edited by MAYER RUS
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
Youth may well be wasted on the young, as George Bernard Shaw said, but its charms are hardly lost on Paul Jasmin. In California Dreaming, the photographer returns to the subjects he has documented so lovingly for years: the seductive, sunbaked Shangri-la that is Los Angeles and the fetching lads and lasses who alight here. The images, in signature Jasmin style, are both vaguely elegiac and deeply enchanting. $65.
COLOR MY WORLD
The San Diego Museum of Art is the sole U.S. venue for Time and Place, an exhibition of recent works by British painter Howard Hodgkin. The lush pictures, many never shown, continue Hodgkin’s intense exploration of the interactions of color, paint and surface. Jan. 29–May 1. Balboa Park, 619-232-7931, sdmart.org.
Cathy Whitlock’s Design on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction makes a major contribution to movie literature by saluting undersung production designers, set decorators and art directors. Though far from encyclopedic, the book pays homage to seminal figures such as William Cameron Menzies, Cedric Gibbons, Richard Sylbert and Dean Tavoularis, as well as some of the lesser-known masters. $75.
Buying art could be the best cure for post-holiday blues. The Los Angeles Art Show, a one-stop shop for all your Rembrandt and Ruscha needs, returns to the L.A. Convention Center Jan. 19–23 (laartshow.com). Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the new kid on the block, moves into Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar Jan. 27–30. Though largely local, this show includes a sampler of galleries from around the world (artlosangelesfair.com).