LOS ANGELES — This week, Jim Shaw and others reveal the hidden histories of Los Angeles, Giant Robot brings its unique blend of Asian pop culture and art to the Vincent Price Art Museum, CalArts MFA candidates open up their studios, and more.
George Condo: Entrance to the Void
When: Opens Tuesday, April 19, 6–8pm
Where: Sprüth Magers (5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Hot on the heels of Blum & Poe’s Julian Schnabel exhibition, Sprüth Magers highlights another major figure from the 1980s painting renaissance, George Condo. Three decades after his 1984 show at Monika Sprüth Gallery in Cologne, Entrance to the Void features new paintings that hover between abstraction and representation. Mining numerous periods throughout Western art history, Condo combines Old Master techniques, Cubism, and comic book imagery to create hybrid canvases that reflect a true appreciation of painting’s myriad possibilities.
Los Angeles’ Hidden Histories
When: Wednesday, April 20, 7–10pm
Where: MAMA Gallery (1242 Palmetto Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Los Angeles is a city of contradictions. Sunlight, Hollywood, and glamor on the one hand, alienation, cults, and the seedy underbelly of crime on the other. In conjunction with its current exhibition Ariana Papademetropoulos: Wonderland Avenue, MAMA Gallery hosts “Los Angeles’ Hidden Histories” to uncover the stranger side of the City of Angels. Jeffrey Vallance will conjure the ghosts of Nixon and Reagan, while Jim Shaw will present photos of Masonic Temples and Unarius. Brian Butler will discuss one of LA’s most famous occult couples, artist Marjorie Cameron and Jack Parsons, founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, followed by a performance from Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, Pixies).
House Music: A Residency
When: Thursday, April 21 & Friday, April 22, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm; Saturday, April 23, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Where: The Mistake Room (1811 East 20th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Since April 9, performers and musicians Jennie Liu and Andrew Gilbert (House Music) have been practicing, rehearsing, and creating in The Mistake Room’s main gallery space as part of their residency there. At the end of this week, they’ll be presenting an intimate ritualized ceremony to small groups of guests that is “part electronic dance music recital, part travelogue of a creative journey, part biography of an artist relationship.” Performances will continue next weekend, with a closing reception on April 30. If you are interested in attending a performance, you will need to RSVP.
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot
When: Opens Saturday, April 23, 7–10pm
Where: Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College (1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park)
Beginning as a photocopied zine in 1994, Giant Robot grew into a popular magazine on Asian and Asian-American pop culture, before morphing into a store and gallery in West LA’s Little Osaka neighborhood. Silent Wonderment presents artwork from gallery artists Ako Castuera, Rob Sato, Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, Yoskay Yamamoto, among others, alongside vinyl toys figures and a “zine habitat” organized by the Tiny Splendor collective.
When: Opens Sunday, April 24
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Nobody does grids like Agnes Martin. Beginning in the late 1950s, Martin began making the works that she is best known for: subtle and ethereal hand-drawn grids over faint washes of color. She would continue to experiment with this format until her death in 2004, uncovering endless permutations within these narrow, formal parameters. LACMA’s upcoming exhibition is the first retrospective of her work since 1994, providing a rare opportunity to experience works that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
2016 CALARTS Open Studios
When: Sunday, April 24, 1–6pm
Where: California Institute of the Arts (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California)
If you want to discover the next generation of LA artists before they wind up in the gallery or museum, you can schedule dozens of separate studio visits, or just head to the California Institute of the Arts this Sunday, where 78 MFA candidates will have their work on display. During the 2016 CALARTS Open Studios, students in the Art, Photo & Media, Art & Tech, and Integrated Media programs open their workspaces up to the public, showing completed pieces as well as works in progress.