It’s the first day of Gay Pride weekend! These boys know how to party…so put your sequence and your feathers on and get out there. See website for details http://lapride.org

At Bergamot Station….enjoy a LATE NIGHT PREVIEW tonight for the Santa Monica Auctions anniversary event on Sunday.  Come preview and inspect your favorites, ask questions before the big event, which is our Pick of the Week.

June8-SMAuctions-CarlosAlmaraz canvasSee image:
Carlos Almaraz
Horizontal Lake Series, 1983
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated in oil on verso
Provenance: Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA tag on verso
Image: 36 x 72 inches; Framed: 37.75 x 74 inches
Estimated Gallery Price: $65,000/$75,000

Featuring works by: Jeff Koons, Banksy, Marc Chagall, John Baldessari, Barry McGee, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, DeWain Valentine, Ed Moses, Robert Rauschenberg, Takashi Murakami, Marcel Dzama, Joan Miró, Frank Stella, Arnaldo Pomodero amongst others.

What: Late Night Preview – Santa Monica Auctions
Where: Santa Monica, Bergamot Station  (A-5) 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.315.9688
Website: http://www.smauctions.com/

Also in Santa Monica…

Fri-June6-haleARTShaleARTS S P A C E hosts an opening reception for a one-week only Pop-Surrealism Pop-Up show.

Pop-Surrealism has roots in Los Angeles reaching back to the 1970’s. haleARTS will feature a selection of local emerging artists working within this vital and exciting art movement. Works in this curated show range from $160 – $1,000.

Featured artists include Audrey McNamara, Carl Lozada, Daniella Batsheva, Jerry Montoya, Maxwell Coppola, Michael Kortez, and Walter Hall. Enjoy white wine and freshly popped popcorn.

On view: June 6th – June 11th

What: Opening reception
Where: haleARTS S P A C E, 2443 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-314-8038
Website: www.halearts.com

In West LA…

JAFri-June7-Jaus-Sara Bright-FloatingStepsUS offers an opening reception for  “Not-Knowing,” a group exhibition organized by Bryan Ricci featuring 9 artists working from Sourthern California who work mostly in painting or sculpture.

See image: Sara Bright. Floating Steps, 2014. Oil on linen, 15 x 13 inches

Artists include: Sara Bright, S,rijon Chowdhury, Alec Egan, Lisa Oxley, Allison Peck, Marcus Perez, Bryan Ricci, Julia Schwartz and Chris Tallon.

What: Opening reception
Where: Jaus, 11851 La Grange Ave., LA 90025
When: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Phone: 424.248.0781
Website: www.jausart.com

In Beverly Hills…

Gagosian Beverly Hills presents a major exhibition of new and recent paintings by Albert Oehlen.

Fri-June6-GagosianFor Oehlen, the practice of painting and its inherent unpredictability is a subject in itself. The guiding principles of his method are impulse and eclecticism, while his tools are fingers, brushes, collage, and computer. He treats abstraction as either gesture or geometry, superimposed, in combination, or conflated with a figurative register, as in readymade posters covered in smudges and stains. Pictorial form is a trigger rather than an end in itself.The life and art of Los Angeles artist Lisa Adams forms the basis of the film “Lisa Adams: As it Appears to Be” premiering in a one-night only screening on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8pm at the Crest Theater.

On view: June 6th – July 18th

What: Opening reception
Where: Gagosian Gallery – Beverly Hills, 456 N. Camden Dr. Beverly Hills, 90210
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.271.9400
Website: http://www.gagosian.com/

Head towards La Cienega Ave…

Los Angeles AFri-June6-LAAA-IDOrt Association & the City of West Hollywood are proud present an opening reception for the 7th annual Out There art exhibition: “Out There: I Do,” a very special exhibit celebrating marriage equality during West Hollywood’s Pride Month festivities.

Artists include: Francisco Alarcon, Robyn Alatorre, Kelly Berg, Karen Clark, Karen Coburn, Mara Colecchia, Nicholas Coroneos, Justin Davis, Raul de la Torre, Lynne Deutch, Jennifer Dozier, Gabor Ekecs, Brandon Hudson, Paula Izydorek, Brooke Mason, Daniele Matalon, Arlene Mead, Susan Melly, Johnny Naked, Dennis Ruble, Kathy B. Shapiro, Kelly Jo Shows, Carl Shubs, Damian Siqueiros, Maxine Smith, Phil Tarley, Reisig and Taylor, Annie Terrazzo, Vincent Tomczyk and many more.

On view: June 6th – June 13th

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272
Website: http://laaa.org

In Silverlake…Taking place a bit later…8-11pm…enjoy an art party at La Luz de Jesus Gallery (4633 Hollywood Blvd.), offering several exhibition openings. http://www.laluzdejesus.com

In Westwood…

Enjoy a one night ONLY sceening of a new film “Lisa Adams: As it Appears to Be” featuring the life and art of Los Angeles artist Lisa Adams.

Directed by Juri Koll, the film focuses primarily on the unique world her paintings inhabit, her intimate knowledge of the art world, and her commitment to her vision in the face of numerous hardships that have ultimately marked major milestones in her life’s work, such as her decision, after becoming well known and respected, to change her style and technique.

Flisaadams-eatured in the film are esteemed critic/curator(s) Peter Frank and Shana Nys Dambrot, her gallerist Clyde Beswick, and famed friend and artist Llyn Foulkes. There will be a Q&A afterwards, with the artist, the filmmaker, Peter Frank, and special guests.

Lisa Adams has acquired a great deal of knowledge during her long career in art, and many of these priceless gems are revealed in this film.

Tickets are $12, and are available from the box office 30 minutes before the screening or crestwestwood.com or call 310-470-1508.

What: Screening
Where: The Crest Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
When: Friday, June 6th 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-470-1508
Website: www.crestwestwood.com