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20120307123358-kelly0012983 Fulsome, Familiar, And As Ever, Brazen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks Gallery, North Orange Grove January 20th, 2012 - April 7th, 2012
Posted 2/28/12

What would it be like to see an Ellsworth Kelly, any Ellsworth Kelly abstraction for the first time? I try to imagine…mostly muteness, blankness, brightness, largeness. I try but it’s hard to know. Maybe I mean it’s hard to remember back to the first encounter because there is so much familiarity built into viewing Kelly’s work. In fact, familiarity and its shades of offness have often seemed to me to be employed as a complex force and mined as a hotspot of thinking in his shapes—part of his geni... [more]

20110321212143-abstract-irwin Abstraction Also Sometimes Means Dealing in Ideas   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Carl Andre, Eleanor Antin, Rudolf de Crignis, Jay DeFeo, Jim Drain, Chris Duncan, Dan Flavin, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Suzan Frecon, Kori Gerard, Adolph Gottlieb, Daniel Higgs, Robert Irwin, Xylor Jane, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Lee Mullican, Ron Nagle, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Kyle Ranson, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Rosie Lee Tompkins at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive February 16th, 2011 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 3/21/11

Thumbing through my dog-eared dictionary (site of too many tongue-tied beginnings), abstraction is firstly a “duality of dealing with ideas rather than events” and secondly, probably in some ways more accurately for our purposes, “freedom from representational qualities in art.” Just like “modern” gets handily replaced by “contemporary” even if they sort of mean the same thing, “abstraction” gets knocked out by “conceptualism,” even if, through at least one definition, they also mean sort of the s... [more]

562848 20th Century Masters   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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José Manuel Broto, Miguel Ángelo Campano, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Miguel Mont, Robert Motherwell, Mimmo Paladino, Jaume Plensa, José Mariá Sicilia, Donald Sultan at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art February 12th, 2010 - March 6th, 2010
Posted 2/15/10

  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is proud to present an upcoming show celebrating the 20th century’s greatest contemporary master artists. Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Sol LeWitt, and Ellsworth Kelly were some of the creators, developers, and leaders of major contemporary art movements starting in the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting, Minimalism, and Conceptualism have all become familiar phrases in the scope of the contemporary art field because of these artists and... [more]

Mondrian Thirty Years On   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Brice Marden, Claes Oldenberg, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Antoni Tàpies at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. November 15th, 2009 - May 3rd, 2010
Posted 11/24/09

        MoCA’s current exhibition of its permanent collection proves that the museum isn’t just a vital institution for the city in its relationship to this place and its artists, but also to the history of art. A bold statement to be sure, but when the Centre Pompidou did its landmark exhibition of art in Los Angeles, Birth of an Art Capital, it ended in 1980, just as MoCA was suffering birth pangs and the LA was truly coming into its own. Still a bold proposal, the artists and the comm... [more]

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