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CIRCUS OF BOOKS AT FIERMAN

“Growing up, I always assumed every store had an over-18 section. It was only when I got older that I realized my parents were in the business of hardcore gay porn. This was a completely strange thing for me, because this was not the world I knew to be of my parents: straight-laced, boring, and in my mom’s case, religious. The world of sexual deviants, gender nonconforming transgressives and weirdos, that was my world, not theirs…

“And yet, it took me leaving Los Angeles for over a decade to fully comprehend what a massive role their two Circus of Books stores served for the community. It took making a documentary film to realize that they had nurtured a second family to the family they had at home. They had carved out their own special place as trusted shop owners who never judged anyone who showed up in their surreptitious aisles, even as the rest of the world cast down condemnation, to say nothing of other parents at our school. As the store was closing last week, a Vietnam veteran walked through the doors and stood, unmoving in front of the register. My mom had protested against Vietnam, and she proceeded to tell him how terrible the Vietnam War was, and he looked at her and said, ‘Thank you. This store is part of my history, and some of the best years of my life happened here.’ ” — Rachel Mason, producer and director, Circus of Books*

The original Circus of Books—called “Book Circus”—opened in West Hollywood in 1967, followed by the Silver Lake location at Sunset Junction. An exhibition celebrating the communal culture and backrooms of Karen and Barry Mason‘s adults-only emporiums—fifty years of getting off—is now on view in Manhattan.

The show—curated by David Fierman with Rachel Mason—features artwork by Wilder Alison, Ron Athey, Adam Baran, Bengala, Erik Bergrin, Michael Bilsborough, Raynes Birkbeck, Seth Bogart, Chris Bogia, Kathe Burkhart, Deric Carner, Chivas Clem, Scott Covert, Vaginal Davis, Anne Doran, Thomas Dozol, Zackary Drucker, Ruben Esparza, Tom of Finland, Karen Finley, Benjamin Fredrickson, ektor garcia, Mariah Garnett, Mark Golamco, Jeff Grant, Michelle Handelman, Charles Hovland, Scott Hug, David Hurles, Stephen Irwin, William E. Jones, Wayne Koestenbaum, Mike Kuchar, Bruce LaBruce, Dawn Mellor, Lucas Michael, Billy Miller, Bob Mizer, David Mramor, Narcissister, Dominic Nurre, Mel Ottenberg, Jack Pierson, Breyer P-Orridge, Pre-Echo Press, Fay Ray, Mariah Robertson, Dean Sameshima, Stuart Sandford, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Margie Schnibbe, Michael Stipe, Chris E. Vargas, Mark Verabioff, Jan Wandrag, Karlheinz Weinberger, Jimmy Wright, and Dorian Wood.

CIRCUS OF BOOKS*

Through May 6.

Fierman

127 Henry Street, New York City.

From top: Vaginal Davis, Ascyltos of the Satyricon, 2016, ink on paper; Dominic Nurre, Vale of Cashmere Head, 2017–19, coconut shell, coconut oil, salt lick, and acrylic; David Mramor, Pink Star, 2019, oil, acrylic, and inkjet on canvas; Wayne Koestenbaum, David at Leisure, 2019, oil and graphite on canvas paper; Lucas Michael, G5CR, 2017, neon; Dawn Mellor, Southend Beach, 2013, oil, Tipp-ex, and marker pen on linen; Jimmy Wright, Griffith Park, LA, 1973, graphite and charcoal on graph paper; Seth Bogart, Faggots, 2019, ceramic; Mike Kuchar, Liquid Dreams, circa 1980s–1990s, pencil, pens, felt pens, and ink on paper; Scott Hug, Untitled (STH_PW_003), 2018, collage; Jeff Grant, Snow and Holes, 2018, archival inkjet print, staples, and clearlay; Karen Finley, dickless, 2018, ink on paper. Images courtesy the artists and Fierman gallery. Special thanks to David Fierman and Rachel Mason.

JACK PIERSON AND KUNLE MARTINS

PEE PARTY—a new show by the artists and partners Jack Pierson and Kunle Martins, curated by Blair Hansen—is on view now at Jeffrey Stark.

JACK PIERSON and KUNLE MARTINS—PEE PARTY

Through April 21.

Jeffrey Stark

88 East Broadway, #B11, New York City.

Jack Pierson and Kunle Martins, Pee Party, 2019, Jeffrey Stark. Images courtesy the artists and Jeffrey Stark.

GROUNDINGS

GROUNDINGS, organized by Grace Deveney and Tara Aisha Willis, explores movement—seen and unseen—through a series of residencies with artists who work in dance, music, and performance art. The exhibition considers the reciprocal influence between bodies in motion and the invisible forces that govern movement, such as gravity, time, and electricity.

Over the run of GROUNDINGS, performers will hold open rehearsals in which they create performances and physical objects that speak to the themes of the exhibition.

GROUNDINGS artists include Katinka Bock, Blythe Bohnen, George Brecht, John Cage, Martin Soto Climent, Julia Dault, JimmyDeSana, Jonas Dovydenas, Adam EkbergWhit Forrester, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rashid Johnson, IsaacJulien, Annette Kelm, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jack Pierson, Stan Shellabarger, Nancy Spero, Dannielle Tegeder, CarrieMae Weems, and James Welling.

GROUNDINGS

Through May 12.

MCA Chicago

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.

From top:

John CageA Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two Waltzes, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity, 1978. Felt-tip pen on map. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © 1993 John Cage TrustPhotograph © MCA Chicago.

Annette KelmUntitled, 2012. Chromogenic development print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Jimmy De SanaCowboy Boots, 1984. Vintage cibachrome. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Courtesy of the JimmyDe Sana Trust and Salon 94, New York.

Rashid Johnson, Multiple Consciousness, 2010. Gelatin silver print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © 2010 RashidJohnsonPhotograph by Nathan Keay© MCA Chicago.

MARILYN MINTER — ANGER MANAGEMENT

2018 is an election year, a chance to end Republican control of Congress.

Educate, organize, resist, register, vote…

… and check out the selection from Marilyn Minter and Andrianna Campbell’s ANGER MANAGEMENT, a pop-up featuring resistant work by John Baldessari, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, Zoe Buckman, Nicole Eisenman, Charles Gaines, Jenny Holzer, Rashid Johnson, Joan Jonas, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Robert Longo, Laura Owens, Jack Pierson, Mary Ping, Faith Ringgold, Laurie Simmons, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and many others.

A portion of the proceeds will go to charity and to the Brooklyn Museum.

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THE LARRY CLARK COLLECTION

“Symbols are more meaningful than things themselves.”—  Jenny Holzer, from Truisms, in LARRY CLARK—WHITE TRASH

Larry Clark is one of the great New York collectors, and the walls of his Tribeca loft present an ever-changing gallery of the art he has bought, traded, been given by friends, or created himself over the last half century.

LARRY CLARK—WHITE TRASH, at Luring Augustine Bushwick, is an exhibition of artworks from Clark’s personal collection. In addition to the work below, participating artists include: Vito Acconci, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, Max Blagg, Lisa Bowman, Chris Burden, Jeff Elrod, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Frank, Paul Gauguin, Robert Gober, Mark Gonzales, Martin Kippenberger, Sherrie Levine, Paul McCarthy, Bjarne Melgaard, Scott Myles, Méret Oppenheim, Jack Pierson, Jason Polan, Sigmar Polke, Christy Rupp, Philip Taaffe, Koichiro Takagi, Sally Webster, Sue Williams, Franz West, Brian Weil, David Wojnarowicz, and Christopher Wool.

LARRY CLARKWHITE TRASH, through June 18.

LUHRING AUGUSTINE BUSHWICK, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn.

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Image credits (top to bottom): Joe Andoe, Spaniard in the Works, 2012, oil on canvas; Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2008, Xerox print; Mike Kelley, Blood and Soil (Potato Print), 1989, silkscreen in colors on a silk banner; Richard Prince, Untitled (Joke), 2013, ink jet on canvas; Wallace Berman, Untitled, 1967, verifax collage; Helmut Newton, Larry Clark, Cannes, 1995, photograph; Raymond Pettibon, No Title (They Ought To…), 1985, pen and ink on paper.

Larry Clark’s White Trash

Larry Clark’s White Trash

Marfa Girl: il regista del film Larry Clark fotografato da Helmut Newton