The cover for Eightball 18, 1997, by Daniel Clowes. Part of the exhibit Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Opens Saturday. (Image courtesy of the artist and the Oakland Museum of California.)
- Santa Ana: Adriana Salazar, Nothing Else Left, at Grand Central Art Center. Opens Thursday, in downtown.
- L.A.: Artist Books and Cookies, with Ooga Booga, at 356 S. Mission Road. This Sunday, from 11am to 6pm, in Boyle Heights.
- S.F.: With Cinder Blocks We Flatten Our Photographs, at Romer Young Gallery. Opens Friday, at 6pm,
- Marfa: Hernan Bas, at the Chinati Foundation. Open Thursday at 7pm.
- Chicago: Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Opens today. (This is a bangin’ show. I saw it at the Met. Do not miss.)
- Chicago: Homebodies, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: Robert Irwin: Scrim Veil — Black Rectangle — Natural Light, Whitney Museum of American Art (1977), at the Whitney Museum. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through January 26.
- NYC: HOMEwork: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection, at the Asia Society. Through August 4, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Friday.
- NYC: Skin Trade, curated by Martha Wilson and Larry List, at PPOW. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Send Me the JPG, at Winkleman Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Mangle, Sinergia, at Magnan Metz Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Jonas Mekas, Outlaw: New Works, at Microscope Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
- NYC: Cats vs. Dogs, at Soloway Gallery. Opens Sunday at 7pm, in Williamsburg. (This show looks hilarious, btw.)
- NYC: Diana Puntar, The Milky Way…Get Your Orgone On, at Blackston Gallery. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Masterpieces of Everyday New York: Objects as Story, at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Opens Thursday, at Parson The New School for Design, in the Village.
- NYC: On Nature, at Sean Kelly Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
- Washington, D.C.: In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall, at the National Gallery of Art. Opens Friday.
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.
A detail from Illegal Alien’s Guide to Climate Science, by Enrique Chagoya. On view at Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Az. as part of the exhibit Claudio Dicochea/Enrique Chagoya. Opens Thursday. (Image courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette.)
- L.A.: In the Making, Gregory Michael Hernandez, Kori Newkirk, Daniel Jospeh Martinez and many others, at Roberts & Tilton. Through March 31, in Culver City.
- Oakland: Jennifer Brandon, Masako Miyazaki and Sandra Ono, Space Between, at Swarm Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm.
- Seattle: Susie J. Lee, Unplug: Try Again, at Lawrimore Project. Opens Thursday at 6pm.
- Chicago: I Made This For You — Matthew Hoffman, at Public Works. Opens Friday at 7pm.
- NYC: Thomas Schütte, Alte Freunde, at Carolina Nitsch Project Room. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Mark Ruwedel, Records, at Yossi Milo Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Bernard Klevickas, Turbulence, at Orchard Windows Gallery. Opens next Tuesday, March 6, at 6pm.
- Plus: Get all my latest New York listings over at Gallerina…
Things I deeply covet: Moby Dick as illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Double. Whoaaaa. The image above is from Vol. 1, Ch. 8: “Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow.” (Image courtesy of SUNY Plattsburgh.)
- Lucid dreaming. This is so Inception.
- On Intellectual Property: A fascinating piece that looks at the fuzzy overlap of ideas, using Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech as the focus. For artsy types debating the creative boundaries between one work and another (as in: Cariou versus Prince), this is a must-listen.
- Brent Staples argues that advertising portrays African-Americans in more forward, nuanced ways than the dramatic arts.
- I’m late on this, but it’s very worthwhile: An essay by Glenn Greenwald on the protocol for public figure deaths. Well done.
- Sorta related: A great critique of the Henry Miller mythmaking machine. (The Rumpus.)
- The best of the West can be found…in Japan.
- “There will be Wi-Fi and bad coffee.” Gary Shteyngart on the future.
- A history of pop-music special effects.
- Artcritical has a good essay about the Diane Arbus monograph just reissued by Aperture. (@heartasarena.)
- Cataloguer of ephemera and overlooked bits of popular culture: The New York Times profiles Jim Linderman.
- Crocheted hyperbolic surfaces — and other math art.
- “The Consumer Product Safety Commission Has Issued a Voluntary Recall for ‘Baby Boomers.’”
- 1970s rock star at their parents homes. The interiors are a visual feast, especially the Zappas’ purple nurple Los Angeles living room. (Thank you, Dona McAdams.)
- Werner Herzog on chickens.
Aztlan Rifa, 1977, by Gilbert “Magú” Luján. Part of the exhibit Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement, at the Fowler Art Museum. Opens Sunday at UCLA. (Image courtesy of the Fowler.)
- L.A.: Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation, at the Autry Museum. Opens Friday, in Griffith Park.
- Austin: Queer State(s), at the Visual Arts Center, Austin. Through November 5. (…might be good.)
- Davenport, Ia.: Aurora Robson, Everything, All At Once, Forever, at the Figge Art Museum. Through January 15.
- Miami: Magdalena Fernández, 2iPM009, at the Frost Art Museum. Through January 8.
- Syracuse: From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, at the Everson Museum of Art. Through January 12.
- London: Monika Grzymala, Raumzeichnung, at Sumarria Lunn. Through November 4.
- London: Cory Arcangel, at Lisson Gallery. Through November 12.
- NYC: Wrona, Pretty Horrible, at Pandemic Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Williamsburg.
- NYC: Michael Ballou, What Makes Us Different From the Animals?, at Valentine. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Ridgewood/Bushwick.
- And, finds loads of my New York listings 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.
Find the latest (including this totally amazing 15th century illumination of the Whore of Babylon at the Morgan Library) at WNYC.