In-your-face, achingly simple, deceptively frank, the work of Christopher Wool is so very New York. Though he owes a debt to abstract expressionism and pop art, he completely transcends—even demolishes—these genres. Whether it’s a text-based painting or an abstract spray-painted piece, his work is immediately engaging. Wool questions painting, like many other artists in his generation, but he doesn’t provide any easy answers. “The harder you look the harder you look,” he puts it in one of his word paintings, and that is an excellent example of how he states the obvious whilst provoking us to think deeper about what seems obvious. This September a new monograph will be available on Taschen – In over 400 pages, all of Wool’s work phases are covered in large-scale reproductions, accompanied by production Polaroids and installation photos by Wool himself. Essays and analyses by Glenn O’Brien, Jim Lewis, Ann Goldstein, Anne Pontégnie, Richard Hell, and Eric Banks.
Josh Nemec is a San Francisco based artist. This Friday his exhibition, entitled Hero Complex, which “depicts the psychological and social responses of a nation obsessed with heroism,” will be on view at Book and Job gallery in San Francisco. Complex will on view for one night August 17 , 2012 at Book and Job gallery, 838 Geary Street, San Francisco.
The Hole gallery in New York presents an end of summer exhibition by artist and musician Adam Green. Green will fill the galleries with painting, sculpture, and his feature-length film The Wrong Ferrari screened on continuous loop in Gallery 3. Houseface will be on view August 16 through August 25, 2012 at The Hole, 312 Bowery Street, New York
Carolee Schneemann is a pioneer in many artistic disciplines. Having consistently challenged concepts of sexuality and gender identity in the fields of painting, sculpture, installation art, video art and, most importantly, performance with key works such as Meat Joy (1964) and Interior Scroll (1975), Schneemann broke new grounds within the Happening and performance fields subverting taboos facing women artists in the 60s and 70s. Schneemann will install three major video installations at during this year’s Summerhall Festival in Edinburgh– ‘Precarious‘ (2009), ‘Devour‘ (2003) and ‘Infinity Kisses – The Movie‘ (2008) as well as displaying a never before exhibited photographic series where she performed ice skating naked in London while holding her cat.
Artist Barbara Kruger’s installation at the Hirshhorn Center on view now.
Disasterland is Mexican artist Rodolfo Loaiza’s tribute to pop culture, fashion, animation, horror films and the undeniable attraction of celebrity. The stage is set for fantasy to collapse and surrender to the inevitable apocalypse of 21st century Hollywood. Fairytale characters continue to dominate his latest project –this time caught in the headlines of our favorite tabloid stars. Continuing his penchant for cleverly depicting the “uncouth” customs of our dichotomous society, Rodolfo explores what would happen to our fables if they were flesh and blood and confronted with the frenetic and excessive world of fame. Who among them would prove susceptible to the excesses of drugs, alcohol, harassment or vanity? On view through September 2 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, CA.
LA-based duo Io Echo is playing tomorrow, August 9 at Dilettante – featuring a special screening of the new short film by Harmony Korine Caput. Caput is scored in part by Io Echo. RSVP to email@example.com, Dilettante 120 North Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles
A beautiful portrait of Lee Miller by Man Ray. Man Ray |Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism consists of approximately 115 photographs, paintings, drawings and manuscripts that explore the creative interaction between Man Ray and Lee Miller, two giants of European Surrealism. This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the pair’s artistic relationship. On view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco until October 14, 2012.
Aviator Mirrors by Nigel Coates available at Grey Area