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June 2018- Dallas

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One mile east of MOCA lies Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. The L.A. gallery, one of eight worldwide in the brand, occupies a former flourmill. The sprawling space includes the impressive farm-to-table cafe Manuela, a small garden with chickens, gift shop, and numerous gallery exhibitions by represented artists. Much more than simply a commercial art space, Hauser & Wirth offers workshops and other learning experiences that set it apart from a traditional gallery space. Artist talks, lectures, film screenings, and other programs make it a greater part of the neighborhood and community. The gallery currently exhibits three important exhibitions, including "The Red Sky" by Louise Bourgeois. Featured are six multi-panel works on paper created between 2007-2009 that have never been exhibited publicly. Also on view are the works of Romanian visual artist Geta Bratescu. "The Leaps of Aesop" features a diverse grouping of her works comprising drawing, collage, engraving, textiles, film, and photography, and draws its inspiration from the stories of literary greats such as Aesop, the writer of ancient fables. Lastly, there is the work of notable Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, entitled "New Works." This is Bradford's first L.A. exhibition in 15 years and includes 10 new works from the artist who represented USA in the 2017 Venice Biennale and was recently commissioned to create 32 panels containing the U.S. Constitution for the new U.S. Embassy in London,. You can easily spend half your day at MOCA and Hauser & Wirth. While both are relatively small, there is plenty to view. Their size lends itself to a more comforting experience, much the same way that the Houston's Menil Collection does. F rom art, we move to design. H e a d i n g b a c k t o Hollywood, we pop into the famously well- appointed masterpiece that is Blackman Cruz. From mid-century treasures, to one-off pieces crafted by a small group of contemporary designers, the showroom specializes in the world of high- end collectible design with a sleek and handsome aesthetic. The two-story space, formerly a nightclub, features works that have been thoughtfully selected by founders Adam Blackman and David Cruz, two design-world pioneers who founded Blackman Cruz in 1993. You'll find a little bit of everything here. From a relatively ordinary walnut dining table to a six-foot papier- mâché moving elephant and an exquisite, 1950s-era brass- and-enamel Italian chandelier. A few blocks away is Nancy Silverton's little corner of restaurant heaven. We choose Pizzeria Mozza, leaving the highly rated Osteria Mozza next door for another trip. Mozza is all about pizza. And bread. And it is perfect. Silverton, winner of James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award 2014, is known in foodie circles for her five-year quest to create the perfect bread. Here, she has created pretty much the perfect pizza. There may be considerable debate among pizza lovers, but let there be no doubt: This is a great pie. Medium thick, crispy outer crust, chewy on the inside. There are about 20 pies to choose from, as well as other dishes — but when at a pizza place, get the pizza. It will make you happy, we promise. As day turns to night, we head to the Hollywood Bowl to see headliners LCD Soundsystem and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It is the latter's first performance at the Bowl, and LCD's fourth. Both put on incredible performances worthy of their top billing. As for the setting, the peaks surrounding the iconic theater in the Hollywood Hills are the perfect backdrop for any show. Food and unopened drinks are allowed, so get there early, eat, drink, enjoy. The view is spectacular, and the entertainment … Well, that's up to you. Afterwards, it's time for a proper cocktail. At the recommendation of stylist Doug Voisin, we head south to Hollywood to visit the recently opened piano bar Tramp Stamp Granny's. The brainchild of director/ musician Mia Swier and actor husband Darren Criss (known for his chilling role as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace), this is an old-fashioned piano bar full of character. It's comfortably packed — not too packed, just-right packed. House pianists take the place of a DJ and lead you through the night. Join in, or just sit back and take it all in. Think karaoke — only better. The bar itself is beautifully designed, with just a little bit of kitsch mixed with Art Deco glamour. The owners call it upscale debauchery; we say they've gotten everything just right. Blackman Cruz Tramp Stamp Granny's Artworks in "Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin," on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, through September 3. All works collection MOCA. From left: Brassaï's Young couple wearing a two-in-one suit at the Bal de la Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, c. 1931 Nan Goldin's The Hug, New York City, 1980 Diane Arbus' A young man and his pregnant wife in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C. 1965 65

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