Michael Kohn Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings, works on paper and site-specific installations from artist Retna. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Retna has come to art world attention from his critically acclaimed participation in Art in the Streets, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retna has a particular interest in the visual writings of ancient cultures, from Arabic and Persian to Hebrew and Native American. Both hieroglyphics and the graceful tradition of ink calligraphy inform his paintbrush while the angles and curves of his improvised alphabet echo the architecture of a mosque or Asian temple. Retna was invited into the gallery to transform both the interior and exterior spaces with his complex system of multi-layered lettering in an installation of murals and paintings like the above customized Rolls Royce. RETNA: New Paintings and Works on Paper will be on view until October 27, 2012 at Michael Kohn Gallery, 8071 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles.
The brilliant artist and graphic designer Matthew Henri of Free Gold Watch holding up an amazing new t-shirt print. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Someday All The Adults Will Die is a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design, surveying imagery produced before, during and after the punk years, and drawing upon previously unseen public and private archives and collections. Punk and post-punk graphic design is illuminated by examples of homemade cassettes, ‘zines, posters, handbills, records and clothing. Highlights include original artworks by Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, John Holmstrom, Raymond Pettibon and Penny Rimbaud alongside numerous anonymous artists. Someday All The Adults Will Die will be on view until November 4, 2012 at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London.
Artist Andrea Zittel discusses with members of press her exhibition Fluid Panel State, which addresses the thin line between visual and functional objects and will include unique woven blankets, panels and sheets installed in various conceptual configurations that continue the artist’s exploration of an earlier project titled “Cover.” photograph by Annabel Graham for Pas Un Autre. Fluid Panel State opens today and runs until October 27, 2012 at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West 24th Street, New York.
Lehmann Maupin Gallery presents Metamorphosis: Give Me Your Wings, an exhibition of new work by Japanese artist Mr. The centerpiece of Mr.’s exhibition is a massive installation to be constructed in the middle of the main gallery and interspersed with a series of new paintings. This sprawling installation, the first of it’s kind by the artist outside of Japan, embodies the post-disaster angst and frustration of the Japanese people since the catastrophic events of March 11, 2011. According to the artist, the Japanese people rose in a unified effort to recover from the devastation of the loss of World War II. But along with the recent economic stagnation, the earthquakes in Eastern Japan, and the after effects of the nuclear disaster, a collective depression from an inability to vent their frustrations continues to accumulate within their society. Metamorphosis: Give Me Your Wings will be on view until October 20 2012 at Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street, New York
Jonathan LeVine Gallery presents Too Much For One Man, a series of new works by acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist Judith Supine, in what will be his first solo exhibition at the gallery. Using his mother’s maiden name as an alias to keep his identity anonymous, Judith Supine has become renowned in the street art scene for his distinct style, unique wheatpastes on building façades and impressive placement of public interventions in daring locations throughout New York City. In 2007, he hung a 50-foot figure off the side of the Manhattan Bridge, in 2008 he left a piece floating in the East River and then in 2009 he left one in a Central Park pond, one in a Queens sewer and another on the highest point of the Williamsburg Bridge. In recent years, Supine has focused more on studio work and elaborate gallery installations. His process involves a pastiche of printed ephemera. Supine describes the collage technique as “combining seemingly disparate images to reveal something that wasn’t previously apparent.” Too Much For One Man is on view October 6, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY
An exhibition, entitled Pupa, of Australian photographer Polly Borland’s work is currently on view at Murray White Room Gallery. Pupa will be on view until October 6 at Murray White Room, Sargood Lane, Melbourne.
Antonio’s World, a survey of the work of Antonio Lopez (1943-1987) is open now at The Suzanne Geiss Company. The exhibition will showcase three decades of the artist’s polymathic creative output, including never before seen drawings, photographs, and ephemera. Lopez’s seminal works, which adorned the pages of Vogue, The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, and Interview throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, remain a powerful source of inspiration; galvanizing contemporary visual culture.Beginning in the 1960’s, Lopez redefined fashion imagery with his portrayal of the “Antonio Girls,” comprised most notably of Pat Cleveland, Jane Forth, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, and Jessica Lange. His infectiously charismatic persona and Pygmalion’s eye for raw beauty led Antonio, and the equally magnetic art director, Juan Ramos, to discover and transform these aspiring models into paragons of glamour. The first complete Antonio Lopez monograph, Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco, will be released by Rizzoli New York in conjunction with the exhibition. Antonio’s World will be on view until October 20th, 2012 at The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, New York.
303 Gallery presents it’s eleventh exhibition of work by Karen Kilimnik, and first two-person show with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. For this show, both Kilimnik and Gordon will present video installations addressing the nature of performance, its definition and its influence. On view until September 29 at 303 Gallery, 547 W 21st Street, New York, NY
Peres Projects – One of three big Eddie Martinez paintings installed at Art Berlin Contemporary Fair – on view from September 13 to September 16.