March 12, 2014 |
The lines in Bart Exposito's new paintings at Thomas Solomon Gallery do things the lines in his old paintings didn't: slip away from the shapes they demarcate to float in spaces that are more atmospheric than anything the artist has painted since he began exhibiting 15 years ago. This transformation may have something to do with Exposito's recent move from Los Angeles to Santa Fe and his commute to Albuquerque, where he teaches. Like the landscape he drives through, most of his new works are horizontal.
February 27, 2014 |
Anticipation is an undercurrent running through recent work by New York-based artist Rory Devine -- anticipation and imminent loss, if not exactly dread. Two-dozen paintings on canvas and paper, plus one video showing only a fellow absent-mindedly riffing chords on an electric guitar, employ motifs both figurative and abstract, recognizable and allusive. Devine's art is determined to focus on present experience instead of promises of future reward, a point well-taken. Dour but not bleak, the work could still benefit from even greater immediacy of engagement.
February 27, 2014 |
The annex at Michael Benevento Gallery holds three large paintings of three-masted sailing ships at sea, the kind that proliferated during the colonizing age of exploration that began half a millennium ago. Shown in various states of full and partial sail, and largely drawn in black acrylic on white painted canvas, these are the vessels whose sailors scanned the globe during their unprecedented journeys. In the main gallery a few doors away, painter Mark Roeder continues a similar scan in what could be called full sail.
HOME & GARDEN
February 22, 2014 |
For a decade, while traveling to perform in concerts, Moby was looking for a new place to call home. His longtime city of choice, New York, had become so gentrified and expensive that artists - his spiritual kin - were being driven out. "I was looking for a city that was warm in the winter, had access to nature and was primarily filled with weird artists," Moby says, seated in the guest house of his Beachwood Canyon estate. "Honestly, this is the only place that satisfied all the criteria.
February 19, 2014 |
In a surprise announcement, the financially troubled Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington has entered into an agreement to be taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. The deal, announced on Wednesday, would mark the largest takeover of an arts institution in the nation's capital in recent memory. The Corcoran, which is a private, nonprofit organization, has experienced financial difficulties for years and had recently explored a potential partnership with the University of Maryland.
February 18, 2014 |
What did renowned makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin carry in his makeup kit? The answer will be revealed, along with many never-before-seen pieces from Aucoin's private and professional life, in a special “Icon Gallery” exhibition, open to beauty and fashion industry professionals as part of the Makeup Show L.A. The two-day trade show, which attracted 5,800 visitors last year, returns to Los Angeles for the sixth year on March 1 and 2, before traveling...