In addition to being home to some of the best restaurants, boutiques, and theatres in Los Angeles, Melrose is also one of the city’s most vibrant arts districts. Artists from all over the world exhibit in our galleries, or use ample outdoor space to create amazing murals.
Here are five places to see the powerful art of the image on Melrose Avenue:
AA|LA is a contemporary gallery which gives space to emerging artist and curators to showcase innovative art that doesn’t shy away from themes like digital media, trauma, and queer spaces. Running through April 13 at AA|LA is new work by returning artist Tyler Healy.
7313 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Gallery 1988 keeps a stacked calendar of exhibits and pop-ups. Opening March 29 is Dave Pollot’s show, “Second Chances.” Pollot has quite an Instagram following of his work – pop culture iconography added to thrift store paintings. He’s always whimsical and surprising, and this show will be cool like that.
7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
HVW8 Art + Design Galley spotlights underground fine art and graphic design. Its space on the Spaulding side street is unmissable – just look for the IG-ready art on the outside, promoting the latest exhibit. Until April 14, local artist Eric Elms shows View Sonic, a collection of pieces that rest between representation and abstraction.
HVW8 ART + DESIGN
661 No. Spaulding Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
Yep, New Profanity is a store. But the folks there support art of all kinds, so they offer up the shop walls for showings that are consistent with their no f*&ks given vibe. An incredible local painter, Sabrina Mari is featured this month, with new pieces as well as some equally incredible merch.
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Melrose Avenue is one of the Southland’s coolest free outdoor galleries. Graffiti artists and muralist come from all over the country – all over the world, really – to leave their temporary mark on a wall, sidewalk, doorway, or garage. So when you visit, don’t forget to look all around to peek a piece.
MELROSE AVENUE, FROM HIGHLAND TO FAIRFAX