March 4, 2013 |
The Sundance Film Festival will showcase some of its more experimental features in a new mini-festival in West Hollywood this summer. Called Next Weekend, the Aug. 8-11 event will include screenings, panel discussions and parties, and will be headquartered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will open with an outdoor screening Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Other venues such as the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum will host Next Weekend activities.
June 7, 2012 |
In “Correspondence,” her first solo show in Los Angeles, German artist Martina Sauter brings a method she's employed for some time to a city that is uniquely situated to appreciate it. In each of the show's 21 photographic works, Sauter pieces together a pair of images: a grainy still, taken off a television screen, from one of three films - "The Black Dahlia," "The Trial" and "The Piano Teacher" - and an image taken somewhere in the...
August 31, 2012 |
Even viewed with low expectations in a week that easily qualifies as the creative nadir of the gallery season when most L.A. galleries are wrapping up their languid summer offerings to prepare for the back-to-school launch of early September, John Baldessari and Rirkrit Tiravanija's dual exhibition of text-based work at 1301 PE is a perplexingly slack affair. Baldessari's contribution is a four-color, poster-sized screen print in which the phrase “Learn to Dream” is repeated in the same thick, chunky font across six horizontal registers.
November 29, 2012 |
Monica Majoli's darkly tinted diptychs are love poems to those moments when sleep slips away and you wake up to see that the world is beautiful. In these bedroom pictures, the knowledge that life goes on without you is oddly comforting - serene, sensible and out of step with the selfishness that seems to define our times. At L&M Arts, Majoli's first solo show in Los Angeles consists of five oils on panel, each depicting a former lover, paired with five shadowy works on paper, each made with lithographic inks, in honor of her father, a lithographer who left, long ago, to set up shop in Italy.
September 24, 2013 |
The big, basic, almost naive shapes of Roy Dowell's paintings, collages and sculptures at Various Small Fires bring to mind Marsden Hartley or in their more agitated moments, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Like them, the L.A. artist seems to draw from a vocabulary of personal symbols that give his work an idiosyncratic, totemic quality. The paintings and collages achieve a pleasing balance between gestural efforts, letterforms and flat, geometric areas of color or pattern. They get more interesting the more you look at them, like art historical palimpsests that span prehistory to our media-saturated present.
November 12, 2013 |
Responding to international pressure, officials in Germany have released a preliminary list of the more than 1,400 works of art discovered in a Munich apartment that are believed to have been improperly acquired by the Nazis. On Tuesday, authorities began publishing an online roster of the works found in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, an art dealer who is the son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. The partial list of just 25 works was published on the site Lost Art Database on Tuesday, but the site has been experiencing technical difficulties, presumably because of high traffic.