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Agnes Lux: Label the Shapes

Martos Gallery

March 25 through April 25, 2015

Berlin-based Agnes Lux alters postcards with copper leaf and graphite, then sends them to herself via snail mail. Then she arranges the cards, now scuffed up and bent in places, in grids that end up looking dark and abstract. The project is meant to be a reflection on “shifting modes of communication” and, also, a “poetic ornamentation of everyday life.”

Casual Friday

VACANCY

Last Chance - March 19 through April 30, 2015

"Casual Friday" is Vacancy's second collaborative group show (they each begin as a dinner party during which artists and the gallery owners toss ideas back and forth). This time, the group is exploring the practice of having "casual Fridays" in otherwise formal workplaces, or at least press release is a corporate memo announcing the institution of a casual Friday.

life100

Brand Library & Art Center

Last Chance - March 14 through May 1, 2015

A show of "master Armenian artists," this show includes work by the fantastic mid-century painter Arshile Gorky and by 1950s L.A. icon John Altoon. It also includes work by 30 contemporary Armenian artists working in L.A. It commemorates the 100th year after the Armenian Genocide.

Jerry Hsu: A Love Like Mine is Hard to Find

Slow Culture

Last Chance - April 3 through May 2, 2015

Jerry Hsu, who began taking street photos around the same time he began skateboarding professionally in 1997, makes sadly sweet photos of, say, a man throwing a bouquet into the trash, a sunset or a woman stuck in a corner behind thrift store shelves.

Jan Stieding and Jörg Wagner: danach draußen (thereafter outside)

Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA)

March 19 through May 10, 2015

German artist Jan Stieding will show two paintings of deserted stages and two of figures sourced from East German propaganda posters. Jörg Wagner, also German, will show photosensitive cyanotype copies of fences along borders (he's been interested in borders between yards and between countries, like the US and Mexico). Since Stieding and Wagner had a curatorial project 'die Beton Bar' that inspired Alice Konitz to start LAMOA, it's fitting that they're finally showing at LAMOA.

Ruth Pastine: Present Tense

Carnegie Art Museum

March 15 through May 24, 2015

The Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard is showing pastel abstractions by Ruth Pastine that it describes on its website in one dense sentence: "perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay."

Charles Gaines: Librettos - Manuel de Falla / Stokely Carmichael

Art + Practice

February 28 through May 31, 2015

The inaugural exhibition at Art + Practice, the new space artist Mark Bradford opened with activist Allan DiCastro and philanthropist Eileen Norton in Leimert Park, is of work by Charles Gaines. A libretto about a gypsy who loses her love because of class divisions appears printed on plexiglas boxes while a speech by Stokely Carmichael appears beneath the music on faded paper.

Mexico: Fantastic Identity

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

March 14 through July 5, 2015

Frida Kahlo's surreal painting My Dress Hangs Here is in this show. So is work by intrepid Leonora Carrington, cubist drawing by Diega Rivera and collages by muralists José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. It's pretty much a who's who of 20th century Mexican art.

Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects: Legends & Mythologies

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

March 21 through July 11, 2015

The title for this show takes inspiration from the Smithsonian’s book American History in 101 Objects, and the subsequent A History of the World in 100 Objects by the BBC and British Museum. Historical items from the One Archive's collection will show alongside work by nine contemporary artists, among them Wu Tsang and Sam Lopes, who will be showing papier-mâché sculptures of hybrid creatures "and the bears they love."

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City by Michael Heizer (Photos: Tom Vinetz/© Triple Aught Foundation. via protectbasinandrange.org)

Museums Join Drive to Save Land Surrounding Heizer’s “City”

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Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink

Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink

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Museum As Retail Space [via marsgallery.net]

Show Me the Money! Museum As Retail Space to Open in DTLA

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