During our last visit to L.A. we discovered a delightful art location in Hollywood. Barnsdall Art Park, named after its former owner Alice Barnsdall overlooks the Hollywood hills, Griffith Observatory and part of downtown. Hollyhock House, the first Frank Lloyd Wright house built in Los Angeles in 1919, frames these views in typical geometric fashion. The sunken living room with built-in wooden furniture, fireplace and recessed ceiling with skylight, is a work of beauty. Outlooks through windows and niches provide meditations on space and light.
Next to Hollyhock House situated in a shady pine grove is the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, featuring an excellent Juried show until September 20. The exhibition is beautifully installed in the spacious galleries, which feature a balcony with great outlooks. Work by two of our artists friends, David Fobes and Aren Skalman is included in the show, so if you visit, look out for them.
If you are in L.A. this low key park is well worth visiting, with its relaxing green spaces, city views, moderate amount of visitors, and high quality art and architecture.
Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, Thur-Sun, 12-5 PM, 323-644-6269