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SATURDAY, FEBURARY 16

Dean Styers: Preservation Through Neglect
James Gray Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by Dean Styers featuring images of people and objects in unclear contexts that are undermined by text. On view through March 12, 2013.

The Art of Literature
b/G Gallery (Santa Monica)
7:30-9:30pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works inspired by great works of literature including contemporary paintings based on the works of Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Dante, and more. On view through March 5, 2013.

Johannes Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-9pm
Opening day of an exhibition presenting Vermeer’s 1663-64 painting Women in Blue Reading a Letter. Recently restored, the painting is on view for six weeks as a special loan from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. This exhibition marks the first appearance of this painting in the western United States. Through March 31, 2013.

Work/Space
ACME. (Miracle Mile)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition of recent work by artists Phillip Estlund, Kirsten Kindler, and Katie Sinnott. Architecture and the use found materials are primary components in these artists works. On view through March 16, 2013.

Okay Mountain: Long Plays
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Austin-based artist collective, Okay Mountain. Long Plays” delves into the collective’s observations about the calculated fluidity between entertainment, commodities, and advertising through media including video, sculpture, photography, and drawing. An exhibition by David Ryan is presented in the Gallery’s project space. On view through March 16, 2013.

Wayne White: Masterworks 2000 – 2009
Western Project (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a survey of works by Los Angeles-based artist Wayne White. Masterworks is comprised of selected paintings and works on paper from the first ten years of White’s signature word paintings. On view through March 30, 2013.

I Believe in Unicorns, Too!
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
7-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by more than fifty artists. The illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and animations in I Believe in Unicorns, Too! explore subject matter that is fantastical and enchanting. On view through March 23, 2013.

XEROX: Barbara T. Smith 1965-66 
The Box (Downtown)
6-9pm
Opening reception for a an exhibition of vintage Xerox prints by Los Angeles-based artist Barbara T. Smith. Works include one large group of bound Xerox books entitled Coffins and an unbound poetry set that includes five individual folders labelled Joy, Rebellion, Sorrow, The Mystery, and Child Voice.This is the first time that these works have been seen in over 40 years. On view through March 23, 2013

Shadowkings: Nathan Danilowicz
RAID Projects (Downtown)
7-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Nathan Danilowicz, whose practice examines the intersection of art and mysticism. The sculptures and paintings in Shadowkings explore the hidden power influences that commingle throughout society. On view through March 23, 2013.

Sunghong Min: Overlapping Sensibilities
Sabina Lee Gallery (Chinatown)
6-9pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by San Francisco-based artist Sunghong Min incorporating installation and painting. On view through March 16, 2013.

Nery Gabriel Lemus: A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
7-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of multidisciplinary work by Nery Gabriel Lemus. A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich explores domestic issues manifest in society at large with a focus on the positive and negative influence adult men have over young boys. On view through March 30, 2013.

Lust Letters
Coagula Curatorial (Chinatown)
7-11pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition exploring the juncture where literature and fine art meet with longings of the flesh. Lust Letters features paintings, photographs and mixed media works from Tim Youd, Gajin Fujita, Erica Rawlings. and Bruce Richards.

Michelle Carla Handel: Heart on Top of My Head
MorYork (Highland Park)
6-9pm
In Heart on Top of My Head, artist Michelle Carla Handel attempts render both the science and mystery of  human emotion, particularly love. These ideas are investigated through an immersive installation that represents our physical bodies and intangible emotions. This one day event is presented by ShoeboxLA, which gives Los Angeles artists an opportunity to do a site-specific exhibition outside the traditional gallery setting.

Never Built Fundraiser
Private Residence (Joshua Tree)
2:30pm-Sunset
This afternoon event kicks of Palm Springs Modernism week with a reception at the Joshua Tree home of Tim Disney. The event is a fundraiser for the upcoming A+D Museum exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles, which presents never built architectural plans by artists including Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright. The event includes a discussion between Never Built curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Palm Springs Convention Center (Palm Springs)
10am-8pm
The second annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair features more than fifty national and international exhibitors showing more than a thousand works of contemporary art. The three day fair includes tours, artist lectures, and parties. Tickets begin at $25 and are available online. Through Sunday, February 17, 2013.

James Luna Performs Native Stories
Palm Court Arts Complex (Irvine)
7:30-8:30pm
Artist James Luna explores his personal history and cultural stereotypes through a free performance of his work Native Stories. With costume, dance, and ritual, the show tells the story of an Orange County in which Native American grandparents share tales of Luna’s ancestry. An audience Q & A session moderated by Richard Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County follows the performance.

Adrià Julià: Campus
Todd Madigan Gallery (Bakersfield)
2-4pm
As part of CSUB’s artist in residence program, students have spent six weeks working alongside Los Angeles-based artist Adrià Julià exploring and deciphering the physical, historical and social constructs of the campus. From this study, Julià and the students have deciphered their own histories and revealed them in photo, prose, and video. On view through March 9, 2013.

Image:
Wayne White, Devil Doin 99. Acrylic on offset lithograph, framed, 27 x 51 inches, 2009. Courtesy of Western Project.