I am delighted to see that the Getty is using some of its money to finally invest in art by women artists. Their most recent acquisition is by the noted French 18th century painter Adelaide Labille-Guiard. A beautiful pastel Madame Charles Mitoire with her Children (1783) considered to be her finest example in this medium has been added to their lacking collection.
Anat Ebgi presents Strong Blossoming Thing Forever, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Sarah Ann Weber. Strong Blossoming Thing Forever comprises large-scale paintings on panel and works on paper, both deliriously vibrant and feral. With a title at once promising and threatening, the exhibition emerges from a year of biological, political, personal and collective turmoil. Rather than replicating the surface details of our environment, Weber’s marvelous evocations of nature concern themselves with the spiritual essence of the world, decentralizing the figure, while treating landscape as something of a fairy tale character in itself. Highlighting the exhibition are 3 large panels depicting a landscape that one can only imagine. Thru July 31, 2001.
Gavlak Gallery presents Some Sex, Lots of Talking, Betty Tompkins’ third solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition is comprised of new works which expand the artist’s critical practice, exploring iconic depictions of women in classical art and commercial photography to interrogate their coercive and objectifying representational modes. Also featured are new additions to Tompkins’s longstanding series, Fuck, Sex and Cunt Paintings, in which pornographic and otherwise censorial images of women’s bodies are refashioned through the artist’s restrained acrylic grisaille. Thru Aug 14, 2021.
IN THE MUSEUMS
Judy Baca: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, a Retrospective is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of the internationally renowned Chicana muralist, public intellectual and community activist, Judy Baca at the Museum of Latin American Art. Baca is a painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, and scholarly-educator who has been teaching in the UC system for more than 30 years. As founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974 – which evolved into the non-profit Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) – Baca has been engaged in the creation of sites of public memory within historically disenfranchised communities since 1976. She continues to serve as SPARC’s artistic director while employing digital technology to co-create collaborative murals at the UCLA/SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab. The exhibition is divided thematically into three sections that present different aspects of Baca’s artistic production. Gallery A is the “Womanist Gallery”, wherein we female power is presented. This gallery delves with greater insight into Baca’s more intimate history, and her very personal explorations of feminism, gender, and body politics. Gallery B will feature a “Baca Public Art Survey”, exploring her pivotal and career-defining work through the Social and Public Arts Resource Center, an organization Judy founded in 1976. In a city and time where community public art was dominated by men, Baca demonstrated that a woman could not only produce at large scale, but that decades later would become the leading innovator in this media. In Gallery C, visitors will discover the history of Baca’s first masterpiece, the Great Wall of Los Angeles. This half mile long mural occupies the Tujunga Wash in the San Fernando Valley. The mural tells the story of California from prehistoric times to the 1950s and takes special care in presenting the lesser-known histories of the ethnic groups who inhabit this state. To understand the immensity of this project, viewers are invited to participate in an immersive audiovisual experience of the monumental piece. July-January 2022.
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