November 8, 2013 |
Trained as an architect, Tony Smith (1912-80) was adept at working with geometric structure in relation to the human body. In the 1950s, when he turned first to painting and then to sculpture, the interplay between the geometric and the organic became a leitmotif. “Maze,” a conundrum in welded steel painted dead-black, is the commanding centerpiece of a beautiful exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery. The 1967 sculpture consists of two pairs of rectangular forms, each nearly 7-feet tall.
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.
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.
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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.
October 3, 2013 |
Feodor Voronov's 10 new paintings at Mark Moore Gallery begin simply: Each starts with a word or a phrase the 32-year-old painter prints, in big block capitals, on raw canvas. Then things get messy. And so animated you won't want to look away. Voronov makes some letters look three-dimensional, as if they were carved from stone, built of bricks or blown up like balloons. The visual kick of graffiti comes to mind, but so does the frilly silliness of doodles, particularly those of daydreaming grade-schoolers.
October 2, 2013 |
Case Study House No. 22 may be one of the most photographed homes in the world, but it is Julius Shulman's black-and-white photographs of the house, taken in 1960, that immortalized a rchitect Pierre Koenig's glass-and-steel design. A new exhibition opening Saturday at Woodbury University's Hollywood Gallery examines this phenomenon -- the ways in which architectural photography moves beyond buildings documentation and into the realm of timeless artwork. Presented by the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury, “Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design” features the work of contemporary architectural photographers Peter Aaron, Jon Miller, Bilyana Dimitrova, Undine Pröhl, Joe Fletcher, Tim Street-Porter, Timothy Hursley, Lara Swimmer, Alan Karchmer and Paul Warchol.
September 18, 2013 |
A painting depicting President Obama was defaced at an art gallery in the Sacramento area last weekend, and the gallery owner has vowed to keep the painting on display. The act of vandalism, which was reported by news station Fox40, occurred last week at The Brickhouse Gallery near the Oak Park section of the city. The painting of Obama, which sits on the roof of the building, was spray-painted with the words "No War" and the initials NWO, which apparently stand for New World Order, a conspiracy theory.