Must See Art

Summer Show at Karyn Lovegrove Gallery

Five male painters who seem to favor large canvases, including Dietmar Lutz, Ian Patrick and Neil Rumming, are featured in this group show. The most impressive single work, located in the gallery office, is Benjamin Butler’s 43 Trees (Spring) Forest (2006). Through a grove of delicately painted birch trees, Butler pushes pink and green?rectangles like shivering leaves or the rosy hue of the afternoon sun. And check out Michael Coughlan’s confidently large abstract painting resembling a strange piece of pastel coral or land formation; keep an eye on this local to see where his cartoonlike abstractions lead him.

6150 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. | (323) 525-1755| | Through?August 12

Jutta Koether at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

The German-born expressionist painter, performer, musician and writer — Koether wrote the liner notes for Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation and has done performance-based collaborations with Kim Gordon — shows 13 new black paintings titled Volume 13. Both the color and number have obvious implications, and also serve as a visual representation of “black noise.” Some have delicate line drawings, while others are painted with a sheer black wash and large, loose brush strokes. Three smaller additional paintings, not part of the series, are collaged heavily with glass and leather accoutrements referencing the punk and fetish aesthetic. The show has opened but there will be a summer reception on August 19 with Koether in attendance, a bar and a DJ from 6 to 8 p.m.

5795 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City | (323) 933-2117 | | Through August 26

Summer Group Exhibition at Daniel Hug

Patterson Beckwith’s enchanting photograph of brightly colored bubbles and cigarette smoke toys with familiar modernist forms and echoes ideas in early experimental photography, while the three women in the show, Lindsay Brant, Hanna-Mari Blencke and Anna Parkina, all explore ideas of self-portraiture. Brant creates a study for a stained-glass work (which she also makes) of herself smiling while topless in boy’s underpants, while Parkina uses fragmented photos of herself in silk screens, and Blencke paints a dark expressionistic portrait. Also included are Hansjoerg Dobliar, Andreas Hofer, Thom Merrick, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.

510 Bernard St., Chinatown | | (323) 221-0016 | Through August 19

Lecia Dole-Recio MOCA Focus

This is the first-ever solo museum show for local painter Lecia Dole-Recio. She continues to employ her technique of layering paint, glue, tape, vellum and cardboard, building up surfaces and cutting away with an X-Acto knife, to create dense geometric patterning that resembles abstract wall sculptures, architectural drawings or textile design. The end result is like a colorful quadratic constellation, and calls to mind the work of Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt and Agnes Martin. The artist speaks with curator Brooke Hodge on Thursday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m.

250 S. Grand Ave., downtown | (213) 626-6222 | | Through Oct. 23

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