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L.A. in Oslo: Exhibition Explores the Fantasy of L.A.

Fine Arts chair Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston, Los Angeles-based artist and chair of Fine Arts, along with several Otis alumni, will show work in the upcoming ‘Los Angeles - A Fiction’ opening September 22 at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Norway.

Acknowledging the cultural clichés and constructed nature of the city, the concept behind the exhibition is to create a fictional and subjective view of Los Angeles in which the work is in conversation with one another. “We accept a constructed version of reality here, but it allows artists to have a certain amount of freedom,” says Cranston. The artists included are as diverse as the city itself, each contributing to the mosaic narrative.

Southern California artists John Baldessari (’58 MFA), Robert Irwin (’50 BFA), and Kelly Akashi (’06 BFA) are included in the exhibition, which will feature 34 artists and 84 authors from the region’s art and literary scene of the last 50 years.

Curators of the show Gunnar B. Kvaran (AFM), Thierry Raspail (MAC Lyon) and Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, were assisted by an advisory board of Los Angeles influencers including past Otis College Fine Arts Visiting Critic Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Hammer Museum’s Ali Subotnick and LA-based artist Alex Israel.

Astrup Fearnley Museet presents temporary exhibitions of international art and houses the Astrup Fearnley Collection, one of Norway’s most extensive private collections of contemporary art. ‘Los Angeles - A Fiction’ is a collaboration between the Astrup Fearnley Museet and Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France.


The exhibition is on view from September 22, 2016, through January 22, 2017.



Image: Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times