Calendar. 04.02.14.

Rose Quartz Eroded Tire, 2014 by Daniel Arsham
Rose Quartz Eroded Tire, 2014, by Daniel Arsham. Part of the artist’s solo show, Kick the Tire and Light the Fires, at OHWOW Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Beverly Hills. (Image courtesy of the artist and OHWOW.)

  • Pasadena: Face It: The Photographic Portrait, at the Norton Simon Museum. Opens Friday.
  • L.A.: Javier Téllez, Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth, at REDCAT. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in downtown.
  • L.A.: Antonia Wright, Suddenly We Jumped, at Luis de Jesus. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Roberto Gil de Montes, Hecho en México, at Lora Schlesinger Gallery. Opens Saturday at 4:30pm, in Santa Monica.
  • L.A.: Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas, at the Fowler Museum. Through July 20, in Westwood. Related: Artists Judithe Hernandez and Alma Lopez have a conversation about Saints, Warrior and Women at the museum this Saturday at 2pm.
  • S.F.: Elise Ferguson, Striped Knot, at Romer Young Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm.
  • NYC: Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963-74, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens today, in Brooklyn.
  • NYC: Are Your Motives Pure? Raymond Pettibon Surfers, 1987-2012, at Venus Over Manhattan. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Dan Witz, NY Hardcore, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant’s and Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive, at the City Lore Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in the East Village.
  • NYC: Sometimes We Explode: An Exhibition of Underground NYC Through Video Games and Hip Hop, at Babycastles Gallery. With a special performance by Ratking. Opens next Tuesday at 6pm, on 14th Street. Follow this link to RSVP for the opening.
  • NYC: Joe Sola, American Sex Room and Other Works, at Blackston Gallery. Opens Sunday, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Parallax Reveries: Stereoscopic Collage by Joel Schlemowitz, at Microscope Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
  • Toronto: Susana Heller, at Olga Korper Gallery. Opens Saturday, at 2pm.
  • Toronto: Eva Kotátková, at Art en Valise. Opens Thursday.
  • Online: Nikki Darling, Ascension, at Light & Wire.

Find me over at ARCHITECT.

Shigeru Ban’s design for the Japan Pavilion at Hannover Expo in 2000. Executed in collaboration with Frei Otto. (Image courtesy of Shigeru Ban. Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai.)

It seems like I’ve been on a bit of a Shigeru Ban tear in ARCHITECT. Last week I wrote up his design for the new Aspen Art Museum. This week, I was on to his Pritzker win. And the following day I participated in a round table with architecture critics Christopher Hawthorne, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange to talk about what it all means — for Ban and the Pritzker.

Check ‘em out. I am so ready to start building stuff with toilet paper tubes now…


Calendar. 03.26.14.

Untitled, 2012-13, by Helen Pashgian
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.

Calendar. 03.20.14.

Lew Thomas, Polaroid Hand (B&W&C), 1972/2014 at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
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.

Calendar. 03.12.14.

How to Try and be OK with the Contemporary Art Market. Oil on Canvas. 42” x 56”. 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters Gallery.
How to Try and be OK with the Contemporary Art Market, 2014 by William Powhida. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition, Overculture, at Postmasters Gallery, opening Saturday at 5:30pm, in New York. (Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters. See it large.)

  • L.A.: Michaela Eichwald, Barry Johnston, Mathias Kryger, Frances Scholz, Jill Spector, at Tif Sigfrids. Opens Saturday at 4pm, in Hollywood.
  • L.A.: Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes, at the Huntington Library. Opens Saturday, in San Marino.
  • L.A.: Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, at the Autry. Opens Saturday, in Griffith Park.
  • L.A.: The Architecture and Design Film Festival, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Starts today, in downtown.
  • L.A.: Drowning and swallowing this text, with various artists, at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Hollywood.
  • L.A.: Ron Athey: Sebastiane, at the Hammer Museum. Tomorrow at 7:30pm, in Westwood.
  • S.F.: Katy Grannan: The 99, at Fraenkel Gallery.
  • New Orleans: The Donna Perret Rosen Lecture: Calvin Tomkins, Dodie Kazanjian and Adam D. Weinberg, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This Friday at 6pm.
  • NYC: Other Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Museum Starter Kit: Open With Care, at El Museo del Barrio. Opens today, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Bill Cunningham: Facades and The Black Fives, at the New-York Historical Society. Opens Friday on the Upper West Side.
  • NYC: Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937, at the Neue Galerie. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Carpets of the East in Paintings of the West, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through June 29, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection, at the Rubin Museum of Art. Through March 2015, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Oswaldo Vigas: Transfigurations, at Dillon Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Sharon Hayes, Fingernails on a blackboard, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death, at Steven Kasher Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy: Drawing Lessons, at the Drawing Center. Opens Saturday, in SoHo. Groups need to reserve in advance to see the performance.
  • NYC: Ali Banisadr, Motherboard, at Sperone Westwater. Through April 19, on the Lower East Side.
  • London: Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat, at the Serpentine Galleries. Through April 21.

Donut luchador at KCRW’s Good Food.

El Asesino Geminis, Abel Nabor Campos. (Photo by Naomi Harris.)

Hey Folks:

I’m on KCRW’s Good Food talkin’ ’bout my Lucky Peach story on the donero luchador of East L.A., Abel Nabor Campos (a.k.a. El Asesino Geminis), with none other than Evan Kleiman. The segment contains audio of his cry, which is truly wondrous. Check it out here.

Special thanks to producer Gillian Ferguson for making me sound good while I was sick. And high five to photographer Naomi Harris for letting me nab the image above. (Follow her on Instagram for the further adventures of Maggs the Dog!)



Calendar. 03.05.13.

Maria Lassnig Sciencia 1998 at MoMA PS1
Sciencia, 1998, by Maria Lassnig. On view as part of the artist’s solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, which coincides with a show of work by Christoph Schlingensief. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Image courtesy of MoMA PS1.)

  • NYC: 2014 Whitney Biennial, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: The Whitney Houston Biennial, at 20 Jay Street. This Sunday at 8pm, in Dumbo.
  • NYC: Gaugin: Metamorphoses, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Mira Schendel, at Hauser & Wirth. Through April 26, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: AFTERSHOCK: The Impact of Radical Art (Minors Not Permitted), at Edelman Arts. Through May 12.
  • NYC: Mingei: Are You Here?, at Pace Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Beatrice Caracciolo, Cinabrese, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Jorge Pardo, Inert, at Petzel. Through April 5, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Aki Sasamoto: Sunny in the Furnace, at The Kitchen. Daily from Thursday through Sunday at 8pm, in Chelsea. Tickets $15.
  • NYC: Beth Krebs, Beat the Band, at Station Independent Projects. Opens today at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • Peekskill, N.Y.: Carla Gannis, The Non-Facial Recognition Project, at the WCC Center for Digital Arts. Through April 5.
  • Northampton, Mass.: Maya Lin, the 11th Annual Miller Lecture in Art and Art History, at the Smith College Museum of Art. Next Tuesday at 7:30pm at Wright Hall.
  • L.A.: Andrea Fraser performs May I Help You?, at the Hammer Museum. This Saturday from 3-5pm, in Westwood.
  • L.A.: Taryn Simon, Birds of the West Indies, at Gagosian Gallery. Through April 12, in Beverly Hills.
  • L.A.: Finishing School in collaboration with artists Nadia Afghani and Matt Fisher, We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust, at Occidental College. Starts Friday, in Eagle Rock.
  • Marseilles: ASCO & Friends: Exiled Portraits, at Friche Belle de Mai. Opens Saturday.