By the time I’d arrived, several hundred people had lined the sidewalk of N. Figueroa Ave and edged themselves around the corner onto Avenue 60 some two blocks away. It was a clusterfuck, albeit, a pretty relaxed one.
The atmosphere surrounding the Highland Park gallery and retail space Slow Culture is chill. A few tags from nomadic friends blend with the charm of the traditional neighborhood, plus the mosaic Space Invader installation above the entrance door is a sweet touch. Upon entry, I gave my best attempt at mingling while shuffling through the... [more]
A long-time anonymous supporter of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, entertainment mogul Jerry Perenchio, of Univision Communications, announced publicly today he would bequest almost his entire collection to the museum. The bequest includes some 47 works valued at $500 million with paintings by European masters Picasso, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, and Bonnard, making it the largest gift of art in the museum's history.
"L.A. is my home, and I wanted to leave it to a muse... [more]
The above headline from an article on Al-Jazeera America started circulating online through my social media in the past week. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of CalArts alumni, staff, and current students sounding out in solidarity with the student, now a sophomore at the Institute. In response, the school sent out an email outlining its policies and its efforts to make them better.
CalArts is a small community, and so this current scandal is having a real effect on it. But despite its siz... [more]
We've had our eyes on Christo's Over the River Project for several years (Christo's been working on it now for twenty years), and every so often we get updates from the OTR squad on the project's various legal battles and incremental successes. The two-week project, which proposes to install a series of fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado, has already received permission from the Federal Government, Colorado State Parks, the State Land Board and Fremont County, Colorado, but faces... [more]
The deadline for the Winter term of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is quickly approaching. All applications must by submitted by Sunday, August 31st at midnight Pacific Time. The Winter 2015 residency will take place January - February, 2015. It includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and airfare to and from the residency site. The residency takes place in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris in a Haussmann-style apartment. Studio space is not provided. Thanks... [more]
Lives/works in: Glendale, CAWebsite: http://rubyvartan.wordpress.comTo purchase contact: Ruby Vartan
Ruby Vartan was born to Armenian parents in 1979, in Beirut Lebanon. At the age of seven she discovered her passion for art and began her creative adventures. Surrounded by different cultures, she adopted painting as a universally understood language of expressing her inner thoughts and emotions. While living through the regional and civil wars of Lebanon between the years... [more]
To borrow a thought from Deleuze and Guattari, art is not chaos, but a composition of chaos that makes possible a wide range of unpredictable new emotions and ideas. It pushes at the borders of the imagination, inviting new ways of seeing, and sharping our capacities for critical reflection. Truly powerful art may even change how we perceive our world, and re-situate our agency within it.
The Mike Kelley retrospective (currently on view at LA MoCA), reminds me of a quote by filmmaker David Lynch... [more]
One of my fav artnerdy nonprofits has a benefit auction and beach party coming up! Check it out
Click here to view work and bid: www.paddle8.com/auctions/land
Bidding begins: July 2, 2014 at 12pm PST/3pm EST Bidding ends: July 19, 2014 at 8:30pm PST/11:30pm EST
All proceeds benefit LAND’s upcoming free public art programming
Artists include: Math Bass Sarah Cain Zoe Crosher Danny First Michael Genovese Alexandra Grant Adler Gurrier Eli Hansen David Hendren Daniel Joseph Martinez Glenn Kaino Shana... [more]
Los Angeles Times Review
By: Leah Ollman
Simryn Gill's quietly stunning photographic series, "My Own Private Angkor," focuses on a housing development in a seaside town in Malaysia.
The complex was built in the 1980s, but never occupied. Over time looters have stripped the site of salable metals. Surfaces have eroded. Dried leaves pile up on the floors and vines creep through the window openings.
Gill's pictures, largely of abandoned domestic interiors, speak of both promise and ruin, of palpable economic... [more]
by Kerry Kugelman
In her most recent body of work, Jennifer Faist continues to extend her material and chromatic vocabulary into more subtle and complex areas. Hovering between painting and painted sculpture, Faist’s artwork asserts a robust physical presence while supporting delicate, light-soaked areas of color.
Celebratory by dint of her trademark up-tempo, saturated palette, Faist’s latest works also have a hint of the elegiac. It is as though the transient beauty of a cut flower... [more]
There's still time to enroll in the 3rd Round of the ArtSlant Prize showcase! Enter Round 3 before it closes on May 25th!
Not registered on ArtSlant? No worries, it's quick and easy.
One artist from each round is selected to exhibit in the Chicago Loop and finally, four juried winners are selected from the 6 rounds of the showcase series to exhibit at a fair in Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Learn more about the ArtSlant Prize
The Round 2 Chicago Exhibitio... [more]