Exterior of Barker Hanger at Santa Monica Airport
Art and culture

Must-see exhibitions at Frieze LA by Jim Hedges

February 10, 2023

Los Angeles is the latest destination for the celebrated Frieze art fair. Our curator of the arts, Jim Hedges, is delighted to share his must-see exhibitions that you won’t want to miss.

Frieze art fair

“This year’s Frieze LA is taking place at Santa Monica Airport’s impressive Barker Hanger from February 16 – 20. The exceptional art fair is on a truly grand scale, with 120 galleries from over 20 countries taking part. In addition, Frieze Projects offers a series of independently curated art installations and events around the city. There’s never been a better time to explore art in LA across all its many forms. Here are just three of my favourite must-see exhibitions.”

Jim Hedges standing in front of hotel entrance
White exterior facade of the contemporary art museum The Broad in Los Angeles
Courtesy of The Broad

William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows

This wonderfully interactive and insightful exhibition features more than 130 works. It’s South African artist William Kentridge’s first major exhibition in Los Angeles for two decades, and his first monograph presentation at The Broad. Showcasing highlights of his work over the past 35 years, the themes draw on his experience of growing up in Johannesburg during the Apartheid-era.

The Broad Museum
The Broad, 221 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90012

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971

Inspired by and named after an independent all-Black-cast movie from 1923, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971 seeks to revive lost or forgotten films, filmmakers, and performers for a contemporary audience. It’s an invitation to explore the rich history of Black participation in US cinema, from its beginnings to just beyond the civil rights movement.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles 90036

Academy Museum at night with palm trees
Courtesy of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, photo by Daniel Gomez
Exhibited art by Anselm Keifer Exodus
Courtesy of Anselm Kiefer and Gagosian

Anselm Keifer – Exodus

A thought-provoking exhibition of new large-scale paintings by artist Anselm Kiefer is another highlight for me. Presented by Gagosian, the works comprise of a diverse range of materials including paint, terracotta, fabric, rope, wire, found objects and gold leaf. Relating to the book of Exodus, Hebrew inspirations are incorporated along with the powerful use of symbolism, focusing on loss and deliverance, dispossession and homecoming.

Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation
4357 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles 90010

When you stay with us at The Beverly Hills Hotel or Hotel Bel-Air, let us take you on a fascinating journey through art with our own exhibitions, curated by Jim Hedges.

Header image is courtesy of the Santa Monica Barker Hanger 



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