IN THE GALLERIES:
The current group exhibition of paintings at Laura Korman Gallery are quite exquisite. “Submerged” features works by Katherine TzuLan Mann, Yukari Kaihori and Tatyana Murray. Thru 4/8/17. (image below)
Located in the mid-Wilshire area, the new artist-run Brainworks Gallery presents “State of the Union” curated by Erin Adams, Kristine Schomaker and Diane Williams. The artists participating in this exhibition address ways that art can be a voice for renewal and healing. Among the artists are Kim Abeles, Dwora Fried, Jane Szabo, Linda Sue Prince and others who all bring their unique voices to material form at a time when we really need to keep the conversation going.
A site-specific installation by Anna Craycroft fills the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis Art Institute. “Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room” is divided into 2 spaces, with contrasting perceptual effects. In one half of the gallery sound and light are absorbed by hand-dyed fabric acoustical panels and soft sculpture. In the other half sound and light are reflected by a chrome vinyl mural and aluminum seating. The absorptive side allows for voices to be heard clearly, and invites gatherings and discussion. The reflective side incites reverberation, motion, and outwardness. Tuning the Room is presented as an experimental tool for engaging with ideas of behavior, voice, reception, tuning, and the transfer of knowledge and energy. Thru 4/28/17.
Valley Performing Arts Center Gallery presents work by Kathi Flood.”Cold Calls, Etching Collages with Found Objects and Text” is a series that comments on urban behavior in Los Angeles. Thru 3/3/17.
“Lay Back and Enjoy It” is the current exhibition at Shoshana Wayne Gallery. The exhibition features new work by Rachel Lachowicz. Runs thru 4/1/17.
“With Liberty and Justice for Some” is an exhibition benefiting many non-profit organizations threatened by the impending actions of the President-elect at Walter Maciel Gallery. It features the work of several contemporary artists who have been invited to create portraits of immigrants to the United States. The show is a statement on the many fears surrounding the announcement of our new President-elect and a powerful response rejecting the presumed policies that threaten to disrupt basic civil rights. Among the artists are SCWCA members Linda Vallejo and Dwora Fried. Continues thru 3/4/17.
Couturier Gallery presents “Rose Cabat 1914-2015): Memorial Exhibition.” Cabat was an American studio ceramicist who was best known for her innovative glazes upon small porcelain pots called ‘feelies’ often in the shape of onions and figs,and bowls. She was the oldest known actively practicing pottery artist in the United States when she passed away. The exhibition features 46 of her famous jewel-like porcelain Feelies, so called because of their seductively tactile and visually alluring, satiny glazes, which beckon to be touched. The majority of the Feelies on view were produced in the 1960s and stored in boxes and closets for decades, never seen before until now. Thru 2/25/17.
SCWCA member Nurit Avesar has organized an exhibition at Keystone Art Space in Lincoln Heights. The political voices of the artists selected here are deeply concerned with current threats to our democratic values. Among the artists in this exhibition are Elana Kundell, Janet Neuwalder, Kim Abeles, Bobbie Moline-Kramer, Peggy Pownall, Susan Kurland, Kristine Schomaker, Holly Boruck, Sigrit Orlet and Nurit Avesar.
2/15-2/28/17. Opening, Sat. 2/18/17, 5-7 pm; Artist talk: Sun. 2/ 26/17,3-5 pm.
At the end of the month, The Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery presents “Personal Narrative.” The participating artists have diverse backgrounds, with personal narrative of immigrant diaspora and gender identity. These themes are examined in their individual bodies of work. The curators intention is “to stimulate conversation, inspire creativity and increase understanding of contemporary art in the context of today’s society and inspire both cultural and social awareness.” Among the artists whose work will be included in this exhibition are Susan Amorde, Terry Arena, Bibi Davidson, Dwora Fried, JJ L’heureux, Malka Nedivi, Linda Sue Price and Kristine Schomaker. 2/28-6/04/17. Opening reception: 2/28, 6-8 p.m. Artist Talk 5/06/17, 1:30-3:30.
Wilding Cran Gallery is pleased to present “Ever to Find” an exhibition of new sculptures by Sharon Engelstein. Engelstein’s work explores the relationship between organism and mechanism. She creates shapes that are organic and whimsical–mostly unidentifiable but infused with familiar and playful references to animals, toys, anatomy and machinery. With this hybrid of references, Engelstein’s sculptures tell a story of the human predicament through humor while also offering an opportunity for self-reflection.
IN THE MUSEUMS
The current exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum is “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California”. This outstanding and comprehensive exhibition explores the significance of Southern California artists in establishing the field of book arts from the 1960s to present day. The exhibition highlights over 60 artists, presses, and organizations who explore ideas related to conceptualism, feminism, process, and community building through artists’ books, sculptural forms, small editions, and zines. Among the many artists exhibiting here are several SCWCA members. Artists included are Kim Abeles, Jacki Apple, Lisa Anne Auerbach, , Terry Braunstein, Eugenia P. Butler, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Carol Es, Patricia Fernández, Cheri Gaulke, Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Susan Elizabeth King, Suzanne Lacy, Cynthia Marsh, Laura Owens, Sue Ann Robinson, Betye Saar, Susan Sironi, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Linda Vallejo,
et al. Thru 5/07/17.
The Palm Springs Museum of Art is the location of a significant exhibition of female Abstract Expressionist artists. “Women of Abstract Expressionism” presents the work of American women artists active in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1940s and 1950s. As part of a circle of painters known as Abstract Expressionists, they helped forge the first fully American modern art movement. More than 50 major paintings will be on view by artists Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Elaine de Kooning, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher. 2/18-5/28/17.
|Elaine de Kooing|
The Hammer Museum presents a selection of works from the Hammer Contemporary Collection by Liz Craft. She is known for her surreal sculptures that simmer with a sense of the absurd. Cartoony and dreamlike, her works are rendered with a mash-up of realistic detail and weighty materials such as bronze and steel. Working in Los Angeles for many years, Craft chooses subjects that often evoke the idiosyncrasies characteristic of Southern California’s cultural landscape. This exhibition is organized by Connie Butler, chief curator, with Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, curatorial associate. Thru 4/30/17.
“Creature” continues at The Broad. It features 50 works presenting approaches to figuration and representations of the self. The installation features works by over 25 artists including Ellen Gallagher, Jenny Holzer and Cecily Brown. Runs thru 3/19/17.
Australian born artist Toba Khedoori‘s luminous paintings on wax-coated paper are on view on the 2nd floor of BCAM at LACMA. In addition to contributing to the rapidly growing recognition of the work of women artists, it also extends LACMA’s efforts to trace the recent history of art in Southern California. Thru 3/19/18.