The second edition of the Hammer Museum’s new biennial, Made in L.A. 2014, has brought a slew of emerging and under-recognized artists to the museum for a compelling exhibition. Rather than taking over three venues like its inaugural biennial, this year’s Made in L.A. has regulated itself to just the halls of the Hammer Museum itself, trimming back from 60 featured artists to a more concise and cohesive 35 LA-based artists from past and present. This biennial feels like collection of 35 different shows, rather than one continuous exhibition, with each artist in his or her own “area.” On view until September 17th, the exhibition offers a definitive look at emerging working artists, alternative collectives like Public Fiction and Los Angeles Museum of Art, and posthumous installations that shine a light on important artists of the past. The show includes painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography and performance, many works made specifically for the exhibition.
Public Fiction, Theatricality and Sets, 2014. Courtesy of Public Fiction.