Los Angeles is a city with no border between reality and artifice. Images here have lives their own. It’s hard to think of a better city in which to encounter the art of Pierre Huyghe – an artist whose fiction gives rise to reality, whose sometimes baffling, always engaging art turns real life into a dream, and vice versa.
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Huyghe has just opened his first American retrospective, a festive, unfathomable, profoundly ambitious exhibition that was first seen at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In his hometown, it defied expectations to become one of the museum’s best attended shows of a living artist in years. It seduces, it beguiles, it obfuscates, it amazes. It challenges the most fundamental assumptions about what a museum show can be.