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Chris Trueman: Beneath the Skin

Edward Cella Art + Architecture

Last Chance - March 8 through April 26, 2014

Chris Trueman, a painter who graduated from the Claremont Colleges in 2010, is interested in different kinds of abstraction: hard edge, expressionism, geo-abstraction and color fields. He's been using spray paint and acrylic to channel aspects of these various styles. His current paintings look sort of like glimpses of unraveling fabric obscured by smoke or mist.

Michael Staniak: Image DNA & Luis Hidalgo: Artificial Pulse

Steve Turner Contemporary

Last Chance - March 21 through April 26, 2014

Canadian artist Michael Staniak, exhibiting for the first time in the U.S., crafts wall hanging plaster sculptures intentionally made to look like flat digital prints. Cuernavaca-based Luis Hidalgo prints digital paintings on mirrors, and the look of them changes depending on your angle.

Hannah Whitaker: Cold Wave


Last Chance - March 15 through April 26, 2014

Brooklyn-based Hannah Whitaker, an editor for Triple Canopy, makes photographs based on formal systems that also have intentional subjects. An expanse of stacked cubes may also be a landscape or evenly spaced spots of light might interrupt a head-on portrait. For her show at M+B, she's using hand cut paper screens, sometimes layering them on top of each other, to obscure her subjects -- though, of course, the screens themselves often become the subject.

Mark Whalen | Julian Meagher

Merry Karnowsky Gallery

April 5 through May 3, 2014

Mark Whalen has a solo show at Merry Karnowsky almost every year, and this time, the precise but highly whimsical illustrator interested in alternate universes and warped space-time dimensions. Julian Meagher is pairing images of plastic bottles with studies of male figure to talk about "the subtle shades of masculine strength and fragility."  

Daniel Arsham: Kick the Tires and Light the Fires


April 5 through May 3, 2014

Arsham has done gouache studies of decaying basketballs and eroded coins and cast three-dimensional Goodyear tires and a McDonald's sign using old-seeming geological elements. The New York wants to generate some blurriness: "does it concern the future, present, or past?"

Elliott Hundley

Regen Projects

April 12 through May 17, 2014

Orphic myths and art history are Hundley's reference point for this show, and, while myths have been part of his dense, dramatic collages all along, it sounds like he's becoming more and more interested in painting traditions. We're curious to see how painterliness plays out in this new work.

Tea & Morphine

Hammer Museum

January 25 through May 18, 2014

The Elizabeth Dean Collection includes over 900 works by late 19th, early 20th century Paris-based artists. A number that specifically  depict women are on view in the Hammer's "Tea & Morphine" show -- one print, Eugene Grasset's La Morphinomane [The Morphine Addict] from 1897, shows a frenzied, dark haired women gritting her teeth as she sticks a needle into her leg. It's as dramatic as the show's title.

Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology

Hammer Museum

February 9 through May 18, 2014

The Hammer's new exhibition focuses on institutional critique, or art that examines its own position in art institutions like galleries or museums, in relationship to appropriation art. It includes some heady standards, like the Museum Highlights video of artist Andrea Fraser giving a docent tour, and more visceral work, like Sue William's cartoonishly confessional paintings.

Hammer Projects: Andra Ursuta

Hammer Museum

March 8 through May 25, 2014

Andra Ursuta makes sculptures so convincingly crafted that their haunting absurdity can sometimes seem natural. For her Hammer Project, the Romanian born, New York based artist is creating a graveyard populated by sculptures that replicate not actual tombstones but the shadows tombstones cast.

Thomas Ruff's Photograms and Negatives

Gagosian Gallery

April 19 through May 31, 2014

Thomas Ruff wanted to do tech-age photograms, so he worked with a 3-D imaging expert, designing a virtual darkroom, and figuring out how to experiment with an endless range of potential forms. In making the chromogenic prints in his new show, he had way more control than photogram pioneer Moholy-Nagy every had.

Terry Winters: patterns in a chromatic field

Matthew Marks Gallery

April 13 through June 21, 2014

Terry Winters, an artist the iconic Jasper Johns has praised over the years, hasn't had an L.A. solo show in two decades. Now he's showing new paintings based on Morton Feldman compositions that, like his old paintings, toe the line between representative and abstract.

Yann Novak: Doppler.Shift

Commonwealth & Council

February 8 through June 28, 2014

Artist Yann Novak, a Gen X light and space artist, has devised an installation for the upstairs corridor leading to Commonwealth & Council's doorway. It combines fluorescent lighting with synthesized sound and recordings made in the gallery.

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

February 2 through July 20, 2014

A show organized by curator Fanklin Sirmans, "Futbol" anticipates the 2014 World Cup -- it closes a week after the cup tournament ends -- and mostly includes work that depicts the game and its players, the majority of them male in this case. Artists include Brazilian pop icon Nelson Leirner and Mexico City based conceptualist Gustavo Artigas, who enlisted a high school basketball team and soccer team to play simultaneously on the same court.

Recents Posts

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 […]

An Interactive and colaberative map of Los Angeles festooned by notes by visitors and map pins.
Windshield Perspective-Installation View
(Photo: M. M. Muller)

Windshield Perspective at A+D Museum

I’m a sucker for sidebars. Small boxes filled with tantalizing stats about a certain topic, augmented by a pie chart or per cent breakdown lure my eye away from a substantive narrative article almost every time. Now imagine an exhibition based on the sidebar concept and you have an approximation of Windshield Perspective currently on […]

Kenton Nelson at Peter Mendenhall

Kenton Nelson at Peter Mendenhall

The line between illustration and fine art becomes blurry sometimes. When this happens, both categories can benefit. The specificity and narrative potential of  illustration’s paradigm can infuse fine art with a matter-of-factness so often missing. Conversely, fine art’s pretension can lend resonance to illustration’s cul de sac pleasures. This “both/and” synthesis is in ample evidence […]

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