112.jpgTonight, Friday December 14: Helmut Lang's first solo art show, Next Ever After is opening at the journal's gallery in Williamsburg. The show is the result of a year-long collaboration between the journal magazine and Lang. The Winter 2007 issue of the magazine has a big feature on Lang with studies for Next Ever After and a conversation between Lang and curator/writer Neville Wakefield on his move from fashion to art. 168 N 1st St Williamsburg. 6-9pm. Free.

Also tonight: Community Books in Park Slope is hosting a reading and party for WFMU's book, which we reviewed recently. WFMU will be broadcasting live from the bookstore as Bronwyn C., Ellery Eskelin, Dave the Spazz and other WFMU personalities entertain. I bet this will be fun. Community Books. 143 7th Ave @Carroll St. 6pm. Free.

Printed Matter has three book launches this weekend:

On Saturday December 15th, there's a party for both Kathe Burkhart’s The Liz Taylor Series: The First 25 Years, 1982-2007 and Guy Richards Smit’s The New Adventures of Grossmalerman #1. Burkhart's book contains almost every image the artist has made of Liz Taylor since 1982. One of her paintings is pictured above. Smit's comic trilogy stars his artist anti-hero Jonathan Grossmalerman, a loathsome character who is constantly involved in various gross misadventures. This first installment takes place at his art opening and includes some accidental decapitation, egomania, international intrigue, and other assorted bloody things. Printed Matter. 195 10th Ave @22nd St. 5-7pm. Free.

On Sunday December 16th, Printed Matter is having a party for artist, critic, and Art Forum production manager Jeff Gibson's book Sarsaparilla to Sorcery. In the book, Gibson combines abstract photographs of light sources with images torn from old encyclopedias. Printed Matter. 195 10th Ave @22nd St. 3-5pm. Free.

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