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Joe Goode: Flat Screen Nature

Michael Kohn Gallery

July 12 through August 29, 2014

Since the 1960s, painter Joe Goode's work has been intentionally flawed or torn (like with his "Torn Sky paintings"). For this show, he's made new, especially flat landscapes and "clawed" at their edges.

Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel Peter Witkin

Jack Rutberg Gallery

Last Chance - June 1 through August 30, 2014

Estranged identical twin brothers who both became artists are being reunited after 50 years, and it's causing a stir, getting public radio coverage and becoming the subject of a documentary --  that stir is why Jack Rutberg is extending the show through the end of summer.

Contort Yourself

Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Last Chance - July 12 through August 30, 2014

Glasgow's Modern Institute organized this show and all the artists are based in Glasgow. Sue Tompkins, who used to be part of the band "Life Without Buildings," is showing paintings and performing. Jim Lambie is showing thirteen ladders with mirror between rungs.

Soft Target


Last Chance - June 26 through August 30, 2014

Photographers Phil Chang and Matthew Porter organized this show about slipperiness and the many potential identities of artworks. And they included so many artists -- thirty in total -- that it's difficult to imagine the show being anything other than hard to define.

And Yes, I Even Remember You

Aran Cravey

Last Chance - July 18 through August 30, 2014

Eric Kim, who co-runs the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, is curating this show of artists interested in archives. Kim's thinking of these artists as "interlocutors" who intervene "in the exchange of ideas and memories," which seems to mean they're exploring how people's experiences get turned into history. 

Bad Influence


Last Chance - July 11 through August 30, 2014

Gretchen Bender froze and blurred the AT&T logo in the 1980s, and all the other artists in this show were toying with prominent commercial imagery (and that imagery's "bad influence") in the 1980s and early 1990s too.

Japan Diaries

Fahey/Klein Gallery

Last Chance - July 24 through August 30, 2014

Husband-wife team BJ and Richeille Formento traveled through Japan, staging and shooting photos that they imagined as still for a Japanese noir. They wanted to convey their eagerness "to express our interpretation as foreigners in a very foreign land."

David Bell & Iris Yirei Hu | Marcus Herse | Ben Tong

Commonwealth & Council

Last Chance - August 9 through 30, 2014

David Bell and Iris Hu are using their grandmothers to explore inherited histories. Marcus Herse is inviting viewers to imagine they're driving through the parking lot of the mall, Glendale Galleria, in his '92 Honda Civic. Ben Tong is thinking about mirrors, mollusks and Vegas.

1301 PE Group Show


Last Chance - August 9 through 30, 2014

This summer group show has an all-star cast: Joseph Albers, Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari. It also has some less well-known character, like Fiona Connor and Kirsten Everberg.

Tony Greene: Room of Advances

Schindler House (1921-22)

June 18 through September 7, 2014

Tony Greene, who worked in L.A. in the late 1980s and early 1990s before his AIDS-related death, made a five-panel series of paintings he called "Room of Advances." The central panel features a nude man with arms out and the others feature a minimal interior space. It's showing at the MAK, which is one of the most minimal spaces out there.

Liz Walsh: Shadow Force


August 14 through September 11, 2014

Liz Walsh, who does haphazard installations and paintings that look like hallucinations, is playing music with friend Eric Landmark at her opening.

Helen Pashgian: 1966 to the Present

ACE Gallery Beverly Hills

July 15 through September 15, 2014

Helen Pashgian just had a show of new work at LACMA, and now her gallery, ACE, is doing a retrospective of sorts, showing acrylic glass sculptures from the 1960s to now -- lots of ethereal discs and columns.

Steve McQueen: Drumroll

MOCA at The Pacific Design Center

June 28 through September 21, 2014

MOCA co-owns Drumroll, the video installation artist-director Steve McQueen won the Turner Prize for in 1999, and showed it once in 2005. It's showing it again, now that McQueen is a famous Oscar winner (for 12 Years a Slave).

À la Mode: Painted Method


August 23 through September 27, 2014

This show, installed in a house in the Hollywood Hills, includes art by Molly Larkey, Jonathan Apgar and others in an attempt to show "unique approaches to painting."

Recents Posts

(via LATimes.com)

LACMA Considers Gehry Skyscraper

LACMA recently announced that it would be revising its Peter Zumthor-designed expansion to span Wilshire Boulevard, and now it may be adding a skyscraper to this plan. According to Los Angeles Times’ architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, museum officials are in the very early stages of talks with LA Metro and other property owners to build […]

via the New York Times

Citing Tar Pits, Zumthor Redraws LACMA Plan

One of the nice things about designing a museum that looks like an ink blot is that entire sections can be redrawn without completely scrapping the original plan. Such is the case with Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s proposed transformation of LACMA, according to the New York Times. His original design had been criticized by the […]

Left: Rene Magritte, The Listening Room, 1952, Oil on Canvas, 55cm x 45cm, Menil Collection Houston, TX
Right: Robert Therrien, No title (Folding table and chairs, green), 2008
Painted metal and fabric
Table: 96 x 120 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 x 304.8 cm); 4 chairs: 104 x 64 x 72 inches each (264.1 x 162.6 x 182.9 cm)
Photo by Josh White,  Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Robert Therrien at Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Robert Therrien might best be considered the Steven Wright of the art world. Starting in the late eighties, Wright delivered a dry conceptual stand up humor, sometimes dark and often twisted. The logic of his one-line jokes was to make you appreciate the absurdity of contemporary life and the impotence of language to describe it. […]

Artadia Wants You! Deadline for First Round of LA Grants September 30

Artadia Wants You! Deadline for First Round of LA Grants September 30

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is accepting applications from all visual artists living and working in Los Angeles County, but hurry! Applications must be submitted online by September 30, 11:59 PM (PST). Individual artists and collaboratives at any point in their careers could win from $5000 to $15,000 in unrestricted payola, to be […]

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