One of the first objects you see in “Unsparing Quality,” curated by artist Farrah Karapetian at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, is My Barbarian's bust Helen. The mythic Greek beauty has white wavy hair and a papier-mâché face that's pasty and haughty. Soon, you'll also see Robert Therrien's No title (Beard cart II), and the white plaster beard that hangs from two hooks attached to a steel stand may remind you of Helen's hair. Though it's thicker, it drapes similarly and reads as another quirky take on some myth or folk tale – maybe it's the beard of a god or a mountain man. The show, which includes 50-plus artworks but doesn't ever overwhelm, propels you forward like that, by making the work feel as if it's all part of the same unfolding experiment in storytelling. 831 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; through March 22. (323) 397-9225,

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 1. Continues through March 22, 2014
(Expired: 03/22/14)

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