Each Week, ForYourArt Brings You the Best Opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT Art in Los Angeles.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5
Camlab: Dubious Equalities
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
MOCA welcomes Camlab as their winter 2012 Engagement Party participant. For the first of three events, CamLab will transform two adjoining spaces in the museum, encouraging visitors to oscillate between immersion and agency as they occupy the various perspectives proposed by the installation. This event is free.
Etsy Craft Night: Blooming Envelopes led by Mark Montano
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Mid-Wilshire)
Create unique envelopes that will add a playful touch to all your mail. $5 or free for CAFAM Members (includes materials and snacks). RSVP suggested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists for Peace and Justice
Caulfield’s at the Thompson Hotel (Beverly Hills)
Join Brandon Boyd, Kathryn Everett, Moj Mahdara, Ashlee Margolis, Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino, Will McCormack, Nico Mizrahi, Bryn Mooser, Laurie Mulstay, Baelyn Neff, Irene Neuwirth, Dawn Olivieri, Jason Pomeranc, Roxana Saidi, Olivia Wilde, and Gillian Zinser for cocktails in support of Artists for Peace and Justice, a nonprofit organization that donates 100% of your donations to programs in Haiti. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the door or online. RSVP to email@example.com.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
You Had Your Chance, You Blew It
Dave Gallery (Culver City)
Video, performance, sculpture, and spoken word by Tiffany K. Smith for Dave Gallery’s inaugural exhibition. A poetry slam will take place during the opening reception at 7pm.
Jon-Paul Villegas: Drift/Gather
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
Artist Jon-Paul Villegas has pieced together a meditation on the idea of location through the implementation of an array of interwoven feedback loops spanning three distinct geographical locales. On view through January 29, 2012.
Jan Van Imschoot: The First Worldwide Presentation of Anarcho-Baroque
LTD Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
An exhibition of work by Belgium artist Jan Van Imschoot. A conversation with Thomas Lawson, Luc Tuymans, and Jan Van Imschoot will take place from 7-8pm. On view through February 4, 2012.
Frieda Gossett: Birds, Alexandra Manukyan: Secrets and Confession, and Krystropher Sapp: My Arsenal
La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Los Feliz)
The opening of three exhibitions at La Luz de Jesus. In Birds, Frieda Gossett utilizes leather to create birds, kites, and insects. For Secrets and Confession, Alexandra Manukyan combines traditional oil painting techniques with surrealist symbolism. My Arsenal is an exhibition of two bodies of work by Krystropher Sapp, made from rifle parts, hand guns, and a Soviet machine-gun from World War II.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7
Now Dig This! Free Family Day
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Enjoy a day of art making activities and workshops for the whole family with renowned contemporary artists and organizations including Mark Bradford, Maria Elena Cruz, Dave Muller, Fernando Pullum, the HeArt Project, and PEN Center USA. Free museum admission Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 8.
Robert Rauschenberg: 5 Decades of Printmaking
Leslie Sacks Contemporary (Santa Monica)
Through printmaking, Robert Rauschenberg discovered the creative meeting point for his passions of painting and photography. This exhibition presents fifty years of the artist’s print work. On view through February 25, 2012.
Charlie Roberts: Choppy-World
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
A solo exhibition by Oslo, Norway-based artist Charlie Roberts. For this show Roberts will focus on storytelling with large-scale works on paper and a cast of life-sized painted figurative sculptures carved in the gallery. On view through February 18, 2012.
Gerald Slota and Neil LaBute: Home.Sweet.Home
Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica)
A collaborative exhibition of images by artist/photographer Gerald Slota with captioning by celebrated playwright/filmmaker Neil LaBute. Performance to follow at City Garage Theater at Track 16 Gallery at 8pm. On view through February 4, 2012.
Karen Liebowitz, Nancy Blum and Vanessa Conte: Magical Thinking
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
For this exhibition Karen Liebowitz will paint a single large-scale mural on the wall in the main gallery. Also included are works by Nancy Blum and Vanessa Conte. These three artists see magical thinking as an acknowledgment and openness to causal connections. On view through February 4, 2012.
Refocus: Multicultural Forces
Santa Monica Art Studios Arena 1 (Santa Monica)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition restages a show from 1981 that was the first cross-cultural exhibition of photography in the Los Angeles area. Refocus will include current work by most of the original artists in the 1981 exhibition. On view through January 28, 2012.
Izhar Patkin: The Dead Are Here
Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica)
New York artist Izhar Patkin presents a room wrapped with 14’ tall wall-size paintings in ink on tulle curtains. These dream like paintings tread the boundaries between illusion and reality. On view through February 11, 2012.
Buy Local, Think International
TAG Gallery (Santa Monica)
The forty diverse artists of Santa Monica based TAG Gallery will display their latest work in a group exhibition. On view through January 28, 2012.
Gordon Chandler: Enigmatic & Earnest, Dovrat Amsily-Barak: The Kingdom, and Stephen Freedman: Mnemonics
Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica)
The opening of three exhibitions at Lois Lambert Gallery. Enigmatic & Earnest focuses on finding beauty in the mundane objects that surround us. Amsily-Barak’s collection of photographs is fueled by a curiosity of nun communities in Israel. Freedman’s new abstract ceramic sculptures are a departure from his formalistic vessel based sculpture.
Alex Couwenberg & Karl Benjamin: Influence, Divergence & the Evolution of an Idea
William Turner Gallery (Santa Monica)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition presents the abstract paintings of two influential Los Angeles artists: Alex Couwenberg and Karl Benjamin. On view through February 25, 2012.
Matthew Porter: Pale Subtropical Light
M+B Gallery (West Hollywood)
This exhibition of new works by Matthew Porter comprises a photographic inquiry into the career and legacy of Hollywood icon Jane Fonda, mid-century modern architecture in California, and historical locations. On view through February 11, 2012.
Roger Kuntz: Signs of LA
Louis Stern Fine Arts (West Hollywood)
A Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery exhibition of work by Roger Kuntz, a California artist best known for his geometric paintings centered on urban structures. On view through February 18, 2012.
Daniel Richter: A Concert of Purpose and Action
Regen Projects (West Hollywood)
This exhibition features new paintings that explore the boundaries of social order against the backdrop of anarchic disorder through references to war, abstraction, rock and roll, history, our shared recent past, and the political present. On view through February 18, 2012.
Peter Alexander: Drips and Brian Wills: Unwound
Nye+Brown (Culver City)
The opening for two exhibitions at Nye+Brown. Drips is an exhibition of Peter Alexander’s poured, tinted resin drips. Unwound is an exhibition of Brian Wills color line compositions and minimal reflective field using relatively few materials: thread, paint, and wood.
Banks Violette and Shio Kusaka
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
The opening of two exhibitions. Banks Violette presents new works, employing diverse media and drawing inspiration from a variety of subcultural communities. Shio Kusaka has created some of her largest sculptural works to date. Both exhibitions on view through February 11, 2012.
Esao Andrews: Nowhere and Allison Sommers: Potter’s Field
Thinkspace (Culver City)
The opening of two exhibitions. Esao Andrew’s paintings blend goth grotesque, erotic, and surrealism. Allison Sommers is a Brookyln-based artist working primarily in gouache. Both on view through January 28, 2012.
Michael Chearney, Randall Mooers, and Christopher Stott
George Billis Gallery (Culver City)
The opening of three painting exhibitions. Michael Chearney makes abstract work, Randall Mooers creates intimately-sized still life paintings, and Christopher Stott paints retro/vintage objects. All on view through February 11, 2012.
Tanya Batura: Achromic and John Schlue: New Paintings
Western Project (Culver City)
The opening reception for two exhibitions. Achromic presents Tanya Batura’s new large scale sculptures that utilize classical Greco-Roman stylization juxtaposed with geometric interruptions. New Paintings features the abstract optical paintings of John Schlue. On view through February 11, 2012.
Adam Ross: In an Indeterminate Place
Angles Gallery (Culver City)
This exhibition presents a new body of work that continues the artist’s ongoing investigation of the fictional space obtainable in paintings. On view through February 11, 2012.
Mark Schoening: Head Rush
Blythe Projects (Culver City)
Continuing with his theme of information explosions, Mark Schoening’s most recent abstracted compositions push and pull space with tonal shifting ray beams and dot matrix fields. On view through February 18, 2012.
Danielle Nelson Mourning: Ordinary Time
Taylor De Cordoba (Culver City)
An exhibition of new photographs by San Francisco-based artist Danielle Nelson Mourning. Mourning continues her exploration of self-portraiture through photography and mixed media photographic paintings. On view through February 11, 2012.
Roberts & Tilton (Culver City)
An exhibition of new and vintage photographs by Gusmano Cesaretti. The main gallery will feature work from the 1970’s, a time when Cesaretti immersed himself in the East Los Angeles culture. In the Project Space, Cesaretti visits a turbulent section of Colón, Panama. On view through February 18, 2012.
David Von Schlegell
China Art Objects (Culver City)
An exhibition of works by abstract artist and sculptor David Von Schlegell. On view through February 4, 2012.
Tim Bavington: Heart Above Head and Feodor Voronov: Word Paintings
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
The opening of two exhibitions. Heart Above Head features eight new compositions showcasing Tim Bavington’s translation of the aural and emotive to the optical and conceptual. Word Paintings is an introduction to Russian painter Feodor Voronov’s manipulation of “operative formalism” and his engagement with language. Both exhibitions on view through February 18, 2012.
Ingrid Calame: From the LA River to Lackawanna and Raffi Kalenderian: Currents, Undercurrents, and Maneuvers
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Project (Culver City)
The opening of two exhibitions. From the LA River to Lackawanna features a series of new color pencil drawings and a 50 foot long ephemeral wall drawing by Ingrid Calame, who has been tracing marks from streets and sidewalks since 1997. A new series of portraits by Raffi Kalenderian will be in Galleries 3 and 4. On view through February 11, 2012.
Paul Cherwick, Jason David, Nathan Huff, and Christina Shurts: Human Presence
JK Gallery (Culver City)
The artists in this exhibition render the human form and/or create forms that contain a human presence. On view through February 18, 2012.
Kevin Cooley: Take Refuge
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
The exhibition features large scale photographs and videos that evoke human struggles in the natural world. The works were created in disparate locations including the Arctic territory of Spitsbergen, the American West, New York City, and Los Angeles. On view through February 11, 2012.
Glenn Kaino: Bring Me the Hands of Piri Reis
Honor Fraser (Culver City)
An exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino. Kaino engineers objects, performances, and ephemera using fragments and concepts mobilized in other creative disciplines. On view through February 18, 2012.
Danny First: Peaceful Solitude
Maloney Fine Art (Culver City)
A solo show of works by Danny First, a sculptor working in clay and bronze to create whimsical busts. He has also developed a body of work utilizing reclaimed/recycled materials to create functional benches which incorporate text. On view through February 18, 2012.
Robb Putnam: Castoffs
Walter Maciel Gallery (Culver City)
This exhibition continues Robb Putman’s portrayals of oversized stuffed dogs. For Castoffs, Putnam presents three different series of work: full body standing dogs, whimsical dog heads, and animated drawings. On view through February 11, 2012.
Brian Bess: Under Performing
Cherry and Martin (Culver City)
This solo show by Brian Bess features a full-length video and eight new video portraits. In these pieces the viewer is asked to think about the structure of language and the picture plane’s inherent assumptions about space. On view through February 25, 2011.
Ray Atkeson: Ski and Snow
Duncan Miller Gallery (Culver City)
Rare vintage prints made in the 1940s and 1950s by the preeminent photographer of ski and snow in the Western U.S. On view through February 25, 2012.
New Economy: New work by Moshe & Eddie Brakha (BRAKHAX2)
Gallery 3209 (Culver City)
The first gallery exhibition of the collaboration between legendary photographer Moshe Brakha and his son, emerging artist Eddie Brakha. On view through February 11, 2012.
David McDonald: Self Portraits
Carter & Citizen (Culver City)
David McDonaldʼs newest body of work is comprised of mid-size abstract sculptures – all self portraits – grounded with a central cylindrical core. McDonald has used unassuming materials such as cement, found wood, and fencing throughout his career. On view through February 18, 2012.
Jill Greenberg: Commentary and Dissent
Katherine Cone Gallery (Culver City)
This exhibition comprises several parallel series and related works by Jill Greenberg. The images aggressively reassert the power of the image to confront and attack the viewer, and affirm Greenberg’s practice as a transgressive, yet Pop, artist. On view through February 4, 2012.
Moshé Elimelech: Geometric Geographies
This exhibition presents a series of geometric watercolors by Israeli artist and designer Moshé Elimelech. On view through February 11, 2012.
Someone Puts a Pineapple Together: Gregory Edwards, Caitlin Lonegan, William J. O’Brien, and Mariah Robertson
ACME (Miracle Mile)
Highlighting the work of four artists who show a strong relationship to both image and object making, this exhibition explores the idea of how material and image can be seen as “information.” On view through February 4. 2012.
Michael Henry Hayden: Molting Exercises and Antonio Vega Macotela: Whispering
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
The opening of two exhibitions. Molting Exercises is a sculptural installation that explores ideas of metamorphosis and transformation. Whispering features works resulting from the artist’s practice of creating interventions in the public sphere, all of which relate to the volatile situation in Mexico. On view through February 4, 2012.
Marc Foxx (Miracle Mile)
An exhibition of work by Italian artist Alessandro Pessoli. On view through February 11, 2012.
Vivian Maier: A Life Discovered
Merry Karnowksy Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
An exhibition of rare vintage prints and modern limited edition gelatin silver prints from the Maloof Collection by iconic street photographer Vivan Maier. The opening reception, hosted by Tim Roth, will be filmed as part of the upcoming documentary film Finding Vivian Maier. On view through January 28, 2012.
A Biographer Speaks: Miguel Covarrubias and his Representations of African Americans
California African American Museum (Downtown)
Adriana Williams discusses the artist’s work in the context of the Harlem Renaissance. For reservations call 213-744-2024.
The Hive Gallery (Downtown)
Twenty-two featured artists from 2011 created custom tarot cards to be printed and sold exclusively at The Hive Gallery and Studios. $8 at the door. On view through January 28, 2012.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8
In Studio: John Mason
John Mason Studio (Downtown)
A behind-the-scenes opportunity with artists featured in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. This iteration will feature John Mason. Course fee $25 per studio visit. Information and directions provided following registration. Tickets available online.
Fowler in Focus: Japanese Pictorial Ikats from the Krauss Collection
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
This exhibition highlights the donation of an important collection of Japanese textiles from Dr. Jeffrey Krauss of Potomac, Maryland to the Fowler Museum.
Various Small Fires (Venice)
For this exhibition Fiona Connor built six freestanding walls mounted on casters, constructed on site in the gallery. Each wall is treated with a different white surface texture sampled from building exteriors around Venice Beach. The exhibition will be accompanied by events and performances taking place throughout January and February.
Bianca Kolonusz-Partee: Countries of Origin and Megan Madzeoff: Cut It Out!
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
In Countries of Origin, Bianca Kolonusz-Partee constructs landscapes of Asian container shipping ports, using recycled product packaging from the sites themselves. For Cut It Out!, Megan Madzoeff pours paint onto polyester film as part of a non-traditional approach that explores the liquidity of the medium. Both shows are on view through February 12, 2012.
Carleton Watkins and California History
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Marking the publication of Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, contributors to the volume discuss Watkins’ work. Carleton Watkins’s photographs between the 1850s to the 1890s provide a record and resource for understanding California history.
Dangerous Ideas: Political Conceptual Work in Los Angeles, 1974-1981
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
In the 1970s, some artists merged their practice in video or film with their political concerns. These artworks play with basic elements of media creation and perception. The screening will include Vicarious Thrills (Roberta Friedman and Grahame Weinbren, 1979), Opposing Views (Tom Leeser, 1980), and more. This event is free but reservations are required.
MONDAY, JANUARY 9
Artist Talk and Reception with Izhar Patkin
Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica)
In conjunction Izhar Patkin’s exhibition The Dead are Here, join the artist for a talk and reception. Izhar Patkin is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice deals with reinventing the structure and technique of visual narratives. This event was produced by Artis. Launched in 2004 and based in New York, Tel Aviv, and Los Angeles, Artis is an independent nonprofit that supports and promotes contemporary and visual arts from Israel internationally. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
Here and There: Artistic Exchange between Germany and California in the 1970s
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
As part of Pacific Standard Time, this symposium investigates the exchange between artists from Southern California and West Germany during the 1970s with artists and scholars from both sides of the Pacific. This event is free but tickets are required.
Onscreen with Eames
A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Miracle Mile)
Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles and Ray, will present a special and surprising selection of Eames films as well as his own latest film, A Gathering of Elephants. Admission is $10 for individuals and $5 for students. Free for A+D members. Tickets are available online.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11
Michael Henry Hayden, Molting Exercises, Installation view, Steve Turner Contemporary, January 2012