A detail from A Land Reform 5, by Camilo Restrepo. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, El Sueño de la Razón Produce Monstruos, at Steve Turner Contemporary. Through May 31, in Mid-Wilshire. Do not miss this show!! (Photo by C-M.)
- Anchorage: Gyre, The Plastic Ocean, at the Anchorage Museum. Through September 6.
- L.A.: Rina Banerjee: Disgust, at L.A. Louver. Opens Thursday, in Venice.
- L.A.: de LaB is organizing an architect’s home tour on the East Side of L.A. for this Saturday, starting at noon. Tickets and RSVP required.
- Charlotte, N.C.: Aurora Robson, Stayin’ Alive, at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Opens Friday at 6pm. The exhibition is free, but RSVP is preferred for the opening. There will be an artist talk at 6:30pm.
- Philadelphia: Michelle Handelman, Beware the Lily Law, at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Ongoing.
- NYC: Kara Walker, A Subtlety, at the Domino Sugar Factory. Opens this Sunday at noon, in Williamsburg.
- NYC: Charles James: Beyond Fashion, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art 1948-1988, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
- NYC: The Shaped Canvas, Revisited: Works from 1961-2014, at Luxembourg & Dayan. Opens next Tuesday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Sophie Calle, Rachel, Monique, at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Lynda Barry: Everything Part 1, at Adam Baumgold Gallery. Opens next Tuesday, May 13, at 6pm.
- NYC: Mika Rottenberg, Bowls Balls Souls Holes, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Still Life, at Pace. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Hot House, a group show collaboration between Julia Kennedy, KnowMoreGames and Night Gallery. Opens Thursday at 1pm, in Harlem.
- NYC: Matt Town, SOAP, at Microscope Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
- NYC: The Outsider Art Fair, at Center 548. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- Beacon, N.Y.: Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010, at Dia: Beacon. Through March 2, 2015. And whether you go or not, read this piece on Andre by Mira Schor.
- Online: The Women of Xochiquetzal. Remarkable photographs by Bénédicte Desrus of a home for sex workers in Mexico City.
Fenomenología a las 7:30 p.m., by Melissa Gallaga. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
**I gave a talk about Art and the Internet at Scripps College last week, and came up with this list of potentially helpful links.**
- The street dogs of Juarez. Read. This. Story.
- Germans recover more than 1500 modernist works of art looted by the Nazis. Whoa.
- TED Talks are lying to you: deconstructing the creativity hype.
- The corporatizing effects of SXSW: “For at least ten days, downtown Austin becomes privatized, a company town controlled by Miller Lite, Google, Doritos, AT&T, and Pepsi.”
- A helpful tool for all those tech conference organizers that can never seem to find women speakers.
- Tired of the tidal wave of high-testosterone dude art showing around New York? ARTnews has a handy guide to interesting lady shows. (To this I would add the Sophie Calle exhibit at Paula Cooper.)
- The Paris Review has a wonderful piece about Cal Worthington and the L.A. experience he represented.
- Writer Rebecca Solnit and curator Nato Thompson talk gentrification and the role of culture in cities.
- A history of the artist statement.
- Related: ArtSpeak, the guide.
- Two Banksy pieces worth reading: Jerry Saltz’s critical rant, and Ben Davis on what the Banksy publicity-fest reveals about New York.
- Museum I’m totally excited to visit: the one housed in Saddam’s former palace in Basra.
- In other dictatorial architecture news: Apple’s hemorrhoid ring HQ has been approved by the Cupertino city council.
- Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall turns 10.
- Revisiting Peter Zumthor’s proposed LACMA scheme.
- Interesting profile of David Adjaye in the New Yorker. (Subscription required.)
- How to name a subdivision. This explains Orange County.
- The Day in Art Merch: LAX Airport Socks. (Gizmodo.)
- In praise of boredom.
Peak, 2012, by Robert Pruitt. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition Fantastic Sagas, at Koplin del Rio. Opens Saturday, in Culver City. Artist talk at 4pm; reception at 6pm. (Image courtesy of the artist and Koplin del Rio.)
- L.A.: Jennifer Dalton, On a Scale From Not Really Ok to Really Not Ok, at Charlie James Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm.
- L.A.: Steve Roden, Rag-Picker, and Dave McKenzie, Where the Good Lord Split You, at Susanne Vielmetter. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
- L.A.: Mark Dean Veca: 20 Years — Work From the New Monograph, at Western Project. Through October 26, in Culver City. There will be a book signing and release this Saturday, September 14, at 6pm.
- S.F.: Structurally Sound: New Works by Augustine Kofie, at White Walls. Opens Saturday.
- Miami: LAndscape, a group show, at Fredric Snitzer. Opens today at 7pm, in the Arts District.
- Savannah, Ga.: Ellen Gallagher, Ice or Salt, at the SCAD Museum of Art. Through January 19, at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
- NYC: this is our house/this our roles/and we can’t stop, at Microscope Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
- NYC: New Photography 2013, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Opens Friday.
- NYC: Lose Not Heart: J.D. Salinger’s Letters to An Aspiring Writer, at the Morgan Library and Museum. Through January 12, in Midtown.
- NYC: Raymond Pettibon, To Wit, at David Zwirner Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: John McCracken, Works from 1963-2011, at David Zwirner Gallery. Through October 19, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Totem, at Asya Geisberg Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Brian Adam Douglas, How to Disappear Completely, at Andrew Edlin Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: David Ellis, Hudson River Alley, at Joshua Liner Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Hisachika Takahashi: Draw a Map of the United States, From Memory, and Pataphysics: A Theoretical Exhibition, at Sean Kelly. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, at the Grey Art Gallery at NYU. Through December 7, on Washington Square Park.
- NYC: Radio Waves: New York ‘Nouveau Realisme’ and Rauschenberg, at Sperone Westwater. Opens next Tuesday, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Rachel Beach, Long Standing, at Blackston Gallery. Through October 27, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Matisse: The Essence of Line, Selected Prints: 1900-1950, at the Marlborough Gallery. Opens today, in Midtown.
- NYC: Seth, It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken: An Exhibition of Drawings From The Picture Novella. Through October 26, on the Upper East Side
- NYC: Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet, at the Cloisters. Through December 8, in Inwood.
Steeped, 2011, by Robert Pruitt. The artist is having a solo exhibition, Women, at the Studio Museum in Harlem; opening Thursday. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
- NYC: Body Language, at the Studio Museum. Opens Thursday, in Harlem.
- NYC: Walker Evans American Photographs, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Friday.
- NYC: Monika Grzymala, Volumen, at the Morgan Library & Museum — part of the museum’s summer sculpture series. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
- NYC: A.G.G. W.O.P., a group show, at Asya Geisberg Gallery. Opens today at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Elena del Rivero and Linn Meyers: Rhapsody, at Gering & López. Through September 7, in Chelsea.
- Linlithgo, N.Y.: Heavy Equipment, a group show, at CR10 Gallery. Through September 15, in the Hudson Valley.
- L.A.: Daido Moriyama, at Prism Gallery. Through August 12, in West Hollywood. (I saw work by this artist at Steven Kasher in New York. This is definitely worth checking out.)
- L.A.: Robert Russell, Men Who Are Named Robert Russell, at François Ghebaly. Through August 10, in Culver City.
Desert Architecture, 2005, by Ken Price. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962-2010, at the Drawing Center. Opens today, in New York. (Courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery.)
- Washington, D.C.: James Bridle: A Quiet Disposition, at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. Opens today.
- NYC: Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through September 22. (Be sure to go see this show, it’s so unbelievably weird.)
- NYC: James Turrell, at the Guggenheim Museum. Opens Friday.
- NYC: The Artist’s Voice: Melvin Edwards in Conversation with Naima J. Keith, at the Studio Museum. Tomorrow at 7pm, in Harlem.
- NYC: Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me, at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Paul McCarthy, WS, at the Park Avenue Armory. Opens today on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970, at the Bronx Museum. Opens Sunday. (Saw this as part of PST. Definitely go check it out!)
- NYC: Ed Ruscha, Lucien Smith, Betty Tompkins and Piotr Ulkanski, Sunsets and Pussy, at Marianne Boesky Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Ambient, a group show organized by Tim Griffin, at Tonya Bonakdar Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Faig Ahmed: East in a Twist, at Leila Heller Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Permutation 03.4: Re-Mix, at P! Gallery. Opens Sunday, in SoHo.
- Annandale-on-Hudson: Haim Steinbach, Once Again the World is Flat, at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. Opens Saturday, in the Hudson Valley.
I Miss My Mom, from the comic Big Joy by Sean Michael Solomon. (Found at The Smell during a recent Japanther concert.)
- An incredible profile of Mike Kelley in the Wall Street Journal. READ.
- The Charles Krafft saga continues: Studio 360 has a couple of highly interesting pieces on the Hitler teapot artist who recently came out as a Holocaust denier. One segment covers what it all means for institutions who have collected his work; while another features an interview with the artist himself. The latter is particularly riveting.
- Related: Jen Graves follows up on her original Krafft piece.
- Speaking of sagas, the high-end telenovela that is the Los Angeles Museuem of Contemporary Art continues with its melodramatic plotlines. Now they’re talking about a partnership with the fuddy-duddy National Gallery in D.C. Kriston Capps picks the deal apart to find a giant question mark, while Christopher Knight, of the L.A. Times, describes it as “a big, fat nothing-burger.”
- Plus: Art F City has a supremely helpful A-Z guide to the MOCA-LACMA mess.
- And, a special thanks to Complex for shouting out my MOCA-LACMA gif bit. Sometimes a good reaction gif can say so much more than words…
- In other news: it appears that San Francisco has its own Eli Broad — and her name is Diane Wilsey.
- And because too much is never enough when it comes to imploding museums, it would seem that the Indianapolis Museum of Art board and director are also engaged in some bizarre clusterfuckery. Seriously, museums, what the hell is going on?
- The Armory Show Focus Group, a video by Liz Magic Laser. Watch. Watch. Watch.
- Ai Weiwei is working on a heavy metal album.
- LACMA just put up 20,000 images for FREE download on their website. LOVE. THIS.
- This episode of Art Talk on KCRW reads like a memo to Eli Broad. (Translation: Enough with all the Koons.)
- Your moment of puppy gif.
Scheme, 2011, a pencil drawing by Karl Haendel. Part of the solo exhibition Informal Family Blackmail at Susanne Vielmetter Projects, in Los Angeles. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City. (Image courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter.)
- Aspen: The Residue of Memory, a group show, and and Simon Denny: Full Participation, at the Aspen Art Museum. Through July 15.
- L.A.: Aakash Nihalani, Mark Jenkins and Yue Min at Carmichael Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm.
- Kansas City: Mathias Merkel Hess, William J. O’Brien and Arlene Shechet, SUM, at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens Friday at 6pm.
- Atlanta: Picturing the South, at the High Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
- Miami: Ed Ruscha: On the Road, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens Thursday, in North Miami. (Plus, a profile of the artist — and his taste for Jack Kerouac — in Ocean Drive.)
- Miami: Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedía, at the Miami Art Musem. Opens Thursday, in downtown.
- Plus: Get all my latest New York picks on Gallerina…
A detail of a New York Times cover reproduced by Fernando Bryce, in his staggeringly detailed World War II-themed show at Alexander and Bonin. (All photos by C-M.)
This is one of those exhibits that made me exclaim “holy shit” the minute I walked in: for his piece El Mundo en Llamas (The World in Flames), Fernando Bryce has lined the walls of Alexander and Bonin’s ample space in Chelsea with faithful ink recreations of World War II-era newspaper front pages from England, France, the U.S., Germany and Peru. (All are depicted above the fold.) Screaming headlines related to war cover the walls, from floor to ceiling — a stirring chronicle of long-ago news reports on battle advances, defeats, carnage and victory. In between, Bryce has incorporated his renderings of era film posters that he culled from the pages of El Comercio, Peru’s leading daily. (Bryce was born in Peru; he produced El Mundo en Llamas in 2010-11.)
The result is a chronicle of the war that is intensely personal, providing the rare opportunity to view this much-studied global conflagration through a uniquely Latin American lens. Not only are there some interesting historical finds, such as an ad for a 1940s Disney film geared at and incorporating South Americans (see below), the film posters featured — for flicks such as La Sombra del Terror (The Shadow of Terror) and Los Crimenes del Doctor Satán (The Crimes of Doctor Satan) — seem to echo, in exaggerated, graphic form, everything happening in the news. In addition, Bryce’s illustrations are exquisite, turning scenes of war into works of ethereal beauty (such as the image of the Australian soldier, above, from the New York Times). Taken together, the exhibit provides a riveting take on the nature of war, news, propaganda and graphic art. Consider it a must-see.
The show is up through Saturday, at Alexander and Bonin.