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.
Visible Merge is an exhibition of works by Frank Egloff and John Stezaker on view until March 13 at Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury Street Boston, Massachusetts
Cameron Platter Fucking Hell @ Art LA Contemporary at the Hussenot, Paris gallery last week.
Jeff Koons’ sculptures Coloring Book & Gorilla will be on view at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills until February 7. photograph by Gagosian
Pretty Big Mouth is the newest film by photographer and filmmaker Jonathan Leder.
Pas Un Autre contributor Annabel Graham & filmmaker Augustin Doublet at Morandi in NYC. photograph by Fredde Duke
Artist Cole Sternberg with his piece at The LA Art Show on view over the week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. photograph by Art of Elysium