August is stealth mode in the art world. Shades are pulled, galleries go dark. Everyone is supposedly relaxing at the shore before the September openings. But we all know that this pause in the art calendar is actually an intense time of backroom re-orgs, private previews and strategic positioning, a time for researching and reconsidering, finishing touches and frantic scrambles. All efforts are pointing towards the big Fall ta-da.
We take it for granted that galleries exist, that they move the sales of art, that their owners and directors are focused on discovering and promoting artists, educating audiences of art-goers, and building relationships among collectors, art watchers, museums and others to support their artists both financially and through exhibition. We recognize the names of historically important dealers such as Ambroise Vollard, Edith Halpert, Paul Durand-Ruel, Sidney Janis, Leo Castelli or Betty Parsons. We know that collectors rely heavily on specific dealers with whom they have sympathetic leanings, and that every artist serious about their career wants to align themselves with dealers of distinction and commitment. Yet we often downplay the critical position that these seekers of talent play in the scene. For without their sweat and tears, expertise, and sometimes unabashed horse trading, the art market as it exists today and the opportunities available to young artists for development and exposure would look far different.
So in the spirit of anticipatory look-sees, the ArtSlant Team has gone straight to a few favorite galleries for recommendations on artists that are either presenting exciting new work this fall, or those that are under-regarded or early in their careers and poised for attention.
We decided to focus first on Los Angeles and San Francisco. With the mounting of Pacific Standard Time, the mega collaboration celebrating the birth of the LA art scene, and the expansion of SFMOMA with the receipt of the Fisher collection, and not to forget the brouhaha over Jeffrey Deitch’s controversial directorship of the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, this coastal edge of the art world is certainly making its presence felt.
Liam Everett, Untitled, 2011, Acrylic, ink, salt and alcohol on linen and silk, 63 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.
From San Francisco:
Claudia Altman-Siegel of Altman Siegel Gallery mentions two artists coming up as of significant interest for their fall program: Devin Leonardi, "who works very slowly and makes exquisite highly crafted small paintings," and Liam Everett, a recent CCA grad who is "on his way to a lot of recognition." On Leonardi's upcoming September show, Claudia states: "It’s very rare to see a show of several works since each piece is so time consuming. We are very excited about this exceptional exhibition and think it will be a really special show that may be under the radar for some viewers."
From Amir Mortazavi, Highlight Gallery, we got this response: "I believe that the following artists are under-regarded and deserve more attention from the collector community: Chris Fraser, Nick Ervinck, Rene Ricard." Across the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, Kimberly Johansson of Johansson Projects suggests that Misako Inaoka is "under-appreciated." And Jessica Silverman from Silverman Gallery recommends three artists with whom they are now working: Toronto-based artist Hugh Scott-Douglas, Hayal Pozanti, a native of Istanbul and recent Yale grad, and Dashiell Manley, an LA-based artist who is currently showing in Made in LA. Opening at Silverman in September will be Jason Kraus, the Cal-Arts wunderkind whose private performances and resulting objects are gaining considerable attention.
Liz Glynn, Lost and Found (Salisbury Hoard) (detail), 2012, Pit-fired clay, 16.5 x 13.5 x 6 inches © Courtesy of Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles.
From Los Angeles:
Erica Redling of Redling Fine Art is excited about the upcoming Liz Glynn show, Hoard, which opens September 7th. Along with a very active year of exhibitions and performances (read more), Glynn was nominated for the Mohn Award for her work in Made in LA 2012. To our inquiries, Janet Levy of Seeline Gallery responded: "I would like to present two artists for [consideration]. Karen Lofgren, who has an established practice and is very under-regarded. And Nathan Bell, a young emerging artist who primarily works with text." Steve Turner Gallery is featuring Dutch artist Rafaël Rozendaal in his first solo exhibit in LA which will feature two major works including Falling Falling, a physical manifestation of a website. Taking from Turner's preview, "In his multifaceted practice, Rozendaal utilizes the electronic screen to create work that resides somewhere between painting and animation."
Opening on September 8th, two Los Angeles-based artists that shouldn't be missed: Sarah Cain's solo exhibition at Honor Fraser, and Tomory Dodge's new work at ACME. Also opening on September 8th is Dimitri Kozyrev at Mark Moore Gallery. Moore says of Russian painter Kozyrev: "this represents an entirely new body of work that both draws on the imagery of his earliest painting, and expands upon his last – highly-acclaimed and successful – LOST EDGE paintings...I feel [this new series] is quite special and moves his painting to an entirely new level."
Dimitri Kozyrev, Last One 18, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.
--the ArtSlant Team
(Image at top: Nathan Bell, Temp Things, 2012, Acrylic spray paint and ink on Album cover, 12 x 12”. Courtesy of Seeline Gallery, Los Angeles.)