Jacques Lacan's hairdresser, Karolos Kambelopoulos, sat for an interview in 2008. “I used to like his hair,” said Kambelopoulos of the famed psychoanalyst. “And with his hair I was able to make a style that would fit with his face and with his body and with his mind, but he was very narcissistic.” At parties, Lacan's main aim seemed to Karolos to be making sure everyone liked him and knew he was important. Friedrich Kunath's Blum and Poe show is called “Lacan's Haircut.” It's full of leaking colors, paintings with illustrations of animals layered on top of abstract landscapes, oversized sculptures of men's shoes and a film of an artist painfully, lyrically hitting tennis balls against his paintings and slaving poetically over his art. The whole show takes itself far too seriously and knows it, but its self-involvement is so complete and competent that it's awe-inspiring. 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through Oct. 27. (310) 836-2062, blumandpoe.com.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 8. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012

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