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SATURDAY, APRIL 7
PRISM (West Hollywood)
The first extensive exhibition of George Condo’s work in Los Angeles–featuring a selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures that span Condo’s career. PRISM also worked with JF Chen to curate a selection of furnishings from their collection to accent the exhibition.
Alex Prager: Compulsion
M+B Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by contemporary artist Alex Prager. Compulsion will feature a selection of color photographs and Prager’s new short film, La Petite Mort, which will be presented with accompanying film stills. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York, and London. On view through May 12, 2012.
Luis Gispert: All Oyster, No Pearl
OHWOW (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for this solo exhibition by Luis Gispert. All Oyster, No Pearl explores the artist’s creative process through work that combines elements of photography and sculpture. This exhibition includes a series of silver gelatin prints mounted onto customized boxes and staged composites pairing modern furniture with cheap items. On view through May 12, 2012.
Fabien Castanier (Studio City)
This exhibition will feature new works from British collage artist Charlie Anderson and French-born, Los Angeles-based photographer Guillaume Zuili. Urban Exposure presents interpretations of urban Los Angeles through the eyes of international artists. On view through May 6, 2012.
Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder Explosion Event
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Opening reception for Sky Ladder, the first West Coast solo exhibition from New York–based artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who is known for his gunpowder drawings, installations, and explosion events. Sky Ladder features new works commissioned by MOCA, including three gunpowder drawings. Cai will present his site-specific work, Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for MOCA, which includes the ignition of 40,000 firework rockets. The explosion will occur on the exterior wall of the museum at 7:30pm; guests are asked to arrive by 6:45pm. Sky Ladder is on view through July 30, 2012.
Play it as it Lays: Picturing California
Edgar Varela (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring photographs of California. Play it as it Lays presents sombre images of people seeking connection and focus, as well as landscapes that illuminate a certain psychological haze. This Month of Photography Los Angeles event, curated by Audrey Landreth, is on view through April 22, 2012.
Elizabeth Neel: Routes and Pressures and Dasha Shishkin: S INT N HO
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by painter and sculptress Elizabeth Neel, whose incorporates found objects, flat images and handmade elements into her work. Also an opening reception for new works by Dasha Shishkin, whose exhibition features clusters of colorful drawings on mylar. Both exhibitions on view through May 12, 2012.
Marius Bercea: Concrete Gardens
Francois Ghebaly (Culver City)
Romanian artist Marius Bercea explores the fall of the Communist bloc and the rise of Western capitalism in his native country after 1989 through this series of paintings. Concrete Gardens expresses the history of a part of the world as it struggles to find its place in a new geo-political landscape. On view through May 26, 2012.
The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
The Getty Research Institute will showcase recent print acquisitions with an exhibition that spans four centuries and includes works by Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Jean Cousin, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Paul Klee, and more. On view through September 2, 2012.
Firelei Báez: Not Even Unalterable Limitations
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for New York-based artist Firelei Báez’s first West Coast solo show. Báez’s paintings are influenced and inspired by sources including Islamic and European miniature painting, anthropology, and science fiction. On view through May 5, 2012.
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
This literary event features readings by students graduating from the 2012 CalArts MFA Writing Program. Featured speakers include Chelsea Trescott, Lan Pham, Nancy Romero, Nijala Mumin, Seth Blake, and Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.
Shamrock Edelweiss Seaweed
Ambach & Rice (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for this solo exhibition of new works by Jeffry Mitchell. Shamrock Edelweiss Seaweed features a collection of outsized ceramic installations partially inspired by American cartoonists such as George Herriman, R. Crumb and Charles Schulz. On view through May 12, 2012.
Fracture: Daido Moriyama
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening day of an exhibition of works by Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, who first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life. His photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s black-and-white photographs, as well as the debut of recent color work taken in Tokyo. On view through July 31, 2012. At 4pm, there will be an artist talk at Art Catalogues with Edward Robinson, LACMA associate curator of photography.
Marc Foxx (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a collection of work by Portuguese sculptor Leonor Antunes. The installations in this exhibition will be continuously assembled, moved, rearranged and scrapped. On view through May 12, 2012.
Poetry Hike With Eileen Myles
Ed Davis Park (Santa Clarita)
Machine Project, along with the CalArts Poetry Collective, will host a day hike with poet Eileen Myles. This hike departs at 2:45pm from the first parking lot inside the entrance gate to Ed Davis Park in Santa Clarita and will last approximately two hours round trip. Myles will read from her new collection of poetry, entitled Snowflake, when the group reaches the top of the hill.
Renegade Art Gallery (Palm Springs)
Opening night of a group show featuring work by artists including Darren Pearson, Nathan Geare, Kurtis Rykovich, Cyrstofer, Luke Schutte, Milenna C. Saraiva, and Khalid Hussein.
Luis Gispert, Wishbone, 2012, Silver gelatin print on custom box with gold leaf, 40 x 30 inches