November 8, 2013 |
German artist Jörg Immendorff (1945-2007) is commonly misidentified as a Neo-Expressionist painter, probably because he was introduced to American audiences in the 1980s. A fine, concise show of 17 paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed-media works from the 1960s at Hannah Hoffman Gallery neatly puts the lie to that. Instead, everywhere in sight is Immendorff's Neo-Dada and Fluxus rambunctiousness, partly inspired by Joseph Beuys, his teacher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Nowhere is it more congenially displayed than in big, cut-out paintings on wood of fat, gaily gurgling yellow and brown babies.
November 8, 2013 |
I dropped in at Regen Projects in Hollywood to see my friend Lari Pittman's new show, just installed and opening to the public on Saturday. The exhibition is very large - a whopping 92 paintings on canvas, panel and mostly paper - but the three mammoth works that anchor the main room dwarf everything. Titled as various “Flying Carpets,” each one is a boggling 10 feet high and 30 feet wide. No doubt there are many reasons for the daunting scale, which fits the work's overall theme of epic trauma - and equally epic possibility -- during what the artist has dubbed today's “Late Western Impaerium.” The spelling alone, with its Old World allusion to ancient Rome, reeks of life lived under crushing conditions of supreme power.
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October 20, 2013 |
Many of the people gathered in the sleek Santa Monica space were leading double lives. What they did in the workaday world was not what had brought them there. On this night, they'd shed that pay-the-rent reality - of managing buildings, of building them, of arranging titles for car loans. They'd also shed the names they were known by in it. They had come together a block from the beach as their alter egos: xtoofur , kevturner007 , jelloet . Those were the names printed in bold on the badges they wore on lanyards - badges that, flipped over, simply said ARTIST.
October 13, 2013 |
Give any Arizona guidebook a glance, and a few dozen locales will be described as "a former copper mining town. " That's also true for Bisbee, nestled near the Mexican border in the state's southeast corner. But the similarities stop there. Bisbee boasts some of the best art galleries in the state, side by side with newly sprouted brewpubs and Zagat-rated restaurants offering Southwestern-influenced vegetarian food as well as gourmet pizza and pasta. Amid it all, Main Street's antique shops and galleries are surrounded with examples of Victorian architecture.
October 10, 2013 |
Richard Newton's “La Gruta Azul” is and isn't like that other Blue Grotto -- the radiant and idyllic sea cave on the coast of Capri in southern Italy. There, natural anomalies bring exquisite sunlight into a watery pool, causing it to mysteriously appear to glow from within. Capri's grotto was said by the ancients to be home to demons, and Romans left sculptures behind as protective offerings. Fiends likewise lurk in the vicinity of Newton's sculpture, which glows with an inner blue light, but they are of a more commonplace (if equally destructive)
October 4, 2013 |
When an intrepid explorer joins forces with a successful contemporary art gallery, the mood for the evening could be described as “artfully adventurous.” Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills hosted photographer and environmental activist Sebastian Copeland on Thursday night in a fundraiser for the Natural Resources Defense Council. The British-born artist, lecturer and self-described “extreme adventurer” -- who's based in West Hollywood -- has led expeditions in remote locations around the world to document the effects of climate change and capture, through video and photography, endangered landscapes. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview Three of Copeland's 48-by-60-inch “pigment prints,” as he calls them, were on display in the airy upstairs gallery space, with 100% of the proceeds from their sales benefiting the NRDC.