For Some Fifty Miles of Concrete Pavement—which opens today at Art(Amalgamated)—the artists and friends David Birkin and Jeremy Hutchison documented their failed attempts to bridge the geographical and ideological chasm that divided them.
With Arhat, the artist's first show in Los Angeles in five years, Takashi Murakami takes a more solemn look at mortality. The figure of the arhat—the Sanskrit term for "one who has achieved enlightenment"—has been used to depict spiritual transcendence over suffering throughout the ages.
The environment—a whimsical "nest" that appears to levitate above a spiral staircase set into an iron base, encircled by sensually curved furnishings—hovers somewhere between fantasy and functionality. Wendell Castle's "A New Environment," now at Chelsea's Friedman Benda gallery, echoes the sculptor's 1969 "Environment for Contemplation," a monastic, pod-like chamber that viewers could enter for a moment of solitary meditation.