Untitled, 2012-2013, by Helen Pashgian. Part of the artist’s solo show, Light Invisible, at the L.A. County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles. Opens Sunday, in Mid-Wilshire. (Courtesy of Helen Pashgian. Photograph by Josh Morton.)
- L.A.: Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Culture Crossroads, at the Getty Museum. Through June 22, in West L.A.
- L.A.: (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project, at ForYourArt. Opens Saturday at 6pm.
- L.A.: Allen Ruppersberg, Drawing and Writing, 1972-1989, at Marc Selwin. Through May 17, in Beverly Hills.
- Torrance: Prep School: Prepper & Survivalist Ideologies and Utopian/Dystopian Visions, at the Torrance Art Museum. Opens Saturday.
- Miami: Anselm Kiefer, at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. Through April 26, in the Wynwood District.
- NYC: When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, at the Studio Museum. Opens Thursday, in Harlem.
- NYC: Matthias Bitzer: Saturnine Swing, at Marianne Boesky Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Heather Rowe, William Monk, Richard T. Walker, at James Cohan Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Daniel Canogar, Small Data, at Bitforms. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Allan Wexler, Breaking Ground, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: 1st 20 Years, at Adam Baumgold Gallery. Opens today at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
- Madrid: Eltono, Amalgama, at Slowtrack. Opens Thursday.
- Belgium: Stephan Balkenhol, at Deweer Gallery. Opens Sunday at 3pm, in Otegem.
- Hong Kong: Billy Childish: Edge of the Forest, at Lehmann Maupin. Opens Thursday.
A scene from Agnès Varda’s 1968 film Lions Love (…and lies) pays tribute to Magritte. From the exhibition Agnès Varda in Californialand, at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Opens Sunday, in Mid-Wilshire. (Image courtesy of Max Raab and Agnès Varda.)
- L.A.: Jim Shaw, at Blum & Poe. Opens today, in Culver City.
- L.A.: Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, at the MOCA Pacific Design Center. Opens Saturday, in West Hollywood.
- L.A.: Life: On the Moon, at Various Small Fires. Opens Saturday at 3pm, in Venice.
- L.A.: Smashism: A Night of Video, Performance and Ephemeral Installation. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
- L.A.: Nam June Paik, at Thomas Solomon Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chinatown.
- L.A.: Chris Ware in conversation with Michael Silverblatt: Writing the Graphic Landscape, at the Fowler Museum. Takes place in two weeks, on Thursday, November 14, at 7:30pm. Advance RSVP is required.
- S.F.: Diane Arbus: 1971-1956, at Fraenkel Gallery. Through December 28.
- Portland, Ore.: Ann Hamilton, a reading, at Elizabeth Leach. Opens Saturday.
- Portland, Ore.: Samantha Wall, indivisible, at Ampersand Gallery. Through November 30.
- NYC: Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance and the New Psychodrama — Manhattan, 1970-1980. Through February 2, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through May 11.
- NYC: General Howe, Nursery, at Kianga Ellis Projects. Through November 9, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Eugenio Espinoza, Going Blind Faith, at Blackston Gallery. Opens Sunday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York, at the Clocktower Gallery. Through November 29, in downtown Manhattan. This is the last exhibition in the Clocktower’s gallery space.
- NYC: Be sure to check out Tony Feher’s Albuquerque Landing on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. He turned an empty lot into a color field painting just north of the Bronx Museum — and respected the graff! Props to him. Coincidentally, I took a pic of this same lot back in August.
- NYC: Alexander Calder, Calder Shadows, at Venus Over Manhattan. Opens Monday at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Rachel Farmer, Ancestors, at A.I.R. Gallery. Through November 30, in Dumbo.
- Kingston, NY: Mark Hogancamp, Saving the Major, at One Mile Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in the Hudson Valley.
- Washington, D.C.: Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Through March 2.
- Blacksburg, Va.: Jennifer Steinkamp, Madame Curie, 2011, and Leo Villareal, Digital Sublime, at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. Through December 1 and 15, respectively. (P.S. someone help Virginia Tech with their horribly long URLs.)
- Miami Beach: TIME, at the Bass Museum. Opens Saturday.
Film still from Una dia De Vida, directed by Emilio ‘El Indio’ Fernandez, 1950. From the exhibit Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa — Art and Film, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opens on Sunday. Saw this show at the preview, by the way, and it’s all kinds of wonderful. Do not miss. (Image courtesy of the Televisa Foundation.)
- L.A.: Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez, and When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando, at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Opens Saturday at 5pm.
- L.A.: Cakewalk, a group show, at Hudson|Linc. Opens today at 5pm at the Design Lab at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
- L.A.: John Bock, Keren Cytter, Paul Pfeiffer, Gillian Wearing, and Akram Zaatari, at Regen Projects. Through October 26, in Hollywood.
- L.A.: George Herms, Emergio, at OHWOW. Through October 26, in West Hollywood.
- L.A.: Mike Kelley: Photographic Works, at Patrick Painter Gallery. Through October 5, in Santa Monica.
- L.A.: David Welzius, Relief, at Monte Vista Projects. Through October 6, in Northeast L.A.
- Granada Hills: California Living, Eichler’s Balboa Highlands Tract — Nate Page, organized by Machine Project, on various houses off of Balboa Blvd. This Thursday from 8-11pm, in the Valley.
- Santa Ana: Beatriz Cortez, The Time Machine, at the Grand Central Art Center. Through October 13, in downtown.
- East Lansing: Michelle Handelman: Irma Vep, The Last Breath, at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Opens Friday, at Michigan State University.
- Chicago: MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chiago. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: Paulo Bruscky, Art Is Our Last Hope, at the Bronx Museum. Opens Thursday, in the Bronx.
- NYC: Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Friday.
- NYC: T.J. Wilcox: In the Air, at the Whitney Museum. Opens Thursday.
- NYC: An I for an Eye, a group show organized by Stamatina Gregory and Andreas Stadler, at the Austrian Cultural Forum. In Midtown.
- NYC: Steve Lambert’s installation Capitalism Works for Me! is going to be in Times Square this Friday, starting at noon. All part of the Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line Festival.
- NYC: Victoria Cohen: Hotel Chelsea, at Third Streaming. Through October 25, in SoHo.
- NYC: Edward Burtynsky, Water, at Howard Greenberg Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Midtown.
- NYC: Sensitive Geometries: Brazil 1950s - 1980s, at Hauser & Wirth. Through October 26, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: The New York Art Book Fair, at MoMA PS1. Thursday through Sunday, in Long Island City.
- London: George the Dog, John the Artist, at Howard Griffin Gallery. Opens Thursday, at Shoreditch High Street.
Got a look at Peter Zumthor’s proposed design for the new LACMA building. It is all kinds of amazing. Find my write-up in ARCHITECT Magazine.
Above is one of my favorite features of the new design: the eastern portion of the building cantilevers over the La Brea Tar Pits’ biggest tar lake. In my view, this is one of L.A.’s most underrated sights. I’m glad to see the museum paying attention to it. (Photo by C-M.)
Two L.A. shows — one at LACMA and the other at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture — serve as interesting bookends to Modernism. Read my take at Hyperallergic.
I got to hit the James Turrell retrospective at LACMA. And it is pretty dang wild. My story in ARCHITECT.
Bridget’s Bardot, 2009, a Ganzfeld space by James Turrell. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective, at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Opens Sunday. (Copyright James Turrell. Photo by Florian Holzherr.)
- L.A.: A. Quincy Jones, Building for Better Living, at the Hammer Museum. Opens Thursday, in Westwood.
- Sheboygan, Wisc.: Uncommon Ground, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Through August 18.
- Miami: Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods From Farm to Kitchen, at the Wolfsonian Museum. Through September 29, in Miami Beach.
- NYC: Edward Hopper, Hopper Drawing, at the Whitney Museum. Opens Thursday.
- NYC: Takuma Nakahira, Circulation: Date, Place, Events, at Yossi Milo Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Jogging: Soon, an exhibition at Still House. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Red Hook.
- NYC: Lee Arnold, Rick Caruso, Christina Kelly and Michael Krondle, Natural Selection, at Trestle Gallery. Opens Friday, in Gowanus.
- Milan: Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time, at HangarBicocca. Opens today.
An installation view of As He Remembered It, 2011, by Stephen Prina, at LACMA. On view through August 4. (Courtesy of Galerie Gisela Capitain and Petzel Gallery, New York.)
- Must-read interview: Jaron Lanier on how the internet has destroyed the middle class.
- Putting a visit to Noah Purifoy’s desert installations at the top of my SoCal bucket list.
- From the Department of I Heart the Art Market: “It is hard to imagine a business more custom-made for money laundering, with million-dollar sales conducted in secrecy and with virtually no oversight.”
- A proposal to redo LACMA — this time by Peter Zumthor. More here.
- As someone who grew up going to LACMA (not to mention the Tar Pits), I have a deep nostalgia for the Pereira buildings — design warts and all. But I suppose their memory will always be preserved in Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles County Museum on Fire.
- Speaking of which, it sounds like MoMA is gonna think deeply about razing the Folk Art Museum before it razes it.
- Countdown on the Hirshhorn bubble: Will the museum’s puffy turquoise pavilion really happen?
- The first known painting of Southern California.
- Flashback: Peter Plagens’ cranky-pants L.A. rant published in Artforum in 1972 is all kinds of epic. (Mercy, Christopher Hawthorne.)
- Critical Theory Heads: The Pacific Northwest College of Art is looking for critical essays about stuff only 10 people care about. Winner takes home the Hannah Arendt prize and 5Gs. You’ve got ‘til the end of the month
- Plus: Create a work of virtual public sculpture. And make money. (If you win.)