Artful Amphora https://artfulamphora.com A Blog by Karen Schifman Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:23:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://artfulamphora.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/cropped-amphorasmall-copy-32x32.jpg Artful Amphora https://artfulamphora.com 32 32 86095485 Women Around Town, October 2020 https://artfulamphora.com/2020/10/women-around-town-october-2020/ https://artfulamphora.com/2020/10/women-around-town-october-2020/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:14:50 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=3164 Happy Fall…with hopes of a positive result in our upcoming election. IN THE GALLERIES I want to recommend you visit  (virtually or by appointment) the current exhibit at Embed Gallery in Chatsworth, Common Ground curated by Suvan Geer and Sandra Mueller and sponsored by the So. California Women’s Caucus for Art. This important exhibit that […]

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Happy Fall…with hopes of a positive result in our upcoming election.

IN THE GALLERIES

Artwork by Melissa Reischman from the She Votes book

I want to recommend you visit  (virtually or by appointment) the current exhibit at Embed Gallery in Chatsworth, Common Ground curated by Suvan Geer and Sandra Mueller and sponsored by the So. California Women’s Caucus for Art. This important exhibit that addresses issues about the environment, the politicized landscape of border, activism, the importance of community and more, also has some wonderful programming offerings with online discussions and workshops  related to the exhibit. This is the type of community outreach we need more of. Included in the exhibition are artworks by Kim Abeles, Mariona Barkus, Sharon Barnes, Pilar Castillo, Danielle Eubank, Samantha Fields, Suvan Geer (Stitch in Time), Eloisa Guanlao, Ann Isolde, Sant Khalsa, Meg Madison, Kaoru Mansour,  Maryrose C. Mendoza, Sandra Mueller, Naida Osline, Pamela J. Peters,  Sheila Pinkel, Sinan Leong Revell, Bonnie J. Smith (She Votes Book), Linda Vallejo, and Gail Werner. Thru November 14, 2020.  You can RSVP to all virtual events on their website.

 

Artist Conversation:  Rina Banerjee with Alison Saar at  L.A. Louver.   Wed. Oct. 14  @ 2 p.m. Livestream at L.A. Louver. The artists discuss the group exhibition 45 at 45, gender, cultural identity, and materiality, moderated by L.A. Louver Director Kimberly Davis.  Register here

L.A. Louver Gallery   presents 45 at 45, includes works by 45 artists, timed to celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of the gallery. This group show reflects the gallery’s founding principle to champion L.A. artists within an international program. 45 at 45 features long- represented L.A. Louver artists and  those from L.A. Louver’s Rogue Wave program of emerging L.A.-based artists such as Liza Lou, Carmen Argote, Rina Banerjee, Deborah Butterfield, Rebecca Campbell,  Heather Gwynn Martin, Analia Saban, Alison Saar,  and many more. October 20-Jan 16, 2021.

Heather Gwynn Martin

JOAN Gallery at the Bendix Building presents Pittsburgh-born, New York-based, experimental filmmaker, Peggy AhweshHeart-Land  includes four varied video installations based on films made between the early aughts and 2019: The Star Eaters; Lies & Excess; Bethlehem; and Kansas Atlas. The films will be installed amidst a choreographed “Curtain Accompaniment,” designed in direct response to the films, by L.A. artist, Yunhee Min. The exhibition is curated by Linda Norden. October 11-December  19, 2020. By appointment only.

Kathryn Garcia:The Feminine Divine at Gavlak Gallery is a body  of work inspired by early Neolithic Goddess idols. In many of the images (mostly colored pencil drawings on stonehenge fabric) where the female figure is often seen displaying her large vulva. The sacred  “V”  motif often found in neolithic female figures is a motif found in Garcia’s drawings. “In this exhibition the artist shares a representation of the female form that challenges the historical narrative and instead enacts the numinous power of female sexuality.” Here is a link to her Bird Goddess video which is  included in  the exhibit.Thru October  24, 2020.

Kathryn Garcia

 

Hearts, the current exhibit at David Kordansky Gallery featuring  new paintings and works on paper by Linda Stark continues.  Hearts occupy the literal and figurative centers of human and animal life, but they also appear in a wide range of social and narrative contexts. Emphasizing the sculptural qualities of paint as much as its visual or color-based ones, Stark creates objects that refle­­ct the multivalent potential of the heart as vessel and beacon, biological organ and mystical source.  Included are references to the suffragette movement and the fight for women’s right to vote; the use of hearts in medals for military purposes; the transformational power of religious imagery; and the ability of a heart to transform another image. Thru October 24, 2020. By appointment.

Also at Kordansky Gallery is A Zebra Races Counterclockwise, paintings by Lesley Vance continues as well. These are very large scale paintings that depict freely flowing expressive gestures that she elaborates over time, transforming them into networks of lines, textures, and intercut volumes. Thru October 24, 2020.

Linda Stark

The current exhibition of the work by Senga Nengudi continues at Sprueth Magers Gallery . Nengudi’s oeuvre situates itself at the threshold of sculpture and object-related choreographed performance. She is known for work that uses such ordinary materials as nylon stockings. This current exhibition brings together 2 large-scale projects, Bulemia and Sandmining. Each of these works characteristically demonstrate the use of everyday materials and  a unique approach to using form and space. Extended thru Oct. 30, 2020.

Lois Lambert Gallery’s current exhibit is Sheinina L. Raj, Intercultural.  Raj stages photographs of self-portraiture in which she embodies the portrayal of different women from across the world in a journey of unity and understanding. Taking from the traditional female garb of Fiji, India, Pakistan, Morocco, Armenia, Jordan, Saudi-Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Native America, Hawaii, Brazil, Sicily, Iran and North America, this collection of self-portraiture simultaneously highlights the differences and ultimate similarities between peoples and cultures. At a time when the world yearns for common ground, Sheinina’s photographic series speaks in a visual language universally understood. With each image accompanied by a unique self-written essay, her work serves to “enlighten cultural ideologies, initiate respect for diversity and unify humanity for a peaceful coexistence worldwide” – Raj.Thru November 7, 2020.

Inuit Woman by Raj

Also at Lois Lambert is Charlotte Schmid-Maybach’s exhibit Water, Walls, and Trees: Photographic Tapestries. She takes interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach to capturing images of nature through a combination of photography, textile, and assemblage. Her inspiration comes mainly from the majestic old growth forests and crumbling walls at Fort Warden on Puget Sound.

Schmid-Maybac

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

With all of our local museums closed, the destruction (oops, I mean reconstruction) of LACMA and just finding out today that the Centre Pompidou in Paris will be closed for remodeling for up to 5 years, I have a pessimistic view about one of most pleasurable experiences in my life. So, I bring to you a few excellent virtual exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The first is Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico. Iturbide is one of the most influential contemporary photographers of Latin America, Graciela Iturbide has produced majestic and powerful images of her native Mexico for the past 50 years. This is the most extensive U.S. exhibition of the artist’s work in more than two decades, revealing Iturbide’s own journey to understand her homeland and the world. Next is Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits. The large-scale work of Delita Martin (b. 1972, Conroe, Texas) uses symbolism, color, and material to visualize interconnections between generations and the liminal space between the physical and spirit worlds. Finally, Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age.

Delita Martin

The NMWA website also has a list of wonderful podcasts about women artists, just scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 

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Women Around Town, September 2020 https://artfulamphora.com/2020/09/women-around-town-september-2020/ https://artfulamphora.com/2020/09/women-around-town-september-2020/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 03:53:13 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=3099 Is summer over? I know that some galleries are now open by appointment, however I am very hesitant about things returning to “normal” in the artworld in 2020.  I will keep my optimism at bay with the looming virus and flu season, election results, civil unrest, and climate realities. The petite artwork seen here is […]

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Is summer over? I know that some galleries are now open by appointment, however I am very hesitant about things returning to “normal” in the artworld in 2020.  I will keep my optimism at bay with the looming virus and flu season, election results, civil unrest, and climate realities. The petite artwork seen here is by yours truly and addresses some of our current concerns and how this all makes me feel…oh! -the title is Uncomfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE GALLERIES AND VIRTUAL SPACE

The current exhibition at Sprueth Magers Gallery focuses on the work of Senga Nengudi. Nengudi’s oeuvre situates itself at the threshold of sculpture and object-related choreographed performance. She is known for work that uses such ordinary materials as nylon stockings. This current exhibition brings together 2 large-scale projects, Bulemia and Sandmining. Each of these works characteristically demonstrate the use of everyday materials and  a unique approach to using form and space. Thru Oct. 2, 2020.

Bulemia by Senga Nengudi

“The Art of Coping” is the current virtual  exhibition by Women Painters West. Click here to view. Here is one of the stunning works in the exhibit by Nancy Goodman Lawrence.

Shoshana Wayne Gallery presents Forms Fired, a collection of over 40 contemporary sculptures in clay on loan from galleries, collectors and artists worldwide. They all make fired forms, but unlike traditional ceramics their objects eschew functionality—relationships between a viewer, object, and space often define the meaning, sometimes in order to make social or political statements or in an attempt to stretch formal, conceptual or material boundaries. In sum these are sculptures in the round that inspire us through imagination, ideas, skill and beauty. In this virtual exhibit, works by Ann Agee, Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cherubini, Petah Coyne, Anina Major, Lindsey Mendick and many others shine. Thru Dec.  31, 2020.

Petah Coyne

Linda Stark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Kordansky Gallery is open by appointment only with upcoming shows by two women artists, Linda Stark and Lesley Vance. Hearts by Linda Stark best described on their website “these paintings frequently address varied iconographies associated with this most resonant of forms. Hearts occupy the literal and figurative centers of human and animal life, but they also appear in a wide range of social and narrative contexts… Emphasizing the physical, even sculptural, qualities of paint as much as its visual or color-based ones, Stark creates objects that reflect the multivalent potential of the heart as vessel and beacon, physical organ and mystical source. In so doing, she reveals a broad array of interests, notable for their historical depth and up-to-the-minute urgency alike. The suffragette movement and the fight for women’s right to vote; the use of hearts in medals for military purposes; the emotional power of religious imagery; and the ability of a heart to transform another image, like a watering eye, into something richly metaphorical are a few of the thematic areas Stark explores in the show. But these are also highly personal paintings that arise as responses to inner experiences of mind and body. Often years in the making, they are meticulously planned and executed so that they engender intimacy, wonder, and surprise.”  Additionally large scale by Lesley Vance emphasize relationships between light and shadow, exploring different perceptions of space, and reckoning with the materiality of color.   09/19-10/24/20.

Lesley Vance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM SPACE

Enjoy the Southern California Contemporary Quilt exhibit online at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Works by 36 artists who live and work in our vibrant and diverse region provide varied interpretations of life. They certainly do not abide by traditional quilt patterns, some incorporate the latest modern technology with time-honored quilting techniques for art on the wall, free standing sculptures, or ceiling mounted hanging forms.   The results are images ranging from the mountains to the oceans, from urban lifescapes to rural farmland to the stark, compelling desert. Among the artists in this exhibit are Linda Anderson, Charlotte Bird, Lynne Hodgman, Sandra Lauterbach, Kathleen McCabe, Nelda McComb, Kathy Piper, Dinah Sargeant,  Heather Urquhart, Libby Williamson and many others. Thru February 21, 2021.

Nelda McComb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Body, The Object, The Other exhibit at the Craft Contemporary Museum can be enjoyed online through January 2021. The exhibit is their 2nd annual Clay Biennial and features contemporary ceramic practices that start with the human figure as the basis for material and conceptual experimentation. The exhibition presents works from 21 emerging and established artists who challenge traditional notions of the body, the self, and systems of representation. Works in the exhibition include sculptural objects, site-specific installations, and performative works.

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Women Around Town, August 2020 https://artfulamphora.com/2020/07/women-around-town-august-2020/ https://artfulamphora.com/2020/07/women-around-town-august-2020/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2020 02:46:28 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=3046 Hello artful readers….I am sad to report that there are no local museum openings in the foreseeable future. I so miss going to exhibits and just enjoying the sites and sounds of these outings. I will keep you posted when things open again. Here are the most recent updates on our “beloved” LACMA: Structural demolition […]

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Hello artful readers….I am sad to report that there are no local museum openings in the foreseeable future. I so miss going to exhibits and just enjoying the sites and sounds of these outings. I will keep you posted when things open again. Here are the most recent updates on our “beloved” LACMA:

  • Structural demolition of the Art of Americas and Hammer Buildings continues.
  • Grading of the Spaulding Lot has begun in order to prepare for the shoring system installation.
  • Relocation of utilities west of the Resnick Pavilion continues.
  • Selective demolition of the Ahmanson Building continues.
  • The temporary construction fence east of the Pavilion for Japanese Art has been removed.

If you are not a subscriber to the free online daily independent arts journal, HyperallergicI highly recommend it. For example, I just learned from one of their articles about an important female contributor to the arts, Marie Cuttoli  (1879-1973). She was an entrepreneur credited marrying modern art and textiles in the  1930s in France. She is now being recognized for her contributions with an exhibit, Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray, at the exquisite Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The exhibition features tapestries designed by Braque, Miró, Derain, Dufy, Le Corbusier, Léger, Man Ray, and others, commissioned by Cuttoli for her workshops.

Photo of Marie Cuttoli by Man Ray

Regen Projects presents Andrea Zittel: Works 2005-2020. The exhibition brings together a diverse array of works made over a fifteen-year period (2005 – 2020) that examine conceptual aspects of production, materiality, and use, and reflect Zittel’s ongoing aesthetic inquiry into what it means to exist and participate in culture today. Another installation at Regen Projects features the work of Catherine Opie entitled Rhetorical Landscapes, a series of animated political collages and landscape photographs.

Andrea Zittel

 

Catherine Opie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynamic abstract landscape paintings by Margaret Lazzari are now on exhibit at George Billis Gallery. Enjoy this lovely review of the exhibit by Nancy Kay Turner.

Margaret Lazzari

April Street: Circling the Drain is the current exhibit at Suzanne Veilmetter Projects. This online exhibit  features 12 exquisite watercolors. These unique “still-lifes” are quirky and ethereal. Apparently created over the past several months while in quarantine, “this body of work juxtaposes Street’s painterly practice which is influenced by specific art historical contexts with the uncertainty and turbulence of this pandemic.” There is a lovely short video of her work on the website.

Also at Veilmetter another fascinating online exhibit caught my eye, Whitney Bedford, Nevertheless….This very timely exhibit of drawings is a series of portraits of women and reference the current political climate. The title comes from  the approval or disapproval of former attorney general, Jeff Sessions by Sen. Elizabeth Warren…”As part of her extensive and powerful dissent, Warren read aloud from a letter authored by Coretta Scott King in 1986, when Sessions was a candidate for a Federal judgeship in Alabama, that argues he is unfit to hold that position. Stating unequivocally: “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”* Describing his decision to censor Senator Warren, Senator McConnell stated ‘Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation.’ Nevertheless, she persisted“**” Bedford was also inspired by Warren’s presidential bid and created a series of daily drawings of the Senator. These initial drawings of Warren, were sold on Instagram to raise money in support of Warren’s campaign. When Warren dropped out of the race, Bedford expanded her project, creating a series of portraits of women political figures, artists, writers, musicians, thinkers, who have persisted despite the challenges of a patriarchal and white supremacist society to forge new paths and fight for freedom, equity, and access for all. 20% of all proceeds from these current portraits will go to Emily’s List. 

Whitney Bedford

 

April Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, 18th Street Arts Facing Darkness is a group exhibition of 25 artists  from their artist community. These artists demonstrate the many ways that art  can  address the overwhelming times we are living. “The works range from meditations on memory, investigations into the warped passage of time, working through fraught familial relationships, and grappling with fear and longing in a time of public health crises and inequities laid bare, the artists in this show address our current moment both obliquely and directly, with humor, melancholy, and uncomfortable propositions.” Among the participating artists are Debra Lynn Irmas, Gwen Samuels, Rachel Chu, Debra Dishman, Rebecca Youssef, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Joan Wulf et al.

Melinda Smith Altshuler

 

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Women Around Town, July 2020 https://artfulamphora.com/2020/07/women-around-town-july-2020/ https://artfulamphora.com/2020/07/women-around-town-july-2020/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:35:30 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=2949 I have been reading a lot lately, mostly non-fiction, and I want to recommend a book that I just finished  about the artist, Ruth Asawa. Everything She Touched by Marilyn Chase is an extensive biography that is well-researched, poignant and revealing. The local gallery scene is hit and miss with appointment only viewing at select galleries. […]

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I have been reading a lot lately, mostly non-fiction, and I want to recommend a book that I just finished  about the artist, Ruth Asawa. Everything She Touched by Marilyn Chase is an extensive biography that is well-researched, poignant and revealing.

The local gallery scene is hit and miss with appointment only viewing at select galleries. However, there are many online exhibitions available to us in the art world. The limitations we are faced with also offer us places to visit virtually that we would not usually visit or have the opportunity to encounter.

I want to bring your attention to the So. California Women’s Caucus for Art’s current online exhibition, Pulse of LA in the Time of Quarantine. It is a member’s only exhibit  and offers works in a variety of media addressing the mood of our time. The works range from a crocheted pair of healthy lungs by Ann Storc to an assemblage by Dwora Fried, to Carole Goldman’s charming portraits of people she has encountered on Zoom to Suzanne Pratt’s celebration of routine created with paper and map pins. A photograph of a string of bright pink flamingos on a fence in Venice by J.J. L’Heureux provides relief from the doom of the current situation. Overall the exhibit is outstanding and delights me to be part of this group of women artists. These are the participating artists: Nurit Avesar, Andree Carter, Vivian Wenhuey Chen, Debra Dobkin, Pam Douglas, Paula Dwyer, Cathy Engel-Marder, Marta  Feinstein, Dellis Frank, Dwora Fried, Carole Goldman, Shelley Heffler, J.J. L’Heureux, Brenda Hurst, Yvonne Jongeling, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Lynda A. Levy, Sandra Mueller, Suzanne Pratt, Sinan Leong Revell, Linda Roletti, Marleene Rubenstein, Seda Saar, Bonnie J. Smith, Kerrie Smith, Ann Storc, Barbara Tabachnick, Darylyn Susan Yee, and Stacey Zimmerman.

Coronabegone by Ann Storc

SPECIAL EVENT

Craft Contemporary is offering a special studio tour to its members with artist/sculptor Ann Weber, Wednesday, July 8; 5:00 p.m.  RSVP required.

Ann Weber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE GALLERIES

Jennybird Alcantara

KP Projects is offering a virtual exhibition of amazing oil paintings by Jennybird Alcantara. The title of the exhibition is Lullaby of the Bounty in Repose.  Here are the artist’s words about this body of work: “…this has been, in part, an exercise in escape, a daily meditation on small pieces, pieces that would eventually grow into a whole picture. In the daily “meditations” painting a leaf or a petal, the curve of a line, lace pattern or patch of fur, a carefully placed freckle or drop of spilled milk – each of these was an opportunity for my mind to wander into a peaceful place away from cares…. I feel that at their essence these paintings are a love letter. Just as love letters are often replete with heartache, tenderness, and declarations of devotion, these paintings are a meditation on the endless bounty of Nature.  A Nature that offers its copious riches even when pillaged; a Nature that offers inspirational beauty manifested in the gifts of rich fodder for allegories and storytelling. It is a Nature that reveals the curiosity and magic it contains, as well as the power to inspire ecstasy and dread in equal measure.” Click here to view the exhibit of these extraordinary neo-surrealist paintings. Thru July 11, 2020.

Tina Yu

Corey Helford Gallery’s upcoming exhibition features the work of Tina Yu. A Journey is the artist’s newest series of epoxy and resin sculptures. She creates a fantasy world centered around her personal meditation on childhood and a celebration of growth. July 11-August 15, 2020.

Hauser and Wirth  is offering an online exhibition entitled  Louise Bourgeois: Self-Portrait. This presentation articulates the autobiographical metamorphosis of the artist through her 2009 textile work Self Portrait which depicts a 24-hour clock with its hands positioned at hours 19 and 11 – numbers that together form the year Bourgeois was born. and it’s a work that the artist used to take stock of her entire life—she was born in 1911 and passed away in 2010. “If you, like many others, are struggling to reorient your experience of time during quarantine, Bourgeois might help you to rediscover your center.” Click here to view. The gallery is also featuring the work of Sophie Tauber-Arp in the same manner: view by clicking here.

Louise Bourgeois      

Sophie Tauber Arp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

In our neck of the woods, I understand that the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is now open.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, the gardens reopen to the public July 1; incremental reopening of indoor galleries however will not reopen until September.

The Laguna Art Museum  is now open with many other local museums planning to reopen mid-July.

I recommend taking a look at the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. One great example (see below) is work by one of my favorite French artists, Sonia Delaunay.

Sonia Delaunay

Madame D’ora

Learn about the early 20th c. Viennese photographer known as Madame D’ora in an online exhibition at the Neue Gallerie in NYC. Dora Kallmus (1881–1963), better known as Madame d’Ora, was an unusual woman for her time with a spectacular career as one of the leading photographic portraitists of the early 20th century.

You can also explore the fascinating exhibit online at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Frida Kahlo’s Construction of Identity: Disability, Ethnicity, and Dress.  

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait 1948

 

 

 

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a comprehensive exhibit of African American Art covering a period of 200 years. (I anticipate that the title will likely be changed.) This exhibition offers examples by black female artists including Barbara Chase-Riboud, Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, and more.

The Boston Museum of Fine Art recently underwent a reinstallation—or “takeover”—of Level 3 of the Art of the Americas Wing with the    exhibit, Women Take the Floor . The exhibition challenges the dominant history of 20th-century American art by focusing on the overlooked and underrepresented work and stories of women artists. This advocates for diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in museums, the art world, and beyond. With more than 200 works drawn primarily from the MFA’s collection, the exhibition is organized into seven thematic galleries. Interactive programming creates a dynamic space that welcomes visitor participation, and new rotations of artwork introduced over the run of the exhibition ensure that new voices and perspectives are available on each return visit. The exhibition includes for example Louise Bourgeois, Elizabeth Catlett, Patty Chang, Ray Eames, Lalla Essaydi, Lois Mailou Jones, Alice Neel, Wendy Redstar, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Sylvia Sleigh, and many more. You can enjoy a virtual audio tour as well.

Lorna Simpson

Wendy Redstar

 

 

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John Baldessari

The Annual Venice Art Walk will have their auction online this year. From May 3 – May 19, visit https://venicefamilyclinic.org/annual-events/venice-art-walk/

The benefit auction will feature over 150 works by nationally recognized contemporary artists. Each winning bid provides vital health services to our community. Artists include John Baldessari, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Corinne Chaix, Zoe Crosher, Danny First, FriendsWithYou, Channing Hansen, Lynn Hanson, Kenny Harris, Claudy Jongstra, Toba Khedoori, Jens Lucking, T. Kelly Mason, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, Kim Schoenstadt,              and The Haas Brothers.

Click here to view all of our participating artists. Auction proceeds will provide vital health care to nearly 28,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients in Los Angeles.

Here are a few online exhibitions I found interesting.

The first exhibit I want to bring to your attention has a catchy and thought provoking title: How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This?  co-curated by Barbara Pollock and Anne Verhallen. It was curated as a platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis.  They invited artists who are considered thought leaders, artists who struggle with futuristic pessimism, political outrage and psychic melt-downs.  The invited artists have responded with unbridled enthusiasm and we will be posting new artists every day for the foreseeable future. This site is also a platform for free expression,  inviting visitors to post responses on our Commons page. We hope to open a dialogue at a time of social distancing.  Art offers solace or has instigated resistance and rebellion. A great example is Patina du Prey’s Memorial Dress, 1993-2007.  A sculpture and originally part of a performance piece that directly confronted the loss and emotional turmoil felt by those affected by HIV and AIDS. For the project, Hunter Reynolds appeared in the guise of his alter-ego, Patina du Prey, wearing the Memorial Dress—a black silk ball gown printed with 25,000 names of people lost to AIDS, for which viewers were invited to submit names. The dress—a site for both mourning and memorial—was continuously filled and emptied by the artist’s body, acting as a transgendered figure of witness and hope.

Patina du Prey

Jackson Fine Art presents 30 years of Women Artists as part of their anniversary celebration. The exhibit features works by a wide range of artists including: Bernice Abbot, Diane Arbus, Lalla Essaydi, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Shirin Neshat, Eudora Welty and more. 

Diane Arbus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sundaram Tagore Chelsea is pleased to present a retrospective of work by ground-breaking artist Susan Weil coinciding with her 90th birthday. Art of Hysteri of Susan Weil: 70 Years of Innovation and Wit represents the oeuvre of one the key female figures who pushed the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism.

Susan Weil

If you missed Kathe Kollwitz at the Getty Research Institute, you can view it online: 

Kathe Kollwitz

 

 

MOCA is offering a virtual book club that provides readings and essays with discussion prompts to create a dialogue and open space for exploration and conversation.  Log in here to read an essay and join                                                                                                       discussion.

There are some perks to having only online access. For example, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering 1600 full-length, free books online. Click here for access.

If that is not quite enough then virtually visit The Museum of Modern Art in New York which now has free access to every one of their exhibits since 1929. Click here for access.

I enjoyed going down this rabbit hole as among the 100s of exhibitions was the 1982 Louise Bourgeois Retrospective, the first woman artist to have such a show at MOMA. There were other women artists who had shows including Annie Albers, Mary Corse, Lynn Hershman et al, but Bourgeois (1911-2010) was the first to have a major retrospective.

Louise Bourgeois

 

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Women Around Town, April 2020 https://artfulamphora.com/2020/03/women-around-town-april-2020/ https://artfulamphora.com/2020/03/women-around-town-april-2020/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:44:54 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=2582 Hello from the inside. This is the “stay at home” version of my column. Hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. Here are some online exhibitions and videos to enjoy. Art 21 has some wonderful content such as that about Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide  Hauser and Wirth gallery is currently presenting an online exhibition […]

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Hello from the inside. This is the “stay at home” version of my column. Hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.

Here are some online exhibitions and videos to enjoy.

Art 21 has some wonderful content such as that about Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide 

Graciela Iturbide

Hauser and Wirth gallery is currently presenting an online exhibition of Louise Bourgeois Drawings 1947-2007. Bourgeois is quoted as saying that “Drawings are thought feathers, they are ideas that I seize in mid-flight and put down on paper.”

Louise Bourgeois

18th Street Arts is offering some interesting content, such as a video called Milk Debt by artist Patty Chang. Go ahead and visit their website. Chang’s performance involves the fears of people in Los Angeles.  The fears will be recited in-camera or live by one or more performers for the artist’s solo exhibition at 18th Street’s Airport Gallery in Summer 2020.

You too can participate by filling out the survey, just click here.

National Museum of Women in the Arts has several online exhibitions and it is a good idea to spend some time on their website as there is lots to see. For example, Delita Martin, Calling Down the Spirits.  

Delita Martin

The Whitney Museum of Art has posted a terrific video in conjunction with their current exhibition, Making Knowing: Craft in Art 1950-2019, of artist Liz Lou discussing the creation of her iconic Kitchen .

Liza Lou

Hella Feminist: An Exhibition at the Oakland Museum of Art takes on feminism as the topic by celebrating lesser known stories of feminism in the Bay Area. The exhibition is organized around three core themes—mind, body, and spirit—the exhibition features fascinating historical artifacts, provocative contemporary artwork, and interactive elements. View by clicking here. April 25–August 23, 2020.

Katherine Sherwood

The Seattle Art Museum presents Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstract Variations.  17 works from the 1910s to the 1930s are displayed to explore her unique approach to abstraction. At the heart of the installation is Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1, a recent addition to SAM’s collection.

Georgia O’Keeffe

 

 

 

 

The Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian American Art Museum is featuring an important exhibition, Hearts of our People: Native Women Artists.  This exhibition aims to recognize their achievements, dating from antiquity to the present, made in a variety of media from textiles and beadwork, to sculpture, time-based media and photography.  Over 80 works of art demonstrate the contributions of many Native American contributors.

Video and images can be found here on their website.

Cherish Parrish

Mickalene Thomas Better Nights is an exhibit at the Bass Museum of Art in Florida. This body of work is Inspired by the local New Jersey play ‘Put a Little Sugar in my Bowl’ organized and performed by the artists’ mother, friends, and family as well as the parties hosted by the artist’s mother in the late 1970s. It is presented as an installation that will transform the galleries into an immersive art experience for the duration of the exhibition.  The installation embodies an apartment environment, conceptually reconstructed according to the domestic aesthetic of the period, including faux wood paneling, wallpaper and custom seating reupholstered with the artist’s signature textiles. An extension of Thomas’ artistic universe, the installation incorporates both work by the artist and a curated selection by Thomas featuring work by emerging and prominent artists of color, with the prop-like tableau echoing the collage-like compositional style of Thomas’ paintings. (Bass Museum). View the exhibition online.

Mickalene Thomas

 

 

 

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I just came across a podcast produced by the Getty. The first one is “Radical Women: What was it like to be a woman making art during the feminist and civil rights movements? In this season of Recording Artists, host Helen Molesworth delves into the lives and careers of six women artists spanning several generations. Hear them describe, in their own words, their work, relationships, and feelings about the ongoing march of feminism. Contemporary artists and art historians join the conversation, offering their own perspectives on the recordings and exploring what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist. This podcast is based on interviews from the 1960s and ’70s by Cindy Nemser and Barbara Rose, drawn from the archives of the Getty Research Institute. Enjoy!

IN THE GALLERIES

Anat Ebgi presents A Place That Has No Name: Early Works, Tina Girouard’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Girouard works with range of materials from silk fabrics, tapestries, wallpapers, to rolls of linoleum and tin tiles. She breaks away from  traditional object making, her diverse range of work resists easy classification; she transforms and elevates new forms. The work is imaginative and ….Thru March 28.

Tina Girouard

 

Ana Rodriguez

Abject of Desire is a new body of multimedia work by L.A. based artist Ana Rodriguez at Launch LA. The artist explores themes of love, femininity, what it means to be vulnerable and how we ascribe desire in relationships through the symbolic objects. As abjects of desire, these paintings and sculptures illustrate that desire and love are not always born of happiness, but can emerge from bad experiences and are shaped by mass media and culture. The series of work includes funeral floral arrangements, bows for presents, and heart shaped sculptures. Rodriguez comments that “The ridicule that I receive as a single woman who is 38 , unmarried and, childless influenced my interpretation and making of this body of work because I found myself finding humor in objects that are usually given in order to show that we are loved.”  Thru March 14, 2020.

 

Katharina Fritsch

Matthew Marks presents three new sculptures by Katharina FritschHahn und Podest/Cock and Pedestal (2013/2019), a twelve feet tall sculpture of a bright blue rooster atop a vivid green circular pedestal. Accompanying it, and painted the same bright blue, is Zwei Männer/Two Men (2019). Fritsch has said, “Men have women as their models, so obviously I have men as my models. They are my muses.” Like the rooster, these two men are sculpted in exacting detail, from their shoes to the smartphones in their hands, yet they are anonymous enough to stand in for a gender and a type. Completing the installation is Stern/Star (2020), an eight-foot painted-aluminum star mounted on the wall. Thru May 2, 2020.

Subliminal Projects presents Let Them Eat Cake, a photographic project by New York based-photographer Cheryl Dunn.  She provides provides an arching photo survey of the current American political climate and the Americana landscape as it withstands the story of a divided country, not from the perspective of politicians and their agenda, but from the people in the streets. “A camera can be a shield and or a window. It Can be a weapon. A weapon of communication.”- Cheryl Dunn

March 14-April 11, 2020.

Cheryl Dunn

Rhetorical Landscapes at Regen Projects is a new body of work by Catherine Opie. The exhibition presents a series of animated political collages and landscape photographs.  In the center of the gallery eight monitors form a closed circle. Life size in height and resembling oversized iPhones, each monitor features a screen that displays an animated film Opie calls “political collages.” Comprised of numerous magazine cuttings culled by Opie over the course of Trump’s reign, each collage represents themes articulated in the news cycle embodying contemporary political issues spanning topical subjects like nationalism, climate change, immigration, gun control, and the diminishment of natural resources. Thru April 4, 2020.

Art + Practice presents Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection. This exhibition draws from philanthropist, art collector and Art + Practice co-founder Eileen Harris Norton’s collection, showcasing a selection of artworks by women of color. Together they reveal a biography of their collector and offer a deeper look into the vast creative production of women of color.Works range from painting and sculpture to video and installation, and include artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Betye Saar, Doris Salcedo, Amy Sherald, Doris Salcedo,  Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and Brenna Youngblood. Thru August 1, 2020.

Amy Sherald

IN THE MUSEUMS

The current exhibition at the California African American Museum is focused on the artist, Sula Bermudez-Silverman. Sula Bermudez-Silverman:Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl is curated by Mar Hollingworth. “Her work investigates and critiques social structures through a conceptual and multidisciplinary practice that examines economic, racial, religious, and gendered systems of power. mines her personal and familial histories as a woman of Afro-Puerto Rican and Jewish descent, transforming genetic data into colorful pie charts that call to mind hard-edged abstractions. Elsewhere, she embroiders vintage doilies with her own hair to depict the human body, as well as language that references the legacy of colorism and passing in the African diaspora. In another series, she creates quilts of clear plastic grids filled with found trash fragments from neighborhoods where she has lived, which function as markers of specific times and geographical locations. In the works debuting at CAAM, Bermúdez-Silverman addresses early global trade, the beginnings of commodification, and economic hierarchies by taking molds of her childhood dollhouse and creating casts of it in sugar, a material whose history has dictated that of her ancestors.” There are numerous programs in conjunction with this exhibit, so do check their website for more info. (CAFAM) Thru August 23, 2020.

Sula Bermudez-Silverman.

Yolanda González

The Vincent Price Museum presents Yolanda González: Sueño de Familia / Dream of Family examines the artistic legacy of one family across 150 years from Mexico to the United States. The exhibition creates a family portrait across five generations through works spanning the 1870s to the present, including drawings, paintings, ceramics, and printmaking. The exhibition considers transnational, long-term, and largely matriarchal transmissions of artistic inquiry and vocation, broadening the origin story of connected visual lineages of Chicana/o artists of González’s generation. Thru March 14, 2020.

 

Continuing Exhibitions

Decade by Decade: Women Artists of California continues at Long Beach Museum of Art. The artworks are all culled from the museum’s extensive collection.  Thru April 26, 2020.

The Body, The Object, The Other continues at Craft Contemporary  Among the participating artists are Jenny Hata BlumenfieldPhyllis Green, Raven Halfmoon, Roxanne Jackson , Anabel Juarez, Cynthia Lahti, Galia Linn, Nicole Seisler, and Meghan Smythe. Thru May 20, 2020.

Anabel Juarez

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics continues at the Getty Center Research Institute galleries.  Thru March 29, 2020.

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 continues at MOCA.  Among the many artists are  Merion Estes, Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Kim MacConnel, Miriam Schapiro, Sylvia Sleigh  and Betty Woodman. Thru May 11, 2020.

Finally at LACMA, the exhibition of works by Julie Mehretu continues. It includes nearly 40 works on paper with 35 paintings dating from 1996 to the present by the Ethiopian-born artist.  Here is a link to Art 21 to learn more about this artist. Floor 1 Thru March 22, 2019; Floor 3 thru May 17, 2020.

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Happy Galentines Day! There certainly is a lot to see this month. Enjoy!

 

IN THE GALLERIES

My husband and I stopped by Walter Maciel Gallery on a Saturday afternoon to view the exhibit,  A Conjuring of Conjurers by Lezley Saar. We were fortunate that the artist was there so I could chat with her about this amazing art. She explained the research involved in finding the inspiration for this body of work. “Conjurers” are depicted in myriad ways, from mannequins to paintings to manipulated photographs. Much of it comes solely from her imagination. Each of the mannequins was dressed in garments sewn and assembled by Saar and then embellished with a plethora of ephemera, much she had laying around the studio and house. Here is a wonderful review of the exhibit in Art and Cake by Betty Ann Brown: “Lezley Saar: History, Spiritualism and the Construction of New Narratives” Thru February 22, 2020.

Lezley Saar

Coincidentally, coinciding with her sister’s show is the current exhibit at L.A. Louver featuring the work of Alison Saar. Syncopation offers an array of her printmaking examples some on paper and some on repurposed worn fabric. A good example (seen below) is Redbone Blues, an intaglio print on found vintage handkerchief (2017). Printmaking for Saar is something that corresponds with her sculpture making, often using the same types of materials, methods, and inspiration. Another example is the use of cast-off objects like old chair backs and found ceiling tin become the foundations for etching or lithography plates. Carved panels used for woodblock prints echo the techniques established in her hewn wooden forms.  Thru February 29, 2020.                                                                     

Alison Saar

You can also view new works by Alison Saar: Chaos in the Kitchen at Frieze Los Angeles at Frieze Los Angeles at Paramount Studios.                                                            February 14-16, 2020.

Art + Practice presents Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection. This exhibition draws from philanthropist, art collector and Art + Practice co-founder Eileen Harris Norton’s collection, showcasing a selection of artworks by women of color. Each of the artworks are powerful on their own as bold statements of artistic identity. Together they reveal a biography of their collector and offer a deeper look into the vast creative production of women of color.Works range from painting and sculpture to video and installation, and include artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Betye Saar, Doris Salcedo, Amy Sherald, Doris Salcedo,  Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and Brenna Youngblood. February 8, 2020 – August 1, 2020.

Opening: February 8, 2020, 2-5 p.m.

Amy Sherald

Interval is an exhibition at CSU, Northridge Art Gallery by artist and faculty member, Anita Bunn. The works for Interval are comprised of lithographs made from digital captures and manipulated photographs from Bunn’s personal archives that address her interest in combining traditional analog techniques with contemporary digital photography. Thru February 13, 2020.
Reception: Saturday, February 1, from 4-6pm

Anita Bunn

Kristine Schomaker: Perceive Me is the current exhibition at the Ron Silverman Gallery at Cal State, Los Angeles. As an artist and curator, Schomaker has created a spectacular collaboration that celebrates herself in addition to educating the larger world about acceptance. Shomaker explains, “‘Perceive Me’ is not just an exhibition or a catalog or Instagram posts. It is a platform for empowerment, for owning who we are, for being unique and authentic, for taking back our bodies in the #metoo movement, for being true, powerful and strong no matter what body shape, size, color, gender we are. ‘Perceive Me’ is for everyone.” Among the 60 artists whose works depict her in one way or another are Betzi Stein, Bibi Davidson, Bradford J Catherine Ruane,  Debbie Korbel,  Diane Cockerill, Holly Boruck, , Jane Szabo, Janet Milhomme,  Karen Hochman Brown, Kim Kimbro, L Aviva Diamond, Nancy Kay Turner, Nurit Avesar,  Sheli Silverio, Susan Amorde, Susan T. Kurland, and Tanya Ragir. Thru February 24, 2020. Artist Talk with Alexandra Grant Sun February 2, 2-4pm
Artist Talk with Leslie Labowitz-Starus Sun February 16, 2-4pm
Artist Panel and Closing Reception Sat February 22, 2-4pm

David Kordansky gallery presents sculptural painting installations by Lauren Halsey. The gallery is filled with  “a vivid, mythopoetic hauntscape of South Central Los Angeles”. These latest works continue Halsey’s exploration of monuments, memorials, and public space, particularly her reckonings with gentrification and the threatening economic displacement of Black and Latino/a stores and shops. “These works are like South Central L.A. business taxidermy,” Halsey says of several pieces in her new sculptural installations. She arranges the large cubes and prisms—a play on the “big box” retail developments that often replace local, independent retailers—in assemblages which evoke bristling city blocks.  Thru March 14, 2020.

Lauren Halsey

SoLA Contemporary presents Women by Women 2020: Depictions and Interpretations by Greater Los Angeles Women. The exhibit is curated by Sharon Allicotti with curatorial advisor Fatemeh Burnes. Several local artists have provided depictions and interpretations of actual women and girls as subject. The exhibit marks   the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Artists: Sharon Allicotti, Chloe Allred, Jodi Bonassi, Kaleeka Bond, Ada Pullini Brown, Leslie Brown, Therese Conte, Lani Emanuel, Zara Monet Feeney, Melanie Florio, Ashley Gardner, Candice Gawne, Ja’Rie Gray, DJ Hall, Lanise Howard, Regina Jacobson, Linsley Lambert, Margaret Lazzari, Lucinda Luvaas, Aline Mare, Judy Nimtz, Aihua Pearce, Serena Potter, Hope Railey, Linda Santana, Betty Shelton, Cynthia Sitton, Ondy Sweetman, Cynda Valle and Ruth Weisberg. Thru March 7, 2020.

Closing + Talk Saturday, March 7, 2020, 2-4 p.m.

Dwora Fried

This PLACE is a group exhibition at Quotodian: a jill moniz project. All of these artists are addressing ideas about geographical and cultural perceptions of place. The exhibit highlights local artists whose work relies on the creative energy of Los Angeles for inspiration. Included in the exhibit are June Edmonds, Dwora Fried, Fran Siegel and others.

The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena presents Tanya Aguiniga: Borderlands Within. She has created a project that draws from her lived experience of the US/Mexico border. Her art involves anexperimental approach to craft, using fiber, ceramics, hand-blown glass, and traditional techniques to generate conversations about and across political and cultural divides. Along with the Los Angeles debut of some of the artist’s most iconic works, including the binational border-epic AMBOS, this exhibition will also feature a site-specific commission that repurposes the Armory as an immense, artist-activated loom. You can learn more about this amazing artist by seeing her on YouTube. February 9-August 9, 2020.

Tanya Aguiniga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

There are several continuing museum exhibitions that you don’t want to miss.

The current exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art is Decade by Decade: Women Artists of California. The artworks are all culled from the museum’s extensive collection.  Thru April 26, 2020.

Mabel Alvarez

Of special note is the current exhibit at the UCLA Fowler Museum, Rina Benerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World. Here, several of Banerjee’s monumental installations, more than two dozen sculptures, as well as a  selection of works on paper create an otherworldly and multi-sensory space. “Using a variety of gathered materials ranging from African jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs, and Murano glass, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture, prevalent in diasporic communities. These sensuous assemblages present themselves simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar, thriving on tensions between visual cultures and raising questions about exoticism, cultural appropriation, globalization, and feminism. Her works are paired with thought-provoking and poetic titles that are works of art in themselves, ranging in length from 50 to nearly 200 words.” Thru May 31, 2020.

Rina Banerjee

Roxanne Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Clay Biennial at Craft Contemporary  is a must see. The Body, The Object, The Other features 21 artists whose practices reflect the expanding notion of figuration within ceramics. All of the artists use the human body as their starting point to challenge traditional notions of representation, often going beyond the bounds of a recognizable figure. Among the participating artists are Jenny Hata BlumenfieldPhyllis Green, Raven Halfmoon, Roxanne Jackson (image above), Anabel Juarez, Cynthia Lahti, Galia Linn, Nicole Seisler, and Meghan Smythe. Thru May 20, 2020. February 16, 2 p.m.: Curator’s Walkthrough: Holly Jerger and Andres Payan Estrada.

Sibylle Bergemann

The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain continues at the Wende Museum Among the many artists whose works are included:  Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tina Bara, Chelle Barbour,  Sibylle Bergemann, Geta Brătescu, Anna Daučíková, Lezley Saar, Zorka Ságlová, Christine Schlegel, Cornelia Schleime, Gabriele Stötzer, Erika Stürmer-Alex, Hanne Wandtke,  Doris Ziegler, and  Sichong Xie. Thru April 5, 2020.

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics continues at the Getty Center Research Institute galleries.  A selection of works on paper including rare preparatory drawings, working proofs, and trial prints—shed light on Kollwitz’s creative process and reveals the depth of her social and political engagement. Thru March 29, 2020.

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 continues at MOCA.  It is the first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation. Interesting that Silvia Sleigh’s Turkish Bath (1973) is one of the many works in the exhibit. This exhibition traces the movement’s broad reach in postwar American art by including artists widely regarded as comprising the core of the movement. Among the many artists are  Merion Estes, Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Kim MacConnel, Miriam Schapiro, Sylvia Sleigh  and Betty Woodman. Thru May 11, 2020.

Sylvia Sleigh

Finally at LACMA, the exhibition of works by Julie Mehretu continues. It includes nearly 40 works on paper with 35 paintings dating from 1996 to the present by the Ethiopian-born artist.  Here is a link to Art 21 to learn more about this artist. Floor 1 Thru March 22, 2019; Floor 3 thru May 17, 2020.

And…Betye Saar: Call and Response continues. This wonderful yet rather small exhibition focuses on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form. I found each of the works quite moving; they are personal, poetic and important.  I recommend getting the catalogue. Continuing thru April 5, 2020.

Betye Saar

 

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Women Around Town, January 2020 https://artfulamphora.com/2020/01/women-around-town-january-2020/ https://artfulamphora.com/2020/01/women-around-town-january-2020/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2020 04:48:11 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=1688 Happy New Year! Hope your year is filled with great artful experiences. Upcoming Noteworthy Events The Annual Women’s March is on Saturday, January 18th from 10-4 p.m. and begins at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. Another compelling event is the conversation between Jill Moniz and Alison Saar at the California African American Museum on Thursday, […]

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Happy New Year! Hope your year is filled with great artful experiences.

Upcoming Noteworthy Events

The Annual Women’s March is on Saturday, January 18th from 10-4 p.m. and begins at Pershing Square in downtown L.A.

Another compelling event is the conversation between Jill Moniz and Alison Saar at the California African American Museum on Thursday, Feb. 5, 7-9 p.m.

In Conversation: Constance Mallinson and Rebecca Lowery on Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7 p.m. at MOCA Grand Avenue.

IN THE GALLERIES

Lois Lambert Gallery presents Gratitude, a compilation of 20 years of work by artist Hillary Gruenberg. The exhibit includes oil paintings, books, works on paper, and her latest work: paintings on silk, taffeta and satin. January 11-March 2, 2020.

Hillary Gruenberg

Opening Reception: January 11, 2020; 6-9 p.m.

I am so looking forward to the upcoming exhibit at Walter Maciel Gallery, Lezley Saar: Conjuring of Conjurers. Saar’s work always delights. January 11-February 22, 2020. Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 6-8p.m.

Lezley Saar

Anat Egbi 2 gallery presents Amsterdam-based artist, Amie Dicke: One-Liner. It is a series of horizontal image compositions made up of fragments of images she culled from books and magazines, as well as snapshots taken with her camera, which she refers to half-jokingly as the “cold eye”. January 11-February 16, 2020.

Amie Dicke

George Billis Gallery presents Connie Connally: Wild by Nature. Expressive brushwork and sweeping gestural marks fill her canvases of brightly colored observations and memories of nature.  January 11-February 15, 2020. Opening Reception: Sat., Jan. 11, 5-8pm.

Connie Connally

Loft at Liz’s presents Collaborate and Curate curated by Andi Campognone.  In what looks like an amazing selection of artists who collaborated in pairs, the results are sure to be nothing short of amazing. Alex Couwenberg & Lisa Schulte, Snezana Saraswati Petrovic & Chenhung Chen, Karen Hochman Brown & Ann Marie Rousseau, Samuelle Richardson & Catherine Ruane, Kate Carvellas & Jill Sykes, Randi Matushevitz  & Debbie Korbel, Stevie Love & Cudra Clover are just some of the collaborating artists. January 18- May 3, 2020. Artist Talk-Collaborating as a Community: Tuesday, January 28, 1-4 p.m. Collaboration Workshop: Saturday, February 29, 1-4 p.m.

Katie Herzog: Yankee Candle is the upcoming exhibition at Klowden Mann Gallery. The exhibition features works made over the last year and a half in a rural cattle-ranching community in Central California.  Herzog uses a variety of mediums and formats  to present a layered narrative responding to issues and materials defining the current political and commercial landscape. January 18th to February 29th, 2020.  Opening reception: Saturday January 18th , 6-8pm.  Artist talk: Saturday February 15th at 4pm.

Katie Herzog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

Now is a good opportunity to visit the Wende Museum in Culver City, specializing in artwork, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Cold War–era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union relating to the period 1945–1991. Their current exhibition looks particularly intriguing: The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain.

“Medea: controversial archetype of female strength and passion from the East. In the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, East European writers and painters often turned to ancient mythology to express their discontent with authoritarian rule. Their interpretations of mythological figures like Medea, Cassandra, and Penthesilea were crucial in shaping contemporary images for women, and sometimes they were straight-up punk. Working under the radar of the accepted art establishment, the artists in this exhibition provoked, protested, played with fire, and experimented while refusing socialist and bourgeois stereotypes. The Medea Insurrection was conceptualized and curated by Susanne Altmann for the Albertinum (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden). It has been adapted by the Wende Museum for its Culver City appearance.” Among the many artists whose works are included:  Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tina Bara, Chelle Barbour,  Sibylle Bergemann, Geta Brătescu, Anna Daučíková, Lezley Saar, Zorka Ságlová, Christine Schlegel, Cornelia Schleime, Gabriele Stötzer, Erika Stürmer-Alex, Hanne Wandtke,  Doris Ziegler, and  Sichong Xie. Thru April 5, 2020.

Sibylle Bergemann

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics continues at the Getty Center Research Institute galleries. Kollwitz, one of the foremost graphic artists of the 20th century, is celebrated for her printmaking skills used to depict the hardships of war, poverty, and injustice as well as for her technical virtuosity. A selection of works on paper including rare preparatory drawings, working proofs, and trial prints—shed light on Kollwitz’s creative process and reveals the depth of her social and political engagement. Thru March 29, 2020.

Käthe  Kollwitz

Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again is the main exhibition at The Broad. The exhibition includes over 200 photographs and eight immersive video installations.  Thru February 12, 2020.

Shirin Neshat

Don’t miss the exhibition of works by Julie Mehretu continuing at LACMA.  This is a very extensive survey as  It includes nearly 40 works on paper with 35 paintings dating from 1996 to the present by the Ethiopian-born artist.  Here is a link to Art 21 to learn more about this artist. Floor 1 Thru March 22, 2019; Floor 3 thru May 17, 2020.

Also at LACMA  Betye Saar: Call and Response continues. This wonderful yet rather small exhibition focuses on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form. I found each of the works quite moving; they are personal, poetic and important.  I recommend getting the catalogue. Continuing thru April 5, 2020.

Betye Saar

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 at MOCA is the first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation. Thru May 11, 2020.

Miriam Schapiro

At the end of the month is the 2nd Clay Biennial,The Body, The Object, The Other, opens at the Craft Contemporary. This group exhibition features 21 artists whose practices reflect the expanding notion of figuration within ceramics. All of the artists use the human body as their starting point to challenge traditional notions of representation, often going beyond the bounds of a recognizable figure. Among the participating artists are Jenny Hata BlumenfieldPhyllis Green, Raven Halfmoon, Roxanne Jackson, Anabel Juarez, Cynthia Lahti, Galia Linn, Nicole Seisler, and Meghan Smythe.

January 25-May 20, 2020. Opening reception: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 6 – 9 p.m. Curator’s Walkthrough: Holly Jerger and Andres Payan Estrada, Sunday, February 16, 2 p.m. | Free

Roxanne Jackson

 

 

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Women Around Town, December 2019 https://artfulamphora.com/2019/12/women-around-town-december-2019/ https://artfulamphora.com/2019/12/women-around-town-december-2019/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:18:19 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=1566 As the year comes to a close, I want to thank my audience for being there and hope that your holidays are artful and joyful. December offerings include several group shows and of course there are many noteworthy museum exhibitions to check out. Happy Holidays!!! IN THE GALLERIES New Paintings by Astrid Preston will be featured […]

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The Loving Cup by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1867

As the year comes to a close, I want to thank my audience for being there and hope that your holidays are artful and joyful. December offerings include several group shows and of course there are many noteworthy museum exhibitions to check out. Happy Holidays!!!

IN THE GALLERIES

New Paintings by Astrid Preston will be featured at Craig Krull Gallery. Landscapes are the continuing subject of these newer works by Preston.  December 7, 2019-January 18, 2020.

Astrid Preston

Roberts Projects presents The Vertigo Project by artist Jean Curran. This body of work is an extraordinary example of  color printing in dye transfer, and re-presentation that appropriates key scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s master opus, Vertigo to reveal the cinematographic artistry of the film in a fresh and novel way. Thru December 14, 2019.

Jean Curran

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veilmetter Los Angeles has 4 current exhibitions of women artist’s works. These include Liz Glynn: Emotional Capital,  April Street: The Lady of Shallot, paintings by Margot Bergman and works by Linda Besemer. Liz Glynns’s work includes a number of fragmentary bodies rendered in materials including cast bronze and ceramic. The Lady of Shallot is comprised of 16 fabric-relief paintings.  These works meld landscapes with corporeal elements to create portrait-like vignettes where waterfalls cascade into braids and hair extensions, surreal forms and voluminous lines define space and hyper-sexualized otherworldly elements rise inside and throughout her multi-dimensional surfaces. Berman and Besemer thru December 21, 2019; Glynn and Street thru January 11, 2020.

April Street

Liz Glynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter Maciel Gallery is featuring Carolyn Castaño: The Valley of the Sun/After América. Thru December 21, 2019.

Carolyn Castano

ROSE GALLERY is delighted to present Proceed to the Route, an exhibition of photographs by Tania Franco Klein. “My main character is emotion” she says.
In her recent photographs, Klein appears to take up the mantle of the masters: the archetypes of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills and the Hollywood lighting of Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s Hustlers, the shocking colors of William Eggleston and the mysterious, glossy poses of Jimmy DeSana. “Like a film-noir alchemist, she combines the erotic and the enigmatic, setting her retro scenes of anxious road trips and glamorous hangovers against the psychological grain of the present: the stress of our digital age; the stress of performing.” Thru January 18, 2020.

Tania Franco Klein

Paint into Pattern: Constance Mallinson 1979-82 continues at Edward Cella gallery Mallinson’s paintings of floating grids of rectangles in pale atmospheric fields are found in her early work from the 1970s. Influenced by both feminist politics and the Pattern & Decoration artists, she turned to the intricate, often dizzying designs of textiles and embroideries from many cultures for inspiration as can be seen in this exhibit.  Thru January 4, 2020.

Constance Mallinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

I am very excited about the current exhibition at the Getty Center Research Institute, Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics. Kollwitz, one of the foremost graphic artists of the 20th century, is celebrated for her printmaking skills used to depict the hardships of war, poverty, and injustice as well as for her technical virtuosity. A selection of works on paper including rare preparatory drawings, working proofs, and trial prints—shed light on Kollwitz’s creative process and reveals the depth of her social and political engagement. Thru March 29, 2020.

Figure adapted from The Black Anna, Käthe Kollwitz, 1903. Pencil with white and orange highlights on gray-brown laid paper.

Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again is the main exhibition at The Broad. The exhibition includes over 200 photographs and eight immersive video installations.  Thru February 12, 2020.

Neshat

A mid-career survey of work of Julie Mehretu continues at LACMA.  This is a very extensive survey as  It includes nearly 40 works on paper with 35 paintings dating from 1996 to the present by the Ethiopian-born artist.  Here is a link to Art 21 to learn more about this artist. Floor 1 Thru March 22, 2019; Floor 3 thru May 17, 2020.

Mehretu

 

 

 

 

 

Betye Saar

 

 

 

 

Also at LACMA  Betye Saar: Call and Response continues. This wonderful yet rather small exhibition focuses on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form. I found each of the works quite moving; they are personal, poetic and important.  Continuing thru April 5, 2020.

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 at MOCA is the first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation. Thru May 11, 2020.

Miriam Schapiro

The current exhibitions at Craft Contemporary include Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira, Cynthia Minet: Jacket, and Raw: Craft, Commodity and Capitalism. I was particularly mesmerized by works in the RAW exhibit which features nine contemporary artists who work with a range of commodities as artistic material to explore the historical and contemporary effects of global capitalism. Through their work, these artists reveal the biographical and historical narratives encapsulated in each commodity, allowing audiences to question their own relationship to these materials. Works in the exhibition include sculptural pieces and installations created from cotton, sugar, copper, salt, porcelain, water, and other materials. Exhibition artists include Charmaine Bee, Atul Bhalla, Sonya Clark, and more. Thru January 5, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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