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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

Each month the LAArtParty staff, led by Kathy Leonardo decides which events will be featured. Posted at noon on the Thursday prior to the last week of the month, LAArtParty.com features the Top Ten Art Parties, plus other fun events each month. VIP subscribers find out ONE week prior to the public and receive discounts and invites to VIP parties throughout the year.

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September 23, 2017: ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, "LA/LA/LA"

Robert Berman Gallery presents "LA/LA/LA." 

Robert Berman Gallery has been showcasing these important works (originally with his first gallery), since 1979, and now as part of the Getty Museum's innitiative - Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
On view will be select works from two of the important historical exhibitions/books Hispanic Art In the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors (1987) and Le Demon Des Anges (France, 1989). Works in the exhibition will start from 1970 with Carlos Almaraz and will go through important works by other Chicana/o artists up until the 21st century. Besides major paintings and works on paper from the seminal Chicana/o artists, the show will include much of the ephemera and documentation of the L.A. Chicana/o artists from the last quarter of the 20th century. 

Featured Artists Include: John Valadez, Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Roberto "Beto" de la Rocha, GRONK, Leo Limon, Eloy Torres, Richard Duardo, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Robert Graham, Carlos Alfonzo, Paul Sierra, Ibsen Espada, Diane Gamboa, Harry Gamboa, ASCO, Margaret Garcia, Martin Ramirez and others

On view: September 9 – October 14, 2017

What: Art Party
Where: THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave.
When: September 23, 2017 5-8pm
Phone: (310)315.1937
Website: http://www.robertbermangallery.com/

September 23, 2017: Heaven on Earth Gala

Please join Heaven on Earth on September 23 at The SLS Beverly Hills, for its annual gala, "Agents of Compassion." Three honorees will be recognized. These individuals have gone above and beyond in supporting its mission to transform the lives of homeless cats through rescue, sanctuary, and new beginnings. They are SBV Talent, NVE Experience Agency, and, recipient of the Perry's Passion Award, Marc Peralta of Best Friends.
All proceeds from the gala will be used to help care for the 900 cats and kittens who will enjoy safe haven at Perry's Place during 2017. Most have been rescued from the city shelters, where they had no other options.

This is a fantastic organization. I got my two kitties here and they are both such sweethearts. Please help the kitties - it's gonna be a fun party with a purpose! 

Tickets are $175 per peson. CLICK HERE to purchae tickets 

What: Heaven on Earth Gala
Where: SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90048
When: 6:00pm
Website: https://www.heavenlypets.org

September 30, 2017: Studio C Gallery

Studio C Gallery presents a group show titled "Bareback 2: Symmetry in Motion." An equine exhibition, this is the second annual equine exhibition and benefit fund raiser for Wild Horse Sanctuary and Dream Catcher of LA. Enjoy a special equine performance by Athos and Samira Nowparast—horse and rider, with projected video with sound by Gilda Nowparast
There will also be an opening night raffle:
Two Opportunity Baskets will be available for raffle on the Opening Reception on Saturday, Sept. 30th. The raffle tickets will be $25 per person, and may be purchased in cash or with credit card. Participants must leave contact information (names and email addresses). Winners will be announced by email the next business day.

Sponsor information:
"Bareback 2: Symmetry in Motion" supports the two pioneering non-profit horse rescue and equine therapies organizations: Wild Horse Sanctuary and Dream Catcher of Los Angeles, and is sponsored by the following businesses: Tagaras, Sudsource, Butter Cake Shoppe, and Full City Rooster.

What: Art Party
Where: Sstudio C Gallery, 2349 So. Santa Fe Ave. Studio C, LA, 90058
When: September 30, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Website: https://www.studiocgalleryla.com

Save the Date...October 14, 2017: LA Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival!

It's time for the 13th Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival at the newly renovated LA State Historic Park in Chinatown.
Oct14-lowres-2017Decom-WobsarazziThis year particularly will be a spectacular event, since the park's renovation...it will lend an additional eye catching backdrop to this magnificent event.

Just in case you didn't know...Burning Man has become a phenomenon that has attracted some of the most talented people on the planet to congregate, collaborate, and celebrate life. The event's reputation offers a transformative experience...which is how and why a Decompression event came about. Presented by the Los Angeles League of Arts, this is THE official Los Angeles decom event. Burners (attendees of the famed event) found that they just were not ready to return to their normal life...hence Decom was born.

Here's the scoop – direct from the Decom's producers:

For the first time since it's three year closure for a spectacular remake, the DTLA Sate Park will once again host the famed LA Burning Man Decom, a sparkling, sparking hunk of the famed desert festival is dropped right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, featuring art, music, theme camps, and fire performances.
Oct14-2017-lowres-Decom2-pixbyEsquireJauchemSee the LA Decompression 2017 FB Page and the Los Angeles State Historic Park FB Page.

Admission $20 (cash only, ATMs provided), Children under 12 free. No advance Sales, Cash Bar, Food Trucks.  Next to the Chinatown Metro Stop (Limited Street Parking, Garage Parking available at Union Station)

On-site parking is available for $10. Ridesharing, and mobile car services are encouraged....or take the metro.

What: Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival
Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park,1245 N. Spring St. 90012 Los Angeles, CA, 
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1pm - 11pm
Website: http://www.ladecom.com

February 2018...The Broad Presents Jasper Johns: "Something Resembling Truth"

Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' to feature more than 100 works spanning Johns' 60-year career; The Broad will be the exhibition's only U.S. venue and is the first major survey of the artist's work to be shown in Los Angeles.
TheBroad-logoA collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth'will feature more than 100 of the artist's most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, many never before exhibited in Los Angeles. With loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist's six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters. The exhibition encompasses the full range of Johns' materials, motifs and techniques—including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and found-material collage in paintings—and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. Johns' use of accessible images will be thoroughly examined, seen continually transformed through the artist's engagement with a wide range of human experiences. In a departure from a retrospective approach, Johns' artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition.

One of the most influential and important living artists to emerge in the 20th century, and one of America's great living artists, Johns has been seminal to the Broad collection. His work emerged with and has influenced numerous other collection artists represented in depth, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Sherrie Levine.

"Johns' work is central to understanding contemporary American art. We viewed it as critically important to offer this in-depth and landmark exhibition to the public, particularly in Los Angeles where his work is not seen often enough. The show provides new understanding of the continuity and variety of his incomparable six-decade career, and we look forward to introducing a new generation to the full scope of Johns' achievements," said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. "Edye and I have admired the work of Jasper Johns for decades," said Eli Broad, co-founder of The Broad. "His work is essential to our collection and to contemporary art as a whole, and we are pleased to be able to share this exhibition with visitors from Los Angeles and around the world."
Flag-1967-encausticandcollageoncanvas-threepanels-Target-1961-Encausticandcollageoncanvas-JasperJohnsImage credits: Jasper Johns, Flag, 1967, encaustic and collage on canvas (three panels), 33 1/2 x 56 1/4 in., Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Jasper Johns, Target, 1961. Encaustic and collage on canvas. 167.6 x 167.6 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London.  Photo: © 2017. The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY / Scala, Florence

Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' is curated by Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy, and independent curator Dr. Roberta Bernstein, author of Jasper Johns'Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculpture, who has written and lectured extensively on contemporary artists including Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Rauschenberg. Heyler and Associate Curator Ed Schad are host curators at The Broad. The exhibition title is taken from a 2006 interview, in which Johns said, "Yet, one hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work."

At The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' will begin with an entire gallery devoted to Johns' complex treatment of the American flag, arguably his best-known image, deployed famously at the outset of his career in the 1950s as testing ground for a new direction for 20th century art, and for decades afterward, as an enduring, compelling and ever-evolving subject evoking a variety of social meanings.

The exhibition will reveal the continuities and changes in Johns' work throughout his career. His use of accessible and familiar motifs established a new vocabulary in painting as early as the 1950s—his treatment of iconography and the appropriation of objects and symbols made the familiar seem unknown through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his groundbreaking paintings and sculptures, Johns charted a radical new course in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism.

The Broad is located at 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 90012; For more information on The Broad and to sign up for updates, please visit thebroad.org

Monthly Art Walks and Art Crawls

Thurs 10.4 SanPedro1st ThursdayIf you like Art Walks....the First Thursday of every month offers two fun art walks.

One takes place in San Pedro....

and the other happens in Laguna Beach.

Each have their own charm, so mark your calendars and be sure to check them out.

San Pedro holds a community friendly art walk. Be sure to check their website for a full list of participating galleries at http://1stthursday.com/

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Or head to Laguna Beach...for a hoppin' walk.

For more info about the Laguna Beach 1st Thursday Artwalk, see their website http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com/

The DDAWlogoowntown Art Walk happens the 2nd Thursday of every month. It started on a grass roots level, only to evolve into a full blown art/night life extravaganza. If you haven't checked it out yet....be sure to. See their website too.  http://www.downtownartwalk.org/.

For more info about past events see Examiner article


VACOr in Venice....On the third Thursday of every third month, the Venice Art Crawl takes place. March, June, September and December

The event was modeled after the Downto
wn Art Walk, See their website at http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

For more info about past events see Santa Monica Mirror and  Examiner article