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Just because you can't make it to Oh Wow Gallery to catch the new works by Terry Richardson this weekend, doesn't mean you're not anxious to check out what all the buzz was about...
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at Carmichael Gallery in Culver City.
Futuro Anteriore, the group exhibition curated by Simmy Swinder features works by other Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Danays, Elyse Graham, Gerit Grimm, and Lewis Mauk. The exhibition is on view through March 10 and explores the multifarious concept of the artifact and its transfiguration through time.
Pohl has a solo show in September, a museum project, and several other projects in the works, as well. She is currently working on an interesting visual/audio installation presenting the effects of social media on the human psyche and another evocative work documenting the relationship between married couples and their dinner rituals which spans across generations.
Pohl's works are a beautiful meditation on binding social constructs and the inner monologues that imprison us and oftentimes define us. With a philosophical and academic approach, Pohl's conceptual works are like a mirror reflecting the fabric of our everyday lives, and the fabric just keeps unraveling until what it reveals is something not ugly or pretty, but honest.
_Terry Richardson is coming to Hollywood. Hard to believe he's never had a solo exhibit in this crazy town before. The man is famous for his sexualized photographs of celebrities, and for being a perverted creep with models in his studio. Sex, drugs and rock n' roll haven't been this dirty since Helmet Newton and Andy Warhol.
The Los Angeles OHWOW Gallery exhibit is titled TERRYWOOD and will present over 25 of Terry's most recent photographs. It will run February 24-March 31 as a tribute to the town he grew up in, and is inspired by “multiple facets of Hollywood life.”
A name of such magnitude in the industry, paired with a taste for scandalous, voyeuristic hard flash photography, makes TERRYWOOD a show that nobody in Hollywood should miss.
937 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
LA ART SHOW
The fair runs Jan 18 - 22 at the Convention Center in West Halls A and B. There are two separate shows running simultaneously, The Los Angeles Fine Art Show: Historic and Traditional (HAT) and the LA Art Show: Modern & Contemporary (MAC). Based on the turn-out at the opening night premiere party last night, hosted by David Arquette, it looks like outreach will successfully be elevated to new levels.
The Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA) who has organized the annual LA Art Show for the last 17 years is pleased to announce a new partnership and direction for the future. FADA President Betina Tasende states, “Partnering with Art Miami will bring a new level of commitment and future growth to the fair while adding value for Galleries. The two-show format is very exciting. We have set the highest standards for these shows and created an atmosphere catering to both the discerning collector and respected galleries”.
Come scope works by emerging artists, as well as your favorite established artists, like Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Henry Moore, Sebastião Salgado, David Hockney, Judy Chicago, Roy Lichtenstein, Arshile Gorky, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero and others.
Get your tickets here for an art filled weekend.
ART LA CONTEMPORARY
Now in its third year, the fair returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 19–22 to present 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world.
Opening night is tonight so you should buy your tickets here.
There's a strong emphasis on Los Angeles Galleries at the fair, as well as artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions, film screenings, special events and a performance series. Sounds like an exciting time for discerning collectors and art appreciators alike.
See a list of participating galleries here to get yourself even more amped.
_Matthew Mark's first gallery on the West Coast is opening tomorrow night, on January 19. Located in Los Angeles, on Orange Grove Avenue, the building itself, as Mr. Marks told the Times, "is a work of art".
Peter Zellner of Culver CIty firm Zelnnerplus designed the square, white, stucco, building, while the entire facade of the space has been graced by a monumental sculpture by none other than minimalist artist, Ellsworth Kelly. A black stripe, 8 x 40 feet, is almost 30 feet off the ground and ten inches out from the face of the building. Although Kelly often draws from shapes and colors found in architecture and shadow, this is the first piece of his to incorporate a building’s architecture into his personal work.
_Marks formerly collaborated with Kelly back in the early 90's, when Mark's opened his first Chelsea gallery with a show of Kelly's works. The Los Angeles opening will be no different, with an Ellsworth Kelly exhibit of his latest works scheduled from January 19 to April 7. Fittingly, the exhibit will also feature two pivotal, early works by the artist which relate to, if not inspired, the sculptural installation on the front of the gallery.
Black Over White, a 1966 painting made in New York City.
_Matthew Marks Gallery has shown an incredible roster of artists on the East Coast, including Andreas Gursky, Nan Goldin, Jasper Johns, and Willem de Kooning. I'm certain that the gallery will help to cement Los Angeles as a growing art destination, just as the Matthew Marks Gallery helped to catapult Chelsea's neighborhood in New York into the global art sphere.
image via historyofourworld.wordpress.com
_Banks Violette's first solo exhibit in Los Angeles is opening at Blum & Poe in Culver City tomorrow night, January 7th. His large scale, conceptual installations have been staggeringly astonishing in the past and this show should be no different. Here is a sculpture from his show at Gladstone Gallery in New York’s Chelsea last year.
His press release describes his work as being arrested in time: "Violette’s sculptural objects and installations function as elegant reminders of darker moments past and present." This is because his work is mostly minimalist in form, but made from a diversity of industrial materials like neon tubing, salt, resin, aluminum, powder-coated steel and glass. The result is a rather contemporary effect.
His work has been described as Neo-Gothic, which emphasizes a rebellion against normality, and so it's no wonder his work is heavily influenced by subcultures like hardcore punk and drone metal bands. Violette has explored teenage suicide, ritual murder, political conspiracies, religious fanatics, and NASCAR iconography in the past, so he's well known for referencing a culture of excess, but in a minimalist light.
In British style magazine, Dazed and Confused, Francesca Gavin coined the New Gothic Art movement as "The Art of Fear" and quotes Violette saying:
_"I'm interested in a visual language that's over-determined, exhausted, or just over-burdened by meaning. The heavy-handed one-to-one of 'black-equals-wrong' is incredibly interesting to me -- less as something that has a meaning in itself, but more in how those visual codes can somehow become reanimated. That's constant throughout my work."
Here is an image from tomorrow night's show for an idea of what's to come...
Hope to see you there!
image via the New York Times
Most of the time, Gagosian has a different exhibition showing at each one of his many galleries. So it's wildly surprising that next month, he has a retrospective of Damien Hirst's 'Spot Paintings' at all 11 of his international galleries. Coincidentally, The Tate Modern in London has finally decided to do a retrospective on Hirst, as well. This opens in April 2012.
image via boingboing.net
You probably recall Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull from 4 years ago that cost him 14 million in (ethically sourced) diamonds to produce. Titled, "For the Love of God" supposedly because his mother asked him, "For the love of god, what are you going to do next?", the skull sold for $100 million to a private investment group (which later turned out to include Hirst).
As the priciest piece of contemporary art ever made, opinions clash. Some consider it a work of genius for taking the heavy theme of death and laughing loudly in it's face. And the blood diamond situation in Africa clearly enhances this theme. Others view it as tacky, a symbol of an art world obsessed with excess and drunk with money.
What do you think?
Now, prepare for another Hirst spectacle with a world-wide display of about 300 spot paintings (5 of which he painted himself) available this January through February. Galleries filled with nothing but spot canvases?! Hmmm...
Hirst says that although the spots seem like happy paintings, they actually carry an underlying layer of uneasiness:
"You lose your boundaries because they are hard to focus on. Do you focus on the grid or the individual spots or the painting as a whole? Once you start really looking, you get lost.”
A man (believed to be Robert Banks) who doesn't seek fame or recognition, whose often funny and controversial artwork inspires thoughtful dialogue and immediate reactions. An artist and a political activist. Our Beloved Banksy.
Remember In December 2009, when at the close of the United Nations Climate Change Conference he painted a mural on global warming that said, "I don't believe in global warming" with the words submerged in water?
Or earlier this December, at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, when he left a bust of a priest's face covered with bathroom tiles to achieve a 'pixelated' effect to make a statement on child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church? The Huffington Post reported this story 4 days ago.
We may not know much, but we know that he isn't afraid to disturb our sense of what belongs and what's appropriate. His works are known to satirize modern society's inhumanity, by encouraging us to reassess the world we see around us.
Banksy had up this "Manifesto" on his website which explains his concept as well as the Holocaust Lipstick motif in his art. It is an excerpt from Gonin’s diary entry about the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945:
"It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it; it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for these internees than the lipstick.... At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity."
Most recently is this new sculpture, "Fallen". It looks like a Roman soldier, lying broken on the floor. I think it speaks to the fall of great empires, and could be a comment on the falling to pieces of the European Union? I am not sure where this sculpture will appear, and since location has practically everything to do with the message of the work, it's difficult to say.
For now the work is up on Bansky's website.
What do you think the message might be? I would love to hear some of your thoughts!
Never mind that Thierry Guetta (Mr. Brainwash) fails as an artist. That he admits that his body of work consists mostly of scanning and photo shopping. All done by assistants. And don't let it bug you that the actual artistic process behind the images is carried out by hired graphic designers.
Pay no attention to the copyright infringement lawsuit Guetta lost against photographer Glen E. Friedman where Judge Dean Pregerson made the staggering determination that Guetta's Run DMC piece was not enough of an artistic adaption to be protected under the Fair Use Defense.
Don't let it bug you that Mr. Brainwash isn't going anywhere. He has a new, 80,000 sq. foot exhibit opening Thursday, Dec 22 on La Brea, south of Santa Monica, and it's bigger than ever. Of course, to keep the hype fresh and the crowds heavy he is going to take it down a week later and "destroy everything". Thank you for doing us the favor, Thierry.
Even navigating the busy streets of LA this past weekend in the pouring rain didn't stop anyone from noticing the giant sculpture that sprang up (over night!) on La Brea and 4th.
Brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang have brought their impressive, chrome finished bust of Lenin's head (with a small figure of Mao on top performing a balancing act) to get a conversation going in LA. The Gao brothers have practically created a brand of using prominent historical figures to spotlight what is taboo in Chinese society.
Even with China celebrating it's 60th anniversary since the Communist Revolution, there are still drastic limits on artistic expression. Take for example the imprisonment of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei earlier this year. Accused of “inciting subversion of state power,” a catch-all term used to jail anyone critical of the Communist Party rule, he has been detained and imprisoned now for a second time.
The Gao Brother's sculpture titled "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head,"
pushes the boundaries of artistic expression. Using the image of Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin and then fragmenting the pieces which make up his person, the Gao brothers are commenting on his broken legacy which brought so much chaos and distress to Russia.
Although often criticized for being far from subtle, the Gao brother's works manage to "move the conversation forward". A concept that Larry Gagosian, and other high-profile collectors and art people alike, recognize as the telling factor in determining whether an artist will have an impact on the artistic landscape of tomorrow. By connecting the past with the present in their work, the Gao brothers seem to be making a name for themselves in tomorrow's pages of art history.
Justine Freeman learned to appreciate art from the time she was a girl running around her grandmother's famed art collection. She believes that art does not have to be beautiful if it evokes feelings or new ideas. The beauty is that one single work can distort the way you see the world. Betty Freeman, who the art community still respects and talks about today for her fantastic estate collection, put herself in charge of Justine's culture. For this, Justine has remained forever grateful. She wants nothing more than to pass on this exuberant love and appreciation to her readers.