December 16, 2013 |
Patrick Jackson's show brought me to my knees - literally. The artist has remodeled François Ghebaly's split-level gallery, building an entry-level floor above the semi-subterranean main space. Carpeted like a model home in thick white wall-to-wall, it makes the space seem less vertiginous and more like a traditional gallery. That is, until you see the hole in the floor. Stairs lead down to what is perhaps best described as a half-floor, laced with metal scaffolding and dirt-colored carpet.
December 16, 2013 |
Psychedelic. Spooky. Hairy. Gorgeous. The winners of the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition have just been announced, and they are awesome. You can see the top 10 winning images in the gallery above. Taking first place is the freaky and fascinating Day-Glo image of the humped bladderwort, a floating carnivorous plant that thrives on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. In the winning image above, you are not looking at the entire plant, but rather its microscopic trap, where it digests its prey. The humped bladderwort (best name for anything ever)
December 12, 2013 |
Google has launched a new online tool to allow museums, galleries and individuals to create online art exhibitions. Google Open Gallery became available for public use this week, though potential users must request an invitation from Google to use the free service. The new application will allow galleries, museums and other individuals to upload content and create virtual exhibitions and tours. It also enables organizations to publish a new site or add on to an existing site. In addition, the service provides users the capability of adding background information that visitors would normally see at an actual exhibition.
November 23, 2013 |
Photographer Ellen von Unwerth is European by birth and a New Yorker by choice, but during her semi-monthly trips to Los Angeles she happily settles in to work at the Chateau Marmont. The old hotel's long photographic legacy includes frequent stays by Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber, even as the paparazzi are kept at bay just beyond the driveway. The German-born Von Unwerth mainly comes to Los Angeles for work, shooting celebrity portraits, fashion magazine layouts and, increasingly, her daring personal work, sometimes at the Chateau itself.
November 9, 2013 |
On a recent Monday at the Norton Simon Museum, everything was in its usual spot in the grand gallery where visitors first encounter an extraordinary collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Edgar Degas' "Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen," a must-see for little girls who dream of becoming ballerinas, was still the centerpiece. The bronze statue with a net tutu and satin hair ribbon was surrounded by smaller Degas sculptures and paintings by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
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 |
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.