This weekend at LACMA, welcome two new exhibitions and bid farewell to an old favorite.
Discover how different artists began to experiment with color in the late 19th century in An Irruption of the Rainbow, opening Saturday. Artists have used color scientifically, politically, formally, and to stimulate the senses. Paul Signac declared his allegiance to color theory, while Wassily Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstraction, played with synesthesia. Photographer William Eggleston found heightened color in everyday situations, while contemporary artists Polly Apfelbaum and Ginny Bishton bring together ordinary materials and bold color to create vibrant works of art. This exhibition, drawn from LACMA’s collection, also includes works by Morris Louis, John McLaughlin, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Also opening Saturday, visit The Prints of Albrect Dürer: Masterworks from the Collection. Organized to coincide with Renaissance and Reformation, this selection from the permanent collection includes some of the most celebrated prints by the Northern Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer. Printmaking afforded Dürer a greater degree of artistic freedom than painting, and his woodcuts, engravings, and etchings are notable for their intellectual scope, reflecting broad interests in classical antiquity, contemporary theological writing, and humanist thought.
Don’t miss your chance to see Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind before it closes on Sunday. The exhibition explores various approaches to Zen subjects, from the teachings of Zen and the experience of enlightenment to personal interpretations of Zen masters or paragons. The paintings and calligraphies in the exhibition, dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, demonstrate how the experience of the artist produces different qualities in their painting.
The Lyris Quartet takes the stage Sunday night in the Bing Theater. This concert is part of LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, which features the best of national, international, Los Angeles, and emerging artists.