Location: Graphaids Art Supply Store
Address: 3030 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
Ride around town and you'll likely see vivid images that were created by El Mac and RETNA. This specific work uses Retna's designs and El Mac's figures to form portraits of people of varying socioeconomic levels.
Per El Mac “This mural was inspired by the time we spent in Skid Row painting our previous mural together." The figure is inspired by a man named Ralph, also know as Chato, who gave El Mac and RETNA inspirational quotes about redemption. This inspired the duo to draw the quote, "So today I’m trying to change a few things to rectify the situation of my past." This duo likes to use art to move past tough times and look towards a brighter future.
J. Paul Getty Museum
This museum houses a variety of art work from European, Asian to Indian exhibits. Today, the Monsoon: Indian Paintings of the Rainy Season exhibit is dedicated to the culture of India. The exhibit reflects India's unique weather patterns, especially monsoons and their impact on the culture. India's diverse weather has influenced many of its religions like Hinduism, which can be seen through many art forms.
The Pavilion for Japanese Art focuses on the eastern side of Asia, specifically Japan. This building contains a range of Japanese art forms that go back to roughly 3,000 B.C to the 20th century. Currently, there's a special exhibit to honor the 25th anniversary of the Pavilion, which was designed by famous architect, Bruce Goff. Goff designed this space to meet the specific viewing standards of traditional Japanese hanging scrolls and screens. Thus, each art piece is exposed to natural daylight and has its own alcove or tokonoma.
Art in LA has a unique history and includes all types of street and museum art. Street art has become more accepted and its' museums are world renown for their art collections. Is this list missing other great pieces of art in LA? Please tell us below!