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Raúl de Nieves: I’m in A Story

Museum as Retail Space

Last Chance - February 13 through April 1, 2015

New York based Raúl de Nieves is showing bejeweled panels inspired by an opera he co-wrote last year, paintings that retell the story of Saint George and bead encrusted shoes. It's the first show at Museum as Retail Space (aka MaRS).

Karl Haendel: Unwinding Unboxing, Unbending Uncocking | Jacob Yanes: Victor Jara / Leathe and Eunoe

Night Gallery

February 28 through April 4, 2015

There are red and blue lentils and rice on the floor of Karl Haendel's new exhibition and framed drawings of figures exercising in workout wear. Reads the press release, "After all, we are what we eat, what we do, and whatever objects or ideas we ingest." In the project gallery, Jacob Yanes has made two representational sculptures, one of a couple nude and entwined.

Andrea Joyce Heimer: Suburban Mythology - Volume 2

The Good Luck Gallery

February 28 through April 4, 2015

Andrea Joyce Heimer's paintings of folksy, suburban scenes have long titles. One reads, "Since Age 16 My Lovers Never Knew What They Were Getting Into, I’ve Wanted To Consume Their Thoughts, Climb Inside Them, And Utterly Devour Them." The whole suburban series is intentionally dark and obsessive.

Emily Joyce: Famous Potatoes and other related works

Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA)

March 21 through April 6, 2015

In making her Famous Potatoes paintings, L.A. artist Emily Joyce took painting rags from her studio and attached them to a canvas, inside the squares of a painted grid. But there's a twist: "upon closer examination, the viewer sees that each rag is in fact impossibly identical."


Fifth Floor Gallery

February 28 through April 11, 2015

Kim Tucker made "mementos to love’s clumsiness" for a show that mostly features figures and portraits made by her and Helen Rebekah Garber and Esmeralda Montes. It's called "Cruising" because the figures are all checking each other out, trying to figure out how to interact.

COOP: Works on Paper, 1987-2015

Coagula Curatorial

February 28 through April 11, 2015

Almost 30 years of "legendary low-brow artist" COOP's drawings are up at Coagula. COOP, born Christopher Cooper in Tulsa, has an interest in soft-porn and "devil women."

Craig Taylor: Enface | Annelie McKenzie: The Enthusiast


March 7 through April 11, 2015

In his new paintings, Craig Taylor riffs on the form of the portrait or the bust, making these vaguely familiar abstractions that loosely resemble heads and shoulders. Annelie McKenzie does her own versions of dramatic 18th and 19th century scenes -- a battle, an assassination -- and certain of her paintings "are about the gendered battle for space in the canon of art history." Her frames are decorative, with neon pink hearts or rainbows painted on them.

David Hartt: Interval

Bonaventure Hotel

March 7 through April 11, 2015

A ground floor storefront suite in the dramatic Bonaventure Hotel (it's the hotel with the rotating bar on the top of it) is the site of artist David Hartt's new installation. The two-channel film Hartt's showing is all about peripheries and features remote places -- a Canadian town of Whitehorse and the island of Sakhalin, which belongs to Russia though it's part of the Japanese archipelago.

Agency Assembly (Before and After the Split Second Recorded)

Roy and Edna Disney/CALARTS Theater (REDCAT)

February 28 through April 12, 2015

Artist Kobe Matthys' "Agency" project involves compiling lists of things that "defy easy categorization." This show features "things" related to court cases. Five "public assemblies" will also take place during the show's course -- they'll be discussions based on certain court cases and will explore specific "things," like the baseball games involved in a court case about television sports broadcasts.

The Reason We No Longer Speak

Fahrenheit - Flax Foundation

January 31 through April 18, 2015

This exhibition takes "the wish of collecting saliva from a tiger’s mouth at the Los Angeles Zoo as its point of departure." Paris-based artist David Douard, who worked on this installation during a two-month L.A. residency, poured animal saliva into jars, which will be in the gallery. He also invited L.A. artists Liz Craft and Jesse Stecklow to contribute work to his show.

Zin Helena Song | Scott Anderson: Focus Space

CES Gallery

March 21 through April 18, 2015

Zin Helena Song makes sculptural polygon paintings and this show includes a series called Origami, of shapes that "hover as if hollow and weightless." Scott Anderson mixes abstraction and figuration and is "concerned with moments of cultural upheaval steeped in capitalism and bygone political revolutions."

I think I see…

The Property

March 21 through April 19, 2015

This show, a reaction to "reductive abstract formalism," features four painters -- Justin John Greene, Dustin Metz, Becky Kolsrud, and Adam Novak -- who use representational imagery. The idea is to think about how representation fits the "contemporary context."

Colby Bird: My Hair is Wet and My Shoes are Tied

Grice Bench

March 14 through April 25, 2015

For this show, artist Colby Bird is making all his own frames for his photographs. Sometimes, his frames even obscure his photos and "add another layer of interruption between content and viewer." Bird, who works in New York, is also exhibited four sculptures made from bistro chairs disassembled, sanded, painted and put back together "as writhing, abstract forms."

Female Power

DAC Gallery

March 12 through May 1, 2015

The Association of Hysteric Curators (AHC) curated this show to coincide with International Women's Day and, as the title suggests, the show is about power "as it relates to women’s lives." It includes new work by women from the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), who struggle with homelessness, and from ECF Art Centers, for those with developmental disabilities.

Sarah Conaway: Empty Vessel

The Box

March 21 through May 2, 2015

Sarah Conaway's new work, made out of things like burlap or Styrofoam, is supposed to look like it came out of an Art History textbook. It's also supposed to "create a tension between a beautiful formality and an 'offness.'"

HERE NOW: Six Works by 6 LA Artists

Wilding Cran Gallery

March 21 through May 2, 2015

Painters Ian Pines, who's pretty gritty and expressive, and Noah Davis, who takes a more narrative approach, are in this "pulse of the moment" show. So is Etienne Zack, whose paintings are labyrinthine and sometime photo-realistic.

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

Japanese American National Museum

October 11, 2014 through May 31, 2015

This show, about Hello Kitty's history and full of products, contemporary art and archival material, is something of a phenomenon. People walk down the streets of Little Tokyo in Hello Kitty hats and shirts. Christine Yano and Jamie Rivadeneira, who owns an L.A. pop culture boutique called JapanLA, curated it.

William Pope.L: Trinket

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

March 20 through June 28, 2015

The center piece for William Pope.L's "Trinket" is a massive flag blowing in wind generated by a number of high-powered fans. The flag will fray over the course of the exhibition, and footage of Civil War reenactment plays around the galleries, where there are also a number of rotting onions painted red, white and blue.

Sturtevant: Double Trouble

MOCA Grand Avenue

March 20 through July 27, 2015

A show that traveled here from MoMA, Sturtevant's "Double Trouble" features years of the "copies" the artist, who died last year, made of work by her peers. She copied Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, but her copies are interpretive, never exact.

Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience

MOCA Grand Avenue

March 20 through August 16, 2015

Filmmaker Khalil Joseph made a long video to accompany Kendrick Lamar's new memoir-ish album last year, and it's a free-form, two-channel meditation on life in South L.A. It showed at the Underground Museum, and now it's at MOCA, in a smart-looking, all-black video gallery.

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