Some of our favorite exhibitions this year haven’t come down from their gallery walls yet (see: Shirin Neshat, Julie Mehretu, Betye Saar and “With Pleasure”). But we’re ready to turn our attention to what’s next: 2020 is already shaping up to be an exciting year among L.A.’s museum world thanks to some major openings and expansions (or in the case of MOCA, permanent free admission), art fairs and biennials, and promising retrospectives. Here are the seven things to look out for in 2020.
“Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World”
USC Pacific Asia Museum, Jan 10–Apr 26
Using nothing more than a Sharpie (OK, actually about 120 of them), Oiwa and his four assistants will draw dreamy illustrations onto the side of an inflated, white nylon dome at Pasadena’s USC Pacific Asia Museum over the course of about two weeks. Once on display, visitors will be able to step inside and stare up at the dome from the comfort of a bed in the middle.
Hauser & Wirth, Feb 13–Apr 12
The fast-rising New York-via-Switzerland artist will transform Hauser & Wirth’s stark white south gallery into a pastel wonderland of boldly hued landscapes, portraits and still lifes in his L.A. solo debut.
Frieze Los Angeles
Paramount Studios, Feb 14–16
All eyes—and wallets—in the art world were on Los Angeles when the New York fair Frieze made its debut here in 2019. But forget about the gallery pop-ups that have collectors buzzing: We’re more excited to once again roam a surreal backlot transformed by 16 site-specific installations when Frieze returns in February. And new this year, the Focus L.A. section of the more traditional art fair portion will provide a platform for 13 emerging galleries.