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The Weekly Round Up: Art in LA

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'The Kiss' by artist Juliana Romano on exhibition at Gallery KM


'The Kiss' by artist Juliana Romano on exhibition at Gallery KM
By Arely Villegas / Special to LAist

Art Basel Miami’s end is just around the corner, but the impact it created was heard all around the world, literally. Also, the Los Angeles art community publicized the anticipated Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945 - 1980 with a panel at The Rubell Family Collection along with Los Angeles based artist John Baldessari.

Then, just when Twitter couldn’t get any bigger; reportedly MOCA’s museum director Jeffrey Deitch announced plans for a retrospective of artist, film director Julian Schnabel at MOCA. The museum’s twitter feed re-tweeted the comment, but according to David Ng of The Los Angeles Times Culture Monster, MOCA has not yet responded to calls.

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Larger lurkers and controversial stirs also came from the capital this week when right wing politicians threatened The Smithsonian Institution, later ending in the censorship of artist David Wojnarowicz video A Fire in My Belly (1987), from the historically significant exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at The National Portrait Gallery. A Washington based arts non profit, Transformer Gallery took on the right of screening Wojnarowicz work this past Wednesday in honor of World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art.

Saturday December 4

Embarrassment 1 - Vulnerability at Gallery KM (Santa Monica): The first show of a two part series includes artists: Liz Glynn, Michael Dopp, Whitney Hubbs, Laura Kim, Juliana Romano, Frank Ryan in collaboration with Justin Cole, Lily Simonson, Caleb Waldorf, and Jessica Williams. Join the artists for the opening reception of part 1 this Saturday. 5-8 p.m.

Holiday Party/ Art Sale at The Specific (West Hollywood): Fifty artists come together for a quite peculiar art sale. Peculiar because Los Angeles very own Geoff Tuck of Notes on Looking will be selling some of his work. Work that has been kept secret until now, think of Picasso hiding Les Demoiselles d’Avignon under his bed. Come out to see what’s been hiding and what you can take home. 5-10 p.m.

Untitled Collective - Mutual Assent at Workspace (Lincoln Heights): A participatory performance investigating the potential to treat interaction as a quantity- a quasi or momentary property. The performance/investigation follows the structure of a legal doctrine employed in the realm of land use and property rights. Untitled Collective asks the public to abandon social obligations owed to them that they are not currently using or intend to use. 7- 10 p.m.

Rube’s Apprentice - Erich Bollmann at Commonwealth Council (Hollywood): The opening reception for artist Eric Bollman. Bollman explores the wit of satire mixed in with the notion of popular culture.

Sextile at Commonwealth & Council (Hollywood): Artists Lee Maida, Cirilo Domine, and Jeremy Chase Sanders merge textiles along with bodily sexual connotations.

Sunday December 4


Everything in the World Began with a Yes - Lee Maida at Parker Jones (Culver City): Artist Curated Projects presents Everything in the World Began with a Yes. Artist Lee Maida takes on the concept of form within the realm of textiles. 4-6 p.m. Robbie Canal - Sunday Studio at MOCA (Downtown): In conjunction with MOCA’s current exhibition The Artist’s Museum, artist Robbie Canal leads a Sunday Studio series. 1 p.m.

John Divola - MOCA (Downtown) Art Talk: Artist John Divola will lecture the audience on his current work for the exhibition The Artist’s Museum. 3 p.m.

The Open Daybook Party at Art Catalogues LACMA (Mid Wilshire): Three hundred sixty five artist were asked to create original artwork for a specific day of the year given in the course of 24 hours to complete the work. The results gave birth to The Open Daybook. Join the artists this Sunday at LACMA for an evening of astrology readings, drinks, and appetizers. Participating artists include Miranda July, and Alexandra Grant, amongst others. 4-6 p.m.

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Monday December 5

Musician Chuck Prophet at LACMA ( Mid Wilshire): In conjunction with William Egglestone: Democratic Camera- Photographs and Video, 1961- 2008, musician Chuck Prophet performs an intimate set in the BCAM galleries. Admission is free, but due to space availability tickets are required. Pick up your tickets the day of the show, one hour prior. Show starts promptly at 7:30 pm.