If you've noticed those pill-shaped art pieces all over town, congratulations. They're not the work of some up-and-coming street artist. No, they're the progeny of noted pop artist Richard Artschwager, who died earlier this year.
The black works of art, which look to us like chubby skateboard decks, are part of the Hammer Museum's “Richard Artschwager!” exhibition through Sept. 1:
There are 45 of the pieces, mostly in the L.A. area but also in Las Vegas, at the Cosmopolitan hotel, UCLA says in a statement this week.
In our area, you can find them at a Santa Monica lifeguard station, the Venice skate park, the Fatburger in West Hollywood and at downtown's Union Station. See a map of the locations here.
The artist, who made the pieces before he died in Feb. 9, calls them “blps,” for blips. He conceived of them in the late 1960s as a way, UCLA says, to …
… inspire focused looking and draw our attention to the places and things around us that often otherwise go unnoticed.
There are 145 of Artschwager's pieces awaiting you at the Hammer. Anne Ellegood, senior curator at the Westwood museum:
Richard Artschwager believed the blp to be one of his most important works. So we are delighted to be able to spread them around the city of Los Angeles for people to seek out or to come upon by chance, having viewers become aware of the spaces around the blps, just as Artschwager intended.
Enjoy. Just don't saw them out and attempt to sell them.