Category: Conceptual

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.)

Calendar. 11.13.13.

Specimen Series: 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, USA - Bathtub, 2013 polyester fabric
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.)

Calendar. 11.01.13.

A still from the film Lions Love (…and lies), 1968, by Agnès Varda. From the exhibition Agnès Varda in Californialand, at the L.A. County Museum of Art.
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.)

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.

A coupla things…

Denise Scott Brown, Learning From Las Vegas
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).

Carmen Papalia Blind Field Shuttle (photo by Thom Carroll)
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.

Find me at KCRW.

JEFF&GORDON Not at the Dinner Table

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.

Art books and fake books at the Printed Matter L.A. Art Book Fair

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.

Calendar. 07.18.12.


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.