It's the holiday version of Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, so expect to see art items on sale for seasonal gift offerings. And as usual, while Art Walk is mostly from 6 to 10 p.m., you will find downtown filled with cultural options. Use this guide to find your way to the art -- the party will find you, if you are looking. For first timers, the best place to start is the official Downtown Art Walk Lounge in the historic MALDEF Building (634 S. Spring St); there you can pick up an event map. The galleries are free, but museum entrance fees still apply.
The Art Walk Lounge builds the lounge exhibition around "Billboard Bandits." On exhibition will be replica billboards by sculptor Andrew Oakes. Shirts, prints, and other original related artwork are for sale, including street art encased sneakers designed by celebrities and South Los Angeles high and middle school students under the program "Kicks R Canvas." You can also pick up another recent publication, "Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art."
"Art Within & Beyond Pakistan" is a two-day exhibition that features preserved art works and modern day paintings, sculpture, and calligraphy with ties to Indus and Gandhara civilizations. It comes to Art Walk as a partnership with Riffat Masood, Consulate General of Pakistan - Los Angeles, City of L.A.'s Cultural Affairs Department, and the LAPD. The exhibit will be open for Art Walk on December 13, and on Friday December 14.
Old Bank Building I 401 S. Main Street
"Ten Artists to Watch" are photographers as selected by Peter Frank. A reception for the photographers will be during Art Walk. Through Jan. 5, 2013
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street.
Phil Stern's time in the Army during World War II, where he served as a photographer for LIFE, reached an apex when he was one of the few photographers to capture Sicily being liberated by Allied forces in 1943. That and other moments are being exhibited and sold as vintage prints. Also, "Counterparts" with Hollywood photographer Phil Stern collaborating with Hollywood photographer Robert Zuckerman continues.
Phil Stern Gallery I 602 S. Los Angeles Street
The Hive Gallery and their collective rooms of creative madness feature Preston Craig, Steven Lopez, plus "Recycled Dreams" as curated by artist Gyorgy BP, and with art on recycled CDs by Szabo. Through Dec. 29.
The Hive Gallery I 729 S. Spring Street
"L.A. Enhanced: An iPhoneography" is a gathering of Los Angeles artists and photographers creating a new aesthetic with the camera phone. Features Arto Saari, Atiba Jefferson, Man One, Willie T, and Yuri Hasegawa, and and a live installation by Axa. Proceeds go to Skateistan.org and Stronghold Society.
Crewest Gallery I 110 Winston Street
Opening during Art Walk is "Tadeusz Torzecki + Robert Reynolds," an exhibition of new works. The gallery hours during Art Walk are 1 to 9 p.m.
Robert Reynolds Gallery I 408 South Spring Street
"SNOW STORM (blizzard) - wind gets leaves" is a solo exhibition by Mayumi Oshimam, who relcoated to New Jersey right before Hurricane Sandy hit, Oshima's work is a Buddhist response to her witnessing how her new neighbors fought with the struggle of living day to day with "human vitality." Runs through Dec. 30.
Gallery Mujo I 548 S. Spring Street (113 entrance off 6th)
DAC Gallery offers "Cross Section," a showcase of 13 local artists with using different approaches, conceptual theory, and technical processes to create works that "come together at a cross section of the visceral and the cerebral as they intertwine and coexist." DAC Gallery will be open for Art Walk from 6 to 8 p.m. Opening Reception is Friday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
DAC Gallery I 828 S. Main Street
At CB1 Gallery, Alexander Kroll's second solo exhibition, titled "The Florist, The Loquat and Yes", is about exploring "the depth and possibility of the language of abstraction through the gesture, drips and splatters, veils of light and color bleeding like glass." It's also influenced by Los Angeles, where the artist is now based. "The work that I have been doing has gotten to this scale -- and then I have to work on them out here," he said to the blog Los Angeles I'm Yours. "I can store them in there but there isn't enough backup room. It's indoor/outdoor: I work on the small paintings inside and the large paintings outside. It's great. It's really not New York City." CB1 will be open until 8 p.m. during Art Walk.
CB1 Gallery I 207 West 5th Street
- "In Concrete" is a photographer's look at Downtown's gritty details with the POV of a walker by Carol Cirillo-Stanley. Look down and see the environment at your feet. Open for Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. at 112 W. 9th Street, near Spring, just within the border of the Fashion District.
- "A CIVIL DEFENSE: The Paintings of Estaño (Philip Stein) A Retrospective" at Gary Leonard / Take My Picture Gallery (860 S. Broadway).
- Pinch & Pull is Winter Ceramics at-large and open for Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at XVY Art Gallery (137 E. Third Street)
- "RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground" is a look at punk subculture through the eyes of FIDM. The t-shirts may not have lasted. The influences on design and style go on. Through December 22. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. FIDM (919 S. Grand)
- It is the 25th Anniversary of "A Very Special Christmas," and The Grammy Museum adds a special showcase to feature the benefit recording to their current slate of exhibitions. (800 W. Olympic Blvd)
- REDCAT will hold the first Los Angeles solo exhibition for New York-based artist Jordan Wolfson. "Raspberry Poser" is a look at life, death, and love through a synthesis of found digital video, computer-generated imagery and hand-drawn animation. (631 W. Second St).
- "Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962," "Blues for Smoke," and "Taryn Simon: A Living Man is Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVII" continues at MOCA Grand Avenue. (250 S Grand Ave)
EXTRA -- FROM BH TO BH: If you like neon and the stories behind the signs of the night, plan for MONA's 5th Annual "Holiday Lights Neon Cruise" on Saturday, Dec. 22. "From Boyle Heights to Beverly Hills" with your bull-horned host, Eric Lynxwiler. The double decker bus will pick you up at 4th and Main. Buy ticket. Dress warm. Have fun.
Above: "Self Portrait with Ariel's Leg" (2012) by Alexander Kroll I Courtesy of CB1Gallery