Specimen Series: 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, USA — Bathtub, 2013, by Do Ho Suh. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit at Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong, opening tomorrow. (Image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.)
- NYC: Drawing Time, Reading Time, at the Drawing Center. Opens Friday, in SoHo. Opening reception to take place on Thursday, November 21, at 6pm.
- NYC: Liz Magic Laser, Absolute Event, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Thursday, at Cooper’s 197 Tenth Avenue space in Chelsea. Performances will be held on Thursday and Saturday, beginning promptly at 7pm. (More about the artist here.)
- NYC: Para-Real, at 601 Artspace. Opens today, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Water, Water…8 Strange Days in the City That Never Sleeps, a group show, at Kianga Ellis Projects. Opening reception this Thursday at 6pm. Exhibition runs through November 19, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Faceshifting: Masking the Spirits, at Cavin-Morris Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Travis LeRoy Southworth, A Fancy Machine is the Perfect Centerpiece, at Mixed Greens. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Luke DuBois, Sex Lies & Data Mining, a Pratt Digital Arts Lecture. Today at 12:45, at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
- NYC: Barbara Macfarlane: Mapping, at Rebecca Hossack. Opens today, in SoHo.
- NYC: Jeff Williams, New/Used/Wet/Broken, at Jack Hanley Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Tribeca.
- NYC: Provisional Space, at Brooklyn Fireproof. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
- NYC: Guerilla Girls Broadband, at Interference Archive. Monday at 7:30pm, in Gowanus.
- Salem, Mass.: Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, at the Peabody Essex Museum. Opens Saturday.
- Chicago: Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Through January 27.
- Palo Alto: Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th Century Art, at the Cantor Arts Center. Opens today, at Stanford University.
- San Jose: Around the Table: Food. Creativity. Community., at the San Jose Museum of Art. Through April 20.
- L.A.: Licketh the Rainbow, at Jaus. Opens Friday, in Santa Monica.
- L.A.: A special screening of Andy Warhol’s Sleep, at HRLA. This Saturday from midnight to 7am, in Chinatown.
- L.A.: Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview, at the Getty Center. This Sunday, at 3pm.
- L.A.: Independent scholar Elena Phipps gives a talk about Peruvian textiles at the Fowler Museum. Next Wednesday, at noon, at UCLA.
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.
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.
I’ve got an update in ARCHITECT Magazine about Denise Scott Brown and the Pritzker Prize situation. Nine weeks after the story broke, and many media stories later, the committee has yet to announce whether it will give her the Pritzker retroactively for the joint work she did with her husband Robert Venturi (and for which he alone was honored with the award).
Plus: I have a walk-up to a performance by artist Carmen Papalia in Santa Ana on Saturday. The artist, who is blind, will will navigate downtown with nothing more than the sounds of a local marching band.
This week’s awesomeness: 323 Projects, a gallery that’s nothing more than a phone line. This month and next, you can can dial in and get a few things off your chest to a close friend or family member — all courtesy of the artists JEFF&GORDON (that’s them, top left).
My story is now up at KCRW. Please click through! Find 323 projects here.
The age of the e-book has created a quandary for people who like to display the things they read (or aspire to read) on the shelves in their homes. Your e-reader may hold a PhD’s worth of Jacques Lacan tomes, but how will your dinner guests know about it? Enter the E-Book Shelf Surrogate (click the image above to supersize), introduced by Hol Art Books at the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair. At the fair, any visitors who pick up an e-book, will also get an 11×17 print that can be folded into the model of a paper back book, so that you may chicly and casually show off your intellectual ability to your friends. All for only $15!
Tip: while you’re there, pop over to the Gagosian booth, where they’re selling a Destroy All Monsters zine with CD for $30. Probably the only thing I’ll ever be able to afford at Gago, besides the sneering condescension (which is free).
The fair is on through Sunday 6pm, at MOCA Geffen in Little Tokyo.
On Some Far Away Beach, 2012, a Coogi sweater piece by Jayson Musson. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, Halcyon Days, at Salon 94. Through August 17, on the Lower East Side. (Image courtesy of the artist and Salon 94.)
- Honolulu: Comforts for the Soul: Arts for the Afterlife, at the Honolulu Museum. Through November 4.
- L.A.: Michael Heizer: Actual Size, at LACMA. Through September 9, in the Fairfax district.
- NYC: Ghosts in the Machine, at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Oscar Medrano Perez, an exhibition of photography related to Peruvian human rights, at the Instituto Cervantes. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Midtown. (Medrano took one of the most poignant photos of the country’s Internal Conflict. I featured it as the top image on this post I wrote in 2009, when I visited the Yuyanapaq exhibit at the Museo de la Nación in Lima.)
- Detroit: Post-Industrial Complex, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Through July 29. **Last two weeks.**
- NYC: Style Wars, a look at graffiti in contemporary culture (sounds interesting!) and Revolution Not Televised, contemporary Cuban art and practice, at the Bronx Museum. Opens Thursday, in the Bronx.
- NYC: Mark Flood, The Hateful Years, at Luxembourg & Dayan. Opens today, on the Upper East Side.
On the boardwalk: Case Study House Incense Burners, for the design-conscious stoner-intellectual. (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 apart the artsy fartsies from 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.