ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Eric Wesley - 356 Mission - January 28th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:26:14 +0000 Oscar Enberg - Thomas Duncan Gallery - January 28th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div style="text-align: justify;">Please join us&nbsp;as Oscar Enberg&nbsp;discusses his latest exhibition and a related group of new works that will be shown at the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Paramount Ranch</a>&nbsp;fair.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Please rsvp to:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:33:42 +0000 - Fowler Museum at UCLA - January 29th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The United Arab Emirates has a growing art scene that emerged in the 1950s and is flourishing today. <em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em> showcases recent works by artists engaging a variety of media. <em>Past Forward</em> co-curator Noor Al Suwaidi introduces the work of a selection of featured Emirati artists and discusses the environment in which they build their own traditions and thrive at home and on the international scene.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:02:05 +0000 - Fowler Museum at UCLA - January 29th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Bringing a contemporary twist to the traditional Middle Eastern&nbsp;<em>takht</em>&nbsp;ensemble and celebrating the new exhibition&nbsp;<em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em>, Takht Dirty returns for&nbsp;a riveting performance&nbsp;spotlighting the musical arts of the Persian Gulf and greater Arab world.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:03:28 +0000 - MOCA Geffen Contemporary - January 29th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Printed Matter&rsquo;s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2015<br />January 30 &ndash; February 1, 2015<br />Preview: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6&ndash;9 pm<br />The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><a href=""><span style="color: #525552;">Printed Matter</span></a>&nbsp;presents the third annual&nbsp;<strong>LA Art Book Fair</strong>, from January 30 through February 1, 2015, at&nbsp;<strong>The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA</strong>.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 6 to 9 pm, at the Geffen Contemporary, with special musical performances by&nbsp;<strong>NO AGE</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>PRINCE RAMA</strong>.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Entry to the Preview will cost $10, and includes a Ticket Edition by artist Edie Fake, while supplies last. Purchase&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #525552;">here</span></a>!</span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Free and open to the public, Printed Matter&rsquo;s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists&rsquo; books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Last year&rsquo;s LA Art Book Fair saw 25,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Printed Matter&rsquo;s LA ART BOOK FAIR is the companion fair to&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #525552;">Printed Matter&rsquo;s NY ART BOOK FAIR</span></a>, held every fall in New York. In September 2014, over 35,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts attended Printed Matter&rsquo;s LA ART BOOK FAIR.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>FUNDRAISING EDITIONS:</strong></span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Printed Matter is pleased to present several new Fundraising Editions to benefit the LA Art Book Fair. Artists to be announced soon!</span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Hours and Location</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Preview: Thursday, January 29, 6&ndash;9 pm</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #525552;">purchase ticket to the Preview&nbsp;</span><a href="">here</a>!</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Printed Matter&rsquo;s LA ART BOOK FAIR is free and open to the public:</span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Friday January 30th, 12&ndash;7pm</span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Saturday January 31st, 11-7pm</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #525552;">Sunday February 1st, 11-6pm</span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><a href="">The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA</a></span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">152 North Central Avenue</span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Los Angeles, CA 90012</span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">(213) 626-6222</span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><a class="about" href=";oe=UTF-8&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Geffen+Building,+LA+MOCA,+Los+Angeles,+CA&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Geffen+Building,+LA+MOCA,+Los+Angeles,+CA&amp;cid=0,0,7220762601937930787&amp;ei=P4nBUJfOOIn89QSz84HoCg&amp;ved=0CEcQrwswAg" target="blank">(map)</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">For more information, call (212) 925-0325 or write</span><br /><span style="color: #525552; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"></span></p> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:16:44 +0000 Karl Holmqvist, Ei Arakawa - Overduin & Co. - January 29th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:02:43 +0000 Kour Pour - Depart Foundation - January 30th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Depart Foundation will present Kour Pour's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, curated by Nicola Ricciardi. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Opening concurrently with Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2015, the exhibition by British-Iranian, Los Angeles-based Pour will include new paintings and related installation works that continue the artist's recent carpet painting series. In the first iteration of this series the carpet imagery was directly appropriated from exhibition and auction catalogs. The paintings in this show are composed in Photoshop using imagery found online and from clip art CD-ROMs to create original carpet designs in which iconic motifs and symbols from different time periods and regions of the world are juxtaposed to flatten time, space, and location. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pour&rsquo;s paintings incorporate months of painstaking work and include techniques that culminate in a complex, yet delicately executed surface. Each piece begins by etching the rug&rsquo;s warp and weft into the under-painting using a broomstick, effectively mimicking a woven texture. After transferring a silkscreen print of the design over the textured surface, the artist begins the meticulous process of hand painting each figure and pattern. To finish off the work an electrical sander is used to erase areas of the painting's surface, creating a fictional history that resembles the "aging" process undertaken by forgers of antiquities. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Depart Foundation is pleased to be a cultural partner of Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2015. A press release announcing further exhibition details is forthcoming. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ABOUT KOUR POUR</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kour Pour (b. 1987) is a British born, part-Iranian artist. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design and lives and works in Los Angeles. Pour&rsquo;s work involves the meticulous, detailed and elaborate large-scale painting of Persian rugs which take several months to complete, incorporating many techniques including an under-painting using a broomstick, silkscreen printing, sanding and hand painting. His works have been included in group exhibitions at Roberts &amp; Tilton and Steve Turner Gallery in Los Angeles. Pour&rsquo;s first solo exhibition was presented at UNT/TLED Gallery, New York in 2014 and he was the youngest artist featured in the 2014 Artists to Watch exhibition in Miami. In October 2014, Pour's exhibition Ozymandias was presented at Ellis King, Dublin. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ABOUT NICOLA RICCIARDI</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicola Ricciardi (b. 1985) is an art critic and curator. He received a M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) in New York in 2014 and he currently lives in Milan, Italy. He contributes regularly for several art magazines and he is Editor-in-chief at &ldquo;Carnet de miart&rdquo;, the official digital publication of Milan&rsquo;s International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair. In April 2015 Nicola will become Director at Stackwood&rsquo;s, a soon to be opened residency program in Milan dedicated to art and literary criticism whose goal is to promote slower forms of knowledge, production and circulation.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 07:21:46 +0000 Neil Holyoak - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - January 31st 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p dir="ltr"><strong>bG Gallery</strong> is excited to present an intimate LA debut for Neil Holyoak&rsquo;s <em><strong>Rags Across the Sun</strong></em>. This will be the first musical night at the gallery&rsquo;s new Bergamot Station location. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Holyoak&rsquo;s latest album "Rags Across the Sun&rdquo; was recorded by David Smith at Breakglass in Montreal, and mastered by Harris Newman this will be the debut performance in the US, &nbsp;a stripped down acoustic set. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Holyoak is a Montreal based act whose highly authentic sound speaks to folk influences intertwined with avant garde experimentation. Holyoak's performances and recordings have included members from Arcade Fire, Clues, Think About Life, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Coal Choir, to name a few.</p> <p>Sponsored by Broken Electric Records,</p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:21:11 +0000 Betty Woodman - David Kordansky Gallery - January 31st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Illusions of Domesticity</span>, an exhibition of new work by Betty Woodman. The exhibition will open on&nbsp;Saturday, January 31, 2015&nbsp;at 5130 W. Edgewood Place and will continue on view through&nbsp;March 21, 2015. An opening reception will be held on&nbsp;January 31 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Legendary artist Betty Woodman is widely celebrated for her exuberant and vivid ceramic works that defy categorization as painting, sculpture, or pottery. Her singular experimentation with the vase form, as a contemplative and pictorial, as well as functional object, spans over fifty years---from producing utilitarian pots in the 1950s, to collaborations with the Pattern and Decoration movement in the late 1970s and 1980s, to her 2006 exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the institution's first (and only) for a living artist working in ceramics, and its first (and only) retrospective for a living woman artist. In her recent mixed-media sculptures and installations, Woodman revisits the history of ceramics as a tradition of painted form, generating spectacular possibilities for the extension of painting into plastic space.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Illusions of Domesticity</span>, Woodman's first exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery and her first on the West Coast in nearly a decade, features an installation of new paintings and sculpture in glazed earthenware, unstretched canvas, and wood. In these polychrome reliefs and freestanding forms, she conjures the trappings of a bourgeois home as splendorous perceptual experiences. Woodman has long drawn inspiration from domestic Roman wall paintings, whose tromp l'oeil depictions of outdoor vistas accent lived space with pictorial depth. Here she furthers and inverts those dynamics, elaborating sculptural objects with painted imagery, but also vice versa. Picturing, if not mimicking rugs and tables, pedestaled vessels, and room interiors, the works elude expectations, shifting both between materials and modes of representation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">n each of a new series of still life paintings, for example, a depicted table partially emerges from the picture plane as a shelf-like protrusion. Atop these tables Woodman situates decorative dinnerware and pottery of her own making by placing these forms on the shelf and collaging others to the surface of the painting in bas-relief. As painted background becomes sculptural base, and image becomes object, and back again, the resulting picture appears at once continuous and discontinuous, immediately present yet illusory. The idiosyncrasies of a Cezanne-like perspective, a vibrant palette reminiscent of Gauguin, and patterning in the spirit of Matisse further activates the painterly, tactile sensations at play.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">These optics become increasingly bodily in Woodman's freestanding works, in particular her Aztec vases. She adorns each thrown, tubular pot---inspired by a four-sided pre Columbian stone sculpture---with four wing-like slabs to create four distinct faces, and upon each a unique painting composition. One can only apprehend the entire Cubist-like construction and its permutations by circling the work, as Woodman keys each composition to the uniquely contoured forms it decorates and the paint's potential to alter perception of those surfaces, edges, and volumes. A fifth painting, this one on canvas flat on the floor, and overlaid with glazed earthenware slab remnants, completes each Aztec vase. With this relief painting, Woodman provides a base for the vessel, while establishing a fantastical mise-en-sc&egrave;ne and, like all of the works in&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Illusions of Domesticity</span>, a renewed picture of the pleasures of home life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Betty Woodman (b. 1930, Norwalk, Connecticut) lived, worked, and taught in Colorado for forty years, and now divides her time between studios in New York and Antella, Italy. Besides numerous gallery exhibitions, recent solo presentations of her work include:&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Places, Spaces &amp; Things</span>, Gardiner Museum, Toronto (2011);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Roman Fresco/Pleasures and Places,</span>&nbsp;American Academy in Rome (2010);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">L'allegra vitalit&agrave; delle porcellane</span>, Museo Delle Porcellane, Palazzo Pitti, Giardino di Boboli, Florence (2009); and&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Somewhere Between Denver and Naples</span>, Denver Art Museum (2006). Her work has also recently been featured in group exhibitions including&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Playing House</span>, Brooklyn Museum (2012);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990</span>, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2011);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">S&egrave;vres, Porcelaines Contemporaines</span>, The Menshikov Palace, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2010); and<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay</span>, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009). Woodman's artworks are featured in over fifty public collections including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. In fall 2015, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, will present a major traveling exhibition of Woodman's work curated by Vincenzo De Bellis.</p> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:25:05 +0000 Pedro Reyes - Hammer Museum - January 31st 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <div id="c8340" class="csc-default csc-typography"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mexican artist <strong>Pedro Reyes</strong>&rsquo;s project <em>The People&rsquo;s United Nations (pUN)</em> is both an exhibition and an event that puts the diplomatic and global problem-solving goals of the United Nations in the hands of ordinary people. Originally staged at the Queens Museum of Art, Reye&rsquo;s Hammer Project will include a group of sculptures&mdash;including <em>Dove Drone</em> and <em>Colloquium</em>&mdash;and several paintings on Tyvek that graphically portray political, social, and environmental issues being faced by our world today. The works reflect the underlying goals of peace and dialogue proposed by the project. The pUN delegate convening event (May 2 &ndash; 3, 2015) is an experimental gathering of volunteer citizen-delegates from as many of the 195 member and observer states of the United Nations as possible. Unlike the real United Nations, where delegates are appointed by states and are career diplomats, the people&rsquo;s UN enlists regular citizens who live in the Los Angeles area and are connected by family ties or by birth to the nations represented at the UN. Participants will engage in activities in the Hammer&rsquo;s courtyard that will test Reyes&rsquo;s hypothesis that conflict-resolution techniques used in social psychology, theater, and art can help solve the world&rsquo;s most challenging problems, from climate change, to fair wages for women, to food shortages. Over the course of two days, this group will use theater games, group therapy, and techniques from social science to grapple with a set of urgent and sometimes unexpected proposals. Playfulness, humor, and experimentation are strategies that allow for creative solutions and imagining a better future.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Hammer Projects: Pedro Reyes</em> is organized by senior curator Anne Ellegood with MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant. The pUN delegate convening is organized in collaboration with Allison Agsten, curator, Public Engagement, with January Parkos Arnall, curatorial assistant, Public Engagement. First conceived and presented at the Queens Museum in 2013, whose building was the site of the United Nations from 1946-1950.</p> </div> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 14:39:31 +0000 Maria Hassabi - Hammer Museum - January 31st 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <div id="c8534" class="csc-default csc-typography"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work of choreographer and artist&nbsp;<strong>Maria Hassabi</strong>&nbsp;is rooted in the discourses of contemporary sculpture and theater. Hassabi&rsquo;s durational choreographies confound the perception of time and the act of viewing in gallery, theater, and everyday contexts.&nbsp;<em>Hammer Projects: Maria Hassabi</em>&nbsp;will be the most recent follow-up to Hassabi&rsquo;s recent pieces <em>PREMIERE&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>INTERMISSION</em>&nbsp;(both 2013), which reflect upon the conventions of display and the language surrounding performance-based work while also pursuing an idea of stillness in relation to the physical body. Performed by Hassabi alongside Hristoula Harakas, Molly Lieber, and Oisin Monaghan,&nbsp;with an original sound score by Morten Norbye Halvorsen, this new work unfolds throughout the museum&rsquo;s hours of operation and occupies the gallery as well as other ancillary spaces throughout the Hammer&rsquo;s courtyard and lobby.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Hammer Projects: Maria Hassabi</em> is organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi with MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.555;">Hammer Projects: Maria Hassabi </em>is presented through a residency at the Hammer Museum.</p> </div> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:20:49 +0000 Over 200 artists - Huntington Beach Art Center - January 31st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:21:37 +0000 Michel Auder, DEANNA THOMPSON - Kayne Griffin Corcoran - January 31st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:24:05 +0000 - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - January 31st 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In spite of the popular legend of El Dorado, the conquest of Colombia never quite captured public imagination the way the conquest of Mexico or Peru did. The most valuable source of information, apart from the diverse archaeological remains, comes from Spaniards who looked beyond gold to see the marvels of the New World. Some wrote accounts, while others collected letters and reports by conquistadors for compilation into publications.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition follows the 16th century journey of Pedro Cieza de L&eacute;on, one of the most important chroniclers of the conquest, who landed on the north shore of what is now Colombia in 1533, through the Cauca River Valley. Throughout the exhibition, quotes from his descriptions are used to compare and contrast the views of 16th-century Spaniards with the insights of recent scholarship that pertain to the objects on view.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Colonial text sources convey the impression that 16th-century Colombia and its inhabitants made on the conquistadors, and in many cases the objects appear to illustrate the same world that the Spaniards described. However, recent study of the material culture and indigenous groups of Colombia reveals that the history of the people of Colombia is older and more diverse than is apparent in historical documents.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:33:48 +0000 Ernst Barlach - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - January 31st 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM <div class="field field-name-field-description field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The graphic portfolios of Ernst Barlach (1870&ndash;1938) embody the mystical and visionary aspirations of the Expressionist generation. The artist was stimulated by the intense religiosity of Van Gogh&rsquo;s art seen in Paris, and he experienced a profound self-revelation observing peasants during a journey to Russia. A talented playwright, Barlach&rsquo;s plays explored themes of revelation and concealment, while the massive figures in his graphic art were rendered with a dynamism that seems to capture the inner emotions and outward manifestations of human behavior.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This presentation of around 50 prints and books selected from Barlach&rsquo;s plays as well as his illustrations for writings by Reinhold von Walter and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe showcases the artist&rsquo;s ethereal figures soaring in their yearning to escape material reality and attain a transcendent realm. Self-contained and powerfully expressive, Barlach&rsquo;s portfolios capture the humor and dignity of the human condition.</p> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:34:48 +0000 - Laguna Art Museum - January 31st 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">During the Art Auction Preview Week, Laguna Art Museum is open and free to the public to view the works featured in Art Auction 2015. You are invited to view and bid on the auction items from Saturday, January 31 through Friday, February 6 at Laguna Art Museum. To ensure that you are the winning bidder, join us for <a href="" target="_blank">Art Auction 2015: California Cool</a>&nbsp;on Saturday, February 7 (6:00-10:00 p.m.).&nbsp; If you are unable to attend the art auction, absentee bids can be made in person at the museum during Art Auction Preview Week, on the museum&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">online auction gallery</a>, or by calling 949.494.8971 x219.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Saturday, January 31&nbsp; | 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.<br /> Sunday, February 1&nbsp; | 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.<br /> Monday, February 2&nbsp; | 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.<br /> Tuesday, February 3&nbsp; | 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.<br /> Wednesday, February 4 | CLOSED<br /> Thursday, February 5 | 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.<br /> Friday, February 6 | 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:56:29 +0000