Polaroid Hand (B&W&C), 1 972/2014, 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.: , a live solo concert, at the Hammer Museum. Tonight at 7:30pm, in Westwood. Stephen Prina: Take It or Leave It
L.A.: , at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Next Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30pm, in Mid-Wilshire. Ryan Trecartin: Four New Movies
L.A.: Closing reception for , at Machine Project. This Sunday at 6pm, in Echo Park. Out of Sight Out of Mind
L.A.: , at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Through May 3, in Mid-City. John Tweddle and Ken Price
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, , at the Henry Art Gallery. This Friday at 7pm, at the University of Washington. No More Road Trips?
NYC: Danny Licul, , at Gallery Sensei. Opens Friday, on the Lower East Side. Model Citizens
NYC: r, at The Kitchen. This looks like it’s gonna be the shizzle. Starts next Thursday, in Chelsea. Tickets on sale now. Bystander, a new performance by Liz Magic Lase
NYC: , at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Opens Friday, in Chelsea. Leigh Ledare
NYC: Ben Gocker, , at PPOW Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea. Scaredy Cat City
NYC: and Jeffrey Vallance at Tanya Bonakdar. Opens today, in Chelsea. Carla Klein,
NYC: Katie Armstrong, , at BravinLee. Opens Friday, in Chelsea. Dark Spring
NYC: , at Apexart. Opens today, in Tribeca. Coding the Body
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: , at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Through July 13. Permission to be Global: Latin American Art from the Ellan Fontanals-Cisneros Collection
London: Carolee Schneeman, , at the Hales Gallery. Through April 12. Water Light/Water Needle
Frankfurt: , at the Museum Für Modern Kunst. Opens Friday. The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisted by Contemporary African Artists
1250 South Broadway, Pico Boulevard, 2013, by John Humble. Part of the artist’s solo show, Pico Boulevard, at Craig Krull Gallery. Through February 22, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.
NYC: , at Eyebeam. Through February 1, in Chelsea. Eyebeam Presents: 2014 Annual Showcase
NYC: , at Marianne Boesky Gallery. Through February 15, in Chelsea. Andisheh Avini
NYC: , a project organized by Yevgeniy Fiks, at Winkleman Gallery. Through February 15, in Chelsea. The Wayland Rudd Collection
NYC: , at Pace Gallery. Through February 22, on 25th Street in Chelsea. Grounded
NYC: Duke Riley, , at Magnan Metz Gallery. Extended through January 25, in Chelsea. See You At the Finish Line
NYC: , at Lync Tham. Through February 16, on the Lower East Side. Con/Text
NYC: , at Life on Mars. Through March 1, in Bushwick. Outside In
NYC: Piero della Francesca, , at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through March 30, on the Upper East Side. Personal Encounters
Fort Lauderdale: , at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Through May 17, in downtown. The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography
Austin: , at The Contemporary. Through April 20, at Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center. Charles Long
Torrance, Calif.: , at the Torrance Art Museum. Through March 8. Reverb: Music as Both Inspiration and Content in Contemporary Art
Santa Ana, Calif.: Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer, , at the Grand Central Art Center. Through May 11, in Downtown. Miracle Report
Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. Part of the exhibition Peter Hujar: Love & Lust at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Also on view at the gallery is Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits. Through March 8, near Union Square. (Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)
NYC: , at Dodge Gallery. Opens Saturday, on the Lower East Side. The Age of Small Things
NYC: Alex Prager, , at Lehmann Maupin. Opens today, on the Lower East Side. Face in the Crowd
NYC: Liz Glynn, , at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea. On the Possibility of Salvage
NYC: , at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea. Between the Lines
NYC: Stan Douglas, , at David Zwirner. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on 19th Street, in Chelsea. Luanda-Kinshasa
NYC: Ted Gahl, , at Dodge Gallery. Open Saturday, on the Lower East Side. Sundays (Like the Brightest Light in the Theatre Shining on an Empty Stage)
NYC: Joseph Beuys, , at Rooster Gallery. Through February 9, on the Lower East Side. Process: 1971-1985
NYC: , curated by Chris Sharp, at Laurel Gitlen. Through February 2, on the Lower East Side. Stay in Love
NYC: , at Bortolami. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea. A Chromatic Loss
NYC: , at Pierogi Gallery. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Williamsburg. Idiom 1
NYC: , at Valentine Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Ridgewood/Bushwick. Judith Braun, Linda Herritt and Oriane Stender
L.A.: , a talk by Geoff Manaugh, at Machine Project. This Friday at 8pm, in Echo Park. Forensic Topology
L.A.: , at Regen Projects. Opens Saturday, in Hollywood. Liz Larner
L.A.: , at Blum & Poe. Opens Saturday, in Culver City. Gavin Kenyon
L.A.: Yassi Mazandi, , at Maloney Fine Arts. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City. Flowers
L.A.: , at Red Pipe Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown. LA Recent Abstract Painting
L.A.: Ramiro Gomez, , at Charlie James Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown. Domestic Scenes
L.A.: , with John Fleck, John Roecker and many others, at Coagula Curatorial. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown. Two Johns and a Whore
L.A.: Bia Gayotto, , 2012, at Monte Vista Projects. Opens Saturday, in Highland Park. Somewhere in Between: Silicon Valley
L.A.: Jonas N.T. Becker, , at Shulamit Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Venice. Zol Zayn/What If?
L.A.: , a film festival organized by the American Cinematheque. Through January 25 at the Egyptian Theatre, in Hollwyood. Animation for Adults
Paris: Stefano Ricci, , at Galerie Martel. Opens Friday. L’histoire de l’ours
Plus: Christian Viveros-Fauné wraps up a very dirty year. Happy 2014!
A photograph by Julio González Sánchez. Part of the group show Bolivia Existe, at Momenta Art in New York, in collaboration with Kiosko Galería from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick. (Image courtesy of the artist and Momenta.)
NYC: , at the Whitney Museum. Opens Friday. Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition
NYC: Rafaël Rozendaal, Everything You See is in the Past, and Casting a Wide Net: A Cross Generational Exhibition of Media Art, at Postmasters Gallery. Through January 18, in Tribeca.
NYC: Charles Burchfield, , at DC Moore Gallery. Through December 21, in Chelsea. American Landscapes
NYC: , a group show, at the Abrons Arts Center. Opens this Friday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side. Guts
NYC: , at the Interference Archive. Opens Thursday at 7pm, in Gowanus. Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York
Miami: , at CIFO. Opens this week, in the Wynwood District. Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection
Miami: , at the De La Cruz Collection. In the Wynwood District. Looking at Process
Miami: , at the Rubell Family Collection. Opens today, in the Wynwood District. 28 Chinese
Miami: , at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens today, in North Miami. Tracey Emin: Angel Without You
L.A.: , at the Hammer Museum. Today, in Westwood. Hammer Conversations: Diana Nyad and Catherine Opie
Plus: Tickets are now on sale for Martin Creed’s at The Kitchen in NYC. Performances run from December 12 to 14. Work No. 1020
High Heels Crowd Surf , by Tod Seelie. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
Bright Nights, by Seelie, was just published by Prestel.
In the mail today came a book I am super ecstatic about: Tod Seelie’s , which gathers all of his New York photographs into one handy tome. Even as the city becomes a monochromatic carpet of condos and faux retro watering holes, Bright Nights Bright Nights is a reminder that even at its most Bloombergian New York has always retained pockets of creative chaos (and hopefully always will). This book is a tribute to those pockets — and all the bloody noses that come with it.
What’s more, I got to write an essay for this baby, which I’m pretty dang proud of. (Thank you, Jeff Stark, for the mad editing skills.) I’ve been an admirer of Tod’s work for years, from the time his images first started to pop up
on Flickr years ago. I’ve long been enthralled by what they covered: under-the-radar events like Bike Kill, Japanther concerts, vogue-ing competitions and journeys made by Swoon on her flotilla of hand-made rafts. But it’s his framing and his sense of color that makes his work rise above simple documentation.
It was a thrill to be able to contribute a few words to the spaces between the pictures. So go out and
get the book! And while you’re at it, check out Tod’s website, his Instagram, and his Twitter.
Untitled #175, 2013, by Simen Johan. Part of the artist’s solo show at Yossi Milo Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. (Image courtesy of the artist and Yossi Milo.)
NYC: , at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Friday. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
NYC: , at the Morgan Library & Museum. Opens Friday, in Midtown. Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin
NYC: , at Steven Kasher Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea. Vietnam: The Real War — A Photographic History from the Associated Press
NYC: , at Tanya Bonakdar. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. Sandra Cinto
NYC: , at James Cohan Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. Alison Elizabeth Taylor: Surface Tension
NYC: Justin Bower, , at Unix Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea. Panic Room
L.A.: , at LACMA. Opens Sunday. See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition — The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection
L.A.: Nikki Pressley, , In Another Form, at Charlie James Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown. Elsewhere
L.A.: JEFF&GORDON, , in the West Gallery, at Cal State Northridge. Opens Saturday at 5pm, in the Valley. Artist talk Monday at 6pm. Temporarily Embarrassed
The Micheels House, designed by Paul Rudolph, Westport, Connecticut, 1972-2007, by Chris Mottalini. Part of an exhibition and book signing for Mottalini’s project After You Left/They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes), at . The Landing at Reform, in Hollywood. Opens Thursday at 7pm (Image courtesy of the artist.)
NYC: , at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side. Chris Burden: Extreme Measures
NYC: , at the International Center of Photography. Opens Friday, in Midtown. Zoe Strauss: Ten Years
NYC: , at the Bronx Museum. Opens Sunday, in the Bronx. Tony Feher
NYC: , at the Morgan Library & Museum. Opens Friday, in Midtown. Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul
NYC: , at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Upper East Side. William Anastasi: Sound Works 1963-2013
NYC: , at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. Through January 10, in Midtown. City of Abstractions: Brett Weston in New York, 1944-45
Boston: Amy Sillman, , at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Opens Thursday. one lump or two
Pittsburgh: , at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Opens Saturday. 2013 Carnegie International
L.A.: Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman, , at Interference Track 16 (in collaboration with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Opens today at 8:30pm, in Culver City.
L.A.: , and At the Window: The Photographer’s View, at the Getty Museum. Through January 5, at the Getty Center in West L.A. Abelardo Morrell: The Universe Next Door
There are some insanely cool things about being a reporter. One of them is access — to people, to information, to old artist notebooks. As part of reporting a story about Ed Ruscha and his artist books for NPR, curator John Tain of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) took me into the Institute’s archive and showed me some of Ruscha’s materials. (The GRI holds all of Ruscha’s so-called ‘Streets of Los Angeles’ projects.) We poked around old notebooks and contact sheets. My favorite was the sketch above, which shows how Ruscha executed Every Building on the Sunset Strip. An image which I simply had to snap…
The Getty currently has
a show devoted to Ruscha’s early photography. (You’ve got one more week before the show closes!) And my profile of Ruscha is now up at NPR. It includes 1933 Ford pick-ups and vintage audio of the Doors playing at the Whiskey A Go Go. Please tune in!