IN THE NEWS
The Getty Research Institute (GRI) recently announced the establishment of the African American Art History Initiative with the acquisition of the archive of world-renowned artist Betye Saar (American, b. 1926). “Betye Saar’s pioneering assemblages and large-scale installations, grounded in unique materials and African American history, have had a profound and positive impact on artists and audiences nationally and internationally.”
Brewery Art Walk is October 13 & 14, 11 am.-6 p.m.
Ojai Artists Studio Tour is Oct. 13, 14, 15, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Art Panel in conjunction with the exhibit, Here’s Looking At You, Kid at Loft at Liz’s, Tuesday, October 23, 7-9 p.m., Alejandro Gehry, Annie Terrazzo, Jane Szabo, Justin Bower alongside curators Liz Gordon and Cynthia Penna
Thursday, Oct. 25: Walk-through of Adrian Piper: Concepts and Institutions exhibit at UCLA Hammer Museum. Meet in front of bookstore at 1:30 p.m. sharp!
IN THE GALLERIES
A compelling exhibition at Suzanne Vielmetter Projects inspired by troubling events is exquisitely presented. Silence is Gold is the work of Iraqi-born artist Hayv Karhaman. The work is inspired her experiences as a child as part of the exodus of Kurds from Iraq in April 1991. In the series of exquisite textured gold paintings, for example, exploited women look directly at the audience, unabashedly, unashamedly, spreading their legs or exposing their breasts, while refusing to lower their gaze. The paintings force the audience to look them directly in the face and see what was (and is) asked of these women: to let them be the objects of desire. The paintings play with gold as both color and texture. The rough textures, cut-up fabrics and multi-layering show that nothing is pure, simple or one-dimensional, despite the purity and innocence we ask for from the women who are being saved. The pure white is overlaid with the impurities of gold-leaf paint, creating a palimpsest that not only connects these paintings to each other, but to the history of such images, and to previous spectacles of suffering. Thru 10/27/18.
Nancy Youdelman: Fashioning a Feminist Vision 1972-2017 will be opening later this month at the Cal State Northridge Art Gallery. The exhibition illustrates the development of Youdelman’s practice during the past five decades. Her work is most closely aligned with feminist art of the 1970s as she studied with Judy Chicago. She was one of the early feminist art practitioners. Her mixed media pieces are exquisitely crafted. For example she takes second hand garments and shoes and encrusts them with a variety of found objects, resulting in meaningful mixed-media creations. Buttons, dried flowers, costume jewelry, broken pieces of glass and anonymous vintage photos figure prominently in her later works. 10/27-12/08/18.
Opening Reception: Sat. 10/27, 4-6 p.m.
Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Betty Ann Brown: Sat. 11/13, 2-4 p.m.
Rachel Hobreigh’s work will be featured in an exhibition at Red Hen Press in Pasadena. Other Realms is a two-person show with Hobreigh in collaboration with Marcus Maria Jung. The exhibition features painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography and invites the audience into an experience that is both, vibrant and meditative as it guides viewers deeper into the realms of nature. Hobreigh is internationally known for her works that situate the feminine in nature. 10/10-12/02/18 (by appointment).
Opening Reception: Sunday, 10/14/18, 3-6 pm; Artist talk at 4 p.m.
The Hung Liu exhibition, Crossroads continues at Walter Maciel Gallery. Her newest paintings are based on the Dustbowl and Depression era photographs of American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, whom Liu has long admired. Also on view are Liu’s My Secret Freedom series. These small format landscape paintings were painted in secret while on location in the outskirts of Beijing from 1972-1978. Thru 10/27/18.
Displacement, new work by painter and sculptor Arminée Chahbazian and Soaring, Stumbling, Surrending, a body of work by Yvette Brown continue at Lois Lambert Gallery. Thru 11/03/18.
The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents Unnatural Disastersis, a series of multi-layered paintings that explore the destruction caused by present-day environmental crises and the lasting impact of these events by local artist Merion Estes. Also at CAFAM is Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love. Guirguis presents her research of Egyptian feminist poet, activist, and writer Doria Shafik (1908 –75). For this exhibition, Guirguis presents paper-cut paintings, sculptures, and a site-specific adobe structure that make visible Shafik’s place in history, collective memory, and in contemporary feminism. Thru 1/06/19.
The long anticipated retrospective at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions 1965-2016 is finally here. The exhibit features more than 250 works in a variety of media including drawing, photography, works on paper, video, multimedia installations, performance, painting, sculpture, and sound. Her work is so varied, so personal, so political, so philosophical and so important. “Piper makes visible the ways in which we are held in place by other people and their perceptions, and how their perceptions lead to the politics and philosophies that make up our world.”
Zoe Leonard at Hauser & Wirth
Zoe Leonard and Laura Owens at MOCA 11/11/19.
Sally Mann at Getty Museum opens 11/18/19.
Bridget Riley at Sprüth Magers