State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to LA’s Latino Art Openings

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Photo: Camilo Jose Vergara

State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.


Carlos Estévez – Couturier Gallery

In this digital age, we might feel more connected than before — you can send a text message, a Facebook message, a Tweet — but are we actually more distant than ever? Artist Carlos Estévez explores the themes of “the lack of communication, the distance between humans” in his upcoming show “Living Apart Together.” The paintings and sculptures look at technology, space and relationships in sometimes funny ways — a microscope with the dial from a rotary phone, a painting where phones look like part of the human body. Head to Couturier Gallery on September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. to check out other similar pieces — and decide whether or not we’re more connected now or less.

Couturier Gallery
166 N. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5557

Breaking Ground: 20th Century Latin American Art at Norton Simon

Did you know September is Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month? In other words, a great opportunity to check out some up-and-coming artists but also look back at the legendary names of decades before. That’s exactly what you can do at the Norton Simon Museum’s show “Breaking Ground: 20th Century Latin American Art,” which will showcase work from famous names — like Diego Rivera and Manual Álvarez Bravo — but also pieces from artists you might not know. The works come from the years 1931-1985 and represent a number of places, from Chile to Venezuela. Head to the museum September 13 for the opening day and catch it until November 4 — because every month is a good one to learn more about Latino art.

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 449-6840

Reception with Jose Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez and Armando Baeza

Perhaps the best thing about Los Angeles art shows is that you can see work from so many different mediums. This Saturday, September 14, Avenue 50 will host an opening party for not one, not two but three artists working in different styles and through various methods. Jose Ramirez sticks mostly to primary colors to take the viewer on a journey and sometimes relate a social or political statement. Ramon Ramirez works with oil on canvas to create works that can seem haunting but intriguing. Joining those two artists is sculptor Armando Baeza who will present some bronze works for his first solo show at the space. Head over form 7 to 10 p.m. to see which of these artists will become your new favorite.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 258-1435