The Painting Factory has put together an immense show at The MOCA on Grand titled, 'Abstraction After Warhol'. The show beautifully displays the transformation and revitalization of the abstract in today's world with a collection of breath taking works.

Known as mostly reductive in the past, abstractionism has become all- embracing, with the addition of pop culture and technology to it's vocabulary. Warhol's Rorschachs, Shadows and Camouflage paintings anchor the show since his studio work took pure abstraction into a new direction. With the introduction of pop culture and unconventional technique of mechanical reproduction, he both undermined and expanded the accepted approaches to painting. 

The exhibition runs from April 29 to August 20 and showcases impressive works by Rudolf Stingel, Urs Fischer, Mark Bradford, Christopher Wool, Sterling Ruby, Tauba Auerbach, and Julie Mehretu to name a few.

Carpets have been installed throughout the exhibit and make a gorgeous addition to the show. The collection feels like a private viewing this way, and the act of leaving footprints as you go speaks to the evolution of abstractionism itself. Just as each artist follows in the footsteps of those who influenced him before, we too leave our footprints as we stroll along these stunning works. 

Here are a few pictures I took from my iPhone at the glamorous opening night.
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China Town was the place to be last Thursday night and this Friday night is no different.
Beastie Boy, Mike D, curated this almost-month-long art show at The Geffen Contemporary MOCA last weekend and he kicked it off with an energetic set by the awesome Santigold
There was an open bar and short rib tacos by Roy Choi from his infamous Kogi Truck.
(I may have had them 3 nights in a row at Coachella last weekend...don't repeat that.) 

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Of course the Cy Twombly Opening at Gagosian is the same night, but it will hardly compare. 
At least attempt to attend both if you're torn. 

If you haven't checked it yet, MOCA is showing Takeshi Murata, Mike Mills and Tom Sachs with fun walk-through spaces and visuals that draw you right in. 
And the Cai Guo Qiang exhibit is still open to browse, also. 

Here is a short video I took on my iPhone of this trippy installation that feels like you've been sucked into a video game. The clip doesn't do it any justice but give it a spin anyways.

Hope to see you out this Friday night at either event! 

Special Musical Guest at MOCA 
Friday, April 27 7pm-10pm
Geffen Contemporary MOCA:
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Cy Twombly at Gagosian 
Friday, April 27 6-8pm
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This weekend at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is the explosive outdoor event, Mystery Circle by China's famous contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang. His work is unbelievable and fascinating. He manages to visualize forces in nature that are invisible and creates thoughtful and unpredictable   art forms. Cai is world-renowned for his gunpowder drawings, pyrotechnics and his installations. 

The public pyrotechnic spectacle begins at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 7 and will burn a drawing made from gunpowder onto the wall of the Geffen facingTemple Street. The public opening of the Sky Ladder exhibition will follow the next day on April 8th and runs through July 30. Three of Cai's extraordinary gunpowder drawings will be on view as well as other new works commissioned by MOCA. 

MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch said “Cai Guo-Qiang fuses historical references and a futuristic vision to create art that is totally contemporary. His work engages his audiences both experientially and visually. It is spectacular but also intimate. Cai draws the viewer into his imagined world.” 

Here is a video of a pyrotechnic show Cai created at the Arab Museum of Modern Art where he used microchip controlled explosives to paint pictures in the sky. It gets really beautiful around the 55 second mark. 

And here is a picture of his awesome installation at the Bilbao Guggenheim titled "Head On" where 99 replicas of wolves ran head on into a glass.
image via love-spain.
I love the themes of transformation and connectivity Cai plays with, and I cannot wait to see the show at MOCA which will be a testament to the unseen, and the possibility of extraterrestrials.  

See you there.