Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

“Immaculate misunderstandings” at JOAN

Through December 21st

The first study by Pippa Garner does not disappoint. It is filled to the brim with drawings for inventions, from wearables to cityscapes. Some of the more sensible ones, a vacuum cleaner smoking cigarettes and a set of bunk beds, have been carefully brought to life as sculptures. These sculptural reconstructions, made with finished materials and baseboards, show the genius and practicality of Garner’s practice, but also the rapid transformation of technology and its effect on how we live.

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Installation view of “Anita Steckel. Photograph by Paul Salveson, courtesy of Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles.

“Anita Steckel” at Hannah Hoffman Gallery

Until October 23

Maybe it takes all the way to Los Angeles to appreciate New York properly. This, at least, felt true inside Hannah Hoffman’s first presentation of Anita Steckel’s property. The show places several series in conversation, including some William Morris-print phallic collages and Steckels Xeroxes, which imposes her frame on the Big Apple. Here and in history books, Steckel weaves large, and when she was new to us, the exhibition felt like a much-needed hit with obligatory reading.

kinky bur, Visits (3), 2019. Photograph by Paul Salveson, courtesy of the artist and Bel Ami, Los Angeles.

“Emblazoned World” at Bel Ami

Through October 30th

This tightly wounded group, curated by artist Lucy Bull, shows how that galaxy brain is almost in contact. The exhibition follows a train of thought, the artist weaves from a loose romantic connection to Lee Mullican’s property to finally meeting Luchita Hurtado in person for Bull’s own practice. Finally, the thread leads back out into the world, where she links it to younger voices like Kentaro Kawabata, Nancy Lupo and Elizabeth Englander. It’s a cosmos of connections worth getting lost in. If you need guidance, the press release can act as a loose card.

Installation view of Ficus Interfaith. Photograph by Nik Massey, courtesy of In Lieu.

Ficus Interfaith at In Lieu

Until October 23

Symbols and signifiers seek further entanglement in all necessary ways in Ficus Interfaith’s vocabulary-driven exhibition, where words serve as the basis for sculptural compositions in aluminum, terrazzo and wood. The tableaux demonstrate both the artistic duo’s dexterity in manipulating materials, but also the concerns that extend from and beyond the craft they choose to play with in the studio. By giving language the opportunity to get into the work, the show serves as a welcome mat for those unfamiliar with this exciting collaborative practice from New York.

Hayao Miyazaki, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photograph by Joshua White, JWPictures / Academy Museum Foundation.

Hayao Miyazaki at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Through TBD

Few animators have touched so many artist practices and had such a huge impact on pop culture as Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. The fandom around the universes they have erected on screen would make it look like there was nothing new to circulate, but to our delight, this new retrospective is a treasure trove of original works of art that have never been seen the light of day, including satisfying architectural drawings and character studies that add new dimensions to beloved spaces and figures.

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