Puff Pass and Paint brought together pot aficionados and art enthusiasts for an evening of high-minded creativity. Attendees were treated to medicated and nonmedicated food and drinks, alongside a few joints available for smoking. The two-hour class encouraged social participation among the painters, bolstering a fun environment for people to express themselves creatively while enjoying some marijuana. While much of the work was made by beginners, the weed-friendly event could make a few potheads into Picassos.
All photos by Brian Feinzimer
Kerry James Marshall is a black artist who paints black people. The men and women in Marshall’s paintings are not people of a range of colors. They are not painted in differing shades of brown. They are painted in the darkest, inkiest black, consistently, exclusively, insistently and masterfully.
“Mastry,” a much-lauded retrospect of Marshall’s work, has just opened at MOCA’s Grand Avenue location in downtown L.A. This is the third and final stop for the painting show, which began its North American tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and landed next at the Met Breuer in Manhattan. Critics in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles have consistently called it a must-see show, but I say it's actually a must-see-at-least-twice show.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary returned to the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 26, for its annual fair featuring galleries and artists from around the world. Los Angeles art galleries were well represented in the expansive Santa Monica space, which showcases works by internationally known creatives as well as up-and-coming artists. In addition to the galleries within the fair, the on-site theater will host a series of talks and performance art pieces throughout the fair, including a performance by sound artist William Basinski and a discussion on art-making during the Trump era. ALAC runs through Sunday, Jan. 29.
All photos by Star Foreman
Over the weekend — for one weekend only — Machine Project came to the Annenberg Community Beach House with "Snorkel Dreams," the collective's first ever underwater art show, featuring work by Andrew Cannon, Jessica Cowley, Bob Dornberger, Emily Joyce, Alice Könitz, Candice Lin, Becca Lofchie, Johnston Marklee, Jennifer Moon & Laub, Paul Pescador, Jennifer Rochlin, Suné Woods, Kim Ye, Patricia Yossen, Mallen&Gray, and Machine Project with Grace Eunchong.
Viewers donned their swimsuits and snorkels and floated around the pool to take in the paintings, ceramics, photographs, blown glass sculptures and even a sunken mannequin. All photos by Shannon Cottrell
Imagine Guillermo del Toro invited you over to his home, known as Bleak House, for a quick tour. He would show you all his "beautiful monsters," and you'd be able to flick through his notebooks and wind his automatons. Co-organized/co-curated by Britt Salvesen at LACMA, Jim Shedden at AGO, and Matthew Welch at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, "Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters" runs through Nov. 27 in LACMA's Art of the Americas Building, plaza level. The exhibition has eight themed sections, including Death and the Afterlife, Victoriana, and Freaks and Monsters. Each room explores another facet of Del Toro and his work, with all of the artwork chosen from the private collection of the director of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Crimson Peak. Throughout the exhibition LACMA will offer screenings of Del Toro's work as well as films he has selected, as well as artist walkthroughs of the exhibit. The exhibit will travel to Minneapolis and Ontario, Canada, after its run in L.A. All photos by Star Foreman.
The Reseda Rising Artwalk and Night Market, on Saturday, June 4, was a community celebration to kick off the revitalization of the Sherman Way corridor in Reseda. Sherman Way is one of the 15 L.A. streets designated as part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative, which aims "to help reimagine neighborhood centers, one main street at a time." Artists painted live on Sherman Way, vendors sold handmade products, San Fernando Valley breweries kept cold beer flowing on a hot day, and local music acts played on multiple stages. Reseda Rising was produced by 11:11 ACC, a collective dedicated to connecting artists with the community, along with the office of City Council member Bob Blumenfield and the Department of Cultural Affairs. All photos by Jared Cowan.
To learn more about the Great Streets Initiative and to check out the other streets involved in the program visit www.lagreatstreets.org. Follow Jared on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.