From Barry McGee’s upcoming solo at Prism LA. Opens Saturday, in West Hollywood. (Image courtesy of the artist and Prism.)
- Lima: Milagro de la Torre, Indicios, at the Museo de Arte de Lima. Through July 1.
- Oakland: Jennie Ottinger, What To Do With Your Orphan: A Manual, at Johansson Projects. Opens Thursday; artist reception on Saturday at 5pm.
- L.A.: Shoots and Ladders: New Paintings by Simon McWilliams, at Skotia Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
- L.A.: French Invasion!, French graffiti artists, at Fabien Castanier Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Studio City.
- Chicago: First Fifty, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: Mark Dion, Phantoms of the Clark Expedition, at the Explorers Club. Opens today.
- NYC: Animated Spirits, Shields of New Guinea, at Cavin Morris. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Brent Green, To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given, at Andrew Edlin Gallery. Through June 23, in Chelsea.
- Plus: Get all my NYC picks over at Gallerina…
Untitled, 2011, a sculpture made of acrylic and wood, by Barry McGee. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition, New Work, on view at Modern Art in London, through August 13. (Image courtesy of Modern Art.)
- S.F.: BAN6: Visual Arts Exploration, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts — where you can see heavy metal-inspired quilts. Opens Friday at 8pm.
- S.F.: Anthony Sneed, Grand Illusion, at the Shooting Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm.
- Chicago: Michael Rea, Soirée, at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Opens Friday, in Elmhurst.
- Miami: Home Dream Home, at Praxis International Art. Opens this Saturday at 7pm, in the Wynwood Arts District.
- Miami: Merzbau Now, a group show, at Fredric Snitzer Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7:30pm.
- NYC: Showpaper Presents: The Community Services, with Swoon, UFO 907, Leon Reid IV, Posterboy, Adam Void, Skewville, Celso and many others, at 285 Kent Ave in Williamsburg. This evening at 7pm.
- Plus…Find the rest of my New York picks over at Gallerina!
Barry McGee at Modern Art in London. (Photo by Practise.)
Hey Folks: Crazy day today. Digest will be back tomorrow. xox, C.
- In Pittsburgh: Barry McGee gives a talk at the Kresge Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University, as part of Life on Mars, the 55th Carnegie International, today, at 5p.m.
- In Philadelphia: Eric Doeringer, Bootlegs, Homages and Recreations, at the FUEL Collection, through Dec. 28.
- In NYC: Andreas Gursky at Matthew Marks, through Dec. 23rd.
- In NYC: Keith Haring’s Ten Commandments at Deitch Projects, through Dec. 21.
- In Washington, D.C.: Women by Women, a juried exhibit of work by women photojournalists, at Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, opens Thursday.
- In Miami: Isaac Julien and George Osodi at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, through April 25.
- In Denver: Nathan Abels, Stills, at Rule Gallery, through Jan. 10.
- In L.A.: William Hundley at Kindsey Desforges, opens Saturday.
- In L.A.: Louise Bourgeois at MoCA, through Jan. 25.
- In L.A.: Ed Templeton and Matt Leines at Roberts & Tilton, in Culver City, through Dec. 13.
- In Basel: Balkanology: New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe at the Swiss Architecture Museum, through Dec. 28.
Barry McGee serves up his signature urban flavors, topped with a few new sprinkles in a surprise show at Ratio 3 in San Francisco. (Bring your own funky glasses to view the infinitely precise 3-D hand drawings in more than one dimension.) The rest is classic McGee…or “Lydia Fong,” as his current alias goes. Color exercises crawl aggressively up three walls like deboned Rubik’s cubes. Contrast that with the sad faces, a gaggle of meticulously rendered masks, hair monsters, and framed napkin doodles. In between the human and the abstract, other urban detritus bubbles up: surfboards, cardboard, a decomposing orange with fruit fly, a baby in bubblegum pink. Oh wait, the baby’s mine.
But what’s outside the Ratio 3 Gallery is just as cool as what’s inside. It’s a one-way alley in McGee’s own Mission Street neighborhood. Next door a woman rescues half-wolf dogs that shelters won’t take. Down a ways, murals and motorcycles take up the sidewalk. All around, there’s weed smoke and freeway noise, Chinese dollar stores and taquerias amid super-eco-chic shops. Welcome to Barry’s world.
The show runs through October 18th.
Click on images to supersize. Much more after the jump.