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Saturday, September 20


Country: Portraits of an American Sound

Annenberg Space for Photography

May 31 through September 28, 2014

Les Leverett was a staff photographer at the Grand Old Opry for three decades. Leigh Wiener photographed John Cash looking rough and tumble. They're in the show and featured in the half-hour documentary that will play at the center of the Annenberg's weird, circular space -- lots of photographers and musicians talking shop.

Fay Ray: Part Object

Samuel Freeman

September 6 through October 11, 2014

The three posters Fay Ray has hanging in her new show are playful how-to guides, because "Ray has turned to producing her own source material as opposed to solely relying on appropriated or mediated imagery." One on "modeling clay" has a nude model demonstrating difference uses of clay.

Not So Soft

La Pêche

September 13 through October 11, 2014

Everything in La Pêche's first-ever show is soft, made of fabric or something else of that sort, like Azikiwe Mohammed's “woven internet” wall-hangings that have the names of rappers sewn into them.

Klea McKenna: No Light Unbroken | Melanie Willhide: Henbane for Honey Bun

Von Lintel Gallery

September 6 through October 18, 2014

Klea McKenna does rain studies and makes photograms and works on light-sensitive paper. Melanie Willhide is still paying tribe to the man who broke into her house, stole her computer and corrupted all her files. When police recovered the computer, her photographs had been distorted, but she liked them and exhibited them that way.

Ryan Mosley: Band of None

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

September 6 through October 18, 2014

Ryan Mosley has a thing for hair, both on faces and heads. His bearded men look like they should either by in Washington Irving stories or in indie bands, and his show at Vielmetter has a title that could work as the name for an indie group.

Katrin Korfmann: Ensembles Assembled

Kopeikin Gallery

September 13 through October 18, 2014

Subjects and objects in Katrin Korfmann's photographs often look like they're flattened out and on a single plane, and in this show, as in past ones, she's playing with how framing and perspective changes the way things look.

Mark Boulos: Antigone and The Gates of Damascus


September 13 through October 18, 2014

Mark Boulos's new show is mythic and theatrical: Antigone is a video installation inspired by Sophocles's play of the same name and Method acting. The Gates of Damascus is set in Syria and about a woman who believes the Virgin Mary visits her nightly.

Rebecca Farr: Sweet Broken Now

Klowden Mann

September 13 through October 18, 2014

By collaging, layering and painting on panel, Rebecca Farr tries to grapple with huge issues, like Westward Expansion. Even if there are glimpses of recognizable subjects, her work is pretty abstract.

Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage - Haiti

Roberts & Tilton

September 13 through October 25, 2014

In his global World Stage tour, artist Kehinde Wiley visits certain countries and makes portraits reflecting his experience there. For his stop in Haiti, he started his own beauty pageant because pageants are popular in the Caribbean.

John Opera: Not Here Yet


September 13 through October 25, 2014

Using the cyanotype process, John Opera makes images of "seemingly banal things encountered in daily life" that end up looking sort of mysterious and fantastical. In this new series, he's incorporating abstract forms and spots of dust or other imperfections that pop up during the printing process. 

Christophe Leroux: New Works

Sonce Alexander Gallery

September 6 through October 29, 2014

Christophe Leroux uses mechanized copper, zinc and aluminum printing to make his industrial-looking text paintings. He also mixes French with English, to reflect growing globalization ("Like people speak English now in Paris," he's said, "whereas ten years ago no one spoke English").

Victor Matthews: bright… brighter… brightest

KM Fine Arts

September 13 through October 30, 2014

In his first L.A. solo show, New York artist Victor Matthews is showing 27 semi-abstract new works about urban sprawl -- there will be sneakers, brick walls and fire hydrants. He's also using colors that "exude a calm richness without losing their bright and hopeful optimism."

Tim Hailand: A Possible Forest

Maloney Fine Art

September 13 through October 31, 2014

Artist Tim Hailand obscures photos of shirtless men and other icons, like burlesque star Dita Von Teese, with foliage and other forest-y imagery in his new show.

KAWS: Man's Best Friend

Honor Fraser

September 13 through October 31, 2014

For his new show, sculptor-painter-street artist KAWS blew up small details of drawings Charles M. Schultz did of his Peanuts cartoon characters. So Snoopy becomes an abstraction.

From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction

Blum & Poe Gallery

September 13 through November 9, 2014

Tansaekhwa was a process-oriented Korean art movement that involved tearing and soaking materials and often resulted in weathered, monochromatic canvases. Joan Kee, a University of Michigan professor who studies Tansaekhwa, curated the show.

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