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9 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.01.33 AM.pngLA-based artists FriendsWithYou are doing a book signing on Thursday, June 5th, 6 to 8 p.m., at Paul Kasmin Gallery's PK Shop (511 West 27th Street). Rizzoli is publishing their first comprehensive monograph, We Are FriendsWithYou, featuring contributions from Pharrell Williams, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Peter Doroshenko. The shop will also debut a new limited-edition "Little Cloud" lamp designed by the artists.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.02.34 AM.pngKia Labeija, In My Room, 2014

The arts organization Visual AIDS opens a group show called "Ephemera as Evidence" on Thursday June 5th, 6 to 8 p.m., at La MaMa La Galleria (6 East First Street). Curated by Josh Lubin-Levy and Ricardo Montez, the exhibition features works that "evidence past lives and future possibilities in the works of artists confronting HIV/AIDS." It's up until the end of June.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.04.08 AM.pngRichmond, Virginia, artist Ryan Conrad Cooper opens his first solo show in NYC on Thursday, June 5th, 6 to 8 p.m. at James Fuentes (55 Delancey Street). He plans to remove all the copper wiring from the gallery's walls and sell it as scrap metal, leaving "open wounds of drywall" and turning off the electricity. Guess you'd better get there before dark -- or bring a flashlight.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.05.18 AM.pngCallicoon Fine Arts presents the final show in their space at 124 Forsyth Street with a group of miniature versions of every building that has housed the gallery since 2009. The tiny works made of paper and foamcore are by Brooklyn-based artist Nicholas Buffon. Check it out before June 29th. The gallery's 49 Delancey Street location remains open.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.07.31 AM.pngPhoto by © Jean-Luc Guérin

Grace Exhibition Space (840 Broadway, Brooklyn) has a cool show of performances by three artists called "Big Bang Theory" on Friday, June 6th, 9 to 11 p.m. Belgium's Didier Odieu will be doing "a concert, but the kind of concert you never saw before" (he holds the world's record for performing 178 hit songs in 13 minutes and 45 seconds). Also appearing: Brooklyn's Lopi Laroe and Wild Torus.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.09.25 AM.pngRúrí, Rainbow I, 1983, Installation/performance (detail)

Stux Gallery (24 West 57th Street #609) opens their summer group show, "...Burning Bright: Tiger, tiger," on June 5th, 6 to 8 p.m. and it's up until the end of July.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.10.45 AM.pngA new space called Underground SoHo Gallery (83 Mercer Street) opens on Thursday, June 5th, 6 to 9 p.m., with "People of New York," an exhibition of pencil drawings by Michal S. Perry. All the works were made in the early '90s. There will also be music during the opening by Trubdr. Adam Road.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.59.40 AM.pngLarry Clark, Jonathan and Cindy, 2004. Pigment print

A big retrospective spanning the career of acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark opens on Saturday, June 7th, 6 to 8 p.m., at Luring Augustine (531 West 24th Street). Starting with his early portraits shot in 1961, the exhibition, "they thought i were but i aren't anymore," also includes several paintings being shown to the public for the first time. Clark's latest film, The Smell of Us, is set to premiere in Europe later this year.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.12.18 AM.pngA piece by Takashi Murakami

If you're going to be in Paris before June 25th, check out the group show called "G.I.R.L." curated by Pharrell Williams at Galerie Perrotin (60 Rue de Turrene, Paris, France). Lots of cool stuff on view including works by KAWS, Yoko Ono, Ryan McGinley, Andy Warhol, Terry Richardson, Murakami etc.

Looking ahead:

California-based artist Thomas Campbell has a solo show called "Ampersand" opening on June 12th, 6 to 8 p.m. at Joshua Liner Gallery (540 West 28th Street). It's up until July 12th.

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