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Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Last Chance - November 24, 2013 through July 27, 2014

Alexander Calder, best known for his large-scale mobiles, weirdly has never had a solo exhibition in a Los Angeles museum, even though the LACMA commissioned him to design a public fountain when it officially opened on Wilshire Boulevard in 1965. This new retrospective, designed by architect Frank Gehry whose serious appreciation of fun probably matches Calder's, ranges from the 1930s through the 1960s and includes about fifty specifically selected works. This means you can look at each work without being distracted by the others.

I Copy Therefore I Am


July 12 through August 2, 2014

Gallery artists Fiona Banner, Fiona Connor, Pae White and Superflex feature in this summer group show.

Manfred Pernice: Bbrieland

Regen Projects

July 11 through August 16, 2014

German artist Manfred Pernice is restaging Pezzi, an installation he did at Anton Kern in New York, of sculptures he referred to as "sticky baking-mixture pizza-pezzi.” So each component of the installation was like an ingredient, and whether it came together to make tasty, good pizza or run-of-the-mill pizza seemed to be up to the beholder.

Scott McFarland: Simultaneous Contrasts

Regen Projects

July 11 through August 16, 2014

Canadian photographer Scott McFarland called his show "Simultaneous Contrasts" because he's doing things like layering photos of the same scene on different days. Or, in the case of his New Orleans series, the same pictures might be presented in both black and white and color, so it's all the same but different.

The White Album

Richard Telles Fine Art

July 19 through August 16, 2014

This show's all about the search for the transcendental in California, and curator Gladys-Katherina Hernando was inspired by Joan Didion's essay collection, also called The White Album, about the end of the 1960s in L.A. There are 19 artists involved, some mid-career, some emerging and all pretty different from each other. 

Genevieve Chua

GUSFORD | los angeles

July 11 through August 23, 2014

Singapore-based Genevieve Chua makes shaped canvases that she screen prints on, then stacks on top of each other or hangs side-by-side. This is her first solo show in the U.S., but she's shown a lot in Singapore.

Matt Sheridan Smith: Widow

Hannah Hoffman Gallery

July 11 through August 23, 2014

Matt Sheridan Smith does things like make oversized coins out of burned, molded bread or makes paintings on linen that are so regulated and repetitive that they look like wallpaper.

Yung Jake: New | Jason Gringler: Labor

Steve Turner Contemporary

July 12 through August 23, 2014

Young Jake, an artist who moonlights as youtube phenomenon, is printing internet content on scrap metal sculptures, being really literal about putting the online world into contact with the physical world. Jason Gingler is also using scraps, and glass and other things, but he's making formal wall-hanging sculptures.

suffuse / diffuse

ACME Gallery

July 19 through August 23, 2014

Michael Henry Hayden, Julian Rogers and Ross Sawyers are all artists interested in how light and shadow can make familiar things look really strange and ambiguous, which is why they've been curated into this show together.

Eric Fischl

KM Fine Arts

June 22 through August 24, 2014

The artist known for his intensely brooding figurative paintings makes sculptures too -- cast glass and bronze figures are falling, kneeling and twisting on low-to-the-ground pedestals in this show. Then there are painted collages on the walls.


Sonos Studio

July 17 through August 25, 2014

This is a sound art show about how software has changed the way people listen, and it's being hosted by a home audio company that mostly sells hardware.

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

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

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


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

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


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.

Helen Pashgian: 1966 to the Present

ACE Gallery Beverly Hills

July 15 through August 31, 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.

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.

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).

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(via LATimes.com)

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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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