Monday, November 17, 2008

I got laid off today

So I have all my time to check out these great arts I usually didn't
have time. Argh. The economy... sucks...

From: Bill Farroux <>
Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 9:49 PM
Subject: ArtB - 11.14.08

ArtB 11.14.08


Ed Templeton

Map Of The Inner War

Opening Reception 11.15.2008 7PM - 9:30PM

Show Runs 11.15.2008 - 12.13.2008

Roberts and Tilton

5801 Washington Blvd.

Culver City CA 90232

Matt Leines

The Great Gates Of A Zenith

Opening Reception 11.15.2008 7PM - 9:30PM

Show Runs 11.15.2008 - 12.13.2008

Roberts and Tilton

5801 Washington Blvd.

Culver City CA 90232

Book Signing Saturday November 15 2008, 6 - 7pm
by Ed Templeton
Published 2008 by Alleged Press, Los Angeles & Damiani Editore, Bologna, Italy
Format: Hardcover, 9 x 12 inches
176 pages, color images and black and white photographs

You Are Forgiven by Matt Leines

Published 2008 by Free News Projects, Philadelphia
Format: Hardcover, 9-3/4 x 11-1/4 inches
144 pages, color images throughout
Introduction by Gary Panter, Essay by Taylor McKimens

Saelee Oh
Jill Bliss
Opening Reception 11.15.08 5-8pm
Show Runs - 11.15.2008 - 12.6.2008

Tinlark Gallery
Crossroads of the World
6671 Sunset Boulevard #1512
Hollywood CA 90028

Victor Wilde

Victor Wilde and his Wild Screen Print Show!

Opening Reception 11.15.2008 7PM - 9:30PM
Show Runs 11.15.2008 - 12.13.2008

M.J. Higgins
110 E. 4th Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
Between Main and Los Angeles Streets


PJ Fidler
The Permutation Generator

Jason Houchen
Fallen Trees Spread No Seeds

Opening Reception November 7 2008 8PM - 11PM
Show Runs November 7 - November 30 2008

La Luz De Jesus
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027

Barry McGee

Barry McGee presents a new installation as part of the 55th Carnegie
Exhibition entitled Life on Mars.

Show Runs 5.3.2008 - 1.11.2009

55th Carnegie International
Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
Tel: 412.622.3131

Wolfgang Tillmans

55th Carnegie International
Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
Tel: 412.622.3131
Show Runs 5.3.2008 - 1.11.2009


Deanna Templeton
Hadassah Emmerich

The Swimming Pool
Ghosts 'N Garlands

Show Runs 10.3.08 - 10.24.08

New Image Art Gallery

7908 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood CA 90046

For Visuals or further Information Please Contact:
Marsea Goldberg Director

Phone / Fax 323 654 2192 email

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 1pm - 6pm or by appointment

Yoko Ono
Wish Tree for Pasadena

Show Runs August 2 2008 – November 9 2008

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91103

Wish Tree for Pasadena is an art installation that consists of 21
living crape myrtle trees installed amongst the café tables and chairs
in the Courtyard of One Colorado. Visitors are invited to write their
wishes on pieces of paper and hang them on the tree branches. Yoko
Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is free and open to the public. The
opening of the Pasadena Wish Tree exhibition will be celebrated by a
group of childcare providers from CULTURAL CARE AU PAIR, along with
the local children they care for and other members of their host
families, giving the event a truly international flavor. The opening
occurs Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the One Colorado Courtyard.

Launa Bacon
Guillermo Bert
Luther Gerlach
Tiffany Trenda
Frank Venadas
Lisa Wiscombe

Not Seen and/or Less Seen

Show Runs September 20th October 4th 2008
Closing October 4 2008 6 PM - 9 PM

MOHA, across from the Getty Villa, is proud to present its second
annual exhibition, Not Seen and/or Less Seen. The show features recent
work, all surrounding the theme of hyperreal, by Launa Bacon,
Guillermo Bert, Luther Gerlach, Tiffany Trenda, Frank Venadas, and
Lisa Wiscombe.

The Museum of Hyperreal Art (MOHA)
18042 Coastline Dr. Malibu, CA 90265

David Choe

Paul Insect
Antony Micallef
Jonathan Yeo
Miranda Donovan
Mark Jenkins
Todd James
Polly Morgan
Mode 2
Conor Harrington

282-284 BOWERY, NEW YORK NEW YORK, 10012
private view on Thursday the 25th of September

Show Runs 2 Weeks

Paul McCarthy
Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement
Three Installations Two Films

Show Runs - October 12 2008

This exhibition brings together a group of new and rarely seen works
by Paul McCarthy (b. 1945), one of the most influential American
artists of his generation. The show focuses on a core strand of
McCarthy's work: the use of architecture to create perceptual
disorientation in the viewer through spinning mirrors, rotating walls,
projections, and altered space. In Bang Bang Room (1992), the space
almost seems to come alive as the walls of a free-standing domestic
room move slowly in and out, the doors in each wall wildly slamming
open and shut. In Spinning Room (2008), first conceived in 1971, but
being realized for the first time for this show, live images of
viewers are rotated and projected onto double-sided screens that
appear infinitely reflected on four surrounding mirrored walls,
enclosing the viewer in a wildly disorienting space. In Mad House
(2008), being created for this show, a room spins disconcertingly on
its axis. Two recently rediscovered films by McCarthy, one made in
1966 and one in 1971, reveal the artist's interest in perceptual
puzzlement from the very beginning of his career.

video of Bang Bang Room can be viewed at:

Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

Paul McCarthy: Film List

Bruce Conner. EVE-RAY-FOREVER. 1965 - 2006. 3 screen DVD installation,
transferred from 8mm film. Courtesy Michael Kohn Gallery.

on view 7.11.2008 - 9.28.2008

Film has been an important inspiration for Paul McCarthy since the
beginning of his career. McCarthy began making films as a student in
the 1960s, and his current exhibition on the Whitney's third floor
includes two rare 16mm films screening for the first time in decades.
Curated by Paul McCarthy, this film program provides an intriguing
insight into the impact of cinema on his work.

Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery Floor

The program includes works by Bas Jan Ader, Billy Adler, Nancy Angelo,
John Armleder, Daniel Barber, Judith Barry, BDR Ensemble, Barton
Patrick Bolin, Stan Brakhage, Michael Brewster, Nancy Buchanan, Chris
Burden, Carole Caroompas, Center for Experimental Art and
Communication, Giuseppe Chiari, Co-Accident (Kirby Malone, Chris
Mason, Marshall Reese, Alec Bernstein, and Mitchell Pressman), Bruce
Conner, Beverly Conrad, Tony Conrad, Paul Cotton, Norma Jean Deak,
Philippe Deléglise, Fernando Doty, Marcel Duchamp Bruce Fier, Morgan
Fisher, Fox Jim presents the Improvisers' Orchestra, Galerie Ecart
workshop, Jack Goldstein, Bill Gordh, Mary Harding, Victor Henderson,
Douglas Huebler, Kipper Kids, Harry Kipper, Alison Knowles, Kurt Kren,
Peter Kubelka, Leslie Labowitz, Maria Lassnig, Michael
LeDonne-Bhennett, Les Levine, Gary Lloyd, Los Angeles Free Music
Society, Sidney Lumet, John Malpede, Barry Markowitz, Raul Marroquin,
Paul McCarthy, Sandra McKee, Jonas Mekas, Michael K. Meyers, Susan
Mogul, The Monitors, Musica Veneris Nocturnus, Russ Myers, Maurizio
Nannucci, Richard Newton, Hermann Nitsch, Pauline Oliveros, Pat
O'Neill, Marc Pally, Bob Parks, Al Payne, The Poetics, Stuart
Rapeport, Stan Rice, Jim Roche, Martha Rosler, Claude Rychner, Carolee
Schneeman, Sam Schoenbaum, Stephen Seemayer, Andrea Shapiro, Sally
Shapiro, T.J. Silverlake, Slash Magazine, Barbara T. Smith, Jack
Smith, Michael Snow, Nina Sobell, Sturtevant, Valie Export, Stan
VanDerBeek, Paul Vangelisti, Ben Vautier Endre Tót, Andy Warhol,
Lawrence Weiner, John White, Martha Wilson, and Robert Wise.

film schedule can be found at:

Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

Buckiminster Fuller

Starting With The Universe

Show Runs 6.26.2008 - 9.21.2008

One of the great American visionaries of the twentieth century, R.
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) endeavored to see what he, a single
individual, might do to benefit the largest segment of humanity while
consuming the minimum of the earth's resources. Doing "more with less"
was Fuller's credo. He described himself as a "comprehensive
anticipatory design scientist," setting forth to solve the escalating
challenges that faced humanity before they became insurmountable.

Fuller's innovative theories and designs addressed fields ranging from
architecture, the visual arts, and literature to mathematics,
engineering, and sustainability. He refused to treat these diverse
spheres as specialized areas of investigation because it inhibited his
ability to think intuitively, independently, and, in his words,

Although Fuller believed in utilizing the latest technology, much of
his work developed from his inquiry into "how nature builds." He
believed that the tetrahedron was the most fundamental, structurally
sound form found in nature; this shape is an essential part of most of
his designs, which range in scale from domestic to global. As the many
drawings and models in this exhibition attest, Fuller was committed to
the physical exploration and visual presentation of his ideas.

The results of more than five decades of Fuller's integrated approach
toward the design and technology of housing, transportation,
cartography, and communication are displayed here, much of it for the
first time. This exhibition offers a fresh look at Fuller's life's
work for everyone who shares his sense of urgency about homelessness,
poverty, diminishing natural resources, and the future of our planet.

- Jennie Goldstein


Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

Marlene Dumas
Measuring Your Own Grave

Show Runs 6.22.2008 - 9.22.2008

MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90012

Buff Monster
The Sweetest Thing

Show Runs August 23 2008 - August 30 2008

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Tel. 310 287 2340

Buff Monster
Born of the Abyss

Show Runs April 19 2008 - May 14 2008

Giant Robot Gallery
437 N. 9th Street
between 1st Ave Avenue A in the East Village
New York NY 10009

Melanie Pullen
Violent Times

Show Runs July 12 2008 thru August 2008

@ The Wilshire Tower
5514 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T: 323.935.4411
F: 323.202.1082

David Choe

Show Runs February 29 2008 - March 28 2008

Lazarides Gallery
8 Greek Street
Soho London

44 20 3214 0055

Clayton Brothers

As Is

Show Runs May 3 2008 - June 2 2008

Apama Mackey Gallery
628 East 11th Street
Houston, Texas 77008

Brendan Monroe and Evah Fan

Bed and Breakfast

June 6 2008 - June 29 2008

Little Cakes
625 East 6th Street #1B
New York NY 10009

Phantom Sightings

Carlee Fernandez

Exhibition Runs April 6 2008 to September 1 2008

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90036

Barry McGee & Clare Rojas

The Big Sad

Show Runs March 30 2008 - May 17 2008

Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside CA 92501
Phone 951 684-7111

Cannibal Carnaval

Show Runs August 16 2008 - September 20 2008

New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 654-2192

Sonik Mercury
Kofie One

Engineering Cinematheque

1636 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles CA 90028

[one block south of Hollywood Blvd]

After The Reality 2

Yosuke Bandai
Daisuke Fukunaga
Ujino Muneteru
Nobuyasu Sato
Yukiko Shibata
Akira Shimidu
Koichi Toya

After The Reality 2

Show Runs April 5 2008 - May 3 2008
Deitch Projects
76 Grand Street New York

Takashi Murakami

Davy Jones' Tear
Show Runs May 3 2008 - June 14 2008

Blum and Poe
2754 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90034

Camille Rose Garcia

The Grand Illusion

Show Runs May 17 2008 - June 14 2008

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Torstrasse 175
10155 Berlin-Mitte
+49 30 28 50 30 72

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Villaraigosa is ending first term firmly at helm

No change, the same guy(s) for us, folks.


Villaraigosa is ending first term firmly at helm

A second term would give Villaraigosa the opportunity to make further progress on goals he set out in his 2005 mayoral campaign.

The politician has no strong challengers in his reelection bid, is flush with cash and enjoys a City Council largely in accord with his goals.
By David Zahniser and Phil Willon
November 8, 2008
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa finishes his first four-year term on a perch that any big-city politician would envy -- no strong opposition, cash in his campaign coffers and a City Hall that is closely in sync with his agenda.

His most formidable potential challenger, billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso, announced Friday that he would not run for the city's top office this year. While Caruso was explaining that decision, Villaraigosa was in Chicago appearing onstage with President-elect Barack Obama.

A second term would give Villaraigosa the opportunity to make further progress on goals he set out in his 2005 mayoral campaign, some of which have not been achieved. As he seeks reelection March 3, he will be in a position to strengthen his hold even further on L.A.'s political institutions -- ones with the power to shape policy on crime, education, transportation and the environment.

The City Council rarely challenges Villaraigosa's broader policy wishes. Two of the mayor's closest allies, council members Jack Weiss and Wendy Greuel, are seen as front runners for city attorney and city controller, respectively.

The mayor now has four allies on the Los Angeles school board and will probably push to get two more elected in March. With the passage of Measure R, the sales tax hike for transit, he has forged a new working relationship with county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, an occasional antagonist on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.

Even though he was a national co-chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Villaraigosa landed a coveted spot Thursday on Obama's economic transition team. Two days earlier, he helped secure passage of three local ballot measures that will pour up to $50 billion into new transit projects, public schools and community college buildings.

His work on behalf of those tax hikes -- Measures J, Q and R -- drew high praise from business leaders who had said they were critical to rebuilding the area's infrastructure.

"There is probably no one in the community in a better position to raise money than the mayor. And I think it had a positive result," said Gary Toebben, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. "All three were an investment in the future of Los Angeles."

The mayor's strong showing stands in sharp contrast to last year, when he came under fire for engaging in an extramarital affair with a Spanish-language television reporter. By then, he had also drawn criticism for getting bogged down in a fight over control of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Still, some critics are wary of Villaraigosa's resurgence. Urban historian Joel Kotkin, author of "The City: A Global History," said the mayor's expanding influence is resulting in far fewer policy arguments and an overall lack of dissent.

"There is no debate," Kotkin said. "We have no legitimate institutions with even the slightest opposition, and the same thing is true in Chicago and New York now."

Villaraigosa's ability to sway -- and help elect -- other politicians stands in sharp contrast to his two most recent predecessors: James K. Hahn and Richard Riordan.

During his four-year term, Hahn had bitter fights with the council over his plans for hiring new police officers and modernizing Los Angeles International Airport. He avoided school politics and had difficulty getting even his four appointees on the 13-member MTA board to vote his way.

Riordan, a Republican who served from 1993 to 2001, had a famously contentious relationship with the left-leaning City Council. Although he did wade into school board politics, he did not elect a new board majority until his sixth year in office. Four years later, three of those trustees were swept out.

Villaraigosa spent his first 18 months fighting with the school board over his effort to take some control of the district. But last year, he spent $3.5 million on a campaign to elect a new board majority. With two vacant seats now up for grabs, the mayor could soon have six allies on the seven-member board.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a pundit who had urged Caruso to run, said he would like to see the council challenge Villaraigosa on his budget and hiring decisions. And he warned that the addition of two more mayor-friendly school board members could actually undermine Villaraigosa -- by keeping him from hearing opposing views.

"They're going to tell him what he wants to hear, not what he needs to hear to carry out his school reform project, and that's what bothers me," said Hutchinson, who also heads the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.

Villaraigosa allies have a sharply different view, saying his increased political clout will allow him to accomplish more of his policy goals.

"I also think he has really raised the profile of L.A. A perfect example of that was today," said Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), referring to the mayor's appearance with Obama on national television.

Despite his higher profile, Villaraigosa has said he has no interest in serving in an Obama Cabinet. If he changed his mind and took a position after today's deadline, no additional people would be allowed to run for mayor unless they were write-in candidates.

Still, the mayor has another potential distraction ahead of him: deciding whether to a run for governor in 2010. He remains coy about a possible campaign, saying repeatedly that he is happy being mayor.

For now, Villaraigosa has at least $1.5 million available to use against his 16 likely challengers in the mayoral race, all of whom are running with little or no money. His best-known opponent so far is Walter Moore, a lawyer from the Carthay Circle neighborhood who finished sixth in the 2005 mayoral race. Moore, a regular on local talk radio, has $11,000 available for his bid, according to contribution reports.

Until Friday, the race had the potential to turn lively, with Caruso, the shopping mall magnate who developed the Grove, seen as a serious and well-funded challenger. Caruso had confided to people close to him that he considered Villaraigosa politically vulnerable, in part because of the city's dire finances and what he considers an inhospitable business climate that has driven companies and jobs out of town.

Instead, the GOP businessman said he believed that a mayoral bid -- and life in public office -- would place too heavy a burden on his family, particularly his two younger children.

"I was very confident that we could mount a winning campaign, and I mean that with all sincerity. He has a lot of weaknesses," Caruso said. "The good news for Antonio today is that he doesn't have to worry about a campaign. He gets a free ride."

Villaraigosa campaign manager Ace Smith had long dismissed the notion that Caruso would run this year. Even if the developer had jumped into the race, Smith contended, the millions Caruso could have poured into it would not have been enough to overcome the mayor's record on crime, the environment and transportation.

Zahniser and Willon are Times staff writers.