Photojournalism Exhibition Comes to Orange County

As a news junkie who regularly spends hours each week reading stories about events unfolding in my backyard and around the world both in print and online, I’ve always admired the work of photojournalists. The most skilled artfully blend content, composition and light into memorable images that effectively tell a story and can stay with me for a long time. Anyone following the news coming out of Egypt right now understands how much information images convey and the degree to which they can help us understand individual human stories behind sweeping socio-political events.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary – 2nd Edition

The LA art scene got off to a fast start this year with photo l.a. and LA Art Show, among many other noteworthy events and happenings. Now comes Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), the youngest show to emerge on the region’s January arts calendar. ALAC is an international contemporary art fair presenting 70 established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries.

LA Art Show 2011

Right on the heels of photo l.a., which is still going on at the Santa Monica Civic through Monday the 17th, is the 16th Annual Los Angeles Art Show – a centerpiece of the countywide Los Angeles Arts Month that runs though the end of January. The event features painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and video, plus over 100 prominent galleries from around the globe.

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We live in a world where photographic imagery and new media representations are all pervasive. So what better way to explore photography’s relationship to contemporary culture and to the other arts than to spend a day, or two, or three at photo l.a, the country’s largest photo-based art exhibition and sale featuring photography, video and multi-media installations.

Discover the Arts in LA and save

In case you haven’t heard, many of LA’s top arts organizations are offering discounts and special offers through April 30, 2011. That’s because they’re participating in the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Discover The Arts in Los Angeles program.

LA Artworld – Interview Magazine Takes Stock

In the December / January 2011 issue of Interview Magazine, Christopher Bollen posits that “some of the most provocative, potent art being created in the United States today isn’t coming out of New York City but clear across the continent in Los Angeles.” He then sets about proving his point by profiling a number of artists who make LA their home – some with long established international reputations such as Chris Burden and George Herms, and others who have more recently begun making a name for themselves, such as Zackary Drucker, Kaari Upson and Matt Chambers.

LACMA Student Tours – Turning Kids Onto Art

One reason I became an avid museumgoer as an adult and developed an appreciation for the arts was because I was regularly taken to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and other museums when I was a child. Many kids aren’t that fortunate and the only opportunity they have to visit a museum is if their school arranges a field trip. Moreover, many of these same students have little or no exposure to art within their classrooms.

To help reach a largely unserved audience and fill this educational gap, LACMA offers free admission and free Docent Council tours to student groups of varying ages and grade levels. The museum also provides students who visit the museum on a school tour a NexGen membership, which entitles them to visit the museum with an adult guest at no cost until their 18th birthday.