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Five Fabulous Artists to Watch February 2017

Posted on March 22, 2017
Here are five fantastic artists whose work we liked last month.
 
 
MARY RAMSDEN
Mary Ramsden, The dirtiest selfie at 50pt (part 1), 2015, acrylic on canvas
 
Seen at the Aspen Art Museum in her first solo museum exhibition, British artist Mary Ramsden presented a new series of paintings arranged in groupings that investigate associations between scale, imagery, and space. Expanding on her interest in social media and our daily interaction with technology, Ramsden's painterly, gestural marks echo the physical residue left when swiping the touch screen of a tablet or smart phone. Ramsden examines the playful zone between the painter's mark and the accidental smears of our screen-based world.  She alludes to our relationship with the screen in our daily life and creates abstract compositions in which amoebic forms fuse with bold, gestural mark-making. Ramsden's practice is unapologetically painterly and her works are a testament to a commitment to painting as a progressive language that demands our attentive engagement.
 

January Art Fairs January 2017

Posted on March 22, 2017
January was a busy month in the world of art fairs. The West Coast was abuzz with multiple showings in San Francisco and in Los Angeles. Here are some artists that we found especially noteworthy.
 
 
DIANA AL-HADID
Diana Al-Hadid, Theory, Beard, Practice, 2015, Polymer, gypsum, fiberglass, stell, plaster, gold leaf, pigment
 
Diana Al-Hadid uses everyday materials, such as plaster, plywood, and cardboard, to create wall structures that seem to rise, fall, and ooze all at once. Simultaneously suggesting a sci-fi future and recalling a mythical past, the pieces combine architectural references like church spires, columns, and broken plinths with simulated fabric drapery and melting wax. Enigmatic narratives are embedded, including references to Pieter Brughel and stories about the mythical Ariadne and the 13th-century Muslim inventor Al-Jazari, who is said to have influenced Leonardo Da Vinci. Many of Al-Hadid's pieces blur the boundary between sculpture and painting. Al-Hadid is a Syrian-American artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
 

End of Year Highlights January 2017

Posted on January 04, 2017
Though it may seem like ages ago that we scoured the booths during Art Basel Miami week, the reality is that there is never a dull moment in the art world. With all the art fairs, parties, job shuffling (think Sotheby's and Christie's), presidential politics, Zika scare and exhibitions safely in the rear view mirror for another year, here's a rundown of some artists we will be watching in the year to come.
 
 
ANDREA BOWERS
Andrea Bowers, Don't Touch Me, 2016, Cardboard and LED lights
 
In Susanne Vielmetter's booth at Art Basel Miami, you couldn't miss the work that Andrea Bowers created after the emergence of the Access Hollywood hot-mic recording of then-candidate Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. "Don't touch me," reads the sign, with electric lights inside cardboard letters in reference to the typical material for signs at protest marches.
 
Working in a variety of mediums including drawing, installation, and video, Andrea Bowers centers her work on the convergence of art and activism. The topics she has addressed in her practice range from workers' rights and the Occupy Movement to sexuality and gender discrimination. She is a self-described feminist artist. 
 
Andrea Bowers, Dream, Rise and Organize, 2016, Cardboard and permanent marker
 

Fall Preview September 2016

Posted on September 02, 2016
Check out these new works before their gallery openings this month

 
KEELY REEMTSEN
Kelly Reemtsen, On Point, 2016, Oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches
 
In this new series of paintings, Kelly's women take on the "glass ceiling". Armed with sledge hammers, axes and a purpose, these female figures ascend ladders and climb on chairs to attack that annoying social prejudice. 
 

Kelly Reemtsen, Outstanding, Oil on panel, 2016, 60 x 60 inches
 
Kelly Reemtsen is an American painter, known for her iconic images of well-dressed women doing what it takes to get the job done, usually with a power tool in their hands. Strikingly feminine at first glance, with their bodies adorned in fashionable designer dresses and runway-worthy accessories, Reemtsen's women are not simply pin-up girls or arm candy. Rather, the women, while dressed to the nines, undertake household, and often, traditionally masculine tasks. The objects they hold range from domestic to menacing, and yet, as a body of work, address the question of the proper role of the contemporary woman.  
Over It opens September 17th at the David Klein Gallery in Detroit.
 
Kelly Reemtsen, Presentation, Oil on panel, 2016, 44 x 44 inches

 

RODNEY MCMILLIAN
Rodney McMillian, Untitled, 2016, detail of larger installation
 
Rodney McMillian uses a range of material, formal, and conceptual strategies to explore the complex and often tenuous historical narratives and social systems that shape our lives.
 In his latest series, one of the predominant works in the exhibition focuses on the legacy of Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) who was a seven-term (1969-1983) Congresswoman and the first black and first female person to campaign for the Democratic Presidential Nomination (1972). Notably, in contemporary political discourse and much written history of the 20th century, Chisholm's accomplishments are conspicuously absent.
Chisholm's Reverb opens September 10th at Vielmetter Projects in Los Angeles.

Basel Bulletin June 2016

Posted on July 09, 2016
Despite the heavy rains, crowds flocked to see the art at the Grandfather of all art fairs in Switzerland. Here are some highlights...

 
Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, 2016, Seven thirty to thirty-five-foot high dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders
 
Human-shaped stone figures by Ugo Rondinone dominated the booth of Zurich-based heavyweight Eva Presenhuber. The sculptures were smaller versions of those seen at Rockefeller Center in Spring 2013 in the Human Nature show. If you want to see Ugo's work on this side of the pond, don't miss Seven Magic Mountains, a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than 30 feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is a creative expression of human presence in the desert, punctuating the Mojave with a dynamic burst of form and color. That exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.
 
Donald Moffett, Lot 032216 (radiant blue), 2016, Oil on linen, wood panel support with steel tubing
 
Marianne Boesky's booth was filled with works by Donald Moffett. They resemble seductively cut shag paintings, which look like grass but methodically extrude from a linen surface. One piece at the center of the booth was suspended from an iron beam resting atop two sculptural donkeys. 

Donald Moffett, 2016, Installation shot of Boesky booth

Auction Review May 2016

Posted on June 23, 2016
AUCTION WEEK REVIEW
 
Art market watchers approached the past few weeks, into which New York auctioneers Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips packed a punishing six sales over five nights, with hesitation. A slowdown in the art market at the top end, and a period of major upheaval at Sotheby's, led to worries of a disastrous week. But it wasn't too bad of an outcome. People are buying; it's just at a slower and smarter rate. 
 
Auguste Rodin, Eternel printemps, 1901-03, Sold for $20.4 million at Sotheby's, biggest seller of the evening

Results were reassuring especially in what has become the main sector of auction trading: the postwar and contemporary field. Impressionist and modern art auctions, however, were unimpressive at best, with Sotheby's failing to sell one of three top works on offer at their evening sale. The contemporary market seems to be a much better barometer of the general art market, whereas Impressionist and Modern used to carry the weight. 
 
Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968, Sold for $36.7 million at Sotheby's, estimated at $40 million
 
There has been a significant drop in sales volume in the spring evening auctions this year compared to last year.
Christie's suffered an enormous drop, unable to repeat the remarkable $705 million "Looking Forward to the Past" curated sale which drove last year's total. In contrast this year's "Bound to Fail" curated sale only generated $78 million.

Meanwhile Sotheby's total sales volume dropped almost by half. Last year the house generated $748 million in sales, compared to this year's $386 million.
 
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982, Sold for $57.3 million at Christie's, All-time high price at auction for the artist
 
Experts say the sales indicated a return to sobriety on the part of the houses after overly ambitious estimates and excessive guarantees offered to sellers. We all have been waiting for the market to normalize. It was clearly skewed almost off the charts in terms of energy and money but now that is coming to an end.
 
Everyone was watching Sotheby's especially closely in the wake of staff departures and its acquisition of advisory firm Art Agency, Partners. While volume at both houses was markedly down from past years, though, the auctioneers may have made better profits this time around as a result of fewer price guarantees. In past years, when the houses promised high prices to coax owners to sell, and then bidders didn't materialize, the houses were left holding the bag. Both auction houses were trying to outdo each other with guarantees and valuations, and that couldn't go on forever.
 
But sobriety, and the absence of gigantic $100 million artworks seen in recent years, hardly means collectors aren't shopping. The drop in sales volume, instead, reflects a downturn in seller confidence, as the houses had a tough time convincing collectors to consign top-level works. Of course famed Japanese collector Yusaku Maezawa spent no less than $98 million over the two-day auction period. 
 
Agnes Martin, Orange Grove, 1965, Sold for $10.7 million at Christie's, World-wide auction record-breaking price
 
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Art Madness May 2016

Posted on June 23, 2016
It was a busy month of May in New York with art fairs Frieze and NADA, plus the buzz (and bust) of the auction sales at Sotheby's and Christie's. Here's a brief recap...

 
Igshaan Adams, Surat Al'lkhlas III (front), 2015, Woven nylon rope
 
 
ARTISTS OF NOTE 
South African artist Igshaan Adams creates intricate tapestries made from banal materials such as rope, beads, and textiles depicting Kufic calligraphy and other iconographies of Islamic culture, as well as remnants of Apartheid South Africa. Evoking the work of master El Anatsui, Adams's richly layered pieces hang simply on the walls, draw you in and command introspection, calm, and careful consideration.
Igshaan Adams, Surah Al-Fatiha II (part one), 2016, woven nylon rope, beads and string
 
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New Works May 2016

Posted on May 16, 2016
Check out these new works by some of the latest hot artists

 
Kristin Baker, Encrypted Antithetic, acrylic on PVC, 2016
 
KRISTIN BAKER
 
We think these pieces are quite exciting, especially Encrypted Antithetic, given the political atmosphere at the moment. Baker (American, b. 1975) is a New York-based painter whose work focuses on disrupting the limitations of her medium.  
 
Kristin Baker, Diaphonous Leverage, acrylic on PVC, 2016

By emphasizing the materiality of paint through her built up layers of troweled acrylic, Baker's paintings approach other two-dimensional practices such as printmaking, photography, and paper assemblage.
 
Kristin Baker, Untitled, acrylic on PVC, 2016
 
Her compositions combine illusionistic and pictorial space as well as artificial forms and surfaces. Bakergraduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and received an MFA from Yale in 2002. 
 

Artist Highlights April 2016

Posted on May 13, 2016
Check out these new works fresh from the studio

 
Sadie Benning,  Turquoise God, mixed media and wood, 2015
 
SADIE BENNING
 
Here's a preview of new works that will be on view later this month.
Sadie was featured in the most recent rendition of the Greater New York show at MoMA PS1. Recurring every five years, the exhibition has traditionally showcased the work of emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. Bringing together emerging and more established artists, the exhibition occupies MoMA PS1's entire building with over 400 works by 157 artists. 
 
Sadie Benning, Worm God, mixed media and wood, 2015

Benning was also included in the 2013 Carnegie International exhibition and is also being considered for the 2017 Whitney Biennial.
 
Sadie Benning, Purple Hat God, mixed media and wood, 2015
 
Benning is known for experimental video narratives that explore aspects of identity, memory, and loss. But the act of drawing is also an important part of the artist's practice, and Benning has made very strong recent forays into abstract painting. She studied at Bard College and has received many awards, including the Wexner Center Residency Award in media arts, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture Merit Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Award. Benning's work has been exhibited at the New Museum in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Wexner Center for the Arts, among others. She has been featured in several Whitney Biennials and has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Sadie Benning, The Owl and the King, mixed media and wood, 2015

The content of her latest work is best expressed by the physicality of the paintings. Each element of Benning's highly constructed work is cut from a larger piece of wood; layers of aqua-resin are applied to the forms, which are then sanded and molded, and finally fit back together to form the final composition. Layers of psychological and physical affect are built up through this process.
Sadie Benning, Coin, mixed media and wood, 2015
 

Art World Happenings April 2016

Posted on May 13, 2016
Check out these big moves and bi-coastal openings

 
Gustav Klimt, Posthumous Portrait of Ria Munk III, 1917-1918, Oil on canvas
 
THE MET BREUER OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's modern and contemporary art program includes a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives in the landmark building (previously The Whitney Museum of American Art) designed by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue and 75th Street in New York City. The Met Breuer provides additional space for the public to explore the art of the 20th and 21st centuries through the global breadth and historical reach of The Met's unparalleled collection.
 
The two inaugural exhibitions are a major, cross-departmental initiative, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, which includes works by some of the greatest artists of all time, ranging from Titian to Louise Bourgeois, who left their works "intentionally unfinished"; and the largest exhibition to date dedicated to Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi.

Don't miss a presentation of early photographs by Diane Arbus, opening in July, that is primarily drawn from the museum's Diane Arbus Archive. Opening in the Fall will also be a series of commissioned architectural photographs that document four seminal public buildings designed by Marcel Breuer. In October, culminating The Met Breuer's inaugural season, will be the first major survey in the U.S. of Kerry James Marshall, whose work asserts the place of the black figure within the narrative of Western painting.
 
Alice Neel, James Hunter Black Draftee, 1965, Oil on canvas

NY Armory Fair Favorites March 2016

Posted on March 08, 2016
Here are some stand-outs from this past weekend's Armory fair week, seen in a New York minute

 
Douglas Coupland, From his Deep Face series, 2016, Acrylic on archival pigment print
 
This year marked the 22nd annual edition of the world-renowned Armory Show, the fair at the center of Armory Week, a constellation of fairs that pop up in the busy first week of March spawning countless related parties, performances, and VIP tours of the fairs and private collections. Here is a rundown of the highlights from the Armory Fair along with some other satellite favorites.
 
205 exhibitors displayed their works of art across Piers 92 and 94 on the far west side of the city, with a focus on African art in both the modern section and the main attraction, the contemporary pier. Yielding to that theme was a piece by Yinka Shonibare MBE. Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film and performance, Shonibare's work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. 
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Girl on Flying Machine, 2008, Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, steel, rubber and aluminum
 
 
London gallery Tiwani Contemporary, which works with established and emerging artists from Africa and the Diaspora, was selected for the special Armory Focus section. The gallery presented a solo exhibition of works by Francisco Vidal. His drawings, sculptures, and installations are marked by a visual lexicon that builds on Cubist portraits by Pablo Picasso, ethnographic photography, and African fabrics, as well as the bold, calligraphic lines of graffiti and street art. Vidal's large-scale portraits are composed of layered sheets of paper, highlighting their status as both objects and paintings, and evoking an architectural physicality. Great jam music was playing in this booth to complete the environment.
Francisco Vidal, Black Fire, New Spirits No. 2, 2015

LA Fair Favorites February 2016

Posted on February 03, 2016
Here are some stand-outs from this past weekend's LA art fair scene

 
MATTHEW CHAMBERS
 
Matthew Chambers, Not the University, 2015, acrylic, enamel based adhesive and nylon flocking on canvas
 
LA-based artist Matthew Chambers had show-stopping flock paintings on view as well as a series of artist's books. Bright and engaging, this new body of work draws the viewer into the experience of the velvety surface. The floral works, while starting from automatic drawings focused on color (some present in the books), were then repainted with matched color enamel adhesive, and then sprayed with nylon or rayon fiber. His series of artist's books, cut and stitched together and then placed in lockable wooden boxes, expose his personal editing process, implying the continuing sense of freedom, risk, failure, work for work's sake, and private catharsis that an artist goes through on a daily basis. 
   
 
 
 
TODD GRAY
Todd Gray, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Then / Now Same, Same, 2015, 
Five archival pigment prints and found antique frames
 
Todd Gray, born in 1954, lives and works in Los Angeles and Ghana. These eye-catching works are comprised of photographs culled from Gray's own archive and then recontextualized inside antique and artist-made frames. Gray delved into his extensive archive of Michael Jackson photos (he was his personal photographer in the 1980s) and re-purposed them, reframing them alongside his documentary work from Ghana. Gray is careful to resist the viewer's desire to see a complete likeness of Jackson, showing instead detailed fragments of his body, his backup dancers, views from concerts, and placing them against images of African people and Ghanian architecture. The framed photo collages overlap and stack on top of one another, creating a cacophony of photo sculpture. 
Todd Gray, Mirror Mirror, 2014,Two archival pigment prints and found antique frames

Israeli Artists January 2016

Posted on January 19, 2016
 
When traveling through Israel last month, we met these amazing artists and fell in love with their work

 
ALMA ITZHAKY
 
Alma Itzhaky, Noon Prayer at the Repair Shop, 2015
 
Alma Itzhaky, born in 1984, lives and works in south Tel Aviv. She explores the daily geopolitical arena, depicting scenes which she uses as the objects of her art. Itzhaky's painting style originates from the expressionist tradition of painting which is conveyed in her strong brush strokes and angular dynamic compositions. Her work reflects her generation's social and political mood, addressing the contemporary reality of Tel Aviv - Jaffa.  She won the Rappaport Prize for a Young Artist (2014), the Osnat Mozes Painting Prize (2012), and currently has a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art through January 2016. Her enthusiasm for her work comes through in her dialogue and it is fascinating to see the world through her eyes.
   Alma Itzhaky, Brother Bread, 2015
 

Miami Art Fair Download December 2015

Posted on December 16, 2015
MIAMI ART FAIR REVIEW
 
Art Basel in Miami Beach is firmly entrenched as one of the most sought-after and meticulously planned events on the American art world calendar... it's the year's biggest opportunity to connect with global buyers. The Guardian declared that the show is "the most prestigious art fair in the western hemisphere" and "the best by far" in the United States. The majority of exhibitors reported strong sales and many reported sold out booths, not only to private museums and institutions, but to esteemed VIPs and new collectors as well.
Here is a rundown of some of our favorite works.

    
Thomas Bayrle, Rhapsody in Pink, 2015, 
acrylic digitalprint on canvas
  
THOMAS BAYRLE
A pioneer of German Pop Art, Thomas Bayrle is best known for his 'super-forms', large images composed of iterations of smaller cell-like images. Humorous, satirical, and often political, his paintings, sculptures, and digital images are commentaries on the systems of control and domination in a rapidly globalizing economy. Bayrle draws readily on his experience of Cold War Germany as a microcosm of broader power struggles. This piece is based loosely on a work by Caravaggio and is created out of small iPhone images.
 


  
Mickalene Thomas, Untitled (Futurist Brooch), 2015, 
aluminum with aluminum leaf
 
MICKALENE THOMAS
Known for her photography and multi-media installations, Thomas is now exploring the world of sculpture. These designs are based on her mother's jewelry. They are digitally scanned and enlarged to monumental scale. With these works, she has moved away from sculptural elements that celebrate and memorialize an individual and is interested in cementing and transforming small objects into a new language for contemporary sculpture. It was important to Thomas to reproduce all of the minor imperfections of the originals, as these details create a certain intimacy between the larger works and their viewers. The sculptures make allusion to different artistic genres-futurism, high modernism and kitsch-and are grounded by their basis as found objects and by their alluring materiality, which calls up themes of commerce and desire.
 

New Discoveries November 2015

Posted on December 07, 2015
 
ARTISTS TO WATCH
 
    Glenn Deneve, Star Struck, 2015, UV protective resin and acrylic mediums
  
GLENN DENEVE
Glenn Deneve was born in Bruges, Belgium.
His parents were both artistic and influential to him early on in the world of art, so it is no surprise that their profound impact made him become fascinated and inspired with art at a very young age. From childhood Glenn was drawn to the United States and the creative vibe of California. In 1997 Glenn moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. Glenn's exploration of bright colors and textures is integral to the process he has developed and used over the years. His work is characterized in a combination of acrylic paint, different mediums, watercolors and ink on either canvas or wooden frames. Glenn's work has been placed in important collections in the U.S, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary and Israel. In 2013 Glenn was commissioned to make 25 unique pieces to be placed in Zurich's most prestigious residences. Most recently, Eli and Edythe Broad acquired a painting of his for their private residence.
 


  
Maxine Smith, The Artist, 2005, oil on canvas
 
MAXINE SMITH
Maxine Smith grew up in New York City, finding inspiration in the people riding the city's buses and subways. The faces of everyday people have now found their way into her intimate, painterly portraits. Smith describes herself as an observer, whose interest in faces led her to explore their representation in her art. Smith's work often deals with portrayals of strangers, posed in unusual positions with much emotion and mystery behind their eyes. She tends to manipulate the stereotypically beautiful in favor of more nuance, character, and life experience in order to re-imagine a person's visage. 
 
 
 
 
Billy Morrison, Fight War Not Wars, 2015, acrylic on canvas
 
BILLY MORRISON
Billy Morrison is one of the few rock-and-roll musicians who can truly say he made it all the way to the top from the very bottom. Twenty years ago, Billy was homeless and close to death. Today he is on the road with Billy Idol in support of the new Idol album. While on the road, Billy uses his free time to hone the creative energy in his head.  Wanting to further express himself artistically, Morrison picked up paint and canvas for the first time in his life in 2014. Without a lesson or a class under his belt, he proceeded to paint prolifically for most of the year and has now amassed a body of work that has found a customer base that appreciates his darker introspective imagery. His jigsaw paintings depict the missing pieces in his life that he seeks to fill with a more visionary perspective

Artist Highlights November 2015

Posted on November 03, 2015
EVENTS AND ARTISTS FOR THE TO-DO LIST
 
     
Alex Israel, Lens (Purple), 2015, UV Protective Plastic Lens
  
ALEX ISRAEL at NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER
Through January 31, 2016
Los Angeles-based Alex Israel uses art to explore the cultural eccentricities of his home city of LA, as much of his work riffs on the Hollywood culture and the cult of celebrity. Partly an act of performance art, Israel's YouTube show, As It Lays, has him interviewing (mostly past-their-prime) celebrities. With a series of odd and mundane questions, the show is an homage to Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests" of the '60s, in that they are both forms of video portraiture. On the surface, his interviews are strange, but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear he is mining the celebrities' pasts to understand Hollywood's global influence. Israel, though, is best known for his sculpture series, "Lenses." The sculptures, in yellow, orange and purple, are a nod to his own sunglass company, Freeway Eyewear. In October, Israel opened a solo show at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas called, Sightings. It combines new sculptural objects made in the vernacular vocabulary of Hollywood movies to make a quasi-narrative installation related to a film that Israel is soon to release.
 

  
Peter Schuyff, Untitled, 2014, oil on linen
 
PETER SCHUYFF at MARY BOONE GALLERY, NY
Through December 18
Painter Peter Schuyff, born in 1958, is known for using paint to create abstract forms from light and shadow to depict complex patterns that warp around irregular surfaces. His signature undulating figures move around the canvas and weave through themselves. He positions these forms against realistic imagery, juxtaposing two seemingly dissimilar styles of painting. The work is playful and charming and nods to Schuyff's personal exploration of fact and fantasy. Though Schuyff's work is illusionistic, it suggests enigmatic stories, as he often uses found paintings and landscapes as the background for his geometrical overlays. Born in 1958, Schuyff was a prominent member of the East Village art scene in the 1980s as a part of the "Neo-Geo" movement. During this time, he showed with the Pat Hearn gallery but in 2003, Schuyff left New York for Vancouver and Amsterdam, where he is now based. Last year, he was included in the Whitney Biennial. His work is also included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Broad, Los Angeles and Portland Art Museum, Portland. In his upcoming show at Mary Boone Gallery, New York, Schuyff presents new paintings that continue to explore his signature spacial and optical effects. Floating orbs with checked patterns distorted by unseen forces and multiple orbs gyrating in loops and arcs suggest an underlying narrative.
 

Artist Profiles October 2015

Posted on October 21, 2015
THEASTER GATES
 
     
Theaster Gates, She Straddles the Invisible Fold, 2014, wood, tar and torchdown
  
Artist Theaster Gates was born in 1973 in Chicago, IL. He uses sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions to bridge the gap between art and life. His projects attempt to instigate the creation of cultural communities by acting as catalysts for social engagement leading to political and spatial change. Gates trained both as a sculptor and as an urban planner, but his works are rooted in a social responsibility. His pieces use mostly found materials, often from the neighborhoods in which he is actively working.
  
Theaster Gates, Civil Rights Tapestry 1, 2012, 
decommissioned fire hoses and wood 
 
Gates has described his work as "critique through collaboration," as he often works with architects, researchers and performers to create projects that stretch the idea of what we usually think of as visual-based "art." For the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Gates transformed the Whitney's Sculpture Court into a spare, architectural installation that functioned as a communal gathering space for performances, social engagement, and contemplation. For the duration of the exhibition, Gates collaborated with various creative practitioners on a series of 'monastic residencies', holding live events such as the session by Gates' musical ensemble, the Black Monks of Mississippi.
  
Theaster Gates, Installation view of Cosmology of Yard at the Whitney Museum, 2010
 
His most celebrated enterprise is the Dorchester Projects on the South Side of Chicago, where he restored dilapidated buildings and turned them into cultural institutions with artifacts from the South Side. Gates has also renovated two houses on Dorchester Avenue, now called the Archive House and the Listening House. The Archive House holds 14,000 architecture books from a closed bookshop and 60,000 glass lantern slides from the Art History department of the University of Chicago. The Listening House holds 8,000 records purchased at the closing of Dr. Wax Records. In January 2014 he designed a million-dollar installation for the South Side's Ninety-Fifth Street subway terminal. It is the largest public art project in the history of the Chicago Transit Authority.
 
Theaster Gates, Stony Island Arts Bank, featuring a library donated by Johnson Publishing with Ebony and Jet magazines lining the shelves
 
Gates is currently a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. He is also founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, an organization that endeavors to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture based, artist led, and neighborhood driven. As part of this movement, on October 3, Gates' latest project, the Stony Island Arts Bank opened to the Chicago public. The date marked the vernissage of the city's architectural biennial. The 17,000-square-foot Neoclassical building that used to be home to a savings bank now contains meeting spaces, classrooms and a majestic library that holds iconic and important archives. According to Gates, the project was inspired by a commitment to the preservation of architecture in poor neighborhoods. 

Fall Art Openings Sept 2015

Posted on September 29, 2015
ELI BROAD'S NEW MUSEUM
OPENS SEPTEMBER 20
 
    
The Broad Museum
  
The billionaire philanthropist, Eli Broad, has opened the doors to a new private museum in Downtown Los Angeles that he commissioned with his wife Edythe to showcase their over 2,000-work collection. Over 85,000 tickets were reportedly pre-reserved to view the acclaimed collection, which houses works by artists including Ed RuschaJohn BaldessariBarbara Kruger, and Jeff Koons. When the museum, a $140-million structure designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, opens to the public on Sunday September 20 (admission is, and always will be, free), it will not only be a historical moment for the Los Angeles art scene, it will be a game changer.
 
  
Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles,1988
 
Rooms are dedicated to various artists, such as Jeff KoonsAndy WarholTakashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst. The ground floor entrance area is deliberately sparse with only a couple of pieces on display. This minimalist approach allows the viewer to immerse themselves in the architecture. 
 
  
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room-The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
 
Don't miss THE VAULT...Past the elevator, over a stainless steel railing and through a steep stairwell, a patch of glass offers a peek into the museum's storage area known as "the vault," which offers 21,000 square feet of collection storage space. Slat upon slat of art storage panels line up in meticulous, methodical perfection. It is almost a separate art installation in itself giving the viewer an intimate behind the scenes look at the heart of the museum.
 

Fall Show Art Highlights September 2015

Posted on September 11, 2015
ARTIST SHOWS THIS MONTH
 
    
Jose Parla, Tomando Cafe con El Abakua, 2015
acrylic, plaster, enamel and ink on canvas
  
JOSE PARLA at BRYCE WOLKOWITZ
September 12 - October 31
Jose Parla's exhibit, Surface Body / Action Space, is his third solo show with Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York. Arguably one of the most innovative painters of his generation, Parla always produces work that is unique. His paintings and sculptures are exuberant and full of texture and performance, as they depict political connections and metaphors. In a statement on the show, Parla says: "The title and concept of Surface Body / Action Space serves as a metaphor for the language of my new paintings and sculptures. The works negotiate two, sometimes four, modes of thinking, linking artistic process to philosophy...I explore the crossroads of life between Cuba and the United States. In the works designated as Surface Body, I contemplate wall structures, cities and the States as being political borders, whereas Action Space employs a fast calligraphic mark, in juxtaposition with vast spaces of color significantly symbolizing personal freedom. The static contrasts in the works cause compositional interruptions, depicting blurred political lines, while illustrating a focus on the tension between maximal and minimal approaches in abstract painting. For me, Abstraction is boundless and is one of the greatest tools to interpret the human condition." 
 
 
  
Agnes Martin, Friendship, 1963, incised gold leaf and gesso on cnavas
 
AGNES MARTIN at TATE MODERN
Through October 11
In the first retrospective of Agnes Martin's paintings since 1994, this show at the Tate Modern in London covers the full breadth of her work, including little-known experiments that trace her development from abstraction to her grid and striped canvases. Though her work is restrained in appearance, there is an undercurrent of passion for the power of art, as she believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect, created great work. 
 

Artists To Watch August 2015

Posted on August 15, 2015

ARTISTS TO WATCH

 

    

Cooper Jacoby, Deposits (central metropolis), 2015

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COOPER JACOBY

X-rays meet acupuncture in this L.A.-based artist's new work exhibited this summer in Paris. Jacoby has borrowed from early images by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, inventor of the X-ray, and at the beginning of the summer, his sculptural, wall-mounted door handles, hung with X-ray film, were arguably one of the strongest presentations at LISTE, Basel's art fair for emerging galleries and artists. 

 

  

  

Thiago Rocha Pitta, Ocean/Atlas Polyptych (2), 2015, 12 C-prints

 THIAGO ROCHA PITTA

Thiago Rocha Pitta maps the transformative properties of nature's elements in installations and outdoor interventions where fire, water, and air take center stage. After exhibiting in São Paulo, Copenhagen, and Milan over the past several years, Pitta made his U.S. solo debut at Marianne Boesky this past spring. This summer, he shows new stills from an entrancing short film (which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum in June) that flips footage of an uneven seascape upside down, so that sky supports water in a dizzying inversion of environmental hierarchy.

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Kanye West Video Premiere July 2015

Posted on July 25, 2015

"I'M A BAD CELEBRITY BUT A GREAT ARTIST" 

   Kanye West x Steve McQueen, All Day / I Feel Like That, 2015, single-channel video

 

Last night I was one of the chosen few (one out of 120 select people) invited to a special preview screening of Kanye West and Steve McQueen's collaborative video "All Day / I Feel Like That".  This is a 9-minute video, shot in one take at a historical dockyard outside of London, that fuses Kanye's two most recent songs into a conceptual art installation. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the lucky outlet where the video will be screened for the next four days as the video's US premiere.

A conversation (or rather a stream of consciousness) took place after the viewing between the two artists and Michael Govan, the museum's esteemed director, about genre-bending, truth, beauty, art and the parallels found across the board in all aspects of visual and conceptual art. Kanye was quite articulate at times, surprisingly endearing and vulnerable, speaking about going to art school and having an appreciation for the great artists like Picasso and Fortuny. He also talked about how he is expressing himself through all his work, not just his music, but with his fashion line, his videos, his lyrics (a way to work out his anger issues). He ALMOST "spit a rap" but wife Kim was giving him looks from the front row, hinting there was too much press present and he would have to edit way too much of it. He admitted that "I am a bad celebrity but a pretty good artist" and is proud of the diverse work he keeps producing.

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Female Artists to Watch July 2015

Posted on July 21, 2015

FEMALE ARTISTS TO WATCH
 

   

Vanessa Prager, Night Gaze, 2015, oil on panel

VANESSA PRAGER

Vanessa Prager is a self-taught artist whose current work is dreamlike, illusionistic and borders on the abstract. Her thick, sculptural figures are reminiscent of both classic impressionism and Magic Eye posters. Her layered brushstrokes result in a sculptured-painting effect where the paint seems to melt and fade out, but the longer you look at the work, the faces and figures begin to emerge on the canvas.  Prager says, "I made this series to tell stories, and as with any story, you need to zoom in to get the details and zoom out to grasp the larger thematic concerns."

  

Vanessa Prager, Mud, 2015, oil on panel

Perhaps because Prager did not attend college, she has no set process in her art-making. She tends to work in waves, setting aside chunks of time to focus on her art and chunks of time to put the art away and focus on herself, letting ideas ruminate. She usually sits down with a general concept of what she wants to create, but often throws that outline away when the paint brushes come out, allowing her concept to evolve and change. She sees the subjects of her portraits involved in their own creation, with their own desires and curiosities about the world they inhabit.

  

Vanessa Prager, Grey Moon, 2015, oil on panel

Prager (yes, she is photographer Alex Prager's sister) strives to create images that stand on their own and has been explicit about not wanting to make aggressive statements with her art. Prager's works have been exhibited at galleries in New York and Los Angeles and various museum exhibitions.  Prager has also received critical acclaim in national press including, W Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Angeleno Magazine, Huffington Post, LA Weekly and Nylon.

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Artists to Remember July 2015

Posted on July 10, 2015

ARTISTS TO REMEMBER - JULY 2015 

    

Anthony Lepore, Gimme, 2015, archival pigment print

 

ANTHONY LEPORE

Anthony Lepore is a Los Angeles-based photographer. His work is both vaguely ordinary and strikingly unusual and seems to connect the mundane to the whimsical. His most recent show at Francois Ghebaly Gallery featured new work hugely inspired by (and created in) his father's bikini factory. The fact that he refuses to digitally manipulate his prints mirrors the "old-fashioned" work method in the sewing factory that has continued largely unchanged since the 1970's. 

  

Anthony Lepore, Four Way Stretch, 2015, archival pigment print

In many of his photographs, Lepore stages interactions between the physical workplace and the fabric used to make a bikini, and the abstraction of the work contrasts with the literal and functional aesthetic of the factory. Lepore received his BFA from Fordham University in 2000 and his MFA from Yale University in 2005. His work has exhibited internationally and has also been acquired for the permanent collections of many prestigious museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Hammer Museum, LA; and the Yale University Art Gallery.

 

MARK BENNETT

Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bennett, born in 1956 in Tennessee, is best known for his blueprint lithographs of imaginary floor plans from popular television shows from the 1950s-1970s. They are captivating, despite the dry format of his architectural designs. The contrast of the seriousness of the drawings with the whimsy and imagination of the subject matter seduces the viewer and draws us in. 

Mark Bennett, Home of Dr. Frasier Crane, 1998, ink and pencil on vellum

In re-creating spaces that were meant to only exist temporarily on the screen, the work points to a society obsessed by television and celebrity culture. These heavily detailed blueprints are quite nostalgic, as these "homes" are familiar to anyone who grew up watching these TV shows. In an interview with the Wall St. Journal, Bennett said, "There are times when I have to take a few liberties because some parts of the houses never appeared on the shows. But many of the details in my drawings were part of the sets, even though they didn't appear in every episode."


 Mark Bennett, Home of Laverne and Shirley, 1996, ink and pencil on vellum

Bennett received his MFA from NYU in 1982 and has been included in over 30 significant museum and group exhibitions. His work has been acquired by multiple prestigious institutions, including Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC.

           

Art To See in June 2015

Posted on June 03, 2015

ART TO SEE IN JUNE

 

    

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Indian #5, Face 45.50), 2014, oil on cardboard

MARK GROTJAHN

Mark Grotjahn, born in 1968, is a Los Angeles-based artist who explores non-representational painting. His current show at Blum & Poe Gallery, Fifteen Paintings, is his seventh solo exhibition with the LA gallery. These fifteen paintings (oil on cardboard mounted on canvas) are grounded by a central white vertical axis from which the composition radiates outward. To achieve the desired effect, Grotjahn uses a palette knife to drag, scrape and feather the dense layers of oil paint. The show is open through June 20, 2015.

 

CATHERINE OPIE

Catherine Opie's Portraits and Landscapes, now on view through August 2 at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH, consists of about 50 color photographs that Opie produced in 2012 and 2013. The photographs, all formal portraits and abstract landscapes, are reminiscent of classical European portraiture and landscape photography 
originally championed by Alfred Stieglitz in the early 1900s. 

  

Catherine Opie, Kara, 2013

In her portraiture, Opie uses a black drop-cloth background and dramatic lighting, resulting in an intimate image that captures the subject's unique character. Her subjects range from renowned artists such as Kara Walker, Matthew Barney and Miranda July, to athletes like Diana Nyad, and writers including Jonathan Franzen. The landscape photographs that are on view are abstract in their lack of detail. Opie has referred to nature as a "dream state," and these photographs are inspired by that idea. 

  

Catherine Opie,Untitled #9, 2013

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Artist Profiles May 2015

Posted on May 19, 2015

ARTIST PROFILES

JON RAFMAN

   

Jon Rafman, 214 9th Avenue, New York, NY, Google View, 2010

Artist Jon Rafman, born in 1981 in Montreal, Canada, examines the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness. He focuses on digital media to explore the ways in which technology distances us from ourselves. In an ongoing project of his, Rafman mines through Google Street View to find images that interest him. He explores the tension between the artist's gaze and the fact that all the images are captured by a robotic camera that is programmed to take photographs. 

The end of the end of the end, Rafman's first American solo museum exhibition, organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, featured a single channel video Still Life as well as a selection of sculpture and photography from the artist's New Age Demanded series. In his multidisciplinary practice, Rafman often explores the relationship between the "real" and the "virtual" in contemporary life, urging viewers to reconsider the boundaries between the two. 

  

Jon Rafman, New Age Demanded (Wispy Marble), 2013, Archival pigment print mounted on dibond

 Rafman's New Age Demanded works comprise a series of 3D-printed busts and their 2D digital counterparts, which blur the traditional distinctions between an image and its physical analog. Foregrounding the degree to which digital information permeates our everyday lives, Rafman underscores the conflict between intangible imagery and the human impulse to connect, revealing both the possibilities and limitations of virtual exploration. In combining both the physical and the virtual, his works take up an unfamiliar and uncanny third space between the two realms. 

From June 20 - September 13, 2015, Rafman will have a solo exhibition at Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York and the New Museum, New York. 

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Frieze Fair Wrap Up May 2015

Posted on May 19, 2015

ART FAIR REVIEW 

TOP BOOTHS TO HAVE SEEN AT FRIEZE NEW YORK 2015 

 

  

Gavin Brown's booth was devoted to Jonathan Horowitz's "700 Dots" project. For this work, the artist paid 700 participants $20 each to paint a neat black circle on a small white canvas (they were given very precise instructions). When it was complete, the entire collection of dot paintings was sold as a work of the artist. It offered fairgoers a quiet, highly focused moment in the bustle of the art fair and a fun atmosphere that was the talk of the preview. It also seemed to embody that high level of engagement that felt like the essence of Frieze this year.

 

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Channing Hansen Spring 2015

Posted on May 16, 2015

CHANNING HANSEN

  

Channing Hansen, 42, 2014

 Channing Hansen was born in 1972 in Los Angeles. He is an artist who moves through multiple mediums, is interested in the history of science and technology and uses his art to explore the field. 

  

Channing Hansen, Dangling Modifier, 2011

 In his ongoing series, Quantum Paintings, Hansen creates paintings by stretching hand-knitted constructions on wooden frames. He "paints", or knits, elaborate patterns and often allows the yarn to "drip" off the canvas like wet paint. He dyes and spins the wool himself, and though the work can sometimes appear random and improvised, he actually pre-determines the appearance of each piece by using a mathematical algorithm. Hansen has said that he uses the algorithm to take his subjectivity out of the equation. 

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Art To See In May 2015

Posted on May 16, 2015

ART TO SEE IN MAY

   

 THE NEW WHITNEY MUSEUM

 Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the new downtown structure for the Whitney Museum of American Art includes approximately 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space and terraces facing the High Line. An expansive gallery for special exhibitions is approximately 18,000 square feet in area, making it the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City. 

According to Mr. Piano, "The design for the new museum emerges equally from a close study of the Whitney's needs and from a response to this remarkable site. We wanted to draw on its vitality and at the same time enhance its rich character. The first big gesture is the cantilevered entrance, which transforms the area outside the building into a large, sheltered public space. At this gathering place beneath the High Line, visitors will see through the building entrance and the large windows on the west side to the Hudson River beyond. Here, all at once, you have the water, the park, the powerful industrial structures and the exciting mix of people, brought together and focused by this new building and the experience of art."

 The building also includes an education center offering state-of-the-art classrooms; a multi-use black box theater for film, video, and performance with an adjacent outdoor gallery; a 170-seat theater with stunning views of the Hudson River; and a Works on Paper Study Center, Conservation Lab, and Library Reading Room. The classrooms, theater, and study center are all firsts for the Whitney. 

Don't miss America Is Hard to See, the Whitney's inaugural downtown exhibition.

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Artist Profiles April 2015

Posted on April 24, 2015

ARTISTS TO KNOW

 

  

Petra Cortright, swnoflaek2, webcam video, 2008

 

PETRA CORTRIGHT

Petra Cortright (born 1986) is an LA-based new-media artist. She is best known for her self-portrait videos taped on her computer's webcam. The videos are decorated with basic computer graphics on YouTube. In her show vvebcam  from 2007, Cortright recorded herself simply gazing at the computer screen, passively scrolling through different effects that were standard on the recording device, resulting in an interruption in the experience of watching. As part of the work, Cortright tagged the video with explicitly sexual language in order to attract certain types of viewers, but as a result, YouTube removed it in 2011.

  

Petra Cortright, key54G23+kick.rom, Digital painting, 3D print and UV print on mirrored acrylic, 2015

Cortright also uses Photoshop to create works that combine appropriated images and icons to construct a new sort of painting. Her pieces seem to touch on every sense, and though they seem abstract and deceptively simple, they are plainly representational of the truth of reality today.  Cortright has also recently begun to collaborate with fashion designer Stella McCartney to create a video series in which she showcases patterns designed by McCartney. 

   

Petra Cortright, buffy keepers+kick.rom, Digital painting, duraflex, UV print, stickers, mounted on acrylic, 2015

Petra studied at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her works have been shown at the New Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the 2010 Biennial in San Jose, California, and the 12ième Biennale d'art Contemporain de Lyon.

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Artists to See April 2015

Posted on April 06, 2015

ARTISTS TO SEE IN APRIL 2015

 

ANGEL OTERO

Angel Otero (b. 1981, Puerto Rico) is a painter inspired by expressionistic abstraction, personal history and Spanish Baroque tradition. His work ranges from the abstract to semi-representative and his work is all process-based. His innovative process of oil-paint scraping is a work of art in itself: he "de-forms" the work, first across glass and then flays the paint once dry to reconstruct the composition across large canvasses. This process is representative of how Otero perceives the process of reconstructing personal and historical narratives. His pieces are vibrantly colored and monochromatic.  

   

Angel Otero, He was the Torpedo. She was the Target, 2015

Some of Otero's latest work is currently on view through May 9, 2015 in a solo show titled Lago at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago. 
 
 
 

KELLEY WALKER 

Kelley Walker (b. 1969, Columbus, Georgia) is a post-conceptual artist who often uses digital media, screen printing and iconic cultural images as a means for political and social commentary. Walker's latest project, using bricks to create a large-scale painting, results in something of an illusion, as each 10-foot piece appears to be both a brick wall and a variation of an abstract grid. He first scans individual bricks, then stacks them and silkscreens them using a four-color process. Walker has said, "I think of the canvas as having a mimetic relationship not only to the wall the work might be displayed on, but also to the structure of the bricks and cinder blocks in the urban cityscape of New York. Outside my studio window, I see various ways these building materials are used - structurally as well as decoratively, stacked both horizontally and vertically."

   

Kelley Walker, Untitled, 2014 

Twelve of Walker's recent brick paintings are currently on view at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York through April 18, 2015. 

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Dale Chihuly March 2015

Posted on April 06, 2015

DALE CHIHULY 

 SPECIAL OFFER

 

    

 Every year,  the Chihuly Workshop collaborates with Dale Chihuly to create four unique Studio Editions. Each piece is drawn from one of the distinctive series of works Chihuly has created throughout his career. Vibrant and dynamic, the Studio Editions are offered through museums, galleries, and other organizations across the country and abroad as well as at the Workshop. 

 All  these editions are handblown, signed by the artist, and accompanied by a Plexiglas vitrine and black base for display. Studio Editions vary in size, color, and shape. Small blemishes or imperfections in the glass are part of the glassblowing process and add to the individual characteristics of each piece.

 All pieces below are from the early 2000's and are retired, no longer available from the Workshop or galleries. But TAG ARTS is offering them here....

Below are the specific details on each one.

Contact TAG ARTS if you are interested in getting more information or you would like to purchase all or one of these gorgeous works.


 

  Carnival Macchia, 2004

 "Robust," "daring," "textured," and "vibrant" are all words that describe Dale Chihuly's Macchia Series. Spurred by a desire to incorporate all colors into his work, Chihuly created a series that dazzles with color juxtapositions. "With them I felt for the first time that a piece of glass held its own in a room," says Chihuly of this dynamic series. The surface of Carnival Macchia is a frenzy of color. Dabs of blue, yellow, red, and green cross the exterior of the undulating body. A green lip outlines the serpentine mouth of the piece. The lip follows the body, bowing dramatically to allow full view into the bright yellow interior. This magical work measures approximately nine inches in height. 



 

  Moroccan Macchia Pair, 2003

 Moroccan Macchia Pair revels in speckles and contrasts. Measuring eleven inches across, this stunning pair celebrates Chihuly's interest in combining more than one element and many colors into his work. A brilliant rose red floods the interior, while buttery yellows dapple the exterior. Multicolored spots and a thin deep red body wrap add dimension to the surface, while a moss green lip-wrap captures the billowing outline of both elements. 

 

 

Tango Red Persian Pair, 2004

 Tango Red Persian Pair embodies the passionate verve of the artist's Persian Series. Hot red lines wrap around the fluted bodies of the two handblown elements, coiling out to confront contrasting turquoise lip-wraps. Embraced within the larger form, the smaller element asserts itself on a spherical foot. Both pieces seem to sway as they interact with light. This beautiful work measures approximately eleven inches across. Tango Red Persian articulates Chihuly's delight in the lively tensions that can be expressed in glass, and in the diverse possibilities of composition in the Persian series. 

Artists to See March 2015

Posted on April 06, 2015

ARTISTS TO SEE IN MARCH

 

RUBEN OCHOA

Though known for his large-scale site-specific installations, Ruben Ochoa also uses sculpture, photography and drawings to explore the urban environment of Southern California where he was raised and still lives. He often works with basic building materials such as dirt, wooden pallets, rebar and concrete as a nod to the boundaries and physicality of the city. Though his work is conceptual, he maintains a sense of playfulness throughout. Ochoa was born in Oceanside, CA in 1974 and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the Otis College of Art and Design in 1997 and did a semester at the Parsons School of Art and Design before receiving his MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2003.

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Ruben Ochoa, Clumsy, Dumb and DIrty, 2013

Ochoa's work is currently being exhibited in a group show titled Apparitions: Fronttages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles through May 31, 2015. 

 

 

CHARLES GAINES

Charles Gaines' solo show at the Hammer Museum traveled from the Studio Museum in Harlem and is the first museum survey of Gaines' early work. Gaines is best known for the way his photographs and drawings explore how and why rules-based procedures and systems construct order and meaning. This early work of Gaines' serves as a bridge between the first generation conceptual artists of the 1960-1970s and the conceptual artists of later generations. The show is on view now through May 24, 2015.

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Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees V, Landscape #8: Orange Crow, 1989

Charles Gaines was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1944 and lives in works in Los Angeles. He has had over 70 one-person shows and several hundred group exhibitions in the US and Europe. Gaines has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989. He has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts grant and was recently named as one of the artists to participate at the Venice Biennale this summer.

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Studio Visits March 2015

Posted on March 10, 2015

KRISTIN BAKER
JACOB HASHIMOTO 

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First stop in Brooklyn was Kristin Baker's immaculate and superbly organized studio space. Kristin was a delight. So well-spoken, charming, smart and articulate about her incredible body of works, including her race car series, to her book-inspired works, her landscapes, and her surprising oyster paintings (of which she does one per year).

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She is especially proud of the monumental "sketchbook doodles".  Her newest piece was already gone: a backdrop for a Selfie, this one inspired by Edvard Munch's The Scream, measuring a colossal 80 x 120 inches. Using metal scrapers and acrylics on PVC board, Kristin applies color by taping and scraping.

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The results are intense with vibrancy, almost collage-like because of the layering. Each of Kristin's finished works has a clipboard of images next to it, documenting the process and timeline of how the piece progressed. It was so fascinating to see how each work of art evolved and changed over time. 

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Having taken some time off from painting (because she just had a baby-and looks amazing), Kristin will soon return to the studio full-time so she can get back to creating 6-8 paintings per year.  

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She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and graduated from Yale's MA Painting program. Her work has been exhibited in many prominent international galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Royal Academy in London.

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Armory Fair Highlights March 2015

Posted on March 10, 2015

 

This Spring's stand-outs were work by Emilio Perez... he is a painter's painter, combining the inherent aspects of painting with drawing in his unique stylistic process. His work is a combination of the spontaneity and expressiveness of painting and the immediacy and graphic quality of drawing. Perez generates his kinetic imagery by building layer over layer, and then going back into the painting to "draw" with a blade cutting his marks to create his abstract image, not planning out ahead of time what the final result will look like. Perez attended Pratt Institute and University of Florida's New World School of the Arts. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Miami Art Museum; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and in multiple international corporate collections.

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Emilio Perez, Quest of the Explorers, 2013

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Young Artists to Watch Feb 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015

YOUNG ARTISTS TO WATCH

 Neil Raitt, b. 1986

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Neil Raitt’s large-scale oil paintings are hypnotic. The intricate images — something between figuration and abstraction — are repetitive, resulting in kaleidoscope-like patterns that draw the viewer in as if in a trance. Raitt holds a masters in painting from the Royal College of Art and was the winner of the 2014 Catlin Art Prize. His work has been included in several prestigious collections, including the Saatchi Collection, the Franks-Suss Collection and the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas where he recently finished a residency and had a solo show. His work was recently exhibited at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair by Anat Ebgi Gallery, where he will have a solo show in April.

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Christine Corday Feb 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015

ARTIST PROFILE

Christine Corday

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UNE, Weathering Steel, 105" x 103" x 197"

In her new show at LACMA, Christine Corday: Protoist Series, Selected Forms, Corday has replaced her typical paintbrush with the heat of a plasma torch to “paint” and play with the idea of suspending the moment between sensory perception and definition and to explore forms in and out of solid states. Corday encourages viewers to touch her work, which includes two large-scale steel sculptures. The sculptures, UNE and KNOUN, appear as if they were unearthed, as each handprint slowly rusts and wears down the sculptures. This show, her first solo show at an American museum, is on view now through April 5, 2015.

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Detail, UNE, Weathering Steel

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Artists to Watch Winter 2015

Posted on January 02, 2015

BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH SOME GREAT ARTISTS

TAG ARTS is thrilled to bring in the New Year with you. We have been busy at work placing emerging and mid-career artists in many residential and commercial projects throughout the country and abroad. We continue to be challenged and stimulated by the work we see by young artists and by artists already in our repertoire, whose work we find ever changing, sometimes challenging and always exciting. We love sharing our finds with you and look forward to a great year ahead. Here are some of our favorite discoveries from the past year...

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Charles Burwell, Purple Vista, 2014, acrylic on canvas

The use of the linear mark has been a constant element in Charles Burwell’s work. It involves a specific layering process that mostly relies on the interaction of the controlled dripped line, maze-like linear forms, and organic shapes. The paintings are constructed one layer at a time, starting with layers of drips that have a specific color structure. The forms are part of a constantly evolving vocabulary that began with geometric shapes he started developing in the early to mid-1980’s, derived from biology, archeology and natural history. Some of the recent works are mixed media utilizing the digital process. Complexity, layering, patterning and introducing a wider range of imagery makes the use of computer technology an exciting addition to his work.

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Miami Art Fairs December 2013

Posted on December 20, 2013

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Zevs, Liquidated YES, 2012, mirror polished bronze on patinated bronze base

 

Miami 2013: The annual see-and-be-seen..or should I say see-and-be-scene. 

This year’s scene had a decidedly Latin American feeling to it starting with the re-opening of the Perez Art Museum Miami. The PAMM is revitalizing the art scene in Miami, bringing this city right into the future with its contemporary architectural design and collections. The museum is an education on how artists can come together to tell a story of craft, landscape, consumerism, violence and identity. To inaugurate these ideals, PAMM has amassed key loans and recent gifts from Miami’s most significant private collectors with highlights from its own young collection to create a two-year cycle of changing thematic installations collectively titled AMERICANA. An English and Spanish word that broadly describes images and objects produced in the Americas and typical of American cultures, it is specifically intended to evoke both North American art collecting traditions and a unique perspective that reaches across national borders.

Hew Locke, a British artist of Guyanese descent, known for his ship replicas, designed dozens of colorful vessels that are suspended from the ceiling as you enter the museum. In light of Miami’s history of being a port of immigrant entry – particularly by sea, this installation in the project gallery holds special meaning with many museum visitors.

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Hew Locke, For Those in Peril on the Sea, 2011, 79 model boats and mixed media

 

Many of the artists showcased in the museum were seen at the fairs. 

Adrian Esparza, who hails from El Paso, Texas, deconstructs the serape blanket, transforming our view of an everyday object to show how art exists in the world around us. This cultural symbol and souvenir from Mexico has become Esparza’s inspiration to comment on political divides and borderland experiences. His installation at the PULSE Fair was a small example of his larger piece at the Perez. These “postcards,” as he calls them, can be commissioned and range in price depending on their individual size.

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Adrian Esparza, Untitled, 2013, nails, thread, and serape

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Fall Shows September 2013

Posted on September 11, 2013

 

Art shows are in full swing this Fall across the country. Check out these artists in September…

 

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Jeffrey Gibson, Beauty, 2013, Everlast canvas punching bag, wool blanket, artists' washed oil painting, black and silver studs, nylon fringe, artificial sinew, chain

We loved Jeffrey Gibson’s work at Shoshana Wayne gallery in Santa Monica. His choice of materials is original and exciting: he uses everything from fringe and ethnic beadwork to recycled blankets and paintings. Gibson’s artwork combines elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. He even pays homage to Dan Flavin and his fluorescent light works, putting his own twist on it by covering the lights with rawhide. Jeffrey's EVERLAST punching bags are hand-adorned with tin jingles, beads and sewn fragments of washed oil paintings, a mash-up of visual and cultural references.

Jeffrey’s paintings are done on elk rawhide and stretched over wood panels, giving them a warmth and vibrancy that regular canvas cannot convey. The shapes are reminiscent of shields, drums and other tribal silhouettes.

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Jeffrey Gibson, Caravan, 2013, Elk hide over birch panel, graphite, acrylic and oil paint

Jeffrey Gibson lives and works in Hudson, NY. His works are in the permanent collections of many major art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and the Denver Art Museum. He is currently a Visiting Artist at Bard College.

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ParisPhoto LA May 2013

Posted on May 11, 2013

ParisPhotoLA took place recently at Paramount Studios, a very unique art-fair venue. It was like being back in New York City walking the streets of TriBeCa since the galleries having solo shows had "store fronts" on the New York back lot...of course, it was L.A. style with the food trucks mixed in and the beautiful West Coast weather. This came with varied reviews from some gallerists as they were separated out from the bulk of the fair which was housed in three sound stages borrowed for the weekend. Great photography was on offer.

 

Some of our favorites were:

 

In a solo show Kota Ezawa displays the history of photography through different aspects of materiality using cut-out imagery. He showcases it with transparency lightboxes in this instance.

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Kota Ezawa, Untitled Film Still, 2012, Duratrans transparency & lightbox

 

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L.A. art fair Fall 2012

Posted on April 01, 2013

Art Platform Los Angeles debuted for a second time in a new space: better location, better parking and...Despite L.A.'s feared "Carmageddon" weekend, crowds managed to flock to the Barker Hangar to see what was on display.

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Alejandro Diaz, 2012, edition of 5

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L.A. Fairs October 2011

Posted on March 21, 2013

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The fall season is a call to the west coast...both for tag-arts and for some art fairs. Tag-arts has picked up and moved to sunny California...just in time. PULSE had their debut in L.A. this month along with Art Platform-Los Angeles, a new contemporary and modern art fair bringing together local and international artists, dealers, collectors, museums, and art enthusiasts that play important roles in the vibrant Southern California art community.

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L.A. Emerging Artists Spring 2012

Posted on March 21, 2013

Here are some great West Coast artists to follow...

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Two hand-cut inkjet prints on Somerset velvet paper, 2011, Soo Kim

Soo Kim, born in South Korea in 1969, moved to Los Angeles in 1980. Kim's practice as an artist blends the making of photographs with the critical interpretation of images on a broader level. She uses the techniques of cutting and layering prints, introducing areas of absence or disruption in order to address the issues of photographic transparency and the immediate consumption of images. Kim believes that the lengthy process required to create her photographs infuses them with a "slowness" that finds its counterpart in the amount of time it takes the viewer to "read" them.

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Artist Happenings Spring 2012

Posted on March 21, 2013

Shows not to miss...

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Detail of Headless Buddha of Angkor, Dinh Q Le, 2012

A new body of work has just been unveiled by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q Le. As one would weave a traditional grass mat, Le uses photographic strips, interlacing them into striking images. His latest travels to Angkor Wat have led him to investigate two cultures from the past, linking them as one: 12th century Cambodia and the ancient ruins of Sumer.

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Miami Art Fair Review December 2011

Posted on March 21, 2013

The American Dream was in full force! Thousands flocked to Miami this year for the annual "See and Be Seen" art fairs that took place the first week in December. Art Basel and its satellites logged record-breaking crowds, proving that art buying is once again on the rise - not affected one bit by our struggling economy. Contrary to years past, the art itself however seemed subdued and mature, elegant and less edgy....no big political statements this year...no outrageous show-stoppers, except for...

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American Dream #5, Robert Indiana

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Alex Brown Winter 2010

Posted on March 21, 2013

Alex Brown's puzzle-like oil paintings are illusionary wonders. They are works of art that always spark instant questions and conversation. His landscapes and head shots are elaborate, pixilated mosaics that use a limitless color palette. Brown's brushstrokes create geometric patterns in the shape of triangles, ovals, or squares in precise increments. The result creates an image that's not unlike the distorted reflection from a turned-off television or a kaleidoscope.

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Sculpture Overview Fall 2010

Posted on March 21, 2013

If you have run out of wall space for paintings and photography or if you just want to start thinking outside the box, sculpture is a great addition to your collection. Here are some fantastic ideas that should inspire you.

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Summer Review August 2010

Posted on March 21, 2013

After having walked through some galleries both far and wide, in New York and abroad, we found some interesting artists to think about...

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Jina Valentine manipulates found objects, mostly found in junk stores, dumpsters, or on the curb side, to create her delicately cut-out masterpieces. The materials she finds are already full of history which she then instills with her own "vocabulary" when fabricating the visual piece. In Poisonous Books, Valentine constructs a monumental wall hanging, composed of handmade paper and torn pages from old books, carefully cutting it into organic shapes. Valentine currently lives and works in France.

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Jean-Francois Rauzier Spring 2010

Posted on March 21, 2013

French photographer Jean-Francois Rauzier's "Hyperphotos" will blow you away. Just what is a hyperphoto? Rauzier coined the term himself. It is a layering of hundreds of thousands of high-resolution images into one amazing, large-scale seamless collage.

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New York art fair review Spring 2010

Posted on March 21, 2013

Every Spring, artists, galleries, critics, collectors and curators from all over the world gather in New York to visit and participate in the art fairs. The ADAA Art Show, Scope, Pulse and Armory Show were just a few of the art fairs contributing to the buzz about town. The largest of the fairs is the Armory Show that took up two piers at the West Side Passenger Ship Terminal. The largest fair in its 12-year history proved to be a huge success, with exhibitors reporting multiple sales and record-breaking crowds filling the piers. Renewed confidence in the art market was obvious in the many sold-out booths and the high attendance numbers: 60,000 visitors up from last year's number of 56,000.

We visited all of the fairs and saw several artists with interesting work. Below are just a few highlights.

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James Casebere's newest photographs are of architectural models that he builds himself. They are spiritual and silent, devoid of any people or activity, like the aftermath of some catastrophe. For the last thirty years, Casebere has been devising increasingly complex set-ups in his studio. His work is currently included in the Whitney Biennial exhibit.

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Miami art fair review December 2009

Posted on March 21, 2013

This year in Miami, the overall feeling was that art is finally making its comeback. Although there were fewer fairs, the caliber of the art was much better. Below are some of the artists we especially liked this time around.

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Elias Crespin was born in Caracas in 1965. He received a Bachelor's degree in computer science at Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1990. In 2002 he started to explore ways to create movement from computer controlled electronic systems. Today he creates motorized kinetic sculptures that encourage the spectator to observe a dancing surface whose connection to mechanics or electronics is not obvious; the link is inferred rather than seen. The beauty of the forms implies that technology is the instrument and not the goal.

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Julia Barello Fall 2009

Posted on March 21, 2013

The fall season has started and art buying is making a comeback! Here is an artist you won't want to miss. Julia Barello's work is unique in that her primary material is discarded medical imaging films, otherwise known as X-rays.

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Miami art fair review January 2009

Posted on March 21, 2013

After running through twenty-two fairs, sifting through throngs of people (although not as many as last year), observing subdued buying and seeing lots of Obama-inspired art, here are some artists we found that were interesting and "affordable."

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Scottish-born New York artist Rory Donaldson manages to stretch his photographs with a digital process pulling the central subject to all four corners of the image, creating large blocks of color. Donaldson tends to focus on big-city icons, such as subway platforms, traffic intersections, or graffiti-marked doors and walls. These stripes of pure color force the viewer to observe the perspective and study of depth emanating from within.

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10 Artists under $10,000 November 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

Spending on "luxury" items is probably not high on most people's list. However, art is still attracting buyers. Just last week, the three major auction houses brought in over $100 million selling modern and contemporary art work.

Check out 10 artists you can buy for under $10,000.

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German-born Hans Silvester's photographs show the body paintings of the people of the Surma and Mursi tribes from the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. Silvester happened upon them while traveling and became enamored with their sole means of expression, their daily ritual of using natural pigments derived from the earth, soil and rocks to form abstract designs of zigzags, circles and flowers. Photographs are available in three sizes in editions of 10, with the smallest size starting at $3,500.

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Richmond Burton September 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

We're very excited to have become personally acquainted with Alabama-born Richmond Burton this past summer. We had followed his work in the early 90's through the Matthew Marks gallery and later at Cheim and Read. Richmond has been very active of late in his Easthampton studio (which used to belong to Elaine de Kooning). He is currently in the midst of three different series of work: Stretch/Colorstream Paintings, Parenthesis Paintings and White Paintings. Our commentary below is drawn from Richmond's own thoughts about his new work.

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Thomas Wrede July 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

Thomas Wrede, born in Germany in 1963, is widely known for his tricks on the eye. Wrede still lives and works in Muenster where he photographs his "landscapes." The initial reaction to the subjects in his photos is one of obvious recognition: a house, a truck, a tower. But after further observation, the viewer's eye adjusts to the subtle nuances of the scene which somehow do not add up.

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Nick Cave May 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

Nick Cave has quite a background. He has worked professionally as a high-fashion clothing designer, danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and most recently developed an international following as an artist. Since joining the faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cave has built a reputation as an educator as well as a performance artist.

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New York art fairs round-up April 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

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A few weeks ago, New York City played host to a number of art fairs kicking off the new Spring season. Here are our top picks of artists to watch:

 

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Ivana Brenner is a young South American artist who lives and works in Buenos Aires. Her work lies somewhere between sculpture and painting as she uses solidified paint to create her tactile three-dimensional pieces.

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Jane Harris February 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

An English painter living in the south of France, Jane Harris has been on our radar screen since the early 1990s when she first started producing highly textural paintings.

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Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz January 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

The husband and wife team of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz have been collaborating since 1994. Islands is their latest body of work: a combination of snow globes and panorama photographs currently on view at PPOW gallery in Chelsea.

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Prudencio Irazabal November 2007

Posted on March 21, 2013

Prudencio Irazabal, a Spanish ex-pat living in New York since 1986, has been evolving his use of paint and color in paintings for over 20 years. His earlier works from the '90s were literally three dimensional, some nearly monochromatic at first glance. Irazabal used layers upon layers of paint in order to create a sense of light coming from within. When viewed from the side, these paintings are quite sculptural since you can see the many different layers of color, but from the front the visual effect alters with the slightest change in lighting conditions. This body of work was generally square in shape and not larger than 48"x48."

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Aaron Parazette November 2007

Posted on March 21, 2013

Born and raised in Southern California, it is no surprise that Aaron Parazette is an avid surfer. He attended the University of South Florida in the late 1980s and later returned to California for gradute school at Claremont. After receiving a Core Fellowship from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston he settled in Texas.

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Graciela Hasper October 2007

Posted on March 21, 2013

Graciela Hasper has been showing her art and teaching in Buenos Aires since 1989. Her education is typical of an Argentine artist. She apprenticed with Guillermo Kuitca and Diana Aisenberg as well as studied theory at various Argentine universities. Her first show in New York was in 1997.

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Karin Davie October 2007

Posted on March 21, 2013

Karin Davie, a Toronto-born New Yorker, has been making gestural color-charged paintings since the early 1990s. Her body of work includes obvious references to Morris Louis, Eduard Munch, Jackson Pollack, Bridget Riley and Gerhard Richter. Less obvious influences include the opening frame of a Looney Tunes cartoon, Ingres's The Great Odalisque, and various photographs taken by Davie.

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Samuel Fosso September 2007

Posted on March 21, 2013

Samuel Fosso has been taking photographs in the Central African Republic since the late 60s. He was a refugee during the Biafran war and at eight years old learned photography to support himself. After taking pictures for passports by day, Fosso used leftover exposures to send images of himself home to his family so they would know he was safe. At the age of 13 he took up portrait photography as a vocation. In his spare time, he began incorporating ideas for costumes and backdrops from western fashion magazines.

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Markus Linnenbrink September 2007

Posted on March 21, 2013

Markus Linnenbrink was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1961, where he still lives and works. His artwork ranges from pantings and sculpture to larger-scale site-specific pieces. He has just created a new series which includes three types of work: drip paintings, drill paintings and sculptures. In each, Linnennbrink uses epoxy resin with pigment and gravity as vehicles to explore color and depth.

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Santa Fe December 2007

Posted on March 21, 2013

Four artists we like in the Santa Fe scene 


During our holiday trip to New Mexico we were impressed by the amount of interesting work. Much of what we saw was subject matter one would expect: horses, cowboys and cowgirls, ranches, and local landscapes. The quality of work varied greatly but we found a lot that we can recommend.

One interesting find was the Andreeva Portrait Gallery and Academy that specializes in commissioned portraits. The gallery can select an artist to paint in any style or period in sizes from miniature to murals. They even have artists that are skilled in dogs and other pets.

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Ten artists from the 2007 Miami art fairs

Posted on March 20, 2013


We spent five days in early December searching for new ideas. Four museums, nine art fairs, 1200 galleries and thousands of works of art later, we have listed below ten artists that interest us.

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Jacob Hashimoto uses Japanese rice paper, acrylic, nylon and bamboo rods to create mobile-like 3 dimensional wall hangings.



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