Where in the City of Angels should you go to get a culture fix? Here are our picks for the best art galleries in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has found a happy medium between artwork and the very essence of LA. Though it contains 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, LACMA takes things to a new level by blending art and film as it does with its annual art and film benefit. Among the museum’s special strengths are its offerings of Asian art, housed in part in the Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art; Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world.The seven-building, 20-acre complex also happens to be the largest art museum in the western United States.
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 857-6000
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is the hippest spot for modern art lovers in Los Angeles. The museum, best and most lovingly known as MOCA, currently contains 5,000 objects in varying forms of visual media, from abstract expressionism and pop art to pieces from young and emerging artists. Here you'll find everything from work by Julian Schnabel to Jackson Pollock to Willem de Kooning under the watchful eye of MOCA's new director, Philippe Vergne.
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 621-1710
3 The Getty
The Getty Museum is not only one of the most beautiful in the world, but also one of the most storied. Over one million visitors a year fall in love with the J. Paul Getty Trust's flagship location. From the breathtaking views of Los Angeles atop a modernist hilltop landscape designed by Richard Meier to the Central Garden, designed by contemporary artist Robert Irwin, the Getty doesn't just contain art: it IS art.
1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 440-7300
4 The Annenberg Space for Photography
If you're looking for a cool, urban gallery, the Annenberg Space for Photography is where you need to be. The Annenberg is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned photographers. From an exhibition surrounding rock n roll to its current exhibit, "Country: Portraits of an American Sound," the Annenberg embodies cool.
2000 Avenue of the Stars #1000, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (213) 403-3000
5 The Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center (AHMACC) has a serious pedigree. The museum was founded by Dr. Armand Hammer, former Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Today, the museum, which is located by UCLA, contains the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. It contains everything from works by Gustave Moreau to Edgar Degas to Paul Cézanne to Vincent van Gogh and Fred Grunwald.
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 443-7000