Polaroid Hand (B&W&C), 1972/2014, by Lew Thomas. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition Structural(ism) and Photography, at Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles. Opens Saturday at 4pm, in Culver City. (Image courtesy of the artist and Cherry and Martin.)
L.A.:Stephen Prina: Take It or Leave It, a live solo concert, at the Hammer Museum. Tonight at 7:30pm, in Westwood.
L.A.:Ryan Trecartin: Four New Movies, at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Next Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30pm, in Mid-Wilshire.
L.A.: Closing reception for Out of Sight Out of Mind, at Machine Project. This Sunday at 6pm, in Echo Park.
L.A.:John Tweddle and Ken Price, at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Through May 3, in Mid-City.
L.A.: Patricia Fernández, Paseo de los Melancólicos, and Rebecca Morris, Fantastic L.A., at LAXART. Through April 26, in Culver City.
Seattle: Rick Prelinger, No More Road Trips?, at the Henry Art Gallery. This Friday at 7pm, at the University of Washington.
NYC: Danny Licul, Model Citizens, at Gallery Sensei. Opens Friday, on the Lower East Side.
NYC:Bystander, a new performance by Liz Magic Laser, at The Kitchen. This looks like it’s gonna be the shizzle. Starts next Thursday, in Chelsea. Tickets on sale now.
NYC:Leigh Ledare, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
NYC: Ben Gocker, Scaredy Cat City, at PPOW Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
NYC:Jeffrey Vallance and Carla Klein, at Tanya Bonakdar. Opens today, in Chelsea.
NYC: Katie Armstrong, Dark Spring, at BravinLee. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
NYC:Coding the Body, at Apexart. Opens today, in Tribeca.
NYC: Steve Powers (aka ESPO) will be presenting his new book, A Love Letter to the City, at the Strand. Next Tuesday at 7pm, in the Village.
Boston:Permission to be Global: Latin American Art from the Ellan Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Through July 13.
London: Carolee Schneeman, Water Light/Water Needle, at the Hales Gallery. Through April 12.
Frankfurt:The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisted by Contemporary African Artists, at the Museum Für Modern Kunst. Opens Friday.
Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. Part of the exhibition Peter Hujar: Love & Lust at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Also on view at the gallery is Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits. Through March 8, near Union Square. (Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)
NYC:The Age of Small Things, at Dodge Gallery. Opens Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
NYC: Alex Prager, Face in the Crowd, at Lehmann Maupin. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
NYC: Liz Glynn, On the Possibility of Salvage, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
NYC:Between the Lines, at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
NYC: Stan Douglas, Luanda-Kinshasa, at David Zwirner. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on 19th Street, in Chelsea.
NYC: Ted Gahl, Sundays (Like the Brightest Light in the Theatre Shining on an Empty Stage), at Dodge Gallery. Open Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
NYC: Joseph Beuys, Process: 1971-1985, at Rooster Gallery. Through February 9, on the Lower East Side.
NYC:Stay in Love, curated by Chris Sharp, at Laurel Gitlen. Through February 2, on the Lower East Side.
NYC:A Chromatic Loss, at Bortolami. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
NYC:Idiom 1, at Pierogi Gallery. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Williamsburg.
NYC:Judith Braun, Linda Herritt and Oriane Stender, at Valentine Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Ridgewood/Bushwick.
L.A.:Forensic Topology, a talk by Geoff Manaugh, at Machine Project. This Friday at 8pm, in Echo Park.
L.A.:Liz Larner, at Regen Projects. Opens Saturday, in Hollywood.
L.A.:Gavin Kenyon, at Blum & Poe. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
L.A.: Yassi Mazandi, Flowers, at Maloney Fine Arts. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
L.A.:LA Recent Abstract Painting, at Red Pipe Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
L.A.: Ramiro Gomez, Domestic Scenes, at Charlie James Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
L.A.:Two Johns and a Whore, with John Fleck, John Roecker and many others, at Coagula Curatorial. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
L.A.: Bia Gayotto, Somewhere in Between: Silicon Valley, 2012, at Monte Vista Projects. Opens Saturday, in Highland Park.
L.A.: Jonas N.T. Becker, Zol Zayn/What If?, at Shulamit Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Venice.
L.A.:Animation for Adults, a film festival organized by the American Cinematheque. Through January 25 at the Egyptian Theatre, in Hollwyood.
Paris: Stefano Ricci, L’histoire de l’ours, at Galerie Martel. Opens Friday.
Plus: Christian Viveros-Fauné wraps up a very dirty year. Happy 2014!
A photograph by Julio González Sánchez. Part of the group show Bolivia Existe, at Momenta Art in New York, in collaboration with Kiosko Galería from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick. (Image courtesy of the artist and Momenta.)
NYC:Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition, at the Whitney Museum. Opens Friday.
NYC: Rafaël Rozendaal, Everything You See is in the Past, and Casting a Wide Net: A Cross Generational Exhibition of Media Art, at Postmasters Gallery. Through January 18, in Tribeca.
NYC: Charles Burchfield, American Landscapes, at DC Moore Gallery. Through December 21, in Chelsea.
NYC:Guts, a group show, at the Abrons Arts Center. Opens this Friday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
NYC:Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York, at the Interference Archive. Opens Thursday at 7pm, in Gowanus.
Miami:Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, at CIFO. Opens this week, in the Wynwood District.
Miami:Looking at Process, at the De La Cruz Collection. In the Wynwood District.
Miami:28 Chinese, at the Rubell Family Collection. Opens today, in the Wynwood District.
Miami: Tracey Emin: Angel Without You, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens today, in North Miami.
L.A.:Hammer Conversations: Diana Nyad and Catherine Opie, at the Hammer Museum. Today, in Westwood.
Plus: Tickets are now on sale for Martin Creed’s Work No. 1020 at The Kitchen in NYC. Performances run from December 12 to 14.
High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
In the mail today came a book I am super ecstatic about: Tod Seelie’s Bright Nights, which gathers all of his New York photographs into one handy tome. Even as the city becomes a monochromatic carpet of condos and faux retro watering holes, Bright Nights is a reminder that even at its most Bloombergian New York has always retained pockets of creative chaos (and hopefully always will). This book is a tribute to those pockets — and all the bloody noses that come with it.
What’s more, I got to write an essay for this baby, which I’m pretty dang proud of. (Thank you, Jeff Stark, for the mad editing skills.) I’ve been an admirer of Tod’s work for years, from the time his images first started to pop up on Flickr years ago. I’ve long been enthralled by what they covered: under-the-radar events like Bike Kill, Japanther concerts, vogue-ing competitions and journeys made by Swoon on her flotilla of hand-made rafts. But it’s his framing and his sense of color that makes his work rise above simple documentation.
It was a thrill to be able to contribute a few words to the spaces between the pictures. So go out and get the book! And while you’re at it, check out Tod’s website, his Instagram, and his Twitter.
The Micheels House, designed by Paul Rudolph, Westport, Connecticut, 1972-2007, by Chris Mottalini. Part of an exhibition and book signing for Mottalini’s project After You Left/They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes), at The Landing at Reform, in Hollywood. Opens Thursday at 7pm. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
NYC: Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
NYC: Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, at the International Center of Photography. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
NYC: Tony Feher, at the Bronx Museum. Opens Sunday, in the Bronx.
NYC:Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul, at the Morgan Library & Museum. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
NYC: William Anastasi: Sound Works 1963-2013, at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
NYC: City of Abstractions: Brett Weston in New York, 1944-45, at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. Through January 10, in Midtown.
Boston: Amy Sillman, one lump or two, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Opens Thursday.
Pittsburgh: 2013 Carnegie International, at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
L.A.: Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman, Interference, at Track 16 (in collaboration with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Opens today at 8:30pm, in Culver City.
L.A.: Abelardo Morrell: The Universe Next Door, and At the Window: The Photographer’s View, at the Getty Museum. Through January 5, at the Getty Center in West L.A.
There are some insanely cool things about being a reporter. One of them is access — to people, to information, to old artist notebooks. As part of reporting a story about Ed Ruscha and his artist books for NPR, curator John Tain of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) took me into the Institute’s archive and showed me some of Ruscha’s materials. (The GRI holds all of Ruscha’s so-called ‘Streets of Los Angeles’ projects.) We poked around old notebooks and contact sheets. My favorite was the sketch above, which shows how Ruscha executed Every Building on the Sunset Strip. An image which I simply had to snap…
The Getty currently has a show devoted to Ruscha’s early photography. (You’ve got one more week before the show closes!) And my profile of Ruscha is now up at NPR. It includes 1933 Ford pick-ups and vintage audio of the Doors playing at the Whiskey A Go Go. Please tune in!