Among many art exhibitions that opened this fall in Los Angeles, the one I was most excited to see was the solo show of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto at Tanya Bonakdar, a New York gallery that opened a local outpost in 2018. For the occasion, Neto created a cozy environment full of color, sound, and smells, where visitors were encouraged to relax, touch, interact, and connect. Viewing Neto's work in LA is a rare occurrence indeed. An admired figure in contemporary art, with strong gallery representation and a vital presence in exhibitions all over the world, the artist had not shown here since 2003. Even though it may seem surprising...

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