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Louise Bourgeois: Memories from Wendy Williams  
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5/31/10

[Note: Louise Bourgeois died in Manhattan on May 31, 2010] With the Louise Bourgeois exhibition up at MOCA in Los Angeles, I cannot think of anything else. I heard that Louise's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, was in town helping with the exhibition and I started wondering more and more about what occurs in Louise's studio. Jerry was already back in New York by the time I could get ahold of anyone, but Wendy Williams, the manager of the Louise Bourgeois Studio was so kind as to answer some of my... [more]

L India Sweets and Spices   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/15/09

9409 Venice BlvdCulver City, CA 90232 (310) 837-5286 It's nice to go to Culver City and eat somewhere a bit off the beaten path.  Not that this place doesn't have it's following, but it's just far enough from Culver Blvd. and the packed restaurants to offer easy parking and shorter waits.  Not only does it serve great simple Indian food, but it also has a market filled with spices and other goods.  Lunch can easily be done for 5 dollars here, and you will not be left hungry. - Sasha Bergstrom-... [more]

Blue Blue in the Face   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Burke, George Condo, Mike Dee, Kim Dingle, David Dupuis, David Hendren, Damien Hirst, Anthony James, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Rachel Lachowicz, Kim McCarty, Catherine Opie, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Simmons, George Stoll, Tam Van Tran, Maberry / Walker, Millie Wilson, Rob Wynne at Kim Light / LightBox May 23rd, 2009 - July 2nd, 2009
Posted 6/15/09

      Kim Light moved into Maloney Fine Art's space, and in their first venture together they have mounted a group show, Blue Blue.  The group of artists is diverse, but the works are tied together by, you guessed it, the color blue.  In such a small space, this is actually a good approach to a group show.  It's hung salon style, works stacked on top of each other, creating a patchwork of sorts.  Sure, the pieces distract from each other and there isn't much space to really step back and look at, fo... [more]

Attach Peter Macapia's Skullcracker   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Macapia at Angstrom Gallery May 23rd, 2009 - June 27th, 2009
Posted 6/15/09

      At first, it's just beautiful, ephemeral.  Detailed flowery structures hang in clouds in the gallery, larger individual pieces are suspended in vitrines from the high ceiling and on the walls.  Peter Macapia's sculptures are made from laser-cut museum board.  They look lacy and flowery, but also somewhat rigid and architectural.  This makes sense; it turns out that the patterns of the laser cuts are created from algorithms that describe fluid matter.Peter Macapia's education and background... [more]

Interview with Cal Crawford  
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5/7/09

Sasha Bergstrom-Katz met with Cal Crawford at his opening of POSSIBILITIESOFFISTS at Sister Gallery on May 7th, 2009.  They conducted the following interview via email. Sasha Bergstrom-Katz: Your current show at Sister Gallery, POSSIBILITIESOFFISTS, is striking, to say the least.  Can you tell me about the conception of the idea and what the title means?Cal Crawford: Initially I was doing a lot of research on the history of linear perspective, specifically looking at the language surrounding this strat... [more]

FRESH at MOCA - May 9th  
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5/5/09

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009 7–11pm FOOD, DRINKS, AND MUSIC DJ set by DJ Rashida The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90013 BUY TICKETS $85 in advance; $100 at the door TICKET INFO 213/633-5381 ONLINE CATALOGUE>> PUBLIC PREVIEW SATURDAY, MAY 2–FRIDAY, MAY 8 11am–4pm Bidding will start at 7pm. First bidding section closes promptly at 8:30pm. Remaining sections will close consecutively thereafter. Self-parking for the Silent Auction and Public Preview is available in surrounding lots. AUCTION INFO 213/621-1778 ... [more]

Scene_3_01med Charlie White - Nine Lives   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Becker, Llyn Foulkes, Charles Irvin, Victoria Reynolds, Kaari Upson, Jeffrey Vallance, Charlie While at Hammer Museum March 8th, 2009 - May 31st, 2009
Posted 4/24/09

    Charlie White's video "American Minor" is a standout in the current exhibition at the Hammer, Nine Lives.  The show, curated by Ali Subotnick, shows a wide range of Los Angeles based artists, from young artists like Kaari Upson to established artists like Llyn Foulkes.  When I left the show, although so much of the work was fabulous, Charlie's video really stuck with me the most.The film depicts a teenage girl in states of perpetual boredom.  The aesthetic of it is what is most appealing at f... [more]

5336 Like a Turkey   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joe Bradley at peres projects - LA March 28th, 2009 - May 16th, 2009
Posted 4/24/09

      Joe Bradley's "Like A Turkey Thru Corn" surprised me.  I've seen his work before, but never anything like this.  Usually his shows consist of large figures comprised of multiple monochromatic canvases, towering over their audience in the gallery.  The new work, large uncoated canvases, with simple black line drawings done in a childish manner at first seems unrelated.I gave the show some time.  I always liked Bradley's other work and wanted to figure out some connections.  I found them, not... [more]

Img_2738 The Art Part of Coachella   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/24/09

              I was lucky enough to be able to get a personal tour with Phil Blaine, the art director for Coachella.  It was hot (at least 100) and I did get a sunburn, but it was worth it.To be honest, when I've come to Coachella in the past, I've pretty much skipped over the fact that it's supposed to be an music and art festival.  The music is what really pulls in the crowds.  As an 'artworld' kind of person, I often forget to stop to consider things outside my world.  When individuall... [more]

Coachella - Bands to watch  
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4/9/09

Coachella: The other bands to see   I thought I'd add some tips in terms of bands to check out that would usually fall under the radar.  Of course there are the obvious bands to see, Morrisey, Franz Ferdinand, MIA, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paul McCartney, The Cure, The Black Keys, etc, but what are we supposed to see when the beating sun is still out?  I had to ask my good friend Jason Miller for his suggestions.  Here they are: Ghostland Observatory: like a funky high energy electronic my morning... [more]

Coachella - April 17-19  
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4/7/09

Sci-Arc at Coachella   It’s time for Coachella.  Get ready for suntan lotion, date shakes (since they're on the way), resting from the sun under the misting tents, and obviously the music.But please, don't forget to pay attention to the art!  This year I’m most excited about a project designed by students at Sci-Arc.  (See press release below)Friday is already selling out and Saturday and Sunday are filling up fast.   So get your tickets now if you haven’t!From the press release:Who said roc... [more]

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Penelope Gottlieb at Kim Light / LightBox January 24th, 2009 - March 7th, 2009
Posted 2/23/09

Penelope Gottlieb's installation, NO $ DOWN, is both playful and somber.  The installation is comprised of monochrome drawings, in frames matching the color in each drawing, all placed salon style around a fake fireplace.  The fire in the fireplace lights up as if it were real and the gallery space is made to feel like an odd, kitsch representation of a living room.  Gottlieb depicts, in simple, semi realistic colored pencil drawings, homes that represent the stereotype of the American dream, and m... [more]

22853 Materiality and Hidden Meaning   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jennifer West at Marc Foxx February 14th, 2009 - March 14th, 2009
Posted 2/23/09

    Even before investigating what these short films are about and how they were made, they are intriguing, beautiful and mesmerizing.  Projected on all four walls in the gallery, Jennifer West's abstracted films light up the space with streaks of color.  Each film, taken one at a time, commands attention.  Reminiscent of earlier experimental film, the four pieces are highly abstracted with the apparent use of other materials on top of the film.  West's films combine classic abstraction and hidden concr... [more]

Echocurio-postfront-s The Echo Curio   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/23/09

I noticed it for the first time when I was driving down Sunset and saw an unusual gathering of people.  It's just a little storefront, but aside from drawings, paintings and prints on the walls, it looks pretty vacant from the street.  Much of the artwork is self described as "outsider" or "fringe" and the rest is affordable handmade merchandise (silk screened items, CDs, etc.).  What is nice about this place, is that it also hosts concerts, film festivals and other events.  Visit the website fo... [more]

Img_2007 In Case You Missed It   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at artLA 2011 January 23rd, 2009 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 1/28/09

In case you missed the fair, here are some pics of the booths.     [more]

Img_2069 Mountain Bar at ART LA   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/26/09

Jorge Pardo rebuilt the Mountain Bar in a tent adjacent to the Barker Hangar to quench the thirst (and to loosen up) the collectors, public and exhibitors at ART LA.  The Mountain Bar, located in Chinatown, functions as both an art installation and a bar.  Although I expected a direct recreation of the dark and brooding bar that I am familiar with, the space just didn't allow for it.  The bar was certainly not just a simple bar set up for the purpose of serving customers; the bar was striking in... [more]

Img_1998 In These Times   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at artLA 2011 January 23rd, 2009 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 1/26/09

    The weekend is over and the booths are being disassembled as we speak.  In it's first year at the Barker Hanger, ART LA found a more accessible home, but other than that, not much else changed.  It's a tough year for art fairs, as fewer people want to shell out the big bucks for anything, let alone hundreds of thousands or more objects that they can't justify as necessary.  Many galleries scaled back and presented works that were more affordable, such as $200 modified album covers at Jack H... [more]

It's ART LA! - Jan 23-25  
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1/15/09

It's time again for ART LA and the fair promises to be more exciting than ever.  It is open from January 23rd through 25th, with an opening benefit for MOCA on the 22nd.  The location is new (Barker Hanger) and it will most likely prove to be more visitor friendly.  Plus there is some exciting programming (schedule to follow).  Even in this time of economic hardship, I think the fair promises to be a success.   -Sasha For more information visit: www.artfairsinc.com   ART LA 2009 REVEALS EXHIBITOR AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS... [more]

411_927258001218480905 Artist Books   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, Lars Arrhenius, Darren Bader, John Baldessari, Lothar Baumgarten, IAIN BAXTER&, Thomas Bayrle, Larry Bell, Dara Birnbaum, Marcel Broodthaers, Fernando Bryce, Luca Buvoli, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Merlin Carpenter, Matthew Chambers, Shaoxiong Chen, Larry Clark, Sean Dack, Hanne Darboven, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Marcel Dzama, Yara El-Sherbini, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Neil Farber, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robbert Flick, Tom Friedman, Liam Gillick, Pamela Golden, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Ann Hamilton, Robert Heinecken, Arno Hintjens, Patrick Hoet, Dennis Hollingsworth, Rebecca Horn, David Horvitz, Adam Janes, Brian Kennon, Robbie Kinberg, Edwin Klein, Alison Knowles, Jutta Koether, Harmony Korine, Barbara Kruger, Brendan Lott, Nick Lowe, Euan Macdonald, Christian Marclay, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Monahan, Robert Morris, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Jorge Pardo, A. R. Penck, Asher Penn, Raymond Pettibon, Tom Phillips, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Michael S. Riedel, Pipilotti Rist, Dieter Roth, Francesc Ruiz, Raul Ruiz, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Peter Schmidt, Lara Schnitger, Jim Shaw, David Shrigley, Jorge Simes, Michael Snow, Haim Steinbach, Telfer Stokes, Calvin Sumsion, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Richard Tuttle, Jan Voss, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, David Weiss, Fischli & Weiss, Benjamin Weissman, Pae White, Christopher Williams, Bobbi Woods, Christopher Wool at MOCA Pacific Design Center October 19th, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 1/5/09

  MOCA at the Pacific Design Center currently has an exhibition of artist books.  Unfortunately the books are under glass vitrines, but you CAN watch the pages turn through MOCA's website at: http://www.moca.org/openbook/sequences.php - a virtual read. The exhibition features books by Sigmar Polke, Keith Haring, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Snow, Ray Johnson, Andy Warhol, Hans-Peter Feldman, Paul McCarthy/Jason Rhoades and more.   This exhibition does point out the issue with showing artist books.  O... [more]

Mitchell_frank Mitchell Frank   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/5/09

Some of my favorite places in my area?  Let me think...Malo, Spaceland, the Echo and Echoplex, the new bar on Sunset, El Prado...They were all founded by Echo Park resident Mitchell Frank.  He has done so much for the music community, as well as the wellness of the community in general, founding places that really serve the surrounding community and can even attract Westsiders, which is truly a feat. Check out his spaces: Malo (http://www.malorestaurant.com/) Spaceland (http://www.clubspaceland.com/) the Echo (http://www.attheecho.com/... [more]

Picture_1 All the pretty colors   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects December 13th, 2008 - January 24th, 2009
Posted 1/5/09

  Raymond Pettibon's exhibition of new works at Regen Projects II contains a variety of styles that I have yet to see Pettibon use.  His use of color this time is very different.  Instead of painting overall black and white, and infrequently colored pieces, this show contains drawings with both vibrant and dull colors; reds, blues, pale shades of purple, browns.  Not only is the show unusually colorful, the works range from his usual bold-line style to soft pastels, which make the drawings with goua... [more]

Waltz-with-bashir-001-433 Waltz with Bashir   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/29/08

Ari Folman’s "Waltz with Bashir" is not for the light-hearted.  This animated “documentary” details the experiences of Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-Lebanon War in 1982.  Its use of animation allows the filmmaker to transition from reality to dream to flashback seamlessly.  It is truly haunting and emotional.  I think it is the honesty in the film that makes it so striking.  Unlike “Waking Life”, a similarly animated film, with interesting philosophical conversation, “Waltz with Bashir” is based on... [more]

Greystone1930 The Mansion   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/29/08

Since many of the galleries in Los Angeles are closed this week, I wanted to share on of my favorite alternative places in LA. My best-kept secret place in Los Angeles is the Doheny Mansion.  To some of you it probably isn’t a secret, but it certainly isn’t in the top 10 tourist sites either.  I feel I might regret writing about it as I don’t want to let my little secret out but I can’t be selfish now, can I? Known both as the Doheny Mansion and The Greystone Mansion, this exquisite “house’ and beau... [more]

Unknown THANK TANK 2008: GOING PUBLIC   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/8/08

Here's something to check out this weekend. There will be a series of events and gatherings (see schedule below) around this coversation around public spaces. My favorite title? Ryan Lieu's "Don't let these hippies take over echo park! Join this public protest against thinking about public space!"   Thank Tank 2008: Going Public--a no-budget gathering of activists, architects, artists, and musicians--will bring performance, celebration, and conversation to the public realms of Echo Park, Los Angeles on Decembe... [more]

4995 Mark Flood: It's all about Hollywood   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/8/08

Mark Flood defaces everything in his current exhibition, Entertainment Weekly, at Peres Projects’ new space in Culver City. Well, nearly everything. He does include a small selection of delicate, decorative and flowery paintings (made silkscreen style using lace), which are really quite beautiful. Maybe they are supposed to be just as sarcastic as his stencil text works and his celebrity mocking collage pieces, but at first glance they are simply beautiful. His stencil works consist of found signs with sa... [more]

450-2 It's all about inspiration   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Hammer Museum November 9th, 2008 - February 8th, 2009
Posted 12/7/08

It’s all about inspiration and the artist’s way of working in relation to other artists. Oranges and Sardines, curated by Gary Garrels, focuses on six contemporary abstract painters and highlights the works that influenced them. Garrels selected Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline Von Heyl and Christopher Wool. Each were given a gallery space within the Hammer’s main exhibition salon to basically curate an exhibition of works that inspired them. Within each artist... [more]

Femme_volage-0206-af-1_lg MOCA Member Openings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/2/08

It was a little odd to go from party to Louise Bourgeois, but MOCA openings are worth going to just for the people watching (especially at openings that occur around Halloween) and to have a few drinks outside in downtown LA.  You have to be a member or the +1 of a member, but of course there are other perks to a membership, so it could be well worth it.  It's nice to go downtown and pay a flat rate of 4 bucks to park, walk around, see the exhibition before anyone else, and bob your head to DJs.  Ex... [more]

Destruction_of_the_father In Focus: The Destruction of the Father (1974)   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Louise Bourgeois at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. October 26th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 11/2/08

I have always wanted to see this piece in person. When photographed, it seems so huge, but in actuality it is an intimate size. To me, this piece and the narrative around it, is one of Louise Bourgeois’ most important and telling pieces. It speaks very much of her deep interest in psychoanalysis, her personal history and her unique technical abilities and style.Louise describes the narrative of this piece as “The children grabbed him [the father] and put him on the table. And he became the... [more]

666_louise_bourgeois_eye_to_eye_10mg Louise Bourgeois at MOCA   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Louise Bourgeois at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. October 26th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 11/2/08

She truly is the "oldest of young artists, and the youngest of old artists" as Frances Morris , head of collections at the Tate and curator of the exhibition says. Bourgeois' work blurs the lines between modern and contemporary art in a very unusual way. Her vertical sculptures resemble modern sculpture (influenced heavily by African art), like that of Giacometti or Picasso, her bronzes and marble pieces reference the modern sculpture of her contemporaries like Constantine Brancusi, and her ea... [more]

-5 Interview with Wendy Williams, Managing Director of Louise Bourgeois Studio  
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11/2/08

With the Louise Bourgeois exhibition up at MOCA in Los Angeles, I cannot think of anything else.  I heard that Louise's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, was in town helping with the exhibition and I started wondering more and more about what occurs in Louise's studio.  Jerry was already back in New York by the time I could get ahold of anyone, but Wendy Williams, the manager of the Louise Bourgeois Studio was so kind as to answer some of my burning questions over email. - Sasha Bergstrom-Katz Sasha... [more]

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