Since we know Frieze week in will keep you busy and on your toes, check out this list of “musts” so you can make the most of your time in Los Angeles.
Frieze Los Angeles
The inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. The fair brings together 70 galleries along with a program of site-specific projects, talks, film, and music within a structure designed by the architect Kulapat Yantrasast and on the Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot. Exhibitors include 303 Gallery, Jeffrey Deitch, Blum & Poe, OMR, Gagosian, Victoria Miro, Metro Pictures, Perrotin, Massimo De Carlo, Hauser & Wirth, Regen Projects, David Zwirner, kurimanzutto, David Kordansky, Sprüth Magers, and White Cube, among many others.
This February the first edition of Felix LA will take place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, within the site’s private suites and bungalows. A group of 38 international galleries will present a diverse range of work at the invitation-only contemporary art fair. Exhibitors include Bortolami, Shane Campbell, Canada, Kavi Gupta, Anton Kern, M+B, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Stevenson Gallery, White Columns, Vitamin Creative Space, Tanya Leighton, and Josh Lilley.
This spring, Desert X returns to California’s desert landscape for a highly anticipated second edition. The special exhibition will interact directly with its surroundings, offering audiences a chance to discover and contemplate their own social, political, and environmental impact. New to 2019 will be film projects and process-driven works, and this year’s exhibition will expand as far south as the Salton Sea.
“People” at Jeffrey Deitch
“People” marks the second show in Jeffrey Deitch’s Frank Gehry–designed Los Angeles space. The exhibition focuses on figurative sculpture, expanding on the gallery’s New York iteration last spring. The range of pieces on view is meant to reflect the diversity of the artists behind each work.
Ai Weiwei at Marciano Art Foundation
“Life Cycle” is Ai Weiwei’s first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles. The focal point of the show is a debut sculpture, Life Cycle (2018), which addresses the current global refugee crisis. Also on view are installations Sunflower Seeds (2010) and Spouts (2015).
Laura Owens at MOCA
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is presenting a midcareer survey of work by the L.A.-based artist Laura Owens. The exhibition includes over 60 paintings from the 1990s to today, showcasing the breadth of Owens’s practice thus far. Visitors will see her early work, leading up to her recent paintings and installations.
Glenn Ligon at Regen Projects
“Untitled (America)/Debris Field/Synecdoche/Notes for a Poem on the Third World” is Glenn Ligon’s sixth solo show at Regen Projects. The artist will show a series of silkscreen and ink marker paintings, as well as a neon work inspired by an unrealized film project by Pier Paolo Pasolini in India, Africa, Latin America, the U.S., and the Middle East.
Evan Holloway at David Kordansky
This winter, David Kordanksy will present a solo show of work by the artist Evan Holloway. On view will be a group of outdoor sculptures, a relatively new exploration for Holloway. He will also show a new series of endless columns featuring towers of polychromatic heads, a group of radiant objects cast in white, his plant sculptures in bronze, and large Möbius strip–like sculptures that operate as incense holders.
Sunset Tower Hotel
Known as the epicenter of Hollywood, the Sunset Tower landmark, created in 1929, was reinvented just over a decade ago by owner Jeff Klein. In addition to a gym, a Joanna Vargas Spa, The Tower Bar, and a pool, the hotel welcomes visitors to an array of stunning guest rooms and suites.
Inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood offers guests an intimate sanctuary from the bustling city. The 80-suite boutique hotel shines with in-suite fireplaces, a private art collection, and a private rooftop—complemented by a heated saltwater pool, cabanas, an outdoor sunken fireplace, and a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary.
In 2009, internationally known Cecconi’s opened in West Hollywood to bring L.A. the Italian food it craves. Offering an extensive Italian wine and classic cocktail menu, the restaurant is elevated by its outdoor terrace with retractable roof, and its indoor bar and chic dining room.
Opened in January 2018, Majordōmo hit Los Angeles with large-format dishes, table-side components, and plenty of noodles. By Momofuku creator David Chang, Majordōmo takes a different approach compared to his other restaurants, with a series of instant classics like the boneless short rib and the bo ssäm.
Maor – The Space
In 2010 the jeweler Maor Cohen opened this location, designing it entirely himself. Made of reclaimed wood and natural materials, the store shines with marble surfaces and details in brass and pebble granite. An immersive luxury experience that reflects the brand’s philosophy, the space offers special guests a sense of exploration while they discover exclusive fine jewelry offerings.
For Luminaire’s first West Coast showroom, it opened a 15,000-square-foot space designed by MAKE to feature brands like Cassina, Cappellini, Living Divani, and Moroso. In addition to a coveted furniture selection, the Miami-based design retailer also showcases accessories and lighting design pieces by brands like Ingo and David Groppi. The West Hollywood space also welcomes guests to see, for the first time in person, Luminaire’s new line of kitchens, created collaboratively with the Italian brand Minimal.