ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY B7 - August 23rd 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="p1"><strong>Murray Garrett</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong><em>Hollywood Redux</em></strong></p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">RECEPTION: Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 5-8pm</p> <p class="p4">EXHIBITION: July 26, - August 23, 2014</p> <p class="p4">LOCATION: ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY</p> <p class="p5">Bergamot Station Arts Center</p> <p class="p5">2525 Michigan Ave.&nbsp; B7 Gallery</p> <p class="p5">Santa Monica, CA 90404</p> <p class="p4">GALLERY HOURS: 11 &ndash;&nbsp;6, Tuesday &ndash; Saturday</p> <p class="p4">PRESS INQUIRIES: Email: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> | P: 310.315.1937</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY is pleased to announce the solo exhibition, Murray Garrett: Hollywood Redux. A selection of black and white photographs including never before seen vintage silver gelatin prints from the artist&rsquo;s archive will be on view July 26 through August 23, 2014. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, July 26, from 5-8 pm.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">From the 1940s until he hung up his cameras in the 1960s New York native, Murray Garrett, was one of the most sought after event and celebrity photographers in the country. With his medium format cameras, like the Speed Graphic and Rollieflex, he deftly captured the lives of the entertainment industry&rsquo;s elite and other popular figures of American culture and high society. Garrett was consistently welcomed into the innermost circles of Hollywood during its golden age, and produced many iconic, revealing and memorable black and white photographs of an industry where image is everything. As Bob Hope writes:</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">&ldquo;There are photographers, and then there is Murray Garrett. He has a magic eye or a secret device in his camera that captures something different, something special that is missed by other photographers&hellip;All of Hollywood recognized the genius of Garrett. He was always that one photographer who stood on the inside of the ropes at all the events.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Originally from Brooklyn, Murray Garrett&rsquo;s career as a distinguished documentary photographer began while he was still in his teens when he landed a part time job at Graphic House in New York City as the assistant to the legendary theatrical photographer, Eileen Darby. While under Darby&rsquo;s tutelage, Garrett received his first major assignment in the early 1940s when he was sent to cover first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, and labor leader Phillip Murray while they attended a musical in Newark, New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, Garrett relocated to Los Angeles to oversee the establishment of the photo agency&rsquo;s West Coast office. Within a year of his move Garrett was promoted to the position of bureau chief at Graphic House and was completing assignments for almost every major publication in the country including TIME, LOOK and LIFE. For the next 25 years his career flourished into one of the most notable in the genre of celebrity portraiture and reportage. Not only did Garrett cover all of the major Hollywood premiers and galas during the height of film industry glamour, he was granted exclusive access to intimate private events and welcomed into the everyday lives of Hollywood&rsquo;s highly celebrated stars. Garrett held an esteemed position as Bob Hope&rsquo;s personal photographer for over two decades. He was the only photographer invited to accompany Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and their children as they flew by private helicopter to Disneyland, and to cover Frank Sinatra&rsquo;s surprise 21<sup>st</sup> birthday party for Natalie Wood. His frequent friendships with the who&rsquo;s who of Tinseltown allowed Garrett to capture rare and fleeting moments with unmatched elegance and ease. He produced a vast body of work that is at once tender, majestic, humorous, and insightful. It is a stunning testament to the sophistication and style of one of the most important periods in cinematic history and a fascinating American timecapsule, rendered beautifully in black and white.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Murray Garrett has served on the board of directors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His work was the subject of a major retrospective at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1989. Two monographs of his photographs with accompanying commentary have been published: Hollywood Candid (2000) currently in its third printing, and Hollywood Moments (2002).&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:03:52 +0000 - Night Gallery - August 20th - September 6th Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:56:17 +0000 Group Show - Night Gallery - August 23rd - September 27th <p style="text-align: justify;">'Mental Furniture' is an outdoor installation of sculptural and printed digital material that describes a convergence of art consumption and everyday utility.<br /><br />'Mental Furniture' also includes the release of new works by Keith J. Varadi, Ted Gahl, Megan Plunkett, Erika Vogt, Carmen Kende, Jessica Williams, Bennet Perez, Denise Schatz, Vishwam Velandy, Raul De Nieves, Lucy Campana, Amanda Friedman, Peter Nowogrodzki and Ian Page, Laura Hunt and Ryan Foerster, Sarah Faux, Jon Wang, Max Maslansky, Michael Assiff, Nora Jane Slade and Zoe Latta, Faren Ziello, Benjamin Tong, Natalie Labriola and David Roesing, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Nick Payne, and Lia Lowenthal via the Petrella's app.&nbsp;<br /><br />The Petrella's app is created in contrast to the Newsstand app that exists natively on all iOS devices and is available at Petrella's Imports is a collaborative project created by Anne Libby, Elise McMahon and Sophie Stone.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:55:15 +0000 Ramona Rosales - De Soto Gallery - July 10th - August 31st <p>An exhibition of photographs by Ramona Rosales on view from July 10 - August 24, 2014. Extended thru August 31.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:47:42 +0000 Mark Dean Veca - Western Project - October 18th - November 24th Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:18:30 +0000 Margaret Griffith - Western Project - September 13th - October 11th Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:17:09 +0000 - SCI-Arc Exhibitions - September 16th - September 24th <p style="text-align: justify;">Graduate thesis projects will remain on view throughout the school until September 12. In addition, a special Selected Thesis Exhibition showcasing outstanding projects selected by guest critics will be on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery between September 16-24.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:14:17 +0000 Benjamin Seror - REDCAT - November 18th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Benjamin Seror&rsquo;s improvised stories are inspired by phantoms of literature, art history and everyday adventures. Over three Tuesday evenings in the REDCAT Lounge, he develops and performs a new version of his latest project,&nbsp;<em>The Marsyas Hour</em>, an impromptu script for a TV pilot that recounts everyday life on Mount Olympus through the eyes of the young satyr Marsyas. Apollo defeated Marsyas in a flute contest, and had him tied to a tree to be frayed alive &ndash; but Marsyas survived the punishment and committed his life to defeating the gods.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:06:08 +0000 H├ęctor Bourges - REDCAT - October 29th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In this lecture/performance in the REDCAT Lounge, H&eacute;ctor Bourges, a member of the Mexico City-based theater/performance art ensemble Teatro Ojo, combines a series of gestures with images of historical events that have influenced the Mexican national identity project. Bourges uses performative elements such as masks and ventriloquism to reveal the strategies of Mexican political powers and to depict the double standard discourse of politics, always fraught with false hopes and hidden secrets.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:03:59 +0000 Group Show - REDCAT - September 27th - November 30th <div class="field field-name-field-content-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;">The mythical imagery of the American West, especially when considered from some European perspectives, conjures an idealized fiction rich with a sort of Technicolor endlessness. The architectonic idea of this vastness can inspire and confuse by complicating perceptions of scale and possibility. For the exhibition <em>Small Museum for the American Metaphor,</em> the gallery is divided into &ldquo;rooms&rdquo; with sheer drapes, creating a cabinet of curiosities in which one discovers a variety of artworks, architectural models, drawings and other objects, presented in a way that blurs the distinction between object and representation. The metaphor is the foundation for an architecture that collapses different scales, celebrates the fiction of the &ldquo;wide open,&rdquo; and seeks to reinterpret the world as a gigantic interior.</p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition includes work by a mix of influential and emerging artists and designers, such as John Baldessari, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Jos de Gruyter &amp; Harald Thys, Stefano Graziani, Rita McBride, Val&eacute;rie Mannaerts, Jonathan Muecke, Jonathan Olivares, Manfred Pernice, Bas Princen, Ed Ruscha, Ettore Sottsass, Micha&euml;l Van den Abeele, Pieter Vermeersch, Peter W&auml;chtler and Christopher Williams, as well as models of past and present architectures of the "big box.&rdquo;</p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Major support provided by Brenda R. Potter.</em></p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Funded in part with generous support from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Flanders State of the Art.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:02:32 +0000 - REDCAT - August 23rd 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">18+ is a collaborative project that expresses itself through audio, video, social&nbsp;media, and performance. Active since 2011, 18+ has distributed a diverse&nbsp;body of work through web-based platforms such as twitter, YouTube, tumblr,&nbsp;Facebook and mediafire. Operating anonymously and interweaving &ldquo;original&nbsp;content&rdquo; with appropriated or &ldquo;pirated&rdquo; expressions of others, the varied activities&nbsp;of 18+ question fundamental issues of identity, gender, intellectual property and&nbsp;the role of the body in a post-human or post-internet era.&nbsp;For their REDCAT presentation the duo pairs audio and video material culled&nbsp;from their multiple online platforms.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Please note that space is limited. Guests are encouraged to RSVP:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></strong></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:04 +0000 - San Diego Museum of Art - August 2nd - March 10th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">In celebration of the return of <em>Ramesses II</em> to the Museum after an extended loan, <em>Out of Egypt</em> will spotlight this important portrait of Egypt&rsquo;s most powerful pharaoh by placing it within its broader historic and artistic contexts. This finely carved quartzite sculpture was purchased by the Museum in 1949 and was displayed here for four decades before being loaned to the San Antonio Museum of Art. The statue depicts the pharaoh in the classic striding pose and wearing the typical <em>shendyt </em>(pleated linen kilt) and <em>nemes</em> (striped, folded headcloth). His name and royal titles are inscribed in hieroglyphs on his belt buckle and on the supporting back pillar: &ldquo;Ramesses, beloved of Amun&hellip;The Victorious Bull&hellip;King of Upper and Lower Egypt&hellip;The son of Ra...&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ramesses II, known as &ldquo;Ramesses the Great,&rdquo; ruled Egypt for 67 years (1279-1212 BCE) and was responsible for an extensive building program which remade the face of Egypt and included numerous temples at sites such as Luxor, Karnak, Abydos, Thebes, and others.&nbsp;He erected many hundreds of carved images of himself, the most famous being the colossal seated statues at the Great Temple of Abu Simbel in Nubia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The return of<em> Ramesses II </em>to San Diego offers an opportunity to illustrate the canonic properties of Egyptian royal portraiture as well as demonstrate the seminal influence of Egyptian sculpture on the art of the Greeks, and later, through the conquests of Alexander the Great, on sculpture in the Gandharan region of northwest Pakistan. To illustrate this influence, two sculptures will be exhibited with <em>Ramesses II</em>: <em>Torso of Herakles</em>, a 2nd century Roman marble copy of a famous Greek bronze of the 4th century BC loaned by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Standing Bodhisattva</em></a>, a 3rd century Gandharan sculpture that has been in the Museum&rsquo;s collection since 1980.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:57:56 +0000 Jack Whitten - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-La Jolla - September 20th - January 4th, 2015 <div class="prepend-1 span-8 last"> <div class="copy-container"> <div class="full"> <p style="text-align: justify;">For five decades, Jack Whitten (b. 1939, Bessemer, AL) has kept time through his innovative studio process. In his canvases, he explores the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence. As a child of the segregated south, he bears witness to expressions of evil and the resilience of the human spirit. As a diligent formalist, Whitten explores and exploits the newest acrylic and dry pigment media, the register of the image, and the edge of the canvas. As the New York artist, schooled in the sixties and maturing in the seventies, he balances on the fulcrum of the century that was and the century to come. He is an artist of his moment due precisely to his respect for the past and commitment to the present. Whitten creates in the moment in order to harness the essence of matter. From his first spectral canvases, as a graphic trace of a haunted soul, to his recent app for Obama, a key for complex, contemporary life, Whitten&rsquo;s poetic and physically compelling compositions capture what is needed, what is left, what is remembered, and what is next. <em>Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting </em>surveys this enduring artist&rsquo;s career with approximately 60 canvasses from the mid-1960s to the present.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting <em>is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by generous lead underwriting support from Dr. Paul Jacobs, and presenting corporate sponsorship from RBC Wealth Management. Additional funding has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and proceeds from the 2014 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:54:59 +0000 - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - September 5th - September 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">We&rsquo;ve all done it. We&rsquo;ve sat at the bar, drinking a beer and doodled on a coaster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But most of us aren&rsquo;t the extremely skilled painters, illustrators, animators, tattooists, sculptors or collage artists that are featured in this exhibition that takes a love of craft brewing and elevates it to high art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The folks behind L.A. Beer Week produced a custom canvas for some of our favorite gallery folks to do what they do best, and transform a 4&Prime; tondo coaster into museum worthy exhibition pieces.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Last year, we dotted our walls with over 700 tiny masterpieces, and this year we&rsquo;re looking to outdo ourelves. The rules are simple: Each coaster must be a solitary work (though it&rsquo;s fine if several pieces work together contextually), and they must be priced $250 or less. There is no bottom, so some coasters might even be free!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This isn&rsquo;t just the same, old crop of folks you see in every group show across town. There are a lot of participants who we quite frankly can&rsquo;t believe we got to participate. Maybe it&rsquo;s because we kept the rules simple: We told them to do whatever they wanted. Whether you love beer or don&rsquo;t, the art will blow your mind.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">And just like last year, there will be some amazing beer here, too!</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:52:47 +0000 Harold Fox - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - September 5th - September 28th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Harold Fox</strong> has been in retirement for quite a few years now, but you&rsquo;d never know it from his output. His paintings are vivid reminiscences of a bygone era. If <strong>Charles Bukowski</strong> used paintbrushes instead of a typewriter, the outcome might look something like this. But there&rsquo;s also a bit of Steinbeck and Hemingway and a whole lot of <em>Nightmare Alley</em>. Like a skid row <strong>Robert Williams</strong>, or a sideshow <strong>Frank Cassara</strong>, Fox&rsquo;s work is both cartooned, but realistic, with the types of surrealist flourishes that would make <strong>Dali</strong> proud. Fox&rsquo;s is a dark, shadowy world of second rate carnivals, low rent flophouses and dustbowl trailer parks filled with ornery hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales, as witnessed by a support cast of affable hobos and menacing clowns.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When you find an artist whose collector base is composed mostly of other artists, you know you&rsquo;re onto something. And it&rsquo;s not enough that his paintings are the cat&rsquo;s pajamas, he also custom carves his own frames. The resultant tramp art aesthetic adds a whole other dimensionality to the work, as each frame seems predestined for the piece that occupies it.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:50:42 +0000 Phil Chang - M+B - September 13th - October 25th Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:47:08 +0000