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Yukako Ando: Priority Required

18th Street Arts Center

July 14 through September 30, 2014

Originally from Osaka and based in Düsseldorf, Yukako Ando is in residence in L.A. She's made multiple installations based on her experience of urban L.A. life and observations of "American pop consumerism."

Miljohn Ruperto: Mineral Monsters

18th Street Arts Center

July 14 through October 3, 2014

This show is more complicated to talk about than it is to look at: artist Miljohn Ruperto worked with animator Aimée de Jongh and neuroscientist Rajan Bhattacharyya to imagine "deformed" plants and minerals (based on writing by French philosopher Georges Canguilhem).  He's displaying computer graphic renderings of these imagined deformities.

Smile Isle

Daniel Rolnik Gallery

September 18 through October 9, 2014

Daniel Rolnik describes himself as "the world's most adorable art critic," so it makes sense that his temporary gallery's first show would be super full and also have "Smile" in the title.

Steve Hurd: Paintings 1992 through 2004

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

September 13 through October 11, 2014

Heartthrobs, rainbows, shoes, logos, cats –  all those are among Steve Hurd's subjects. He also did some early tromp l'oeil paintings of collages that he's showing in this exhibition that will, apparently, "visually critique and methodically explore the culture of images."

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films

The Getty Center

May 27 through October 12, 2014

Yvonne Rainer is an icon at this point, as a choreographer and a video artist. She's always pretty raw, a little arduous and deliberately poking at prettiness.  

Gronk: Ruins

Lora Schlesinger Gallery

September 6 through October 18, 2014

Gronk, who was one of the founding members of Chicano collective ASCO, designs sets, paints murals and, for this show, makes dense, busy abstractions.

Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit

The Getty Center

July 8 through October 19, 2014

Minor White, an American photographer who started working in the 1930s and kept going through the 1970s, was fascinated by the forms of things and probably a minimalist at heart. Consider, for instance, Essence of Boat, a photo of a wooden keel and aft in snow.

Yvonne Venegas: San Pedro Garza Garcia

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

September 6 through October 25, 2014

The Monterrey, MX neighborhood of San Pedro Garza Garcia has the highest per capita income of any Latin American region, and photographer Yvonne Venegas is fascinated by it. Its "untouchable residents" and trappings are her latest subject.

For Export Only

Shulamit Gallery

September 6 through November 1, 2014

Four Iranian artists are using video, photography and sculpture to explore cultural identities in a show that's partly about how "artists transcend socio-political experiences."

Pia Fries: Paisages Maritimes

Christopher Grimes Gallery

September 13 through November 1, 2014

Italian engraver Stefano della Bella used to do engravings of big skies and capsizing ships. Painter Pia Fries finds him inspiring and is incorporating parts of his oeuvre into her new typically viscous paintings.

Armen Eloyan: Sunset Painting & Related Works

Patrick Painter Inc.

September 6 through November 7, 2014

Armenian-born, Zurich-based Armen Eloyan's take on sunset paintings is going to be pretty gritty -- there will be the appropriate reds, yellows and oranges mixed in with his dark, drippy renderings of Marvel comic characters and other devious-looking pop culture figures.

Carole Bayer Sager: New Works

William Turner Gallery

September 18 through November 8, 2014

Carole Bayer Sager is a singer and a philanthropist (she just helped LACMA acquire some new work) as well as a painter. She's showing some photorealistic renderings of melting Hershey's kisses, among other things.

35 Year Anniversary Show

Robert Berman Gallery

September 13 through December 20, 2014

Robert Berman Gallery has been around for thirty-five years, though it didn't have so much space back when it started. It's filling all three of its Bergamont Station spaces with art by characters like Nick Agid, Dennis Hopper, William Burroughs, Mr. Fish and RETNA.

Hammer Projects: Mario Garcia Torres

Hammer Museum

September 13, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Mexico City-based artist Mario Garcia Torres wrote a tell-all, fictitiously autobiographical one-act monologue to accompany his single channel film. It's performed by an actor who riffs on the TED Talk and motivational speaking sensibilities. 

Hammer Projects: N. Dash

Hammer Museum

September 13, 2014 through January 25, 2015

N. Dash makes "artifacts" of her own then photographs them. She's made thirteen photographs for the light boxes in the Hammer's courtyard.

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