Gus Van Sant: Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard @ Vito Schnabel Projects In New York

Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard is Van Sant’s first solo painting exhibition in New York. On view is a series of large-scale watercolors on stretched linen that collapse dreamlike impressions of urban Los Angeles with specific narratives inspired by the people and events Van Sant has observed since establishing his home in the city in the 1970s. Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard is on view through November 1 at Vito Schnabel Projects 43 Clarkson Street, New York. photographs courtesy of Vito Schnabel Projects

Zoe Crosher's "Sunlight as Spotlight" Opens @ Patrick Painter In Los Angeles

Zoe Crosher, enamored by Los Angeles, has an obsession that began during her time receiving her MFA from CalArts. Here, she has reimagined her “Day for Night” photographic works. In “Day for Night,” Crosher uses a photography technique used during the Film Noir days of Hollywood, by shooting images in such a way that they look like they were taken at night. She documents the disappearance of the Los Angeles River, using the sunlight to spotlight the image in frame. For this show, she has taken that process a step further and made light boxes out of the photographs, further emulating the film-like aspect by placing light behind the image, creating, in essence, a single-shot movie. Sunlight as Spotlight is on view through November 24 at Patrick Painter B2, 4031, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica.

Nadia Lee Cohen Teams Up With GCDS For Short-film "Sgualdrina"

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British filmmaker and photographer Nadia Lee Cohen premiered "Sgualdrina," at Yamashiro Hollywood on April 9th. The film, made in collaboration with Italian streetwear brand GCDS, features Pamela Anderson and Danielle Romer, with a soundtrack by Charlie Feathers. Watch the film herephotos by Oliver Kupper

Norman Reedus Photography Exhibition @ Voila! Gallery in Los Angeles

Norman Reedus is showing his photographs at Voila! Gallery in Los Angeles. The images consist of dark captures of Reedus' macabre world and dark sense of humor - obviously inspired by his role in the Walking Dead. Using costars and Russian prostitutes as models, the photographs have an almost tableu vivant quality reminiscent of Joel Peter Witkin.  The exhibition will be on view until December 31, 2015 at Voila! Gallery in Los Angeles. photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper. Follow Autre on Instagram: @AUTREMAGAZINE

Macho Mel: Read Our Convo With the Endlessly Fascinating Mel Shimkovitz On Trans Vampires, Meeting William Burroughs, and Making It In Hollywood

In the following interview, we have a long chat with Mel Shimkovitz about Trans vampires, her Zelig-like position in the music, art and Hollywood worlds, and the media’s sudden shift in focus toward the lives and rights of the LGBTQ community. Click here to read the full convo. 

Nick van Woert "Just Dropped In To See What Condition" @ Moran Bondaroff Gallery In Los Angeles

Moran Bondaroff, formerly OHWOW gallery, presents Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was. Named after Kenny Rogers’ hit song about psychedelic experience, van Woert adopts this title to reference the subtext of previous work; work centered around artificial substance and an intoxicated landscape. Beyond hinting at altered states, the title refers to his new works, which assess the human condition from an observant, sober vantage. With this quote in mind, van Woert considered the roots of American civilization: “When the white man came he had the bible and we had the land. They gave us the bible and told us to close our eyes and pray. When we opened our eyes we had the bible and they had the land.” Appropriating cigar store Indian figures, the artist carved historic white faces over the existing Native American caricature visages – murderous faces, such as Andrew Jackson and Buffalo Bill, graft the decorative stereotype. The works also reference the 1985 bombing of the house where communal black liberation group MOVE held their office, through various silkscreens burned with the news headlines.  Just Dropped In To See What Condition will be on view until October 10, 2015 at Moran Bondaroff, 937, N. La Cienega, Los Angeles. 

"Queer Fantasy" Group Show Opening at OHWOW Gallery In Los Angeles

OHWOW Gallery presents Queer Fantasy, a group exhibition curated by William J. Simmons. Featuring work by ten artists – A.K. Burns, Leidy Churchman, Jimmy DeSana, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Mariah Garnett, Jacolby Satterwhite, David Benjamin Sherry, Jack Smith, A.L. Steiner, and John Waters – this show seeks to recount and preserve a frequently marginalized history of queer voices within contemporary art. Queer Fantasy will be on view until August 15, 2015 at OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles. 

Part Two: VIP Opening of Paris Photo Los Angeles 2015

Paris Photo Los Angeles returns this year to Paramount Pictures Studios' famous sound stages and New York City backlots. Paris Photo presents a true exploration of classic and contemporary photography and moving images - and everything in between. The fair opens today and runs until Sunday, May 3rd. photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper