The Death of American Spirituality, 1987, by David Wojnarowicz. Part of the exhibition Take it or Leave It: Institution, Image, Idealogy, at the Hammer Museum. Opens Sunday, in Westwood. (Collection of John Carlin and Renee Dossick. Courtesy of the Hammer.)
L.A.:A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, and Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense, at the Getty Museum. Through June 8, in West L.A.
L.A.:Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Through July 20, in Mid-City.
L.A.:Love is in the Air, at 2A Gallery. Opens Saturday, with an opening reception this Sunday at 7pm, in Downtown.
Hartford: Allison Schulnik, Matrix 168, at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Opens Thursday.
NYC:Doug Wheeler, at David Zwirner. Opens Thursday, at the 20th Street location, in Chelsea.
NYC:Julije Knifer, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
NYC: Deborah Brown, Outer Limits, and Misrepresentation, a group exhibition, at Lesley Heller Workspace. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
NYC:Intimate Science, at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. Opens Thursday, in the Village.
NYC: Cassius Fouler, Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class, at Pandemic Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The Lost Frontier, 1997-2005, by Llyn Foulkes. (Image courtesy of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.)
I had the great honor of profiling painter Llyn Foulkes for NPR News. Not only did I get to spend some quality time in his studio, I got a private concert on his one-man band, The Machine. Plus I got to see his collection of curiosities (skulls!). Foulkes has an an all-kinds-of-gangbusters retrospective at the Hammer Museum: gritty, funny, desperate, intense, and beautiful, with works, such as The Last Frontier, above, that are just mind-boggling in their content and material construction.
Pleasepleaseplease click over to my story or stream it below — and if you’re in SoCal, definitely check out the show. It’s up through May 19.
P.S. After you’ve listened, check out this performance of Llyn playing “Your Cheatin’ Heart” on The Machine. ♥♥♥♥
On the boardwalk: Case Study House Incense Burners, for the design-conscious stoner-intellectual. Definitely art. Or would that be architecture? (All photos by Celso + C-M.)
In a place as impossibly horizontal as L.A., it’s always nice to see the city’s highly centralized arts institutions leave their sinecures for some guerrilla activities at the fringes. For the first ever Venice Beach Biennial, the folks behind the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. biennial got a crew of more than 50 fine artists to go and set up some stalls amid the outdoor circus that is the Venice Beach boardwalk. I decided to forgo the map that was available at some stalls and just troll the boardwalk in a state of general cluelessness. This way, I could see how good I was at picking out the artsy fartsies from the run-of-the-mill weirdos.
I didn’t get to see everything, unfortunately. (I had a very important fish taco appointment with friends.) But what I did see convinced me that this is something that the city’s institutions should be doing more of: inserting art into the world, in ways that are confusing and disorienting. Most significantly, however, the whole exercise offered the very real convenience of conceptual art and patchouli in a single location — always a winner in my book.
Bag Lady in Flight, by David Hammons — ca. 1970s (reconstructed 1990). Part of the exhibit Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980, at the Hammer Museum. Opens Sunday, in Westwood. (Collection of Eileen Norton, courtesy of the Hammer Museum.)
If there was one place I wish I could be this week, it’s SoCal, for the official launch of Pacific Standard Time. There’s gonna be all kinds of great exhibits. Below, I’ve listed some of the ones opening this week that have caught my eye. (Don’t forget Asco at LACMA, which has already opened.) Naturally, there are many others coming up, so check out the Getty’s hub website for a complete list of all the related exhibits.
L.A.:Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, at the Getty Museum. Opens Saturday, in West L.A.
L.A.: Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens Saturday, at the Geffen Contemporary.
L.A.:Icons of the Invisible: Oscar Castillo, at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Through February 26.
L.A.:Doin’ it in Public, Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis. Opens Saturday, in Westchester.
L.A.:California Design: 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” at LACMA. Opens Saturday.
L.A.:Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983, at LACE. Through January 29.
L.A.: Eriberto and Estevan Oriol, Like Father Like Son, at the Carmichael Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
La Jolla, Calif.:Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Through January 22.
La Jolla, Calif.:New Out West: Peter Alexander, Mary Corse and Robert Irwin, at Quint Contemporary. Through November 12.
Austin:Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored, at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. This looks like a must-see. Through January 22.
Durham, N.C.:The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991, at the Nasher Museum. Through December 31.
Mexico City: Saner, Los Iluminados, at Fifty24 MX Gallery (at the Colima 159 location, in Colonia Roma). Opens Saturday.
PLUS: Find my latest New York City picks over at Gallerina.