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Tony Berlant: Close to Home | Heather Gwen Martin

L.A. Louver Gallery

Last Chance - October 30 through November 29, 2014

Tony Berlant, who's done some pretty intense paintings in the past, is focusing on photo collage this time around, paying "homage" to his hometown of Santa Monica with photographs of streets of foliage printed on tin then attached to wood panels. Heather Gwen Martin does her own 21st century version of color field painting that kind of recalls Gary Hume's portraits.

Liminal Sunday

Satellite Space

November 2 through 30, 2014

The space above tech company TigrisNet is currently home to a group show curated by Paulina Samborska, and some of the work is by artists with at least a slight preoccupation with techiness.

Asma Kazmi: Ordinary People | Javier Tapia and Camilo Ontiveros: Travelling Dust | Yujun Ye: El Sueño de Los Angeles

18th Street Arts Center

November 7 through December 12, 2014

Asthma Kazmi documented lives of three politicians in Karachi. Javier Tapia and Camilo Ontiveros are bringing together objects they collected in Chile, Mexico, and Los Angeles and showing a film about connections, some hidden, between these places. Yujun Ye, who's from Taipei, is showing work about the weird sleepwalking state she feels she's been in since she got to L.A. to be an artist-in-residence at 18th Street.

Akio Takamori

Frank Lloyd Gallery

November 8 through December 13, 2014

Riffing on tradition, Akio Takamori makes ceramic sculptures that are often quite funny. This show is full of female heads on round pedestals and reclining figures on rectangular beds.

35 Year Anniversary Show

Robert Berman Gallery

September 13 through December 20, 2014

Robert Berman Gallery has been around for thirty-five years, though it didn't have so much space back when it started. It's filling all three of its Bergamont Station spaces with art by characters like Nick Agid, Dennis Hopper, William Burroughs, Mr. Fish and RETNA.

Charles Ray

Matthew Marks Gallery

November 1 through December 20, 2014

Charles Ray, known for his life-size sculpted self-portraits and firetruck and tractor sculptures, has been machining these shiny steel figures and objects over the last few years. This new show includes a shiny steel truck compressed into a rectangle and a life-size reclining man.

Matt Mignanelli: Stories Unfold

Richard Heller Gallery

November 22 through December 20, 2014

Matt Mignanelli makes his minimal black and white abstractions with gloss and matte enamel. He bases the patterns in these paintings on building facades and other architectural elements, and they're intentionally precise and repetitive.

Max Maslansky: The Edge of Night

5 Car Garage

November 15 through December 30, 2014

Max Maslansky's new paintings are all of Dennis Posa, an actor and singer who contracted AIDS in 1984 and died soon after. He mostly appeared in porn films but at one point made it onto mainstream television. He also recorded a disco album called “Like an Eagle.”

Jeanne Silverthorne: Down the Hole and into the Grain

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

November 1, 2014 through January 3, 2015

New York artist Jeanne Silverthorne, who has been working with rubber and exploring the ruins and detritus that come out of an artist's studio practice for years, has been thinking about loss and lost objects lately. So in this show, there will be portraits of lost people and things and objects that morph into other objects, thus losing their initial form.

Scott Short: More and The Same

Christopher Grimes Gallery

November 8, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Scott Short, who works in Vallauris, France, carefully copies the marks made by machines. For this show, he's done some abstractions as well as 48 portraits (just like Gerhard Richter, who did 48 portraits of historically significant men) where, for instance, cultural icons might be rendered as Batman.

Shirley Irons: galleries, etc.

Gallery Luisotti

November 1, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Artist Shirley Irons paints categories of spaces, like offices. This time, she's painting galleries, like Green Naftali or David Zwirner in New York.

Margaret Lee: Reading Into Things

Team (bungalow)

November 16, 2014 through January 25, 2015

Margaret Lee is interested in de-contextualizing, both in this show and in general. She uses familiar objects but paints or alters them in her effort to understand "the ways in which the viewer receives and processes symbols."

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