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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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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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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.

Art Programming January 2018

Posted on January 06, 2018
Join Emily Greenspan this year for a very special curated calendar of events as we introduce you to a diverse program of unique art experiences while offering insight into museums, auctions, artist studios, galleries, art fairs, and print workshops.   
You will receive announcements approximately 4-6 weeks prior to each event with the opportunity to sign up.  Space is often limited so please respond early. 
Here is a sneak peak of the first few events...
Los Angeles
Gemini Night: The Art of Printmaking in the 21st Century
Bring your creative energy to Melrose Avenue to learn the art of making prints. After a brief history and short demo, everyone will have the opportunity to create their own print to take home. 
Gemini G.E.L. is an artists' workshop and publisher of fine-art limited edition prints and sculptures. Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, among many others, made Gemini and Los Angeles an important part of their working and social lives. They formed friendships with Gemini locals, including Sam Francis, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, and David Hockney.  
Please RSVP now as space is very limited.
Los Angeles
American Friends of the Israel Museum Gala
Vibiana, 214 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Join Emily as she co-chairs this annual event that will feature David Hockney as the highlighted guest speaker.  
Hockney is one of the most important and iconic artists of our time. His versatile and groundbreaking practice includes photography, drawing, painting and other forms of modern media. Since its founding in 1965, the Israel Museum has become a leader among the world's encyclopedic museums. From prehistoric objects to cutting edge contemporary works of art and design, the museum's vast holdings reflect humanity's artistic achievements and cultural wonders. 
Please join us for a very memorable evening.
Space as Emily's guest is extremely limited.
Please click here if you're interested in supporting the museum and/or attending the gala.
New York
The Armory Show: VIP Preview Day
Gain early VIP access with Emily the day before the fair opens to the public
Staged on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show features presentations by over 200 leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs.
The fair is open to the public March 8-11, 2018
Click here to request a time to walk the fair with us
New York
Ramiro Gomez Exhibition
on view March 22-April 21, 2018
Early access to view work by Los Angeles artist Ramiro Gomez with an exclusive walk-through of the show with gallery owner and founder Wendy Olsoff
Click here to make an appointment
Aspen, Colorado
A visit to Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Artists of all levels come from across the country and around the world to explore new ideas, hone their art-making skills and engage in meaningful dialogue. Join us for a tour of the impressive property and studios of the artists-in-residence.
More dates and events to follow...

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
(Loop 24 minutes, 18 seconds)
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
(Loop 15 minutes)

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
(Loop 18 minutes, 18 seconds)
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.

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.

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

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 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

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. 

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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Art To See in June 2015

Posted on June 03, 2015




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


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'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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Art To See In May 2015

Posted on May 16, 2015




 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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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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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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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…



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.


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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Artist Happenings Spring 2012

Posted on March 21, 2013

Shows not to miss...


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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