Memo to the coasts: It’s the 12 Days of Art Christmas in both NYC and LA, only instead of 12 awesome things happening over 12 days, they’re all crammed into one weekend! (Also no Jesus-related activity at all.) Basically the gallerinas have returned from their summer vacations and are hepped up on some Yosemite Sam style double-guns-blazing-my-show-will-eat-your-show one uppery, which has resulted in a load of awesome shows that you should check out. Peuwn peuwn! Our picks after the jump. And if “inside art” doesn’t butter your toast, you can always don your freeky specs and check out the annual Art Parade this weekend. Everyone loves a parade!
Mail Order Monsters at NYC’s Dietch Projects (Sept 6-29): Curator with impeccable (and totes FADERish) taste Kathy Grayson shows work from Paper Rad’s Ben Jones, homie Wes Lang and perennial fave Eddie Martinez.
Jules De Balincourt at NYC’s Zach Fueur (Sept 6-Oct 13): Art star JDB brings more of his Tin Tin style post-millennial tension and alienation to oil works on canvas. We’re fans!
Lisette Model at NYC’s Hasted Hunt (Sep 6-Oct 27): 12 portraits of rotund folks from yesteryear, courtesy of the estate of legendary Viennese/American photographer Model.
Set in Concrete at NYs SPOOL MFG (Sep 1-29): We’re not entirely sure where Johnson City, NY is and exactly what the artwork is like but this group show includes pieces/installations from buddies Lee Ranaldo, Lizzie Bougatsos, Jon Santos and Nick Zinner. Yes we consider Lee Ranaldo a “buddy” of ours.
BAST at LA’s New Image (Aug 25-Sept 23): We’re a little late to this one, but there’s still time to check out BASTs wheatpasty prowess plus a few mounted animal heads in Run DMC chains.
Matthew Spiegelman at LA’s Sister (Sept 8-Oct 13): Photographer Spielgelman takes some seriously excellent photographs focusing on the elusive, magical process of getting high.
Brent Rollins at LA’s HWV8 (Aug 28-Sep 23): A good old fashioned show from Ego Trip’s Brent Rollins. We missed the opening night party with Pase Rock but you can’t ever see the art at them shits anyway.