Sasha Bergstrom-Katz

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2008 California BiennialNewport Beach and Orange Lounge, South Coast Plaza Oct 26, 2008 - mar 15, 2009The 2008 California Biennial (CB08) continues the Orange County Museum of Art's four-decade long history of presenting new developments in California art. This year's biennial is guest-curated by Lauri Firstenberg, founder and director/curator of LAXART in Los Angeles. Firstenberg's approach to the 2008 California Biennial is expansive-the exhibition includes works by more than 50 artists and,... [more]
The Rising Tide   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 10/6/08
Robert Adanto's The Rising Tide is a documentary about Chinese Contemporary Art. With so much attention on China, there is of course going to be focus on Chinese Contemporary art. There are so many prolific artists coming from China these days that many galleries show only Chinese works, and curators, like James Elaine, have turned to China to find new talent. Plan to see this film! Synopsis: The scene of the greatest economic and cultural metamorphosis of our time, China is not only at the... [more]
Desertshore   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dave Hullfish Bailey, John Divola, Mark Hagen, Marie Jager, Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Brian Kennon, Euan Macdonald, Christopher Michlig, Sterling Ruby, Brad Spence, Mungo Thomson, Charlie White, Mario Ybarra Jr., Amir Zaki, Andrea Zittel at Luckman Fine Arts Complex August 23rd, 2008 - October 18th, 2008
Posted 10/6/08
Desertshore. Everything turns to sand - dry and parched. Writer/curator Jan Tumlir curated “Desertshore” at Cal State Los Angeles’ Luckman Gallery with Nico’s 1970 album in mind. All 15 of the artists featured in the show are Los Angele-based artists and it shows. It really makes sense; we live in a city built on top of a desert, kept alive by constant rebirth. The works deal with urban and desert landscapes, destruction, decay and rebuilding. Parts of the exhibition summon thoughts of Mad... [more]
Collaborations   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Chris Lipomi at Mesler&Hug September 13th, 2008 - October 11th, 2008
Posted 10/6/08
Chris Lipomi’s exhibition at Mesler&Hug imagines a series of collaborations that never happened. All of the works are painted in acrylic and oil pastels on pre-made Pearl Art Store canvases. It is as if Lipomi planned to handout canvases to artists and contract them, dead and alive, to do collaborations; but instead,he skipped that step and did them himself. Ever wonder what a Martin Kippenberger/Mike Kelley collaboration would look like? Look no further. The resulting pieces meld famous... [more]
Dean Sameshima; Work, Obsessions, Los Angeles and BerlinDean Sameshima, an LA artist recently transplanted to Berlin, works in photographic media focusing on the contemporary state of gay men and the history of gay media. His work has a vintage feel; some of it, like ‘Young Men at Play,' reminiscent of the 50's, while other work, such as his John Rechy silk screens, summon Warhol in the 70's. Sameshima often works from found images, whether from magazines or the internet, but it's his slight... [more]
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes….Since the summer is slow, it’s hasn’t been completely evident, but there are a lot of changes in the works. Galleries like Lizabeth Oliveria and Mary Goldman are relocating to New York, new spaces like Cottage Home are popping up and moves and mergers are happening left and right. Daniel Hug merged with Joel Messler to form Messler&Hug, Black Dragon Society is closing it’s doors and rumors are floating about other galleries moving and closing in the months to come.... [more]
Photographs and Paintings   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sigmar Polke at Patrick Painter Gallery August 2nd, 2008 - September 6th, 2008
Posted 8/11/08
Sigmar Polke’s show of paintings and photographs at Patrick Painter’s Bergamot Station gallery comments deeply on Polke’s use of material. As part of his long career, Polke has made a wide variety of work ranging from figurative, to political, to abstract shapes and forms. What is always evident though, and what makes his work cohesive is his interest in process. This exhibition portrays that interest by placing different, but related, bodies of work together.The exhibition is split between the... [more]
I Can See for Miles   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Troy Brauntuch, Bjorn Copeland, Brad Eberhard, William Eggleston, Isa Genzken, Davis Rhodes, Matthew Spiegelman, Jeni Spota, Kirsten Stoltmann, Rob Thom at Cottage Home July 12th, 2008 - August 16th, 2008
Posted 8/11/08
Summer group shows often seem a bit thrown together, with works assembled and combined in the same space under themes such as ‘death’ or ‘bodies.'  But in the case of “I Can See for Miles” at the new shared Chinatown space, Cottage Home, the works compliment each other without a heavy reliance on a thematic relationship.  There is, of course, an underlying theme of , as the title is borrowed from a song by The Who, but not everybody would catch that, and even if you do, a song like that can... [more]
John Williams: Performance John Williams Untitled, 2004Ink jet print38 x 29 inches (framed)edition of 5 There are two nights of John Williams' performances. Check them out. They are at Sister Gallery's new space (The 'white' space, which was for a while Peres Projects' 2nd space.)   1st Performance, Thursday night, August 7th at Sister from 7-9 PM 2nd Performance, Saturday night, August 23rd at Sister from 7-9 PM   At Sister's new location: 955 Chung King Road. For details check... [more]
Ricky Jay Does it Again David Mamet Limited Engagement July 9 through August 26, 2008 “For the first time in more than a decade, legendary magician Ricky Jay—considered by many the best sleight-of-hand artist on Earth—brings his Obie-winning show, directed by David Mamet, back to ... [more]
Weekend Warrior Curated by Beautiful/Decay Weekend Warrior, curated by Beautiful/Decay, includes a top notch group of artists-including a few of my personal faves.  It only takes a couple of hours or less to get to Ojai.  Seeing this show could be a great excuse for a mini getaway.  There are some great shops and restaurants in town and if you choose to stay overnight, I suggest my favorite place to stay up there, The Blue Iguana Inn (   BEAUTIFUL/DECAY... [more]
- Margarita Cabrera's work is both contemporary and political.  It's pop art and soulful art.  It's infused with craft, knowlege of contemporary art, self awareness and personal history.  Her work is filled with what might seem like ironies, but her ideas and processes work together to produce honest and quite awe prevoking work. She uses craft processes of sewing and working with clay to reproduce common objects and machines which contain loaded meanings and uses.  Her work deals with the... [more]
K Chocolatier   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 6/23/08
  Well, if you are going to see the Joel Morrison show over at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills (or really any future show there) you might as well stop by K Chocolateir by Dian Kron, while you are in the neighborhood. It's just off the corner of Little Santa Monica and Camden, on the north west side. The chocolates are delicious and are in clever shapes and packaging. Try the K Bears or the K Spanish Oranges…or, just about anything on the... [more]
Measuring Graves   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Marlene Dumas at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. June 22nd, 2008 - September 22nd, 2008
Posted 6/23/08
Marlene Dumas’ truly haunting show, at MOCA, spans work she has made over the last 30 years.  As specific as Dumas’ works are to her personal experiences they can be loosely interpreted and feel relatable.  The watercolors and paintings depict people, from children to strippers to others that resemble detainees from the Iraq war.  Even when standing and posing, the figures usually look ill (of body or mind) and sometimes dead.  The show explores the most basic themes of death, birth and sex in... [more]
Circus at Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joel Morrison at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills June 14th, 2008 - July 17th, 2008
Posted 6/23/08
Joel Morrison’s sculptures at Gagosian Gallery slip elegantly between categories of art. They are not typical abstract works, as they are entombments of everyday objects, but they certainly do not look like assemblage, usually marked by old scratched car parts and rusted objects welded together. Instead Morrison’s show is graceful, grim and humorous. Morrison entombs everyday objects in stainless steel and fiberglass creating odd, bulging shapes. The interior objects are then burned out, but... [more]