A stunning compliment to the “POWER” exhibition is the current show titled “Signifying Form” curated by Jill Moniz for Landing Gallery (image right). This outstanding exhibition focuses on African-American women artists in Los Angeles and features sculptural works made by them between 1935 and 2016. It includes works by Maren Hassinger, Samella Lewis, Dominique Moody, Senga Nengudi, Allison Saar, Betye Saar and Brenna Youngblood. The exhibition examines the relationship between material and meaning and also focuses on race and gender vis-à-vis Los Angeles as the particular location that allowed these women the space to push the boundaries of what sculpture could be and signify. The exhibition also features foundational works by Elizabeth Catlett and Beulah Woodard, both of whom were instrumental in inspiring and cultivating black art in Los Angeles. Thru 6/3/17.
“Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery 1959-1971” is presented at LACMA. This traveling exhibition was expanded with curation by Stephanie Barron to emphasize Virginia Dwan’s contributions in Los Angeles with her Westwood Gallery (1959-1967) (image right). It was the one of the only galleries in LA to exhibit serious contemporary art. Dwan imported artists and exhibitions from New York and Europe. Her West Coast enterprise was a leading avant-garde space in the early 1960s, presenting works by abstract expressionists, neo-dadaists, pop artists and nouveaux réalistes including Niki de Saint Phalle, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Joseph Kosuth, Claus Oldenburg, Robert Rausenberg, Ad Reinhardt and Jean Tinguely. In 1965 Dwan opened a New York venue, the first bi-coastal gallery. Her support and dedication to the Land Art Movement are extremely significant. Enjoy this video to gain a better understanding of her impact on the art world. Thru 9/10/1.
The Museum of Latin American Art presents “Frida Kahlo through the lens of Nickolas Muray” (image left) Approximately 50 photographic portraits taken of Frida Kahlo comprise this exhibition. The photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946, explore Muray’s unique perspective; in the 1930s and 1940s he was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom she shared a close friendship. Correspondence between the two is also included in framed reproduction. The Hungarian-born Muray was an acclaimed artist in his own right, having pioneered color portrait photography. Thru 9/03/17.