Best Art 2012

"Surf's Up" mural by Anya Gallaccio

Surf's Up by Anya Gallaccio


Public Art Trend: Murals
La Jolla’s soul as an art community shines outside its many galleries in a new set of murals funded by the La Jolla Community Foundation. Warning: Enjoy them while you can. They can be scrubbed from existence in a blink—take, for instance, the now-absent Charles Lindbergh mural at San Diego International Airport’s commuter terminal. Bon voyage, Lindy! We’ll miss you!

The next time you’re window shopping in LJ, keep an eye out for these six works of art:

“Brain/Cloud"  
By John Baldessari
1250 Prospect Street

“53 Women”
By Ryan McGinness
1111 Prospect Street

“At Sea”
By Ann Hamilton
7900 Herschel Ave.

“Girl from Ipanema”
By Kim MacConnel
7724 Girard (in back)

“Favorite Color”
By Roy McMakin
7596 Eads Avenue

“Surf’s Up”
By Anya Gallaccio
7500 block of Fay Avenue

Art After Dark: Tidal Radiance
Shimmering like the ocean, Broadway Pier’s new sky-high exterior wall sculpture, Tidal Radiance, is best viewed at night. By artist Leni Schwendinger, it uses chromatic lighting in green, golds, and blues to illuminate and reflect stainless steel and glass evocative of fish scales and seashells.
1000 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero

Available Job in the Arts: Old Globe’s new artistic director
Work with Broadway actors at one of the nation’s best professional regional theaters (75 years strong!), located in America’s Finest City? Sign us up. The Old Globe has been conducting a nationwide search after Louis Spisto resigned last fall, but we won’t know until early September or later who will land the coveted gig. Whoever it is, please take the SD arts scene to greatness!

Art For Ankle-Biters: Trash
The New Children’s Museum encourages kids to put their messy fingerprints all over the art. The Trash exhibit lets kids climb junkyard tires, paint an old car, and play inside an aluminum sculpture.
200 W. Island Avenue, downtown

Dance Series: La Jolla Music Society
Last year, when LJMS brought the Joffrey Ballet to San Diego, ticket sales revealed a local hunger for classical dance and internationally renowned talent. So LJMS came back bigger and better for the 2012-13 season with a return of the Joffrey, plus the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Béjart Ballet. Bravo!

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