its 85th year the Academy Awards will honour the finest cinematic achievements from 2012 in the City of Angels; gilding Hollywood Boulevard like the yellow-brick-road leading to the Dolby Theatre, in preparation to paint the town red in the name of the silver screen.
Los Angeles may be the sacred home of the film industry but stars are not only found inside theatres. If the gold-plated Art Deco statuette is not enough to quench your culture cravings, the city’s dynamic and evolving art scene will satisfy both high and low tastes over the awards season.

Here is my pick of the best exhibitions now on across Los Angeles:

Fifty Works for Fifty States at MOCA
An incredible exhibiting concept conceived by The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection; dedicated lifetime collector's of contemporary art who subsequently gifted artwork to the American nation through fifty institutions across the country. The Museum of Contemporary Art is the chosen institution in California and presents significant works by Carl Andre, Lynda Benglis, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas and Richard Tuttle. Learn more about the Vogel 50x50 project here
Fifty Works for Fifty States runs until 3rd November 2013 at MOCA Grand Avenue. 
Little Pinch, 1978 - Lynda Benglis

Cowboys at Gagosian Gallery
The American Dream travels from screen to canvas with celebrated artist Richard Prince and his Cowboy paintings. Spanning over thirty years, the now iconic works examine the visual language of advertising and mass media, manipulated with reprographic technologies to create their very own cinematic, yet ironic, vistas of American aspiration and romanticism from the Wild West. 
Cowboys opens tomorrow 22nd February through to 6th April 2012 in Beverly Hills. 
Untitled (Cowboys), 2012 - Richard Prince

Sculpture Drawings Studio at Matthew Marks Gallery
New works by American sculptor Robert Gober in his first solo exhibition in four years. The domestic object as subject remains in this new body of work that includes trademark sink manifestations as well as mixed media installations of both small and large sculpture, drawings and wallpaper. 
Robert Gober: Sculpture Drawings Studio runs until 6th April 2013 at Matthew Marks Gallery West Hollywood outpost.
 Untitled, 1979-2009 - Robert Gober

Untitled, 2005-2006 - Robert Gober

No Man's Land at OHWOW
Ecology, geology and human progress form the basis of Nick van Woert's first solo exhibition with tri-coastal, creative platform OHWOW. Painting, photography, sculpture and installation will explore concepts between artificial substance and the environment, presenting a disturbing wasteland of anarchic architecture and destructive ideals. 
No Man's Land opens tomorrow 23rd February through to 6th April.
Untitled, 2012 - Nick van Woert 

Sanya Kantarovsky at LAXART
As part of its ongoing experimental initiative and public art programme, LAXART billboard facade on its exterior by Russian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Sanya Kantarovsky.
Kantarovksy's public art intervention will be on display until 30th November 2013 at La Cienga Boulevard.  
Sanya Kantarovsky, 2012

In September 2012, art collective CYRCLE took over eleven-thousand square feet of surface at Bedrock.LA recording studios in Echo Park to create graffiti magic on a giant scale, which now claims to be one of the largest murals in the city. 
For further details and updates on the project visit CYRCLE

The Getty Villa
The Ancient world collides with modern reproduction in the opulent surroundings of Malibu's finest address. J. Paul Getty's collection of ancient art and antiquities are housed in a recreation of the Villa of the Papryi at Herculaneum, Italy. The Getty Villa was built as a public museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of Greece, Rome and Etruria - a must for any classicist and Malibu romantic. 
Visiting the Villa is through pre-booking - go to the Getty homepage for more information. 

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