Los Angeles

The photographer selected a couple of shots from his recently published picture book for Spike

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Puppies Puppies @ Freddy

 

Tucked away in one of California’s scenic national parks, Paul McCarthy inflated his giant butt plug (sculpture) and Stefan Simchowitz shaved his head. Take a walk with Keith J. Varadi around the third and final installment of the Paramount Ranch art fair.

Where are the best places to have Lunch and Dinner in LA? In which cocktail bar will you meet Kenneth Anger? Which beach has the best surf? Martha Kirszenbaum tells us where to go if you have some time off from Art Los Angeles Contemporary and Paramount Ranch this weekend.

 Exterior view of Mathis Altmann's current studio All images courtesy of Mathis Altmann

Exterior view of Mathis Altmann's current studio
All images courtesy of Mathis Altmann

In Zürich Mathis Altmann was involved in founding a number of artist-run spaces, such as Paloma Presents and New Jersyy, whose influence spread far beyond Switzerland. From his temporary home in sunny California, and before his upcoming presentation at Paramount Ranch 3, he reminisces about studios past and shows us his cement-covered current space in Los Angeles.

 Untitled, 2013 Flashe, acrylic, and oil on linen 349 x 305 cm

Untitled, 2013
Flashe, acrylic, and oil on linen
349 x 305 cm

Known as much for her clever plunder of painting’s conventions as for her bumptious mix of high and low cultural references, Los-Angeles painter Laura Owens has by now long outpaced the early trivializations of her work as light-hearted California-girl pictures. In her recent work, Owens gives painting’s gestures her most serious overhaul to date.

Channa Horwitz
COUNTING IN EIGHT, MOVING BY COLOR © 2011 Photo by Ellen Davis 

Channa Horwitz
SONAKINATOGRAPHY COMPOSITION XXII
Chinese ink and Plaka color on Graphic Mylar 56 x 71 cm
Courtesy Sammlung Oehmen, Deutschland / Courtesy Oehmen Collection, Germany
© 2001, Channa Horwitz 

Channa Horwitz
LANGUAGE SERIES
Casein on rag board
162,5 x 209 cm
Courtesy Oehmen Collection, Germany 

© 1964-2004, Channa Horwitz 

 Movie Star Maps, 2014 Detail of room-sized mural installation, Los Feliz, California Photo: Michael Underwood

Movie Star Maps, 2014
Detail of room-sized mural installation, Los Feliz, California
Photo: Michael Underwood

Alex Israel was born in Los Angeles in 1982. His practice is multi-faceted, employing a variety of media to accommodate the many and varied flavors of his particular West Coast aesthetic. His blown-up sun shades, airbrushed self-portraits, and Hollywood props belie a deeply layered set of personal and pop cultural references that expertly reorient their context. His As It LAys series of celebrity interviews reflect the miracle and wonder that is life in L.A. and helped to bring a greater attention to his sun-drenched artworks. Since 2010 he has operated a sunglasses company called Freeway Eyewear that has lately begun collaborating with marquee artists to design new looks. The next collaboration is scheduled for release this holiday season. Israel is an unvaryingly upbeat artist, consistently delivering a cool optimism across his oeuvre. What is his secret? An interview by Jon Leon.