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For the last year or so, longtime Los Angeles merchant Billy Shire has been presenting a "21st-century salon" at his monthly Thursday Night Fish Fr...
The folks at La Luz de Jesus have been putting on this juried group show annually for 27 years now. It has gone through themes ranging from Dia de los Muertos to a focus on the personal art of successful commercial artists, all of which feed... More »
See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week "I can talk about the people in the paintings or the things in the paintings, but as far as talking about art, I think you just look at it," says L.A... More »
In 1974, a few years before Bruce Springsteen released a song by the same name, three artists buried 10 junked Cadillacs nose-first in the dirt outside Amarillo, Texas, and called it Cadillac Ranch. Hudson Marquez was one of those artists, and... More »
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27 years is a long time for an art gallery to be in business, yet La Luz de Jesus Gallery shows no sign of mellowing with age. Consistently groundbreaking and yet unpretentious (they established both the lowbrow and pop surrealism movements of California art), theirs is the template that nearly every other gallery has attempted to copy, but not quite. It's safe to say that without Billy Shire's landmark gallery none of the custom culture specialists (Juxtapoz magazine included) would be around today. The exhibitions are frequently amazing, but they also host counter-culture book signings, collectible toy swaps and present a free, monthly musical revue, Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry, that features major bands like Grant Lee Phillips, Johnette Napolitano, and Thelonious Monster, comedians such as Greg Behrendt, and Blaine Capatch, and novelty acts like Sock Puppet Theater, and The Poubelle Twins. Their gift shop, WACKO, is the perfect place to shop for people who are impossible to shop for, and their selection of art books is on par with Hennessy and Ingalls. A trip to La Luz de Jesus is always worthwhile!
La Luz de Jesus Gallery was opened in 1986 by collector Billy Shire, known as the Peggy Guggenheim of lowbrow art. It brought to prominence the key artists of what is arguably the most important art movement to come out of California in the past few decades. Naturally, it has what is arguably the city’s most important gift shop. Attached to the gallery like a freaky Siamese twin, the Soap Plant/Wacko store sells Tiki cookie jars, La Virgen de Guadalupe beaded curtains, AC/DC... More »
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