Get Inspired By These 5 Art Shows in L.A. This Weekend

Installation View of Jason Bailer Losh, Plow Louise, 2015. Photo courtesy of Anat Ebgi.

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Al Payne at The BOX Gallery, 805 Traction Avenue, Los Angeles

AlPayne_LAartsInstallation view courtesy of The BOX Gallery. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen.

Not a well known name in the art world, Al Payne’s posthumous show is a conceptual thought piece on the act of showing art. His paintings have been sealed in the shed for the entire exhibition, but they will be revealed on the last day of the show, March 7.

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Jason Bailer Losh at Anat Ebgi, 2660 La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles
jasonBailerLosh_LAartsInstallation View of Jason Bailer Losh, Plow Louise, 2015. Photo courtesy of Anat Ebgi.

A combination of found objects and mixed media sculpture, Losh’s work repurposes individual pieces through shape and texture. The end result creates a beautiful shift in continuous lines and rounded edges. Ends April 4.

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David Kenny at Aran Cravey, 6918 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
DavidKenny_LAartsDevin Kenny, Installation view of Wrong Window, 2015. Photo courtesy of Aran Cravey.

Exploring the politics of self-representation in new forms of media, Kenny works with a variety of mediums to push the boundaries of how we see ourselves online and in real life. His work poses the question: how much of ourselves do we really see, and consequently, represent to those we know?

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Carlos Bunga & Olivier Mosset at Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica

Bunga&Mosset_LAartsCarlos Bunga & Olivier Mosset, installation view, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, 2014

Equally talented, but in very different ways, Carlos Bunga and Olivier Mosset juxtapose each other in style, medium and shape. The contrast works though, and the work feels refreshed, rather than cluttered, by it’s counterparts. Ends March 14.

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Robert Overby at Marc Selwyn Fine Art9953 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills

robert-overby_projected-space-between-my-legs_MSFA-13198_RW-622x415Robert Overby, Projected Space Between My Legs, 1970. Photo courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art.

Overby’s art has always been interested in space as having an emotional presence and/or absence. This show, curated by Linda Burnham, and titled Absence As Presence: Erasure, Trace, Eradication, and Lack explore this theme within the artist’s entire body of work. Ends April 11.

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Tom of Finland at David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., Los Angeles

tomoffinland_DavidKordansky_LA Tom of Finland, T.V. – Repair (detail), 1972. Photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Spanning 1944 – 1972, this exhibition is a thoughtful showcase of the early works of Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland, a pioneer of and major influence on gay art and style. Featuring some early sketches as well as a raunchy illustration series (one of which is shown above), Tom of Finland explores gay sexuality with style and panache.

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William Hunt at Ibid. Los Angeles, 675 S. Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles
ibid_WilliamHuntGallery view. Photo courtesy of Ibid. Los Angeles.

Hunt’s new exhibition plays with the public understanding of his artist persona. The works are stills and photographs from various filmed works and performance pieces assembled to examine the relationship between artist and viewer, as well as artist and the space within which art exists. Ends March 21.

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Fiona Connor at 1301PE, 6150 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Fiona-Connor_1301PEFiona Connor, Community Notice Board (Laundry), 2015. Installation view courtesy of 1301PE.

An interesting exhibition, Fiona Connor looks at the outdated tools of community life. Community boards, once vital to getting information, jobs, and communicating, have been replaced by the social media. The empty boards, stuck with scratches and punctures from previously hung fliers and notices, look forlorn and abandoned as another casuality of the internet.

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Land, Air, See at Kohn Gallery, 1227 North Highland Ave, Los Angeles
goode_kohnJoe Goode, If You Can, 2013. Photo courtesy of Kohn Gallery.

Featuring the art of Pier Paolo Calzolari, Ettore Spalletti, Carl Andre, Larry Bell, John McLaughlin, Joe Goode and Frank Stella, this recently opened show is the study of Minimalist style L.A. has been waiting for. Challenging and subverting the traditional minimalist style, these dynamic works play with the essentials of line, form and shading.

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Karl Holmqvist & Ei Arakawa at Overduin & Co., 6693 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
arakawa_overduinandco Installation view. Photo courtesy of Overduin & Co.

Called Y.O.Y.O.G.A.L.A.N.D., this political motivated multimedia installation work strives to critique indifference towards the destruction of the environment. The piece also features a sculpture of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome that viewers can climb as if in a public park. Utopian influences and environmental consciousness induce a thought-provoking scene.

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Jack Pierson. Image courtesy of artist and Maccarone.

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Leonardo Drew at Pace Prints, 521 W 26 St., NYC

leonardoDrew_PaceLeonardo Drew, 38P, 2014. Photo courtesy of Pace Prints.

In keeping with next week’s Art on Paper fair, Drew works with the raw pulp of paper to create textured surfaces. The ripples and tears emphasize the fragility of the organic, evoking both abstract form and the bare elements. Opens Feb 27.

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Jack Pierson at Maccarone, 630 Greenwich St., NYC

jackpierson_maccaroneGallery view. Photo courtesy of Maccarone. 

Pierson’s show, Paintings, consists of a series of sensual photographs transferred to canvas, in an experiment to both reveal and break the preconceived notions of painting and photography as mediums. The duality between the two is also explored through subjects thematically as the vulgar and the pure, mainstream culture and counter-culture, distortion and clarity. Ends March 7.

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2015 Triennial: Surround Audience at New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC

TRIENNIAL_newmuseumJuliana Huxtable, Untitled, 2014 (detail). Courtesy the artist and New Museum.

Sound Audience, co-curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, is a exploration into artist’s rights, privacy and the breakdown of power systems, within the context of the online, social media cultural climate. Featuring over 51 artists from all over the world, the exhibit runs from February 25 to May 24.

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Tomi Ungerer at The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., NYC

tomiUngerer_drawingcenterTomi Ungerer, Eat, 1969. Image courtesy of Rennert’s Gallery and The Drawing Center.

This exhibition, All In One, focuses on major works by the famed illustrator, whose drawings run the gamut from beloved children’s books to compelling political posters to witty advertising campaigns for The New York Times and Village Voice. Though he’s not well-known in America due to his self-imposed exile, the works on display are impossible to easily forget. Ends March 22.

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Ernst Fischer at CUE Art Foundation, 137 W 25th St., NYC

ErsntFischer_CUEErnst Fischer, Lead 1, 2014. Photo courtesy of CUE Art Foundation.

Fischer seeks to exceed mechanical limitations by pushing his homemade camera to it’s breaking point, and ending up with these brilliant exposures. Somewhere between a digital effect and a mistake, the works seeks to the repurpose the camera and deconstruction the image. Ends March 14.

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JOHN CURRIN, Tapestry, 2013. Photo by Rob McKeever. Courtesy of Gagosian Galley. © John Currin.

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John Currin at Gagosian Gallery, 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills

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JOHN CURRIN, Tapestry, 2013. Photo by Rob McKeever. Courtesy of Gagosian Galley. © John Currin.

John Currin is back, with more eroticism and perplexing imagery than ever! While the layering of painting on top of painting characterizes his newer works, the same thematic exploration of balance between the beautiful and the monstrous remains.

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Alma Allen at Blum & Poe2727 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles

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Alma Allen, Installation view, 2015. Courtesy of Blum & Poe.

Allen, a high school drop out and teenage runaway, is having his first solo exhibition since his success at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His sculpture is a paradox of solid form, but fluid shape, creating a complex balance between the two. Ends February 28.

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Jacci Den Hartog at  Rosamund Felsen GalleryBergamot Station B4 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica

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Jacci Den Hartog, Conversation In the Garden: A Chill To Repartee, 2013-2014.  Courtesy of Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

Hartog’s second exhibition at Rosamund Felsen, The Etiquette of Mountains is an scrulpture exploration into landscapes and mountain terreraine. Using cool blues with pops of bright color, the textured shapes provide an new perspective on nature. Ends March 14.

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Brendan Fowler at Richard Telles Fine Art, 7380 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles

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Brendan Fowler, From South, 2014. Photo courtesy of Richard Telles Fine Art.

The exhibition features sound and printed art that examines repurposing and the value of the unintentional. Through both sound and imagery, Fowler ignores the uniform purpose of mass production, by tweaking common sound and embroidery instruments to create a unique print or noise. Opens February 21.

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Stanley Whitney at Team Gallery, 306 Windward Avenue, Venice

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Stanley Whitney, Aura of the Sandfall, 2014. Photo courtesy of Team Gallery.

In his debut Los Angeles show, Whitney’s works are a study in color and grid patterns. The orderly structure dictated by the bold colors are combined with the spontaneity of the drip to exude an interesting combination of mixed textures and complex layering. Ends February 22.

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Crazy Legs Saloon. Watertown, New York., 2012. © Alec Soth. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

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Yujin Kang at Doosan Gallery533 West 25th Street, New York

YujinKang_DoosanGalleryYujin Kang, Bedroom with Red, 2006. Courtesy Doosan Gallery.

Interested in surrealism and the deconstruction of images, Kang seeks not to reproduce a beautiful image, but to reveal what is behind the symbol of that image. From Seoul, her subject choice of galleries, bridges and skyscrapers suggest a strong pull towards examining urban environments and the symbols they represent. Ends March 5.

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Subodh Gupta at Hauser & Wirth511 West 18th Street, New York

guptas-iv-hwny-1502-gh-view02_01-0J5UspSubodh Gupta, This is not a fountain, 2011. Photo courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.

The exhibition, Seven Billion Light Years, examines the vast meaning of the seven billion individual human beings that exist in the world right now. By exploring the numerical figure as more than an abstract group, the artist grounds his work in everyday materials, like cooking utensils and found objects.

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Zero Tolerance Exhibition at MoMA PS122-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City

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Song Dong. 
Breathing. 1996. Courtesy the artist and Pace Beijing.

Featuring artists from all over the world like Pussy Riot, ACT UP New York, Yoko Ono, Harun Farocki, Joseph Beuys, and more, the collection of works looks at freedom and control within restrictive governments. Critiquing militarization and submissive attitudes, much of the art features political demonstrations and celebrations that address current issues and progress.

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Alec Soth at Sean Kelly Gallery475 Tenth Avenue, New York

AlecSoth_SeanKellyAlec Soth, Cade and Cody, 2012. © Alec Soth. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

In his most recent exhibition since 2012, Soth is focusing his famous black and white lens on the United States while exploring the theme of geniune human connection. It’s up for interpretation whether the photos are funny, sad, sweet or evil, but the artist’s gaze is sincere and moving. Ends March 14.

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Harlem Postcards at Studio Museum Harlem144 West 125th Street, New York

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Don’t miss the Fall/Winter 2014-15 on-going series at Studio Museum Harlem. Showcasing artists like So Yoon Lym, Pamela Council and Yashua Klos, the postcards are a reflection of the artist’s understanding of Harlem. Ends March 8.

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One Night in Palm Springs: See the Moonlit Photographs of Tom Blachford While You Can

Tom Blanchford, 1070 E Apache, Palm Springs, 2015. Courtesy of Tom Blanchford.

Palm Spring’s Modernism Week is here, which means it’s time for sublime mid-century architecture, lavish art, and gorgeous weather. The whole week is shaping up to be a great series of events, and standing out to us most is Tom Blachford‘s moonlit photographs of the famed Menrad House, showing exclusively on Friday, February 20. This one night only exhibition, appropriately named Midnight Modern, will be shown in the Menrad House in thirty minute tours, after which guests can enjoy cocktails later in the night.

1044 E San Lorenzo Rd ATom Blanchford, 1044 E San Lorenzo Rd, Palm Springs, 2015. Courtesy of Tom Blanchford.

The work features the last installment in Blachford’s ongoing series of iconic Palm Springs architecture under the light of the California moon. The photographs create a dreamlike return to the 1950s, complete with a Thunderbird and canary yellow patio furniture. The gleaming stars and milky blanket of moonlight illuminate a car door left open and lights from a premiere can be seen in the distance. There is an intense experience of nostalgia, or as Chris Menrad, owner of the house, says, “His photographs seem to capture that mystery, and offer an entirely unique perspective on the area.”

470 W Vista Chino PoolTom Blachford, 470 West Vista Chino, Palm Springs, 2014. Courtesty of Tom Blachford.

Blachford was given exclusive access to the Kaufman House (designed by Richard Neutra in 1947) and the Menrad House, which was built by Alexander Construction Company, one of the most famous influencers in Palms Springs residential building design. The architecture is on full display with Blachford’s careful framing, dynamic composition, and high contrast use of moonlight and shadows. The photographic works highlight a space that is quintessentially Palm Springs: the softly rippling turquoise pools, the sharp shadows of a mid-century modern roof and the still beauty of the midnight hour.

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Jason Freeny, Industrial Revolution, 2012. Photo courtesy of La Luz de Jesus Gallery

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Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees II, Spike #4, 1987. Courtesy of Hammer Museum.

Charles Gaines at HAMMER, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los AngelesThe Los-Angeles based artist’s new show, Gridwork 1974 – 1989, is an exploration into process, order and meaning. How does the strictly systematic play into the fluid creative process? Opening Feb 7.

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Geoffrey Lillemon, Work in Progress #2 for Bernhard Willhelm 3000, 2014. Courtesy of Bernhard Willhelm Studio & MOCA.

Bernard Willhelm at MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
A Site-specific sculptural installation, Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger invokes fashion as a dual entity within art and culture. By showcasing individuality, but also critiquing uniformity, the show looks to the future of fashion in the 22nd century. Opens Feb 7.

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Jason Freeny, Popeye Dissected, 2014. Photo courtesy of La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

Jason Freeny at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles.
Labled the birthplace of Pop Surrealism, La Luz de Jesus presents a two-artist show featuring Jason Freeny’s Molt and Miso’s Cornucopia. The exhibition has it’s opening reception Feb 6th and runs until March 1st, so enjoy!

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Hilary Harnischfeger, Saltwater, 2013

Hard and Soft at ACME, 6150 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
A beautiful exhibition of four female ceramic artists that seeks to curate a new way of combining the rigid and pliable, the attractive and repulsive. Challenging the preconceived notions of ceramic arts and sculpture, it’s a creative show brimming with interesting works.

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Thomas Demand, Atelier, 2014. Photo courtesy of Thomas Demand and Matthew Marks Gallery.

Thomas Demand at Matthew Marks Gallery, 1062 North Orange Grove, Los Angeles
This new exhibition focuses his camera on certain spaces occupied by persons of interest, from gangster Whitey Bulger’s patio to a reconstruction of Henri Matisse’s studio during his cut-outs phase. Exploring the dynamics of absence and presence, these large scale phorographs are a unobstrusive voyueristic study of notoriety. Ending April 4th.

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Installation view of Noriyuki Haraguchi’s Oil Pool. Photo courtesy of Fergus McCaffery

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Ron Arad at Paul Kasmin Gallery515 West 27th St., NYC

Showing for the first time in the U.S., In Reversefeatures a series of crushed 500 Fiats as 3D “action paintings”. Lying somewhere between sculpture and installation, Arad’s work shows the ultimate fragility in medium and reality. Opens February 12.

RonArad_PaulKasmin Ron Arad, Pressed Flower Petrol Blue, 2013. Photo courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

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Erik van Lieshout at Anton Kern Gallery532 W 20th St., NYC

The I am in heaven exhibition includes a tunnel viewers can wander down to find van Lieshout’s feature film, WORK*, a documentary exploring the dynamics at play in a relationship between a film producer, the investors and the artist’s ego. Ends February 28.

ak_11090_VAN_Untitled Erik von Lieshout, Untitled, 2014. Courtesy of Anton Kern Gallery.

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Richard Pousette-Dart at Pace Gallery510 W 25th St., NYC

Make sure to catch this New York School master at Pace before it clsoes on saturday. Playing with geometric shapes and painting in layers, Pousette-Dart explores physical and spiritual boundaries within minimalist style. Ends February 14.

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Richard Pousette-Dart, White Circle, Time, 1979–80. ©2014 Estate Of Rirchard Pousette-Dart. Photo courtesy of Pace Gallery.

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Alex Wezler at Morgan Lehman Gallery, 535 West 22nd St., NYC.

Experimenting with space and found images, Wexler’s new exhibition delves into the constructed abstract in a collage framework. The playful lines, shapes and colors finds balance in the artist’s complex use of positive and negative space. Opens February 12.

AaronWexler_2 Aaron Wexler, Sure, 2014. Photo courtesy of Morgan Lehman Gallery.

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Noriyuki Haraguchi at Fergus McCaffery514 W 26th St., NYC

Haraguchi’s politically charged installation pieces are “Post-minimal” poetry. The large-scale works stand in quiet stillness, but the loud message they convey remains reverberating through viewer’s minds and the art world. Ends February 21.

Haraguchi-Oil-Pool-FergusMcCaffery Installation view of Noriyuki Haraguchi’s Oil Pool. Photo courtesy of Fergus McCaffery.

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Exclusive First Look at Buzzy Binx Walton’s New Spread in GARAGE

Binx Walton photographed by Ben Toms for Garage issue 8

Buzzy model Binx Walton steals the show in Garage‘s upcoming story shot by Ben Toms— those soulful eyes and her flawless skin soften the intensity of brilliant reds and yellows.

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The series, titled Recumbent and also starring Harleth Kuusik and Molly Bair, features designers Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Balmain, Coach, and more. The theme is especially relevant to the way this harsh winter has everyone hibernating in their apartments. Take some much needed inspiration from these fierce styles (and women!) to remember that bold is better, lounge or no lounge.

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Shot by Ben Toms and styled by Robbie Spencer, we are totally into this fresh, dynamic take on bold colors from Garage. The print version hits stands on February 12.

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