Top 5: Oct. 16, 2014

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1. Matsumi Kanemitsu: Metamorphic Effects

Through December 20, 2014
The Mistake Room

An abstract expressionist with a sense of humor, Matsumi Kanemitsu worked in L.A. for years and this show is presenting a lot of work that hasn’t been seen publicly for decades, if ever. Since Kanemitsu was born in 1922 and died in 1992, it’s a funny change for The Mistake Room, which has so far featured especially young artists.



2. Amir Nikravan: Merge Visible | Scott Benzel: Inverted Capitol Spire, Programmatic Architecture Displacement 5-7, & Inversion V

Through November 8, 2014
Various Small Fires

Ami Nikravan starts with a dimensional, built-up surface and ends up with incredibly flat paintings.

Scott Benzel has remixed the Beach Boys’ “Never Learn Not to Love” and built an inverted replica of the Capital Records spire (since the real spire is nearby).

3. Festival for All Skid Row Artists

October 18 through 19, 2014
On View: October 18, 2014 | 1–5 pm
On View: October 19, 2014 | 1–5 pm

Gladys Park – 6th and Gladys Street Park, Los Angeles

At the 2013 version of this event, about 80 artists who work on Skid Row converged, playing music, reading poetry and exhibiting visual art. It sounds like energy was pretty high, and it should be similar this time around.

4. KAWS: Man’s Best Friend

Through October 31, 2014
Honor Fraser

For his new show, sculptor-painter-street artist KAWS blew up small details of drawings Charles M. Schultz did of his Peanuts cartoon characters. So Snoopy becomes an abstraction.



5. Ed Moses: Cross-Section

Through December 13, 2014
University Art Gallery, UC Irvine

UCI’s Art Galleries are doing for Ed Moses what a university show, curated by two professors, can do for an abstract painter who’s been working since the 1950s: they’re “provid[ing] a rhizomatic framework to Moses’s oeuvre.”



also by Glasstire

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