7 Art Shows in Los Angeles You Can’t Miss

Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971
Through January 5, 2020
Hauser & Wirth

Scandalously satirical and overtly political, this collection of works by Philip Guston features a phallic-nosed, hairy-legged President Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal. French-born Guston was previously heralded for his abstract expressionist style, but in 1971 he shifted his style, a turning point that would cement the forward-thinking artist as an icon in American art history. In addition to the Nixon series, this solo exhibition—the first of its kind in Los Angeles in nearly half a century—features large monochromatic paintings from the Roma collection that document Guston’s time in Italy visiting ancient ruins and artifacts. Hauser & Wirth will also show a short film of Guston and the poet Clark Coolidge discussing the Roma works. Boasting a locally sourced restaurant, chicken coop, and open-air garden, Hauser & Wirth affords visitors the opportunity to engage with works of major 20th century American and European artists in a historically preserved flour mill in downtown L.A. For the Christmas holiday, the gallery will be hosting its third annual Holiday Market (December 14–15), featuring local craftsmen, artists, performers, and nonprofits. hauserwirth.com

Donna Huanca: Obsidian Ladder
Through December 1, 2019
Marciano Art Foundation

By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque
Through March 2, 2020
Norton Simon Museum

Made in Italy
Through November 2019
Petersen Automotive Museum

Edward and Nancy Kienholz: The Merry-Go-World or Begat by Chance and the Wonder Horse Trigger
Through January 18, 2020
L.A. Louver

It’s All Black and White
Through December 8, 2019
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

Open House: Gala Porras-Kim
Through May 11, 2020
MOCA Grand Avenue