This week's list includes a feisty auctioneer, art in a Metro station and a real-life Romeo and Juliet.
5. The last auction
Robert Berman has been running Santa Monica Auctions for going on three decades and has had the C2 building at Bergamot Station for nineteen years. At the end of the month, the space will be razed to make way for Metro's Expo line. This summer, thinking he would have to be out by September, he staged a final Bergamot auction but this weekend he's staging another “Last Goodbuy” auction, again with himself as gavel-wielding auctioneer. These are looser and lighter than auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's, the kind crime and law dramas love to re-stage, but they involve real money. 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station; C2, B7, Santa Monica; Nov. 11, 12 – 6:00 p.m. (310) 315.9506, smauctions.com.
4. Copyright infringement
Last year, a judge found artist Richard Prince guilty of borrowing inappropriately from photographer Patrick Cariou. Prince had changed the coloring, inserted an electric guitar and put blue dots over the features of a Rastafarian in an image Cariou took in Jamaica and Cariou had sued. Prince appealed, but after the initial ruling, art lawyer Virginia Rutledge said she began receiving calls from artist who regularly used found photos: how nervous should they be? A panel at the Hammer, called Artists' Rights and Internet Freedom, hashes out the fair use problem. While the panelists — music producer T. Bone Burnett and scholar Henry Jenkins, who's written about TV, film and video games — come from other industries, the debate applies across the board. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwd.; Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.
3. Even pressure
Artist Gabriele Salazar placed a miniature level between two sets of small, wood shims, which she then fastened together at the bottom with a rubber band. The shims lean outward because the level pushes them apart, and Salazar calls her precarious contraption Even Pressure. It stands alone on a pedestal in “Building Material,” a subtle show of art about structure and lack thereof, curated by artist Lucas Blalock at Control Room. 2006 E. 7th St., dwntwn. through Nov. 18. control-room.org.
2. Pre-teen romance on the Red Line
The reds and blues in Holly Andres' Sparrow Lane photographs catch your eyes right away, because of how extremely their saucy, saturated brightness contrasts the bland tiles of the Vermont/Beverly Red Line Metro station where they hang. The Sparrow Lane images are like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Virgin Suicides, as all of girls, on the cusp adolescence, seem just as likely to fall down a rabbit hole as make-out on an empty football field. Vermont/Beverly Station, Metro Red Line; through Feb. 2013. metro.net/art.
1. Capulets and the Montagues in the 21st century
On August 5, Matthew Teagu's L.A. Times cover story told of two feuding Brazilian families, the Ferraz and Novaes, who have been relentlessly killing each other for at least 25 years. It questioned whether the feud would survive Brazil's globalization and industrialization. So far it has. “It's like something out of Shakespeare that's happening now and will happen again in the future,” says photographer Taryn Simon. A few years ago, she went to Brazil to photograph the Ferraz and Novaes bloodlines. Her neutral images of the family members hang to the left of an explanatory text. All 17 other bloodlines documented in her show at MOCA, “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters,” have that same orderliness. This makes the violence and bizarreness of their stories even starker. 152 N. Central Ave.; through Jan. 7. (213) 626-6222, moca.org.
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