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Look Up, Angelenos!

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Lord knows, in the City of Angels, we’re used to looking heavenward and seeing explosions of color among the palm trees. In LA, billboards are everywhere, showcasing the latest CSI spin-offs, mega-blockbusters, or jeans. But right now, someone’s playing tricks on us.

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Throughout March, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House has taken over billboards all over town for How Many Billboards? Art in Stead. This large-scale urban exhibition is showcasing 21 works by leading contemporary artists, including Yvonne Rainer (top), Kori Newkirk (above), and James Welling (below).

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‘The sudden existence of artistic speech mixed in with commercial speech provides a refreshing change of pace. Commercial messaging tells you to buy; artistic messaging encourages you to look and to think.’

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They’re dotted around, mostly in Hollywood, with some in Culver City, Silver Lake, and Westwood. Spot them if you can.

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If you need help finding them, or want to take a tour of them, there’s an overview exhibit and orientation station at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road in West Hollywood. There’s also an interactive map here. Just keep your eye on the road. RM

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Images: Artwork by Yvonne Rainer, Kori Newkirk, James Welling, Kenneth Anger, Jennifer Bornstein, Kerry Tribe for How Many Billboards? Photos by Gerard Smulevich, MAK Center for Art and Architecture

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