Category: Mixed Media

Calendar. 05.07.14.

A detail from A Land Reform 5, by Camilo Restrepo, at Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles
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.

Calendar. 10.09.13.

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites. 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. ( Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Photography: Joshua White/
Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. Part of the exhibit Mike Kelley, at MoMA PS1. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery. Photograph by Joshua White/

  • NYC: Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori, at the Japan Society. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, at the New-York Historical Society. Opens Friday, on the Upper West Side.
  • NYC: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • NYC: Llyn Foulkes, and Counter Forms: Tetsumi Kudo, Alina Szapocznikow, Paul Thek, Hannah Wilke, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Thomas Eggerer, Gesture and Territory, at Friedrich Petzel. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: No Longer Empty Presents: Jan Tichy, at 196 Stanton Street at Attorney Street. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Rollin Leonard, Trunks, Stems and Heads, at Transfer Gallery. Opens Saturday, in East Williamsburg.
  • NYC: Between the Door and the Street, a performance initiated by Suzanne Lacy, at Park Place and the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Thursday, in Brooklyn. The performance will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, October 19.
  • NYC: Vernacular Criticism, a talk by Brian Droitcour, at the New Museum. This Saturday at 3pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • L.A.: Joe Sola, Portraits: An Exhibition in TIF Sigfrids’ Ear, at Tif Sigfrids. Opens Saturday, in Hollywood.
  • L.A.: Creative Collaboration in Music and Architecture: Frank Gehry, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Nicolai Ourossoff, in conversation at the Hammer Museum. Next Tuesday at 7:30pm, in Westwood.
  • Nottingham: Asco, No Movies, at Nottingham Contemporary. Opens Saturday.
  • Luxembourg: Brent Birnbaum, Ride (w/) The Wind, at Casino Luxembourg. Opens Saturday.

A different way of thinking about L.A.’s sprawl.

Andres Jaque at REDCAT in Los Angeles (Photo by C-Monster)

L.A. may be derided for its sprawl, but Spanish architect Andrés Jaque says the city’s in-between spaces make for a unique brand of urbanism — not to mention, some highly creative informal architecture. He has created installations inspired by these spaces in his new show at REDCAT in downtown. You can read all about it in my story in ARCHITECT.


Calendar. 02.27.13.

The Rose, 1958–66, by Jay Defeo, at the Whitney Museum of American Art
The Rose, 1958–66, by Jay Defeo. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit Jay Defeo: A Retrospective, at the Whitney Museum of America Art. Opens Thursday. (Photo by Ben Blackwell. © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society)

  • NYC: Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity, at the Metropolitan Museum. Through May 27, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: At War With the Obvious: Photographs by William Eggleston, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through July 28.
  • NYC: Wolfgang Laib, Without Beginning and Without End, at Sperone Westwater. Opens Friday, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Paul D’Agostino, Twilit Ensembles, at Pocket Utopia. Opens Sunday, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Critical Art Ensemble, Disturbances, a book launch and talk with Brian Holmes, Natalie Jeremijenko, Trevor Paglen and Steve Kurtz, at Artists Space. Thursday at 7pm, in Tribeca.
  • Jersey City: The Space Between, at the Middle East Center for the Arts: Contemporary Perspective on Tradition and Society. Opens Sunday.
  • Charlotte, N.C.: Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto, at the Mint Museum. Opens Sunday, at the uptown location.
  • L.A.: Olga Koumoundouros, Possessed by Glint and Dreams, at Susanne Vielmetter Projects. Opens Friday, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts, at the Getty Museum. Through May 12, in West L.A.
  • L.A.: Xerox: Barbara T. Smith 1965-1966, at The Box. Through March 23, in downtown.
  • Hamburg: Brad Downey, The Floor, The Table and the Wall, at Kulturzentrum Marstallam Schloss Ahrensburg. Opens Sunday at 11am.

Calendar. 08.15.12.

Entrada, enamel paint on found objects, by Max ‘RIPO’ Rippon. From the artist’s solo exhibit Signs, Fines & Cheap Wines, at White Walls, through September 1. (Image courtesy of the artist and White Walls.)

  • L.A.: Alison Saar, STILL…, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis. Opens Saturday, on the west side. There will be an artist’s reception on September 15 at 4pm.
  • L.A.: Abel Alejandre, La Junta/The Gathering, at Coagula Curatorial. Through September 2.
  • S.F.: Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, No Touch, at Eli Ridgway. Opens Friday.
  • NYC: Projects 98: Slavs and Tartars, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens today, in Midtown.
  • NYC: An artist sandcastle competition organized by Creative Time. This Friday at 3pm in the Rockaways. Hells Yeah!

Random Linkage:

  • Triple Canopy has a fantabulous essay about International Art English (IAE) — aka artspeak — tracking down its origins to the journal October, known for featuring translations and transliterations of dense, French poststructuralist texts. Artspeak, therefore, is English that is trying to sounds like badly translated French. (ArtInfo.)
  • Related: Great discoveries I made while reading the Triple Canopy essay: John Russell’s corrected gallery press releases. Overuse of opposites is one of my favorite artspeak tropes.
  • Connected, but not: Several short sentences about writing.
  • Kriston Capps on the Hirshhorn’s spectacle strategy.

Photo Diary: Sala Contemporánea at the Museo Qorikancha, in Cusco.

Twice a year, the Qorikancha museum has a contemporary art contest that draws entries from around Cusco and Peru. Above: the winning entry, Perturbación de la memoria, by Edwin Yuri Huaman Huillca.

Announcing the winners.

In the exhibit, I saw some nice use of materials. A work by Nilton Melgar Carrión incorporates canvas, cardboard, trash bags, hair (or fur) and Andean textiles.

Last week, I attended one of the better art openings I’ve been to in a long, long time. The Museo Qorikancha, the museum attached to the ancient Inca site and Dominican monastery in Cusco, held a reception for its semi-annual art contest.  For the last eight years, the museum has been putting together a collection of contemporary art and supporting local and regional artists through a regular exhibition program and art contests. This year’s theme was ‘Memory’ and the show provided a good opportunity to take in the local scene. Things really got interesting halfway through the opening reception when the building lost power. In fact, the lights never came back on. Not that it mattered to anyone at the opening. Folks promptly lit up their cigarettes and used their cell phone lights to admire the art. Then the Dominican monks laid out a table of wine, which somehow everyone was able to find in the pitch dark.

Good times.

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Calendar. 08.08.12.

Potable Water, 2005, a mixed media collage by Mark Bradford. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art. Opens Saturday, in Durham, N.C. (Image courtesy of the artist and the Nasher Museum.)

  • NYC: Détournement: Signs of the Time, a group show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: 31 Women in Art Photography, presented by the Humble Arts Foundation, at Hasted Kraeutler. Through August 17.
  • Santa Barbara: Mario Ybarra Jr., The Tío Collection, at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. Through September 30.
  • Berlin: The Echo: Although I Am Still Alive, a group show of young Japanese artists, at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien. Opens today, at 7pm.
  • This looks badass: Babycastles is having a summit at the Museum of Arts & Design at the end of this month. Get your tickets here.
  • Random Link: This David Wojnarowicz bio by Cynthia Carr sounds like a must-read.
  • Plus: there’s plenty more happening on the Deitch/MOCA front. Get the lowdown here.

Photo Diary: Rammellzee at Suzanne Geiss Company, in SoHo.

Am late on sooooo many things right now — this is one of them. I managed to catch the exhibit of Rammellzee’s so-called ‘Letter Racers’ at Suzanne Geiss before it closed late last month. And all I gotta say is: daaaaaaaaang. The man knew his way around his materials. Those high-tech looking toys you see flying in formation are actually beautifully assembled bits of junk: umbrella handles, cheap plastic watch bands, broken milk crates, Bic pens and bottle caps. (And lots of dust.)

For a good backgrounder on where these pieces emerged from, check out this NYT piece. And if you get a chance to see his work in person (no matter how small the show), do not miss it.

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