While the inaugural Made in L.A., held in 2012, was billed as a comprehensive survey of local artists, this year’s reprise sharpens the biennial’s focus and deepens its vision. Running June 15 through September 7 at the Hammer Museum, the exhibition showcases work from 35 artists (60 were featured last time), many of whom are just making a name for themselves. Among them is 32-year-old painter Tala Madani, who was born in Tehran and moved here from Amsterdam three years ago. “I was amazed at how accessible the art community in L.A. is,” says Madani, who lives in Mount Washington. “There don’t seem to be the walls you have in other places.” With the Hammer forgoing its admission fee, that openness should also inspire museumgoers.
Madani, shown in her studio, has five paintings and three animated clips in the exhibition. Photograph by Elizabeth Weinberg