As summer winds down and crowds disperse, against-the-grain travellers may find it the perfect moment to plan a visit to Los Angeles. For art-lovers with only a few days to spare, we recommend a few current events and new venues to see in LA.
A brand-new contemporary art museum is set to open September 20 in downtown LA. With its 'veil-and-vault' concept, in which a heavy, opaque section devoted to archives and storage hovers in the building's centre, enveloped by a honeycomb-like structure that filters in natural light, the building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro will house nearly 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art.
A day before the Broad's opening, this nearby gallery will open its doors at 300 South Mission Road. An extension of its first location in New York, this one adds to LA's growing gallery scene. A show by New York-based artist Alex Hubbard will inaugurate the space.
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Through September 27, the Hammer Museum at UCLA is spotlighting one of its own. Scorched Earth is LA artist Mark Bradford's first solo exhibition in the city and includes new paintings that examine the 1992 uprisings in the city. The multimedia installation Spiderman is inspired in part by Eddie Murphy's controversial stand-up, while on the Lobby Wall, Bradford – who emerged during the mid-1980s and the developing AIDS crisis – maps HIV diagnoses in the US in 2009.
Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through September 27, offers a chance to see the work of a California artist the museum calls "a pivotal yet under-recognised figure in the development of postwar American Art". Purifoy was behind a landmark group exhibition in the 1960s and later moved his practice to the Mojave Desert, where he created four hectares of large-scale sculptures from junked materials.
From September 13, LACMA is presenting the US premiere of a major retrospective devoted to the Canadian architect Frank Gehry at its Resnick Pavilion.
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