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Gagosian Gallery

Last Chance - July 25 through August 22, 2014

Gagosian, the bluest of the blue chip galleries, rarely does a weird thematic show, and this one's out there. It imagines that the obvious follow-up to California light and space art is astral projection (leaving the body to inhabit a paranormal realm).

Genevieve Chua

GUSFORD | los angeles

Last Chance - 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

Last Chance - 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

Last Chance - 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

Last Chance - 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

Last Chance - 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

Last Chance - 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.

Japan Diaries

Fahey/Klein Gallery

July 24 through August 30, 2014

Husband-wife team BJ and Richeille Formento traveled through Japan, staging and shooting photos that they imagined as still for a Japanese noir. They wanted to convey their eagerness "to express our interpretation as foreigners in a very foreign land."

David Bell & Iris Yirei Hu | Marcus Herse | Ben Tong

Commonwealth & Council

August 9 through 30, 2014

David Bell and Iris Hu are using their grandmothers to explore inherited histories. Marcus Herse is inviting viewers to imagine they're driving through the parking lot of the mall, Glendale Galleria, in his '92 Honda Civic. Ben Tong is thinking about mirrors, mollusks and Vegas.

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.

Liz Walsh: Shadow Force


August 14 through September 11, 2014

Liz Walsh, who does haphazard installations and paintings that look like hallucinations, is playing music with friend Eric Landmark at her opening.

Helen Pashgian: 1966 to the Present

ACE Gallery Beverly Hills

July 15 through September 15, 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.

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).