Murdered Paintings

From the LA Weekly comes the No. 1 Artsy Thing to Do This Week:

“As victims, I choose my paintings,” said French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who would suspend balloons of paint or beer cans from her artwork and shoot at them. The bullets would splatter the paint and puncture canvases. Saint Phalle, who died in 2002, held shooting sessions in L.A. 50 years ago and, in her honor, 11 contemporary artists chose their own victim artworks and went to Angeles Shooting Range on January 22 to open fire. You can see the shot-up art — such as a roughed-up, tar-colored statue by Henry Taylor and red-splotched KKK villains by Noah Davis — at Here Is Elsewhere Gallery. Also on display: a gorgeous wood altar Saint Phalle built and then assaulted in 1962.

Pacific Design Center Blue Building, 8687 Melrose Avenue, Suite B-231; through March 23. (310) 904-8966,