18 Apr 2013

Scott Grieger’s New Billboard is Up

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Scott Grieger’s New Billboard is Up

  Artist Scott Grieger, whose work can be seen in Letters from Los Angeles Part 2 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts,  has a new piece of billboard art up on Lincoln Blvd, just north of Venice Blvd. on the east side of the street—nice and bright even at night! Note the Otis.edu info in the…

15 Apr 2013

Imprints of Nature and Human Nature: Paintings and Photographs by Fatemeh Burnes at Mt. SAC

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Imprints of Nature and Human Nature: Paintings and Photographs by Fatemeh Burnes at Mt. SAC

    Fatemeh Burnes, in her solo show “Imprints of Nature and Human Nature,” at the Mt. SAC (Mt. San Antonio College) art gallery, gives us fine demonstrations of painting with imaginative pictures of cozy and fantastic forest glens, complete with writhing branches and twigs encouraging us toward a light that promises even more content…

22 Mar 2013

Collecting Work by Los Angeles Artists: MOCA Art Talk with Curator Bennett Simpson

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Collecting Work by Los Angeles Artists: MOCA Art Talk with Curator Bennett Simpson

Bennett Simpson, an art curator at MOCA, shared some of the museum’s behind-the-scenes stories about its acquisition of the Laurence Rickels collection of contemporary art, and discussed some of the ways in which MOCA acquires artworks by Los Angeles artists. It was a fascinating gathering in MOCA’s continuing series of free Art Talks. This session…

20 Mar 2013

Catherine Opie Updates the Old-Fashioned Portrait; at Regen Projects

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Catherine Opie Updates the Old-Fashioned Portrait; at Regen Projects

  There are some excellent photographs in town now that argue “yes, these are absolutely in the category of fine art” in the “is it” or “isn’t it” everlasting discussion about photography, and the best proof is Catherine Opie‘s current grand installation at Regen Projects. Her work is magnificently installed in a clean, white space…

10 Mar 2013

“YOU Look At ME Like An EMERGENCY”: Photographs by Cig Harvey at Kopeikin Gallery

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“YOU Look At ME Like An EMERGENCY”: Photographs by Cig Harvey at Kopeikin Gallery

  Cig Harvey‘s “YOU Look At ME Like An EMERGENCY” –her first solo show in Los Angeles now at Kopeikin Gallery-– gives us a poignant group of photographs that are rich and suggestive. These 24 artworks are selected from a range of photographs in the artist’s recently released book, YOU Look At ME Like An EMERGENCY (Shilt Publishing,…

7 Mar 2013

Raul Guerrero’s Inspired Roadwork at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla

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Raul Guerrero’s Inspired Roadwork at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla

Raul Guerrero‘s elegant show “Beatniks” marks his own creative take on Beatnik author Jack Kerouac’s American classic On the Road; it is up now in the Rotunda Gallery at the lovely Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla. Beatniks, or the Beats, were non-conformist artists and writers of the 1950s and 60s, and their…

2 Mar 2013

Herb and Dorothy: 50 Artworks Move to MOCA

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Herb and Dorothy: 50 Artworks Move to MOCA

  The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection has been described as one of the great American collections of conceptual and minimalist art. An exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s recent acquisition of 50 artworks from this outstanding collection of post-1960 and contemporary artworks, “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States at…

19 Feb 2013

XEROX: 1965-1966 Barbara T. Smith at The Box

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XEROX: 1965-1966 Barbara T. Smith at The Box

  In 1965 Barbara T. Smith approached Gemini GEL in Los Angeles to propose a lithography project and was rejected by them (they were busy with famous New York artists at the time), so she decided to take printmaking technology, as it was available at the time, into her own hands. It was a stroke of pure…

16 Feb 2013

Llyn Foulkes Retrospective at Hammer Museum

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Llyn Foulkes Retrospective at Hammer Museum

  It is a stunning Llyn Foulkes retrospective up now through May 19, 2013 at the Hammer Museum  in Los Angeles. If you’ve seen the exhibition, then you’ve discussed it with others, and perhaps you’ve liked the email and the frequent threads on Facebook. In a recent conversation with me, Foulkes said that The Lost…

2 Feb 2013

Printed Treasures at Printed Matter’s L. A. Art Book Fair at MOCA-Geffen

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Printed Treasures at Printed Matter’s L. A. Art Book Fair at MOCA-Geffen

  Art book lovers are gathering at the L. A.  Art Book Fair, sponsored by Printed Matter, on now through Sunday, February 3, at MOCA-Geffen downtown. The book fair is open until 5 p.m. tomorrow, and most vendors accept cash and checks only. Who says the book is dead? A lively crowd is enjoying the love-in…

30 Jan 2013

LA Art Show: “The Joys of Collecting Art” Panel with Blake Byrne and the Einsteins

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LA Art Show: “The Joys of Collecting Art” Panel with Blake Byrne and the Einsteins

The fabulous art collections of Los Angelenos Blake Byrne and Clifford and Mandy Einstein were featured in the “Joys of Collecting Art” panel moderated by Bruce Helander at the L A Art Show (1/27). The Einsteins and Blake Byrne are deeply involved with MOCA and have donated substantial amounts of art to our city’s contemporary art…