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LA Art Book Fair 2015

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

January 29 through February 1, 2015

This year, the LA Art Book Fair, held in MOCA's labyrinthine Geffen Contemporary building, includes an exhibition of artist's books by intrepid 83-year-old artist Dorothy Iannone. The event line-up at the Women's Center for Creative Work's booth includes a talk by Claire Evans on her pop-up feminist science fiction reading room and there will be a panel on punk publishing.

X Y Naught

Night Gallery

January 31 through February 1, 2015

An "unknown wanderer" is having a hard time being expressive and creative in this tragicomedy by artist Jory Rabinovitz. The wanderer also falls into debt and, apparently, being in this play only makes things worse for him/her (the press release doesn't specify gender). Confusion, as well as creative impotence, will be main themes.

Andy Warhol: Shadows

MOCA Grand Avenue

Last Chance - September 20, 2014 through February 2, 2015

Shadows, a "monumental painting" by Warhol, has 120 parts, all based on photos the artist took of shadows in his studio. "Andy Warhol's Shadows are the line between the American dream and the American death," says MOCA director Phillip Vergne (meaning they're about both glamour and darkness).

Paul Salveson: Mutated Lithics

Favorite Goods

Last Chance - January 10 through February 7, 2015

Though artist Paul Salveson's objects often have a quirky, awkward look and feel, his projects can be steeped in complex ideas. His current show, according to the press release, "generates biobased research to propose an atemporality of both familiar materials and the labors typically imposed on them." (Granted, the density of that is probably a little tongue-in-cheek.)


MAMA Gallery

Last Chance - January 31 through February 7, 2015

The artists MINT&SERF and the online magazine shop PaperWorkNYC curated this very large show of 37 artists, including Yung Jake and Natalie Krim, at MAMA Gallery, which is a large space. It's an “exploration of the conflicting relationships that drive our daily lives: Birth vs. Death, Good vs. Evil, Now vs. Never," etc.

Connie DK Lane and Ian Larson: FTW

Eastside International

Last Chance - January 10 through February 8, 2015

FTW is short for F*** the World, and it's full of apocalyptic, cynical themes.  Larson contributed "nightmare bacchanals of paint and viscera" that compliment Lane's sculptural artifacts.

Yulan Grant: We Been Here

LA Mart

January 28 through February 11, 2015

Paradise Garage is usually a space in Venice, but this time they're having a show downtown at LA Mart, of work by artist Yulan Grant. Grant, who's exploring race and class in her work, does video with found footage and has a zine.

Marisa Takal: My Pet Lizard

Sade Gallery

January 18 through February 12, 2015

Marisa Takal is showing new paintings that are stylized and loosely representational and have titles like Do You Think About Power Everyday?

Three Painters

Coagula Curatorial

January 10 through February 14, 2015

Ian Pines, Walpa d'Mark and Barbara Kaleta all have an attraction to thick, dense surfaces. The antithesis of the trendy pseudo-minimal, slick surface make guttural, they make messy abstractions that occasionally tell, or appear to tell, epic stories.


Cirrus Gallery

January 6 through February 14, 2015

In this group show, work by older abstract artists (Ed Moses, Gerard Brane) mingle with work by one younger abstract artist (Jane Hugentober). It could be an interesting chance to think about things like progress and the history of L.A. abstraction, in case you haven't had enough chances by now.

Outside: Daniel Carlson & Alexis Rose

The Good Luck Gallery

January 10 through February 14, 2015

Carlson and Rose are both interested in art and horticulture and do a lot of work outside, hence their show's title. Rose is an artist-designer while Carlson is a flower farmer and orchardist. Both of them are self-taught and they're collaborating, putting plants on gallery floors and walls.

G.T. Pellizzi: Before Completion

Harmony Murphy Gallery

January 10 through February 14, 2015

Hexagram 64 of the I Ching (Book of Changes) deals with clarity in the creative process, and it's what Mexico City and New York based G.T. Pellizzi is exploring with his new work. (Pellizzi was a founding member of the collective Bruce High Quality Foundation.)

Mike Kuchar: PANdemonium

François Ghebaly Gallery

January 17 through February 14, 2015

There were men in sneakers and speedos wandering around the night 72-year-old Mike Kuchar's show opened, and there are a lot of plants scattered among the main gallery, where homoerotic drawings of muscle men hang. The show also includes one decades-old film and one relatively new one.

Funny Face

Red Pipe Gallery

January 31 through February 14, 2015

A "huge group show," Red Pipe's Funny Face is all portraits in all styles by 21 different artists.

Graeme Mitchell: Das Ding

Wilding Cran Gallery

January 31 through February 14, 2015

Graeme Mitchell, who's made relatively attractive photographs in the past, quotes Beckett in his press release: “nothing is more real than nothing.” He also says the goal of his new photographs was to find a "terminal point," also described as "the is," and he borrowed his title from Lacan.

Public and Private Codes

Maker City LA

January 15 through February 18, 2015

The collectively run Maker City gallery's three person show is about codes of conduct, and participating artist Hilary Gruenberg makes paintings that sometimes like quilts and sometimes like murals -- so they could be meant for a domestic or a public space.

Mira Dancy: Is She Is She Psychic

Night Gallery

January 17 through February 21, 2015

The work in Mira Dancy's new show began as an imaginary ad campaign for a fictional fragrance. This led to neon and billboard-like imagery. It also led to paintings that "take cues" from a digital experience, in which "bold, graphic gestures race to be viewed first."

Corrie Gregory: Seeing Stars

Fifth Floor Gallery

January 10 through February 22, 2015

Bears have mermaid tails and sheep dance upside down in Corrie Gregory's new child's book inspired work. She paints on found objects, like medical ephemera, sometimes.

Jason McLean: Soda Gardner

Wilding Cran Gallery

January 17 through February 28, 2015

Apparently, the brief time Jason McLean spent in L.A. last year gave him a "renewed spirit," and inspired some of the work in this show. McLean, who has since moved to Brooklyn, incorporates found objects (like a military grade helmet) into his work and his drawings have a stream-of-consciousness feel to them.

Daniela Comani: My Film History - Daniela Comani's Top 100 Films | Cut From The Same Cloth

Charlie James Gallery

January 10 through February 28, 2015

For her "top 100 film list," presented through altered photographs, artist Daniela Comani has switched up gender roles. Belle du Jour, for instance, become Beau du Jour and Catherine Deneuve gets a mustache. The concurrent group show, curated by artist John Weston, brings together artists interested in decoration, like Linda Besemer, who makes patterns look trippy.

Helen Johnson: Slow Learners

Château Shatto

January 17 through February 28, 2015

Australian artist Helen Johnson is exploring how paintings can be sincere and needy ("the painting wants to know if you’re satisfied with it," says the press release for Johnson's new show) and incorporate everyday experiences -- she might, for instance, incorporate a survey she's been asked to take.

Laura Krifka: Reap the Whirlwind | André Goeritz: schadenfreude


January 24 through February 28, 2015

Laura Krifka's new work, including realist paintings of glimpses of bodies, explores idea of punishment and transgression. André Goeritz is, in contrast, interested in uniformity and repetition. Both artists are having their second solo shows with CB1 in the gallery's brand new downtown space.

In Search of the Dot that Created the Circle


January 24 through February 28, 2015

The Los Angeles Islam Arts Initiative put this show together to explore the role geometry plays in Islamic art. Work by master geometricians will be included alongside work by artists.

Becca Albee

356 Mission

January 24 through March 1, 2015

Punk musician Kathleen Hanna helped Becca Albee get her first exhibition, according to Wikipedia, and Albee also played in a band with Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater Kinney). She showed a body of work called "F Is for Fake: The construction of femaleness by the US Media" in 2011, and she's interested in authenticity and language.

Inaugural Group Exhibition

Mihai Nicodim Gallery

January 31 through March 3, 2015

Mihai Nicodim just moved downtown, and the gallery's having its first show in the new space. It will feature some artists that have worked with the Nicodim for years, like the clever Romanian jack-of-all-trades Ciprian Muresan.

Al Payne: The Painting Sheds & Paris

The Box

January 24 through March 7, 2015

A shed full of paintings is up along one side of The Box's main space and a video of late artist Al Payne and friends filling that shed with paintings years ago plays against the back wall. The show also includes some whimsical late drawings, an installation of tiny painted chairs and boxes and a guide to how to install invisible art.

Doty/Glasco: Time Always Finds You

CES Gallery

January 31 through March 7, 2015

Collaborative duo Doty/Glasco are exhibiting experimental landscape photos: rocks may have unreal coloring, ocean-scapes might be crumpled up and an image of a terrain might be standing alone, propped up by a stick.

Petraphilia: The Love of Stones

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA)

January 17 through March 13, 2015

In this show, Chinese scholar's rocks are on view alongside work by artists interested in such rocks, or boulders and stones in the landscape. Hilary Baker does paintings of stones. Keiko Fukazawa makes ceramic beanie babies look like scholar's rocks.

Paulo Bruscky: Artist Books and Films, 1970-2013 | Vivian Suter: Panajachel

The Mistake Room

January 17 through March 14, 2015

The Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky became involved in mail-art in the 1960s and made films out xeroxes in the 1980s. He also ended up in jail a few times, because of his political associations. At the same that his films and artist's books are on view, Argentina-born, Guatemala-based artist Vivian Suter will have a show of abstract, landscape-inspired work up at the same time.

Eric Wesley: Some Work

356 Mission

January 28 through March 15, 2015

An artist who does things like suspend an white bathrobe big enough for a giant to fit into above whitewashed pedestals, Eric Wesley is having a survey at 356 Mission's massive space. He's also releasing a new monograph.

Leigh Johnson: Gospel Oak


January 30 through March 15, 2015

Farago's second show ever features photographer Leigh Johnson -- her work is kind of like a cross between the work of curious-about-everything Wolfgang Tillmans and Juergen Teller, who's fashion photographs are often blown out and eccentrically erotic.

William Hunt: Playing The Goat

Ibid. Los Angeles

January 27 through March 21, 2015

William Hunt, who has the same name as the famous Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt, makes music in art spaces and has also done things like suspend pianos from ceilings. He's from Britain but works in Dusseldorf, and is having his first L.A. show with Ibid.

Parker Ito: A Lil Taste of Cheeto in the Night

Château Shatto

January 24 through April 1, 2015

Parker Ito's new show isn't actually at Chatuea Shatto, though it's close by. It's supposed to be a "show about everything," according to Ito's website (which also warns viewers not to show up on opening night expecting an opening -- it'll be more like a closing, or something). The artist is known for his paintings, but it sounds like this show will include found and other objects too.

The Reason We No Longer Speak

Fahrenheit - Flax Foundation

January 31 through April 18, 2015

This exhibition takes "the wish of collecting saliva from a tiger’s mouth at the Los Angeles Zoo as its point of departure." Paris-based artist David Douard, who worked on this installation during a two-month L.A. residency, poured animal saliva into jars, which will be in the gallery. He also invited L.A. artists Liz Craft and Jesse Stecklow to contribute work to his show.

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