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NY Art Fair Week May 2022

Posted on May 30, 2022

Last week Frieze New York returned once again to the Shed at Hudson Yards. The 1-54 Art fair dedicated to contemporary African and African diaspora art was in a new home in Harlem. Volta Fair took place in the heart of Chelsea in the middle of the art gallery mecca. The big three auction houses had blockbuster sales. It was a busy week to say the least! Art enthusiasts filled the aisles on opening days and jammed the rooms at the auctions ready to purchase some of this year's most sought-after artists. 

Below is a selection of standout artworks that caught our eye




Anne Buckwalter is a Philadelphia-based artist exploring female identity and the coexistence of contradictory elements. Inspired by the folk art traditions of her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, her work arranges disparate objects in mysterious rooms and ambiguous spaces. Her quiet domestic scenes are rich in detail and pattern, and the often vacant interiors have just a hint of the sinister about them, lending an edge to their quaintness. A peaceful kitchen scene featured here seems as if someone has just left the room after making a snack, but just off to the side we see a screen in the next room playing pornography. 

Anne is the recipient of a 2020-2021 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2020 Idea Fund Grant, and a 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Galveston Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.


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LA Art Fair Week Feb 2022

Posted on February 28, 2022



Frieze Los Angeles returned once again after a two-year hiatus stronger than ever. The fair’s VIP opening boasted a crowded and buzzy mood. And with the exception of everyone wearing masks and a few vaccine protocols thrown in, it felt just like the social fair days of old. Increasing its gallery count to some 100 exhibitors, it was as busy as ever. Booths were jam-packed with fairgoers embracing and excitedly chatting, making it at times difficult to walk through the aisles for the first few hours.
Coinciding with Frieze every year, Felix has also become a not-to-miss event...the art fair that replaces booths with suites and poolside cabanas at the Roosevelt Hotel. Despite the laid-back atmosphere, the quality of work did not disappoint. 

Below is a selection of standout artworks that made a big impression.



Created specially for the fair, these works mark the beginning of a larger series of paintings by on-the-rise artist María Berrío, who blends the history of the 13th-century Children’s Crusade with the current mass migrations of peoples across the Mediterranean and the U.S. border. Each piece has a story that lends to the theme somehow. With all her work, Berrio blends fantasy and reality. Cavalry, featured here, depicts her son on a whimsical merry-go-round, a reference to the often long and tiresome journey children must take during migration. The carousel is the most poignant symbol to the absence of place, a machine that moves in circles with no real or familiar ground or destination.

Based in Brooklyn, María Berrío grew up in Colombia. Her work has been shown as part of significant exhibitions at The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Nasher Museum of Art; Prospect.4 Triennial, New Orleans; and the Museo del Barrio, New York. The artist’s first survey show was on view at The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach from January until May 2021. Her work will feature in Women Painting Women, a thematic exhibition featuring 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works, on view at The Modern, Fort Worth, May 15 – September 25 2022. Additionally, the artist’s work will be included in a major group exhibition opening in September at The DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.

Berrío’s work is in permanent collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Pérez Art Museum, Miami and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, among others.

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7 Artists to Watch January 2022

Posted on January 23, 2022



Here we highlight seven artists who have caught our attention this month and who we think are making an impact  through new gallery representation, exhibitions, auctions, art fairs, or fresh works.



Known for her surreal and hot-colored, electrifying large-scale paintings, Ilana Savdie’s works contain central themes of ambiguity, the fluidity of identity and the displacement of power through invasion, control, and defiance. Her work manifests and honors dysmorphic human bodies and elongated forms to the brink of near abstraction; it is a formula that beautifies distortion and embellishes the uncommon. As a queer artist, painting for Savdie is beyond categorization - a union of color, texture, gesture, line, and surface, conveying tension as a state of being and exploration of the human body through painterly manipulation and reconfiguration.

Born in 1986 and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Savdie moved to the United States as a teenager, yet her work remains inspired by the ethos of the annual Carnaval in her hometown. The ambiance of the Carnaval and idea of resisting societal norms, using the exaggerated body and features of the Marimonda mask (a folkloric figure that originated as a symbol used to mock the oppressive elite), are all pivotal elements of the Carnaval de Barranquilla and play a role in how Savdie approaches her work. Savdie is now based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2018 and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. Savdie was awarded the 2020 TOY Foundation fellowship and the 2020 NXTHVN studio fellowship where she was recently an artist in residence.

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Miami Art Basel Round Up Dec 2021

Posted on January 23, 2022



Art Basel Miami 2021 may be over—and fun in the sun, right along with it—but we are still processing some of the standout art and fair booths that absolutely captivated us. Yes, we’ve come to associate the week long Miami affair with parties, fashion shows and brand activations, but at the core—Art Basel is all about art! Dealers, gallerists, artists, collectors and art aficionados come from all corners of the globe to get a taste of the $50 Billion+ contemporary art market. From blue-chip galleries and established artists, to new galleries and emerging young artists, Basel week in Miami represents the full breadth of the art world. For an entire week (and then some), art galleries and dealers take over the whole city, exhibiting booths at the main hall, pop-up galleries throughout the city, private estates, boutiques etc. 

This years’ offerings were quite indicative of the global arts world, with an incredibly diverse pool of POC artists, women artists of color, queer artists, and Black and Brown gallerists. As more and more artists and dealers continue to break ceilings and push for a more equitable art market, this years’ Art Basel Miami was a great push towards that...with elegant and interesting work that was brought to market to sell to the masses.

Here’s our roundup of some of our favorite works....



With her practice, Lara Schnitger pushes the expressive power of traditional crafts across various categories and materials. Schnitger plays with tension, identity, social engagement, and femininity. Techniques like dying, quilting, weaving, and sewing are reinforced by appropriated slogans that unapologetically speak to the viewer. Through sharp irony, Schnitger deliberately evokes women's stereotypes through explicit figures and images.

Schnitger was born in 1969 and is a Dutch American artist, living and working in Los Angeles and Amsterdam. Her work has been shown internationally at galleries and museums such as the High Line in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the New Museum in New York, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Magasin 3 in Stockholm and the Stedelijk Museum, among others. Her work is in the collections of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Saatchi Gallery, London; Perez Art Museum, Miami; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.Read More

Artists to Watch January 2019

Posted on January 14, 2019
Here is a list of artists whose work we will be watching in the coming year...
Genevieve Gaignard, Counter Fit, 2018, Chromogenic Print
Genevieve Gaignard works primarily with photographic self-portraiture where she dons costumes to embody different characters as a way to understand how they might navigate the world. She also creates installations representing her characters' imagined living spaces. Visits to local thrift shops ensure that her characters and environments are truly authentic. Furthermore, her work explores the complexities of racial identity, particularly as it relates to her own experience as a multi-racial woman. The daughter of a black father and white mother, Gaignard's youth was marked by a strong sense of invisibility.  She interrogates notions of "passing" in an effort to address questions of blackness vs whiteness, while challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity. 
Genevieve Gaignard,  
Synchronized, 2018, 
Chromogenic Print
Gaignard received her MFA in Photography from Yale University and her BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including shows at Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the Houston Center for Photography.  In 2017, her work was included in the Prospect4 Triennial in New Orleans. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, California African American Museum, Pérez Art Museum in Miami, the Nasher Museum of Art, the FLAG Art Foundation, the Seattle Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

Fall Faves September 2018

Posted on October 15, 2018
This past summer we had the chance to place numerous works of art in various private and corporate collections. Here are a few of the artists that were selected along with some other contemporary art stars that we love...
Kadar Brock, peace in the purple void, a vortex, necron, 99 rides again, 2018
Oil, acrylic, flashe, spray paint, and house paint on canvas
Kadar Brock's paintings are full of holes; they are sanded and worn out. Brock's surfaces even seem to have been acid washed, gradually eroded or perhaps fiercely sand blasted, and simultaneously shredded as if struck by an explosion of shrapnel. For Kadar Brock, destruction and creation are equally important. The New York-based artist is best known for his unorthodox approach to abstract painting, in which he creates frenetic, gestural images and then renders them unrecognizable with the help of a razor blade and a power sander. 
Kadar Brock, cat's in the car, car's in traffic, hang in there, hang in there, 2018 
Oil, acrylic, flashe, spray paint, and house paint on canvas
Brock distresses and redefines his "failed paintings," older works from a series of drip paintings he created with brightly colored squirts of paint. He avoids the artistic decisions the canvas traditionally demands and revels in the potential an artwork has to fail and be revitalized, even if it comes dangerously close to the point of destruction. The iconic holes happen in the first stage of undoing. After the initial painting is dried, it gets stretched and Brock begins scraping off as much of the impasto as possible. Sometimes the razor blade gets caught so the holes are not punctures or gestures; rather they are residuals of the process.

NY Armory Week Wrap Up March 2018

Posted on October 15, 2018
Armory Week went up against a snowstorm and a schedule clash with the contemporary auctions in London and the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, but still collectors, curators and celebs came out to make significant purchases and artist discoveries.
Below are some works by emerging and established artists that caught our eye.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Pan, 2018, Unique fiberglass sculpture, hand-painted with Dutch wax pattern, bespoke hand-colored globe, gold leaf and steel baseplate
Yinka Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. His work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through a sharp political commentary of the tangled inter-relationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. His latest "Wind Sculptures" series resembles a billowing slice of fabric waving in the wind. 
For Shonibare, the richly colored sculptures refer to designs on wax batik print. Similar designs often appeared on textiles that were imported from West Africa by the Dutch during the 18th century. These days, however, those fabrics are produced in the Netherlands and exported to Africa, and so the work becomes a meditation on the history of colonialism.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Material I, 2017, Hand-painted bronze
We were lucky enough to attend a celebratory dinner for Yinka, culminating in much well-deserved attention all week due to the unveiling of his new public art piece gracing the sidewalks of New York City. His new commission with the Public Art Fund, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, is currently on view at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, just outside the Southeast entrance to Central Park until October 14, 2018. Shonibare considers the 23-foot-tall piece to be the beginning of a second generation of the series, the first generation having ended with Wind Sculpture VII, which is permanently installed outside the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture (SG)I, 2018, Hand-painted fiberglass resin cast
Shonibare's works are included in notable collections, including the Tate Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and VandenBroek Foundation, The Netherlands.

Art Basel Download December 2017

Posted on January 06, 2018
When Art Basel first came to Miami in 2002, it was a satellite art fair and an end-of-the-year anchor to the Basel, Switzerland main event held in the summer. But in a perfect storm of palm trees, parties, a surge of interest in art, and an Instagram explosion, it's now become the biggest annual art event in North America, attended by over 85,000 people. As the celebration morphs into two dozen satellite fairs and a weeklong full calendar of art and fashion happenings, it's also a venue to show how art by a new generation of artists is being made alongside the modern and contemporary heavyweights we know and love.
Below is a sampling of works by talented artists we are keeping on our radar for the upcoming year.
Ramiro Gomez, An Afternoon in Madison Square Park, 2017, Mixed media on canvas
Ramiro Gomez's work at Art Basel Miami Beach was sold out before the fair even started. The LA-based artist, known for his re-imaginings of David Hockney's pool paintings and other luxurious settings, includes the often-invisible workers who maintain these pristine backdrops. The son of undocumented Mexican immigrants who have since become U.S. citizens, Gomez experienced first-hand the ways in which certain occupations are reduced to invisibility and, though essential, are written out of the
primary narrative of a family, building, or public space. Much of Gomez's work is concerned with the ephemeral, from capturing
fleeting moments in time that would otherwise be lost - someone watering a lawn, sweeping a floor, or lifting a package onto a truck
- to the very materials that he chooses as his canvas, most notably salvaged cardboard or discarded lumber.
Detail of An Afternoon in Madison Square Park, 2017, MIxed media on canvas
After having spent some time in New York this past Fall, Gomez created a series of New York-themed mixed-media paintings with the same idea, including cardboard cutouts of nannies, delivery men and construction workers who are often overlooked and forgotten, reflecting Ramiro's ongoing interest in depicting individuals' lives and recognizing workers, acknowledging to them that they are worth being recognized.
Ramiro Gomez, Three Men on a Roof Taking a Break (Chelsea), 2017, Mixed Media on canvas
In addition to impressing collectors and curators with his work this year at the fair, Gomez created portraits in the booth on slices of cardboard of the cleaners, wall painters, lighting technicians, and art handlers who made the fair possible, but whose work rarely ever gets credited. He then presented these workers with their portraits for them to keep. He called this project "Just For You". The meaningful series, which Gomez considers a performance unto itself, is a continuation of a two-day piece he displayed during the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Ramiro will be having his first New York solo show this Spring. 
Juan Perez with his portrait at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2017

Fall Favorites September 2017

Posted on September 18, 2017
These artists have caught our eye over the past few months and are topping our lists for ones to watch this Fall
Tiina Pyykkinen, Just After - No Return, 2016, Alkyd, oil and pigment on canvas
When viewing Tiina Pyykkinen´s art, light is essential. Pyykkinen uses and manipulates her surface in such a way that colors and shapes reflected from the paintings appear and disappear according to one's position, allowing the viewer to experience the surface in different ways as they move around the canvas. One color turns into a different shade or even a different color, when observed from various directions. The light, shapes and reflections force the viewer to consider their relationship to art and the artwork itself. 
Tiina Pyykkinen, Untitled, 2013, Alkyd and pigment on canvas

In some of her latest works, Finnish-born Pyykkinen's black paint turns to a lighter, more purple shade and then segues to a multi-colored surface when the paintings reflect their surroundings. Other works have long shadows resembling an overexposed photograph that seem to take on a three-dimensional form. 

Tiina Pyykkinen, Untitled, 2017, Alkyd, oil and pigment on canvas
Tiina Pyykkinen is a Helsinki-based visual artist whose works have been on view at the Mänttä Art Festival in 2013, as well as at the Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre in Manchester, UK. Her works are included in the collections of the Finnish State Art Commission, the Saastamoinen Foundation, the Salo Art Museum, and the Paulo Foundation. Her works are currently being acquired by four other European museums.

Artist Spotlights May 2017

Posted on September 18, 2017
These recent artist shows caught our eye
Brian Bress, Rickybird (mint, hot pink), 2017, High definition single-channel video (color), high definition monitor and player, wall mount, framed
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Brian Bress has described himself as coming to video with the agenda of a painter. His single and multi-channel videos address the connections between film, photography and painting. In his video works, Bress plays a range of characters: chefs, cowboys, firemen and farmers. These characters look directly at the viewer, breaking an unspoken barrier, turning passive watchers into active participants. Bress pulls apart the assumption that picture looking - or screen-watching - is a passive, one-sided relationship. 
Brian Bress, Looking (for Joseph Albers), 2017
High definition dual-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players embedded in collage and flashe on stretched linen
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All the costumes we see in Bress's works are made in his studio, as are shallow sets in which his characters act. While the mechanics of the camera rationalize his actions two-dimensionally, the action in the studio is physical. It is the movement of Bress's own body that creates the shape, or form we see in these works. Bress's body moves like a sculpture and the costumes he wears are sculptural, leading us to understand that his latest works are about the relationship between sculpture and video, the play of light, and using form in that space rather than flattening the space out.
Brian Bress, WOW MOM, 2015, High definition, synchronized three-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed
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Brian's work was recently included in "Commercial Break" (Public Art Fund, NYC); and the 2016 Moving Image Biennial in Switzerland. Bress has had solo exhibitions and projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museo d'arte contemporanea (Rome, Italy); Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the New Museum (NYC). He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Artist Highlights March 2017

Posted on September 18, 2017
A smattering of work we have seen around the globe this March.
Doug + Mike Starn, Nuff Said, 2017, acrylic paint on LP album covers and magnets
Born in 1961, identical twins Doug and Mike Starn are showcasing large-scale portraits this month in a solo show in Aspen that perfectly capture an ephemeral sense of time and place within America. Using iconic yet technological components as a gridded backdrop (aka album covers), the Starn brothers create a body of work that celebrates the constant cultural significance of music. FYI the albums inside are fully functional and can be taken off the piece (using magnets) and played on a record player. 
Doug + Mike Starn, Because Mutiny on the Bounty what's we're all about, 2017
acrylic paint on LP album covers and magnets

The brothers first received international attention at the 1987 Whitney Biennial and have continued to defy categorization as they effectively combine traditionally separate disciplines such as photography, sculpture, painting, found images, and architecture. By far, their largest artistic endeavor has been their series "Big Bambú". The roof garden exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2010 was the 9th most attended exhibition in the museum's history with almost 4,000 visitors per day. The installation was comprised of a network of more than 2,500 fresh-cut 30-40 foot long bamboo poles lashed together.
Doug + Mike Starn, Nevermind Judy, 2017
inkjet prints on Zerkall paper glued to cut LP album covers, vinyl lettering and magnets
Major artworks by the Starns brothers are represented in public and private collections including: The Museum of Modern Art (NYC); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, (NYC); The Jewish Museum, (NYC); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC); The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC); Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; La Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, amongst many others.

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, 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, 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, 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

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, 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.

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
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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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
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

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

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, 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
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
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
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
    Glenn Deneve, Star Struck, 2015, UV protective resin and acrylic mediums
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 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 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
Alex Israel, Lens (Purple), 2015, UV Protective Plastic Lens
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
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, 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
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
Jose Parla, Tomando Cafe con El Abakua, 2015
acrylic, plaster, enamel and ink on canvas
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
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




Cooper Jacoby, Deposits (central metropolis), 2015

silkscreen on lead, inkjet print on acetate, UV resistant epoxy resin, aluminum panel



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 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


   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



Vanessa Prager, Night Gaze, 2015, oil on panel


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



Anthony Lepore, Gimme, 2015, archival pigment print



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.



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.


Artist Profiles May 2015

Posted on May 19, 2015




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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Artist Profiles April 2015

Posted on April 24, 2015




Petra Cortright, swnoflaek2, webcam video, 2008



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




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 (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





 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




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.


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' 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.


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



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).


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.


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. 


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.  


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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Young Artists to Watch Feb 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015


 Neil Raitt, b. 1986


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


Christine Corday

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.


Detail, UNE, Weathering Steel

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Artists to Watch Winter 2015

Posted on January 02, 2015


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...


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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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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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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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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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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