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Peter Lindbergh: Photographs

Fahey/Klein Gallery

Last Chance - February 27 through April 19, 2014

Peter Lindbergh established himself by photographing supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Helene Christensen in the 1990s -- images of his appeared on covers of magazines like British Vogue. This exhibition features a selection of his portraits and fashion photographs.

Lens Reflex

Thomas Duncan Gallery

Last Chance - March 14 through April 19, 2014

Yet another show about the mechanical processes of photography, this one focuses on the "photographic apparatus's" ability to create something "magic-like" in photographic "objects." Artist Steven Baldi curated, and the artist list includes people known for their process-fixation (Eileen Quinlan) and more for the smoothness of their end results (Zoe Ghertner).

Ryan Sluggett: Bubble Over Puddle

Richard Telles Fine Art

Last Chance - March 22 through April 19, 2014

Ryan Sluggett, a UCLA grad who was in the first Made in L.A. biennial, is interested in how abstraction can be funny. His second show at Telles features new animation as well as drawings and paintings, including a painting with the same title as the show that really does depict a bubble hovering over a puddle.

Chris Trueman: Beneath the Skin

Edward Cella Art + Architecture

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.

Hannah Whitaker: Cold Wave


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.

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.