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10 Shows to See in Los Angeles This April

This month’s selections of art to see in and around Los Angeles examine the human condition through a range of lenses, from the corporeal to the psychological. Clayton Schiff’s oddball protagonists find echoes in the complicated characters of Maurice Sendak’s children’s books. Ry Rocklen and Marc Camille Chaimowicz both mine the stuff of our everyday lives, finding magic in the mundane. Merrick Morton, Tavares Strachan, and Goya, through quite distinct practices, chronicle grand and personal histories, shedding light on stories that might not otherwise be told.

Elizabeth Glaessner: Now You’re a Lake

Elizabeth Glaessner has long used waterlines in her paintings to refer to the threshold between dream and reality, id and ego, this world and the next. She foregrounds this theme in her first exhibition at Ghebaly, giving it equal prominence as the ubiquitous female figures whom she renders with a sensuous monumentality and vibrant color scheme. Within this framework, Glaessner often recasts characters from familiar stories and myths, including Narcissus, the riddle of the Sphinx, and Nut, the Egyptian goddess of the sky.

François Ghebaly (
2245 East Washington Boulevard, Downtown, Los Angeles
April 6–May 11