Artful Amphora https://artfulamphora.com A Blog by Karen Schifman Fri, 01 May 2020 02:15:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://artfulamphora.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/cropped-amphorasmall-copy-32x32.jpg Artful Amphora https://artfulamphora.com 32 32 86095485 Women Around Town, May 2020 https://artfulamphora.com/2020/04/women-around-town-may-2020/ https://artfulamphora.com/2020/04/women-around-town-may-2020/#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 02:15:55 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=2798 Women Around Town, May 2020 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, […]

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Women Around Town, May 2020

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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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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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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It is hard to believe that it is November already. In the last 2 weeks we have had to pack up our precious and important paper and possessions to prepare for evacuation due to the looming fires. Many of those treasured items included our art collection and family photographs. It allowed me time to contemplate how important these are to me. I am so grateful to not only possess these things, but to have not lost them in the wake of tragedy.  Among these are various paintings and works on paper collected over the years, portraits of each of my parents by one of their artist friends, and of course artworks by our grandsons, Matthew and Ryan Schifman.

Pastel portrait of my father.

On another note I understand that there is a fascinating exhibition of Aerial Photography: Past and Present at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale that may be of interest to you. The exhibition examines the history of aerial photography, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the boundary-pushing technologies of the twenty-first century. It assembles nearly 150 images and 14 minutes of video, as well as satellite models and drones. Thru March 8, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE GALLERIES:

Suzanne Veilmetter Projects presents An Abundance of Errors, Linda Besemer’s “glitch” paintings, The configuration of each painting is derived from a process of digital manipulation. The artist begins by composing on the computer, openly allowing for glitches. The digital compositions are then hand-painted into picture planes.

November 2- December 21, 2019.

Bessemer

Bergman

Also at the gallery is the work of Chicago-based artist Margot Bergman. This exhibition brings together works in her signature neo-expressionist manner from 2005 through the present day that exemplify the artist’s emotive portraits of fictional women. Described as “anti-heroines,” Bergman’s women exude a psychological charge–their exaggerated features teeter on the grotesque and veer toward the psychedelic. November 2- December 21, 2019.

Annie Lapin: Strange Little Beast is the current exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery. Lapin’s paintings call attention to the human desire for meaning making–our effort to create order out of chaos. This selection of paintings demonstrate the artist’s use her passion in art history, perception, and the materiality of painting itself to examine the role of digital technology and narrative building in our contemporary moment. For example, she incorporates an array of art historical scenes such as John Martin’s English-Romantic apocalypses and Edouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass with ubiquitous imagery sourced from the Internet. While making her paintings, the artist moves between the canvas and computer, constructing worlds with both chaos and control; a back-and-forth process within the technological landscape and the painted landscape. November 9-December 21, 2019.  Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9, 6-9pm.

Annie Lapin

Ratio Poems is the current exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery.  These works by Laura Karetsky are a continuation of her “embedded” series, analyzing the digital channels through which information travels and the exchange between multiple points of engagement. The paintings explore the recursive portrait that occurs in a virtual transaction, like a FaceTime call, and probes the space between relationships as we struggle to stay connected.Thru December 7, 2019.

Karetzky

 

 

Launch LA presents a two-person exhibition, A Love Letter by Lynne McDaniel and Lindsey Warren that poetically paints a love letter to the city of Los Angeles through light dappled vignettes of the often overlooked corners of the city. Rather than an exact replica of specific locations, both artists create work that address the overall feeling of living in Los Angeles, woven together through smokey panoramic vistas and sunset streaked skies. Lynne McDaniel uses the language of landscape to explore current events, as well as the sometimes-surprising beauty of urban existence. Lindsey Warren’s recent urban landscape paintings flush with a colorful palette that celebrates the unique light of the city of Los Angeles. Thru November 16, 2019.

McDaniel

Edward Cella gallery presents Paint into Pattern: Constance Mallinson 1979-82. This gallery exhibition compliments The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles exhibition, With Pleasure, Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985. Mallinson’s paintings of floating grids of rectangles in pale atmospheric fields are found in her early work from the 1970s. As artists such as Mallinson embraced feminist theory, there was a call for a “defiant embrace “of forms traditionally coded as “low art”, feminine, domestic, or craft based such as weaving, architectural decorations, quilt making, handicrafts, calligraphy, and decorative ceramic motifs.  Profoundly 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.

Mallinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

At the top of my list to see in the next few weeks is Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again at The Broad. The exhibition includes over 200 photographs and eight immersive video installations. These selections offer a rare glimpse into the evolution of Neshat’s artistic journey as she explores topics of exile, displacement, and identity with beauty, dynamic formal invention, and poetic grace.  Thru February 12, 2020.

Neshat

I had the great pleasure of previewing the  mid-career survey of work of Julie Mehretu at LACMA this week. 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. This very comprehensive selection covers over two decades of her examination of history, colonialism, capitalism, geopolitics, war, global uprising, diaspora, and displacement through the artistic strategies of abstraction, architecture, landscape, movement, and, most recently, figuration. There is intimate drawings, complex printmaking techniques and large scale canvases demonstrating the depths of her oeuvre. Here is a link to Art 21 to learn more about this artist.

Mehretu

 

 

Note that when you visit the Mehretu exhibition  that it is on 2 floors, both 1 and 3 so you don’t miss anything.  Thru March 22, 2019. Floor 3 will remain on view thru May 17, 2020.

Also at LACMA  is  Betye Saar: Call and Response. This rather small exhibition focuses on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form. Continuing thru April 5, 2020.

Betye Saar

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light also continues at LACMA. Corse emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement. She shared with her contemporaries a deep fascination with perception and with the possibility that light itself could serve as both subject and material of art.  Thru 11/11/19.

Schapiro

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. Covering the years 1972 to 1985 and featuring approximately fifty artists from across the United States, the exhibition examines the Pattern and Decoration movement’s defiant embrace of forms traditionally coded as feminine, domestic, ornamental, or craft-based and thought to be categorically inferior to fine art. Some of the artists included are Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Kim MacConnel, Miriam Schapiro, Artists whose contributions to Pattern and Decoration have been underrecognized, such as Merion Estes, Dee Shapiro, and Kendall Shaw are also included here. Thru May 11, 2020.

Open House: Gala Porras-Kim continues at MOCA, the artist seeks to explore the ways in which museums act as stewards of the art it owns. Thru May 11, 2020.

I am looking forward to our curator’s walk-through of the current exhibitions at Craft Contemporary later this month. Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira  examines her prolific artistic production over the last two decades. Ohira’s work is founded upon the use of repurposed paper, with her love of the material springing from her childhood in Japan and its vast paper traditions. In addition to paper, Ohira utilizes nails, thread, and other found materials to create sculptural forms and collages that explore the physical and spiritual centers of the human body, natural world, and larger cosmos. Additionally there is the exhibit of work by Los Angeles-based sculptor Cynthia Minet. A multi-media installation is one-part animal and one-part machine by Minet combines the form of the panthera atrox – an extinct North American lion whose remains have been excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits – with a modern-day oil pump jack, Minet addresses our complicated relationship with petrochemicals and the specific cultural and geological history of the Miracle Mile neighborhood. Thru January 5, 2020.

Ohira

Minet

 

 

 

 

It is not too late to visit  the Oceanside Museum of Art  to see the outstanding exhibition, Dress Rehearsal curated by Kate Stern. The intersection between art and fashion is represented by artists Melissa Meier, Mary Tuma, Alexandra Dillon, Janet Taylor Pickett, Gwen Samuels, Carolyn Hampton, Yaya Chou, Leigh Salgado, Marian Debris, et al.  Thru January 19, 2020.

OBSIDIAN LADDER, a site-specific installation by Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca continues at Marciano Foundation. Thru December 1, 2019.

Also continuing at Marciano is Anna Uddenberg: Privé.  Uddenberg explores social conventions and norms that are the product of consumer culture. Thru December 22, 2019.

WOMEN ARTISTS OUT OF TOWN

It would be negligent of me to not mention the current exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. entitled Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age. These are artists that are part of the curriculum in the History of Women in the Visual Arts course that I teach. This focus exhibition examines the lives and works of several highly successful artists in the Netherlands during the 17th and early 18th centuries, including Judith Leyster, Maria Sibylla Merian, Magdalena van de Passe, Clara Peeters, Rachel Ruysch, Maria Schalcken, Anna Maria van Schurman, and Alida Withoos. Thru January 5, 2020. 

Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster

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Each fall semester I teach a course on the history of Women in the Visual Arts. This week in particular we are focusing on the French and English female Academicians, reminding me of the many struggles women artists had and continue to have. With that in mind, I am especially grateful to have exhibited some of my own artwork recently in the Just Your Imagination exhibit the San Fernando Valley Arts Center and I will also have another in the upcoming #ENOUGH exhibit at the Neutra Museum Institute. When you are part of a community of artists, the support is quite significant.

Finally, right now as far as exhibitions go, I am eager to see the upcoming exhibit at the Getty, Manet and Modern Beauty. This is the first-ever exhibition to explore the last years of Manet’s life and career. The exhibit will include  portraits, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, and exquisite café and garden scenes. This selection conveys his rather elegant social world and reveals his growing fascination with fashion, flowers, and modern femininity, as embodied in the parisienne. I can’t wait! 10/08/19-1/12/20.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Marciano Art Foundation presents a screening of Gloria’s Call, and Dr. Gloria Orenstein’s “Reclaiming her BIRD-RIGHT: Leonora Carrington Prepares Her Sacred Journey to the Otherworld”, an excerpt of her lecture recently given at the opening of the Museo Leonora Carrington in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The program will conclude with a Q and A session moderated by Olivia Marciano.

Free tickets for this program will be available on October 26 at 1pm.

#ENOUGH is the upcoming exhibition at the Neutra Museum Institute in Silverlake. The exhibition will feature works by members of So. Calif. Women’s Caucus for Art. (NOTE: I will have a collage exhibited in this show) 10/12-10/27/19.

IN THE GALLERIES

After reading the review in the Los Angeles Times of the current exhibition at Lora Schlessinger Gallery, I needed to see it for myself. Patty Wickman, All is Leaf is comprised of several oil paintings, some derived from experiences in nature and others from a practice of painting one composition a day for  each of the 40 days of lent. These are exquisite examples of an artist who deftly handles the paint on her surfaces and whose passion transcends the physical properties of the canvas. Thru 10/19/19.

Patty Wickman

Cynthia Ona Innis

Walter Maciel Gallery is pleased to present Hitch by Cynthia Ona Innis.   The exhibition includes works on panel, canvas and paper. She is inspired by the Central California landscape. Her interest in the diverse environments of California including the San Andreas Fault and the dramatic and ever-shifting land that it produces is the catalyst for this exhibition, explored through the combination of paint, ink and fabric on various surfaces. The works are derived from a process of manipulating materials and space, exploring natural phenomenon and experiences through abstractions. Thru 10/25/19.

Judy Chicago: Los Angeles continues at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery.  Works  from the years 1965-72 include drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations and documentation of her environmental and fireworks projects will be on view. The exhibition not only provides an opportunity to see artworks that have not been exhibited for decades, it additionally offers a glimpse into the beginnings of what has and continues to be a remarkable career by a very influential woman artist. Thru 11/02/19.

Judy Chicago

Karen Kilimnik

Sprüth Magers presents works by Karen Kilimnik.  In paintings, sculpture, video and installation, she brings together historical cultural references—including ballet, the aristocracy, 14th to 18th-century painting, Romanticism, and the Second World War—with the spheres of books, music, film and television. Thru 10/26/2019.

 

Blum and Poe Gallery continues their 25th anniversary with re-install of Anya Gallaccio’s Stroke – a visceral installation of thick, dark chocolate smeared on the gallery walls. Thru 10/26/19.

Beatrice Wood: Bed Stories and More is the current exhibition at Porch Gallery These are works on paper and not ceramics which Wood for which she is mostly known. Published by Lee Waisler in 1987, when Wood was in her nineties, the hand-painted etchings that comprise this series further demonstrate her unique creativity. Thru 12/01/19.

Beatrice Wood

Sanctuary, the first installation of multi-year project by Pam Douglas at TAG Gallery  Life-size drawings of refugees walking behind a chain link fence and children trapped behind ropes fill the gallery. The 60-foot installation makes the viewer a witness to the refugee journey. This work is a” visceral response to their humanity.” Thru 10/19/19.

Pam Douglas

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

Later this month at MOCA  will be With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985. The first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation. Covering the years 1972 to 1985 and featuring approximately fifty artists from across the United States, the exhibition examines the Pattern and Decoration movement’s defiant embrace of forms traditionally coded as feminine, domestic, ornamental, or craft-based and thought to be categorically inferior to fine art. Some of the artists included are Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Kim MacConnel, and Miriam Schapiro. Artists whose contributions to Pattern and Decoration have been underrecognized, such as Merion Estes, Dee Shapiro, and Kendall Shaw. Artists who are not normally considered in the context of Pattern and Decoration, such as Emma Amos, Billy Al Bengston, Al Loving, and Betty Woodman are also included in the exhibit. Though little studied today, the Pattern and Decoration movement was institutionally recognized, critically received, and commercially successful from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. The overwhelming preponderance of craft-based practices and unabashedly decorative sensibilities in art of the present-day point to an influential P&D legacy that is ripe for consideration. 10/27/19-5/11/20.

Miriam Schapiro

Also at LACMA  is long awaited exhibition Betye Saar: Call and Response. This rather small exhibition focuses on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form.  Do read the review of the exhibit in the

L.A. Times Thru 04/05/20.

Betye Saar

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light continues at LACMA. Corse emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement. She shared with her contemporaries a deep fascination with perception and with the possibility that light itself could serve as both subject and material of art.  Thru 11/11/19.
For her exhibition, Open House: Gala Porras-Kim at MOCA, the artist seeks to explore the ways in which museums act as stewards of the art it owns. “Her exhibition brings together a diverse set of artworks (and other ephemeral materials) to shed light on the role the museum and its staff of curators, registrars, and conservators play in the life of the works in its permanent collection. To do so, she has sought out artworks that challenge the perception that a museum’s permanent collection is comprised of immutable objects frozen in time. Using artworks that are ephemeral, transitional, malleable, decaying, or even made to expire, Porras-Kim’s exhibition will showcase the ways in which museums play an active role in the conservation, display methods, archiving, interpretation, and even the physical form of the works in its permanent collection.” (MOCA) 10/07/19-05/11/20.

Craft Contemporary is featuring some compelling exhibitions opening this month.

Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira

Los Angeles-based artist Echiko Ohira examines her prolific artistic production over the last two decades. Ohira’s work is founded upon the use of repurposed paper, with her love of the material springing from her childhood in Japan and its vast paper traditions. In addition to paper, Ohira utilizes nails, thread, and other found materials to create sculptural forms and collages that explore the physical and spiritual centers of the human body, natural world, and larger cosmos. Thru 1/05/20.

Cynthia Minet: Jacked

Los Angeles-based sculptor Cynthia Minet’s colorful, multi-media installation is one-part animal and one-part machine. Combining the form of the panthera atrox – an extinct North American lion whose remains have been excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits – with a modern-day oil pump jack, Minet addresses our complicated relationship with petrochemicals and the specific cultural and geological history of the Miracle Mile neighborhood. Thru Jan. 5, 2020.

 

 

Dress Rehearsal continues at the Oceanside Museum of Art curated by Kate Stern. The intersection between art and fashion is represented by artists Melissa Meier, Mary Tuma, Alexandra Dillon, Janet Taylor Pickett, Gwen Samuels, Carolyn Hampton, Yaya Chou, Leigh Salgado, Marian Debris, et al. The myriad ways a garment can be interpreted and represented is showcased in this exhibit. The media ranges from sculpture, installation, paintings, photographs, and mixed-media.  Thru 1/19/20.

OBSIDIAN LADDER, a site-specific installation by Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca continues at Marciano Foundation. Thru 12/01/19.

Also continuing at Marciano is Anna Uddenberg: Privé.  Uddenberg explores social conventions and norms that are the product of consumer culture. Thru 12/22/19.

 

 

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Women Around Town, September 2019 https://artfulamphora.com/2019/09/women-around-town-september-2019/ https://artfulamphora.com/2019/09/women-around-town-september-2019/#respond Tue, 03 Sep 2019 23:14:59 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=1411 My latest out of town art adventure was to Seattle, Washington. At the top of my itinerary was a visit to the Seattle Art Museum to view the exhibit Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites (PRB) to the Arts and Crafts Movement. It was a very comprehensive exhibit with works ranging from those by Dante Gabriel […]

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My latest out of town art adventure was to Seattle, Washington.

At the top of my itinerary was a visit to the Seattle Art Museum to view the exhibit Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites (PRB) to the Arts and Crafts Movement. It was a very comprehensive exhibit with works ranging from those by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt to William Morris. I sought out the female contributors and learned that Florence Jane Camm played an important role in her family’s stained glass workshop.  A stained glass window by Camm, Dante and Beatrice II: the Wedding Feast  (1910) is an exquisite example from the Arts and Crafts Movement in England and part of larger suite that celebrates Italian literature, something the Pre-Raphaelites often focused on. Kate Elizabeth Bunce’s painting, Musica  (1895) depicts a single female figure playing a lute against a dense background of flowers and decorative objects. It is painted in the highly realistic style of the PRB.

As enjoyable as the SAM museum was, the highlight of the tr ip was our visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass. This venue provides a look at Chihuly’s inspiration and influences and brings together many of the elements of his work, including drawings, signature glass series, large architectural installations and his personal collections. One of many things stood out here  that was unique is that the artist has insisted that visitors get up close to the glassworks which is a very different museum experience than I am used to.  Truly a feast for the eyes.

Dale Chihuly

 

Kate Elizabeth Bunce

Florence Jane Camm

IN THE GALLERIES

Jeffrey Deitch Gallery presents Judy Chicago: Los Angeles. The exhibit will feature early works by the notable feminist artist, more specifically works created between 1965-1972. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations and documentation of her environmental and fireworks projects will be on view. The exhibition not only provides an opportunity to see artworks that have not been exhibited for decades, it additionally offers a glimpse into the beginnings of what has and continues to be a remarkable career by a very influential woman artist.  9/07-11/02/19. Opening Reception: 9/07, 6–8 p.m.; Book and Product Signing: 9/07, 7-8 p.m.

Judy Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anya Gallaccio

Blum and Poe Gallery is celebrating their 25th anniversary with re-install of Anya Gallaccio’s Stroke – a visceral installation of thick, dark chocolate smeared on the gallery walls. “Gallaccio’s practice uses organic materials to subvert and reframe that male-dominated moment in art history. Trees, flowers, fruit, and ice are investigated for their fluidity and impermanence, and decay becomes a part of the installation to be embraced. The unpredictability of these ephemeral materials yields a freeing inability to control the final product, from which unexpected results emerge. These materials, pulled from a feminine, domestic space, challenge a masculine past and reclaim a place in history.” 9/14/10/26/19. Reception: Saturday, 9/14; 6-8 p.m.

Laura Krifka

The Game of Patience is the current exhibition of new figurative paintings by Laura Krifka at Luis de Jesus gallery.  I look forward to seeing these paintings which are described by the gallery: “The paintings depict  female and male subjects in intimate moments within carefully constructed interiors. Krifka deftly paints her bare-skinned protagonists reading, drawing, daydreaming, watching, and waiting. The peep of a phallus and the highlight of a thigh gap allude to the pleasure of stillness, supplemented by the visual tension meticulously sculpted throughout the domestic spaces…” 9/07-10/26/19.

A weekend jaunt to Ojai is always inspiring especially with the exhibits at Porch Gallery. Beatrice Wood: Bed Stories and More is their current exhibition. These are works on paper and not ceramics which Wood for which she is mostly known. Published by Lee Waisler in 1987, when Wood was in her nineties, the hand-painted etchings that comprise this series further demonstrate her unique creativity. 9/05-12/01/19.

Beatrice Wood

Night Flights: New Work by Joanne Julian are now being exhibited at Vita Art Center in Ventura. These new works continue to display Julian’s adeptness with drawing techniques through her use of pencil and ink. She brings nature to life in a very careful and spectacular manner. Author Betty Ann Brown sees Julian as “a modern American master of haboku (‘flung ink’ style.) Usually associated with Zen Buddhism, haboku was practiced by monks who, after years of arduous training, sat in meditative repose until they sensed a oneness with the universal life force. The monks then moved from meditation to art allowing the force to flow through them, through the brush and onto the paper in rapid dexterous strokes.” Thru 9/26/19.

 

Boring Art: Tammi Campbell is the current exhibit at Anat Egbi gallery in Culver City. The exhibition title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the John Baldessari piece I Will Not Make Boring Art (1971), For this exhibition, Campbell reproduced iconic works by Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Josef Albers, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruscha. She has carefully selected these works from the male-dominated canon of abstraction and beyond. This was followed by scrutinizing research to replicate them in a precise manner. 9/07-10/26/19.

Tami Campbell

Pam Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later this month at TAG Gallery is a timely exhibition titled,Sanctuary, the first installation of multi-year project by Pam Douglas.  Life-size drawings of refugees walking behind a chain link fence and children trapped behind ropes fill the gallery. The 60-foot installation makes the viewer a witness to the refugee journey. Douglas explains her very personal response: “We are in a startling time hearing the cries of children torn from their parents at the American border. Beyond this country, refugees are seeking sanctuary around the world. This work is a visceral response to their humanity.” 9/24-10/19/19. Opening reception is 9/28, 5-8pm.

Yvette Gillis: Omnipresence or Chance curated by Molly Enholm continues at the Cal State Northridge West Gallery. Her large ethereal paintings and works on paper take their cue from nature. Thru 9/12/19. Here is a great interview with the artist from L.A. Weekly

Yvette Gillis

IN THE MUSEUMS

Dress Rehearsal is a group exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art curated by Kate Stern. The intersection between art and fashion is represented by artists Melissa Meier, Mary Tuma, Alexandra Dillon, Janet Taylor Pickett, Gwen Samuels, Carolyn Hampton, Yaya Chou, Leigh Salgado, Marian Debris, et al. The myriad ways a garment can be interpreted and represented is showcased in this exhibit. The media ranges from sculpture, installation, paintings, photographs, and mixed-media. For example, Gwen Samuels’ garments are comprised of tea bags and photo transparencies stitched together; the results are exquisite. Another example, and an artist whose work inspired this exhibit is Melissa Meier.  Her Skins series are literal  “constructions,” as she calls them,  made from elements found in nature like pine cones, stones, sea shells, sticks, etcetera, and are very theatrical in nature. The image below by Meier is comprised mostly of sea sponges…amazing! Thru 1/19/20.

Melissa Meier       

Gwynn Samuels

 

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light continues at LACMA. It is the first solo museum survey is a long overdue examination of this singular artist’s career. Initially trained as an abstract painter, Corse emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement. She shared with her contemporaries a deep fascination with perception and with the possibility that light itself could serve as both subject and material of art.  Scroll down on the following page for a video of the artist in her studio. Thru 11/11/19.

Later this month and also at LACMA is Betye Saar: Call and Response. The exhibition will cover the span of Saar’s career with a focus on her sketchbooks and their transition to finished works in physical form. 9/22/19-04/05/20.

Betye Saar

Betye Saar

OBSIDIAN LADDER, a site-specific installation by Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca continues at Marciano Foundation. Thru 12/01/19.

Also continuing at Marciano is Anna Uddenberg: Privé.  Uddenberg explores social conventions and norms that are the product of consumer culture. Thru 12/22/19.

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Women Around Town, August 2019 https://artfulamphora.com/2019/08/women-around-town-august-2019/ https://artfulamphora.com/2019/08/women-around-town-august-2019/#respond Sun, 04 Aug 2019 02:14:30 +0000 https://artfulamphora.com/?p=1360 I was just watching a terrific documentary on KCET about Edith Heath. She was quite a visionary and achieved amazing things with the medium of clay. I learned that the exterior of the Norton Simon museum is clad in Heath Ceramics and that she was the first non-architect an American Institute of Architects Gold Medal […]

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I was just watching a terrific documentary on KCET about Edith Heath. She was quite a visionary and achieved amazing things with the medium of clay. I learned that the exterior of the Norton Simon museum is clad in Heath Ceramics and that she was the first non-architect an American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for her architectural tiles for that project. Here is a link to more about her accomplishments in modernist design. Link 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hot summer is filled with some “hot” exhibitions not to be missed. I want to bring your attention to 2 exhibits that I recently viewed; both with very powerful messages. The first one is at Craft Contemporary, entitled On the Inside. A group of approximately 110 portrait drawings by LGBTQ+ artists who are currently incarcerated.  Behind bars, their identities are stripped away, and they become just another number in the system. The art is made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars: mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ballpoint pen ink tubes (the hard shell is deemed too dangerous), and unlikely innovations such as using an asthma inhaler with Kool-Aid to create an air brushed painting. I was particularly taken with the installed room in the lobby which is the exact size of a room for solitary confinement. The exterior is covered in text with information about this practice and how it is so abused, hence violating the civil rights of these prisoners. Thru 9/ 8/19.

Lin Tianmiao

The second exhibit that in my opinion is a “must see” is at LACMAThe Allure of Matter: Contemporary Art from China.  This exhibit brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history. The exhibit provides some outstanding examples of the work that Chinese contemporary artists have created demonstrating their intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. Their media range from the commonplace to the unconventional, the natural to the synthetic, the elemental to the composite: from plastic, water, and wood, to hair, tobacco, and Coca-Cola.  Some of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists today are featured in this exhibition, including Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and Ai Weiwei. Of special notice is Day Dreamer by Lin Tianmiao, a self-portrait suspended from the ceiling  with hundreds of cotton threads stitched through the image hanging to the floor. Cotton thread has personal and historical meaning for this artist.  Also, exquisite “kimonos” created using polyurethane, iron powder, silk and cocoons by Liang Shaoji are truly ethereal. Thru 1/05/20.

Liang Shaoji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE GALLERIES

Offal is  a combination juried and invited artists exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The exhibition which addresses the delicate subject of innards proves be quite compelling. Among the artists are Bonnie Huang, Josephine Pride, Victoria Reynolds, Jeanine Shinoda and more.  8/15-9/29/19.

Opening Reception: Sunday, 8/11/19; 2-5 p.m.

Genevieve Gaignard: I’m Sorry I Never Told You That You’re Beautiful is the current exhibition at Suzanne Veilmetter Projects.  Gaignard is known for her exploration of Americana via racial formation, interiority and portraiture.   This exhibition explores affinity of place, desires of flight/departure, and an empathic turn through installation, collage, sculpture, and photography. In her recent bodies of work, Gaignard has used the site of homeplace and emblems of domesticity to explore American racial logic, beauty, and desire. For I’m Sorry I Never Told You That You’re Beautiful Gaignard presents a domestic space of pleasure and affirmation while attending to the possibility of tumult and atonement. Gaignard’s signature wallpaper, porcelain figurines, and kitsch objects adorn her installation, presenting the amalgamation of things both of blackness and beauty enmeshed with (white) Americana textile patterns, advertisements, and ephemera. Mirrors and reflective surfaces merge viewers within discrete moments of Gaignard’s objects and Gaignard herself, as her grid of portraits is an opportunity to behold and echo back onto the one gazing. Thru 8/17/19.

Genevieve Gaignard

Genevieve Gaignard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lois Lambert Gallery presents Yamilé Bordón: Speculation. Bordón is a Cuban sculptor working with three dimensional readymade objects. Her series “Speculation” is about the transformation of everyday items into moments that are both personal and historical. She rejects a purely visual aesthetic in favor of a conceptually driven approach. Yamilé is fascinated by the fundamental and architectural beauty of regular objects rather than their functional use. By modifying, reassembling, deconstructing, reconstructing, and rotating these objects she is able to reinterpret their meaning based on their new context. She casts aside the original function and explores how the items exist in reality now that she has changed their form.  Yamilé often reflects on Duchamp’s Readymades by choosing her sculptures instead of sculpting each piece from raw material. However, her pieces derive a much stronger nostalgia from moments in her life. She refers to her creative process as “checking boxes” in her memories. Simply rotating an object on its side can write a new narrative for the object; it overcomes its past self and becomes a representation of Yamilé’s memory. Through her female perspective each piece represents evolutions of herself and the world she understands. They are akin to poetry for her and through them we can understand glimpses of her world. Thru 8/31/19.

Yamilé Bordón

Later this month at the CSUN West Gallery is Yvette Gillis: Omnipresence or Chance curated by Molly Enholm. Here is the curator’s statement: Yvette Gellis operates at the crossroads of the visceral and the intellectual, deftly layering charcoal, paint and collaged imaginary to construct Arcadian scenes of the natural environment. Exquisitely tall trees, interrupted by pools of intoxicating teal-blue, reach beyond view punctuated by hypnotically repetitive patterns of splendid orange poppies and wistfully rust-colored leaves. The landscape recedes into a nearly mystical space dissolving in both light and shadow, while pronounced swaths of impasto paint are physical reminders of the artist’s presence. She creates this meditative interpretation of the natural world while traversing the ever-shifting boundaries between representation and abstraction, or, rather, between notions of control and elements of chance. The cyclical motif of the leaf provides Gellis with an imagistic structure, surpassing traditional tropes to represent not the ephemeral, but the omnipresent. The walls of the gallery quietly dissolve behind the complex assemblage of canvases, panels and Plexiglas that projects into the physical realm occupied by the viewer. A departure from traditional notions of the landscape, there is no implied narrative here, no defined relationship between humanity and the environment created by the artist and presented to the viewer. Instead, Gellis offers a space to inhabit and meditate upon the notions of chance, choice and the omnipresence of nature. The exhibit will include large scale paintings and works on paper. 8/24-9/12/19.

Opening reception is Saturday, 8/24/19: 4-6 p.m.

Yvette Gillis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MUSEUMS

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light is the first solo museum survey is a long overdue examination of this singular artist’s career. Initially trained as an abstract painter, Corse emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement. She shared with her contemporaries a deep fascination with perception and with the possibility that light itself could serve as both subject and material of art. The survey will bring together for the first time Corse’s key bodies of work, including her early shaped canvases, freestanding sculptures, and light encasements that she engineered in the mid-1960s, as well as her breakthrough White Light Paintings, begun in 1968, and the Black Earth Series that she initiated after moving in 1970 from downtown Los Angeles to Topanga Canyon, where she lives and works today. Thru 11/11/19. Scroll down on the following page for  a video of the artist in her studio.

OBSIDIAN LADDER by Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca continues at Marciano Foundation. Her site-specific installation in their massive Theater Gallery reveals a new topography of triggered senses, combining sound, scent, and live performance. These elements will be experienced together against a constellation of carved steel sculptures and skin paintings. Skin and the body—its presence and absence—lay at the core of Huanca’s works. The artist utilizes materials that have a direct relationship to nature, such as raw pigments, oils, turmeric, sand, and clay. These are key elements in her “skin paintings,” for which she applies fragments of paint, latex, and other skin-like materials to either the human body or canvas. These same materials appear on her sculptures throughout the exhibition, creating a tactile ecosystem that links her pieces to one another. Using skin as both canvas and performative tool, Huanca deconstructs dominant gender and body politics and introduces an alternative, non-objectifying gaze—one focused on memory, biology, and time. (MAF) Thru 12/01/19.

Donna Huanca

Also continuing at Marciano is Anna Uddenberg: Privé.  Uddenberg explores social conventions and norms that are the product of consumer culture. She challenges ingrained ways of thinking and seeing as well as ideas of mental and physical mobility. Through the lens of the feedback loop that is social media, she analyzes systems of representation, the performativity of femme expressions and its cross-connection to consumer culture and gender studies. Her interest in femme as figuration is geared towards exploring power dynamics in the service domain, and disputes the idea of femininity by revealing what happens when these roles are amplified and over-performed to a degree of uncanny absurdity.(MAF) Thru 12/22/19.

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel continues at the UCLA Hammer museum.  Provocative and at times puzzling yet familiar, the exhibition offers a wide selection of the artist’s oeuvre including sculptures, photographs, and installation. One Thousand Eggs for Women was a significant interactive performance by Lucas at the Hammer. Scroll down to view the video. Thru 8/31/19.

Sarah Lucas

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Judy Chicago @ Jeffrey Deitch Projects

Betye Saar: Call and Response @ LACMA

Julie Mehretu @ LACMA

 

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