Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei poses with a gas mask in protest of the bad air quality in Beijing. photograph Ai Weiwei
Presented in association with LRG, art duo Dabs Myla ready their All Good Things… exhibition at Metro Gallery in Melbourne. Known for their colorful abstractions that are fully realized with help and cooperation from both artists, the show promises to feature numerous new paintings, drawings and an on-site installation that will surely encapsulate the whimsy often associated with their work. All Good Things… will be on view until February 9, 2013 at Metro Gallery, 1214 High Street, Armadale, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
For her first solo exhibition in New York City, Judi Rosen challenges the usual expectation of objectified female sexuality by creating a sexual tableau of women and the clowns they love. Inspired by Giallo films and midcentury Modern Finnish arts and crafts, Rosen utilizes her affection for the fiber arts to combine machismo, feminism and clowns on printed and quilted muslin cotton and raw silk stretched on canvas. Blow by Blow will be on view until February 6, 2013, at Fuse Gallery, 93 2nd Ave, New York City.
This exhibition focuses on the series of photos Elles se Rendent Pas Compte with its eclectic, kinetic/motorized, self created machines – alongside another series of works which goes by the title of Objects. The artist’s sculptures imitate, in a tactile way, specific intimate interpersonal interactions such as beating, caressing, congratulating and other activities that need two people or the above-mentioned kind of machine to be enacted. Armand Yerly Elles se Rendent Pas Compte and Objects will be on view until March 9, 2013 at the new Hauser Gallery, Pflanzschulstrasse 17, CH-8004 Zürich
photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Peres Projects presents Gay Town, a solo project with James Franco. Gay Town explores a variety of themes that are central to Franco’s artistic practice, mainly issues related to adolescence, public and private persona, stereotypes and other societal concerns such as society’s preoccupation with celebrity. Franco created most of the works for Gay Town over the past two years, making many of the works in hotel rooms, makeshift studios and other temporary locations whilst completing other projects, mainly motion pictures. Franco makes reference to several of his motion picture work and related projects in parts of the installations and other works on view in Gay Town. Gay Town will be on view from February 9 through March 9, 2013 at Peres Projects temporary space: Karl-Marx-Allee 87, Berlin
German artist Astrid Klein’s second solo show Sprüth Magers in Berlin and will showcase work produced in the 1980’s, alongside a new series of collages. The title of the exhibition is taken from a work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by French philosopher and artist Guy Debord. Published in 1967, the text focuses on ideas surrounding the degradation of human life, mass media and commodity fetishism, and comparisons between the role of religion and mass media marketing. Debord’s critical view on social functions, values and structures of behavior are frequently repeated themes in Astrid Klein’s work. La Société du Spectacle will be on view until February 23, 2013 at Sprüth Magers, Oranienburger Straße 18
The Voice Thief is a new film by Adan Jodorowsky starring Asia Argento. Taking place in a mythical Miami, the short recounts the story of Noev and Naya, his opera singer wife. One night during a particularly violent argument, Noev strangles his wife to the point where she loses her voice. This begins Noev’s odyssey through Miami’s underworld to recover his wife’s voice through various supernatural means. His journey takes him to the den of a prostitute dwarf who still lives as a child in the shadow of her mother’s corpse, a cult that worships a giant transvestite who drips gold from her vagina, and finally back to Naya where they meet their violent end.