Nancy Lupo

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An art festival salutes Rockaway! resilience   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Marina Abromovic, Doug Aitken, Nanu Al-Hamad, Uri Aran, Kevin Beasley, Neïl Beloufa, Anna Betbeze, Huma Bhabha, Lizzi Bougatsos, Carol Bove, Pete Brady, Olaf Breuning, Loreto Caceres, Janet Cardiff, James Clar, Shezad Dawood, Rodney Dickson, Thomas Dozol, Zackary Drucker, Brandon d’Leo, Olafur Eliasson, Roe Ethridge, James Ferraro, Fred Fleischer, Ryan Foerster, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Shingo Francis, Asha Fuller, Daniel Gordon, Mike Haff, Rachel Harrison, Hugh Hayden, Camille Henrot, Jonathan Horowitz, Matt Hoyt, Donna Huanca, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Alex Israel, Justin Jay, JPW3, Gavin Kenyon, Caitlin Keogh, Terence Koh, Andrei Koschmieder, Ajay Kurian, Sadie Laska, Margaret Lee, Dominik Lejman, Jason Bailer Losh, Nancy Lupo, Marcos Lutyens, Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Gloria Maximo, Ryan McNamara, Cindy Meyers, John Miller, Tracey Moffatt, Marlie Mul, Narcissister, Georgie Nettell, Adrienne Pao, Beth Perkins, Elizabeth Peyton, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Adam Putnam, Adrián Villar Rojas, Ugo Rondinone, Aura Rosenberg, Carly Ruggieri, Tom Sachs, Nigel Scott, Gregory Siff, Laurie Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Keone Singlehurst, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siris, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Sally Lundburg and Keith Tallet, Stewart Uoo, Allyson Vieira, Saya Woolfalk, Amy Yao at Rockaway Beach Surf Club June 29th, 2014 - September 1st, 2014
Posted 7/5/14
Last weekend Rockaway Beach’s Fort Tilden opened its gates to a crowd of art connoisseurs, local creatives, and bronzed beach goers for a day of art and activism supporting Rockaway Beach. The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Parks Service hosted the hordes of art lovers who came to witness the opening of the site specific art installations (on view through September 1st), a free open-air performance by rock legend Patti Smith, and a Walt Whitman poetry reading by hipster heartthrob,... [more]
Hollywood Forever   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 6/14/08
HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETARY / CINESPIA600 Santa Monica Boulevardwww.cinespia.orgOne of the best Saturday (or Sunday) nights in Los Angeles can be found at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where Cinespia projects classic films onto a blank stretch of white wall. The films start around 9:00 p.m. but the gates open at 7:30 p.m. and you can bring a picnic and listen to the DJ pre-show. A highlight of the season will be Billy Wilder’s which stars an unrelenting Kirk Douglas in the role of Chuck Tatum,... [more]
Puppets!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Survival Research Laboratory, Cindy Loehr, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner, Kiki Smith, Michael Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Charlie White at Santa Monica Museum of Art May 24th, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08
Puppets, puppetry and the like are often relegated to being an obscure subgenre of the theater or sometimes of the art world but the exhibition, currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, points out the fact that puppets frequently infiltrate popular culture and bring along with them issues that loom large like agency, control, miniaturization and manipulation. These issues are explored by a wide range of internationally recognized artists who have created work that incorporates the... [more]
Noah Sheldon in the Sun   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Noah Sheldon at Cherry and Martin May 31st, 2008 - July 5th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08
There are some works of art that seem to uncannily capture what it is to live, work or simply spend time here in Southern California. I am thinking about the Beach Boys’s , Joan Didion’s early essays especially from The White Album and Slouching Toward Bethlehem, and many of Stephen Shore's photographs of California’s diners and gas stations. Maybe it is just that the June sunshine is perfect in California, but walking into Noah Shelton’s exhibition at Cherry and Martin in Santa Monica made me... [more]
Tillman Kaiser's first exhibition in the US opened on May 24, 2008 at Honor Fraser Gallery located in the Culver City arts district in Los Angeles.  Artslant writer, Nancy Lupo, visited with Tillman during installation and talked about his working process, cheese graters and inspiration.  The following Q&A took place as a result of that meeting. Tillman Kaiser is represented by Honor Fraser in Los Angeles, and Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary in Vienna. Tillman Kaiser, Coat, 2008,... [more]
Coca-Cola Building 1334 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90021 Robert V. Derrah's Coca-Cola Company Bottling headquarterst was built in 1936 and is a gem of the Streamline Modern style, a late branch of Art Deco, that put an emphasis on curving forms, long horizontal lines, and oftentimes nautical elements.  The Coca-Cola building was constructed by uniting five industrial buildings, including the 1927 plant, into a streamlined, early 20th century style ocean liner complete with hatches,... [more]
Making Art About AIDS   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at Fowler Museum at UCLA February 24th, 2008 - June 15th, 2008
Posted 5/9/08
Gregg Bordowitz's proclamation, ‘the AIDS crisis is still beginning' greets viewers as they enter the exhibition MAKE ART / STOP AIDS.  It serves as a powerful reminder that, with 40 million people infected with HIV around the world, the situation continues to be extremely urgent.  The work in the exhibition lays evidence to the fact that artists all over the world have played a key role in educating people about AIDS and strategically combating common stereotypes about HIV/AIDS and those who... [more]
A Look at Dike Blair   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dike Blair at Mary Goldman Gallery April 26th, 2008 - June 14th, 2008
Posted 5/9/08
In Dike Blair's current exhibition at Mary Goldman Gallery in Chinatown, he presents new, photo-realistic gouache paintings that depict the eyes of his wife, friends and former students.  Each of the eyes is isolated in the center of a much larger piece of white paper.  Sometimes there are two eyes per page, sometimes the eyes seem to be a pair and sometimes they don't although the groupings are, it seems, determined by eye color.  Blair says that he is interested in the symbolic value of the... [more]
The Unseemly and Everyday   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dave McKenzie at REDCAT April 24th, 2008 - June 15th, 2008
Posted 5/3/08
Dave McKenzie describes the title for his current show, , by saying that it makes about as much sense as America does right now, what with the economic and military situations that seem to go ‘up and down, up and down, up and down' endlessly and perhaps irrationally.  Rather than shrug his shoulders at this perceived nonsense, McKenzie's work is engaged and elegant, embracing on all corners the feasible, irrational, unseemly and everyday. The concise selection of objects in the gallery are... [more]
Huntington Gardens   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/3/08
The Huntington Botanical Garden (website) 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 If you have never been to the Huntington Botanical Gardens, now, is the perfect time to go.  The roses are blooming and the new Chinese Garden has just been opened. The gardens cover nearly 120 acres and contain approximately 15,000 different kinds of plants.  The succulent and desert garden that has been cultivated at Huntington for nearly 100 years is the largest garden of it's kind in the world.  Many of the... [more]
Office Politics   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at David Patton Los Angeles April 26th, 2008 - May 24th, 2008
Posted 5/3/08
The drawings, photographs, collages and sculptures in Jen Schwarting's exhibition, , are constructed around some very important and pressing issues.  Issues that NPR listeners especially are thinking about every day.  That is, what is it exactly that characterizes America's notion of progress and where do we stand today? Schwarting looks to the office work place for answers but unfortunately seems to compound apparent clichés rather than crack the case.  Perhaps the problem is that she is... [more]
The Bendix Sign   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 3/27/08
Five years ago, The Bendix sign, along with over 150 signs throughout the Wilshire Corridor, Hollywood and Downtown were relit as part of the LUMENS (Living Urban Museum of Electric and Neon Signs) project that is now under the aegis of The Museum of Neon Art. The Bendix sign was originally built by the Bendix Aviation Corporation to aid in nighttime aviation. At the time of its construction it defined the size limitations for signs of its kind. The entire sign stands 150 feet tall with the... [more]
A Look at Michel François   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michel Francois at MC March 15th, 2008 - May 10th, 2008
Posted 3/27/08
The Belgian artist Michel François is very famous in Europe and abroad.  His fame is well deserved.  He is not twenty-five years old but his career has spanned at least as long.  For his show, , currently on view at MC in Culver City, the artist recreated sculptural elements that he has worked with over the years and that have appeared alternately in bit parts and starring roles in other of his installations.  These elements read, in some sense, like a magician's bag of tricks; white bead... [more]
Allan Kaprow: At the Opening   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Allan Kaprow at MOCA Geffen Contemporary March 23rd, 2008 - June 30th, 2008
Posted 3/27/08
I want to briefly describe the opening for the Allan Kaprow exhibition, , now on view at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo.  I also want to say that for most people who go to gallery or museum openings often, or even just sometimes, it has probably long since become expected that, at openings, people aren't looking at the work.  Most likely what they are doing instead is socializing.  This is okay, especially at a Kaprow opening.  In fact it seems to be much more in line with the... [more]
ArtSlant's Nancy Lupo visited with Rosson Crow at her downtown LA studio. Nancy and Rosson talked about Rosson's influences and working methods, cowboy culture, nostalgic places and her love of Fitzgerald. Rosson Crow, "Live in the Black Pussy," 2007; Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery. Nancy Lupo: What of the culture and the architecture from your native Dallas has stuck with you? Was there art in your house when you were growing up? What were the first works of art that interested you?... [more]
Ryan Taber is a Los Angeles-based artist whose sculptural installations, drawings and photographs combine a research and studio intensive practice that involves piecing together elements of landscape and history to reveal how both have been understood and appropriated by schools of thought and individuals with grand designs. After two solo shows at the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, ‘Transient Concretions’ and ‘A Rhetoric of Ills; The Ekologie of Ornament at the Causatum of... [more]
ArtSlant writer, Nancy Lupo, met with David Ostrowski & Erica Eyres on the eve of their 2-person show at Fette's Gallery in Los Angeles, CA at the end of 2007.   Equally related and unrelated to Eyres’s and Ostrowski’s new work is the American artist Paul Thek, who while teaching undergraduates at the Cooper Union in the 1980’s, developed a survey questionnaire that is sometimes referred to as his ‘Teaching Notes’.  Both Erica Eyres and David Ostrowski submitted to his... [more]
The work of Erica Eyres and David Ostrowski is on view from November 2 - December 22, 2007 in a joint solo exhibition at Fette’s Gallery in Culver City, CA.  If you haven’t yet been to Fette’s Gallery, you should have a look.  Even though it is in the gallery-heavy Culver City, Fette’s Gallery is certainly off the beaten path.  It is located in a house in a residential neighborhood and the exhibitions are hung in what may or may not be Fette’s own living room.  The gallery’s mission is self... [more]
Los Angeles - Allison Miller is an Illinois-born painter who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. ArtSlant writer, Nancy Lupo, visited with Allison and discussed her work, process and inspirations.   Allison Miller, , 2007; Courtesy of the artist and ACME, Los Angeles   Nancy Lupo: What is a perfect painting? How has this notion changed for you over time? Is a perfect painting possible? Does it matter? Allison Miller: I think at one point I may have thought that there was... [more]
A Little Bit of Flavor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 10/13/07
I’m not necessarily saying that you should go and fill up your tank at BP’s (Formerly British Petroleum now ‘Beyond Petroleum’) new Helios House located at the corner of Olympic and Robertson.  I am simply saying that it is one of many things that exist in the world, and WOW!  It’s funny I just was looking over my copy of Ed Rucha’s 1962 book Twentysix Gasoline Stations.  What is more is that the attendant’s uniforms are in the style of mechanic’s jumpsuits updated by the fact that they are... [more]
Kamau Patton at Machine Project   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kamau Patton at Machine Project September 22nd, 2007 - November 3rd, 2007
Posted 10/13/07
Underlying Kamau Patton’s show at Machine Project is a research project that began perhaps even before Patton identified himself as an artist.  Patton’s early studies in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania led him to obtain an internship in communications research at the White House.  In an office filled with other interns and employees, Patton and his team had the task of finding points of remark that President Clinton could bring up during a speech, if say, he were going to Louisiana... [more]
Dash Snow / Sash Dnow   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dash Snow at peres projects - LA September 22nd, 2007 - November 10th, 2007
Posted 10/13/07
Dash Snow is a lifestyle artist but moreover Dash Snow is a lifestyle.  For him any question about is there, or isn’t there, a separation between art and life is a non-question.  One look at his braided strawberry blonde beard and slight, elfin figure and it is certain that he’s an artist who lives in the world of his works.  His exhibition currently on view at Peres Projects, God Spoiled a Perfect Asshole When He Put Teeth in Yer Mouth, is a look into that world.In the first of Peres Projects'... [more]
Watts Towers   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 9/23/07
Why not just make it a Watts weekend?  This area is exploding with energy.   At the 103rd St./Kenneth Hahn Metro Station (on the Blue Line), you will find Roberto Salas’s Totems in Red, which references the old ticket punch shapes used by conductors of the historic Red Cars (insert image from 1686 103rd, you can check out the Watts Train Station, a national historic landmark which will boast a train museum in the future.  Behind... [more]
Wattstax Revisited   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at California African American Museum August 9th, 2007 - October 28th, 2007
Posted 9/23/07
The exhibition, Wattstax: I Am Somebody, currently on view at the California African America Museum tells the story of Wattstax ’72.  This music festival took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (the same place where CAAM now stands) on August 20, 1972, seven years after the infamous riots of 1965.  The exhibition also presents the story of director Mel Stuart’s documentary, Wattstax: The Living Word, which was filmed in and around Watts before, during, and after the concert.  The film... [more]
Art at Chung King   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at François Ghebaly Gallery September 8th, 2007 - October 13th, 2007
Posted 9/23/07
Something happened at Chung King Project and it looks like art.  There is a half beaten piñata hanging open.  Goose down and hard candies wrapped in reflective Mylar have slopped out onto the gallery’s pseudo-industrial grey floor.  There are three more piñatas covered with feathers and tied up.  They wait in a clump for another customer and another break.  During the forty-five minuets I spent in the gallery, an older man came in, picked up a few pieces of candy and ate them while sitting... [more]
- Gregory Euclide is a Wisconsin born artist who works primarily on paper, which he uses both as a surface and a medium.  In his most recent exhibition at BLK/MRKT Gallery in Culver City (September 8th – October 6th 2007), Elucide exhibits paintings, mixed-media works and a site specific installation that explore experience and memory through landscape.  He currently lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is a supporter of wheat fields, pine forests, public transportation, wind... [more]
Discovering Downtown by Nancy Lupo   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Allan Barnes, Bumdog, Heather Carson, YaYa Chou, MARTIN DURAZO, Richard Godfrey, Jennifer Morey Cunningham, Jaime Scholnick at Dangerous Curve August 11th, 2007 - September 8th, 2007
Posted 8/20/07
From Hollywood take the I – 101 south, exit Los Angeles Street.  Turn left at Fourth Street, right on Molino Street, then immediately left on Fourth Place. The scene at the opening of the Annual Downtown Artists Grants Exhibition at Dangerous Curve was like a block party imported from Tarzana.  Suddenly a fresh coat of paint and plastic lawn chairs spanned a well-lit stretch of sidewalk.  The eight artists exhibiting inside were awarded Downtown Artist Project grants earlier this year. The... [more]
In Harriet F. Seine’s article, Responsible Criticism: Evaluating Public Art, in the December 2003 issue of Sculpture magazine, she proposes ways in which we might go about evaluating and engaging with public art.  She says that the best time to write about public art is not immediately after the work is installed but in time, once people have had a chance to spend a few seasons with it.  Following this logic, now is surely an appropriate time to have a look at the many single object sculptures... [more]
Dying in All Directions by Nancy Lupo   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Hirschhorn, Roxy Paine at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. July 26th, 2007 - October 29th, 2007
Posted 8/19/07
In an aptly sized room, in between MOCA Focus: Matthew Monohan and The Poetics of the Handmade, Thomas Hirschhorn’s Non-Lieux and Roxy Paine’s Weed Choked Garden, are out of the collection’s archives for a face off.  If you are standing on the western side of the gallery looking east, beyond Paine’s dying garden, you will see Hirschhorn’s Non-Lieux.  Two big candy colored peaks, the effect of melted down candles that were once stuck in glass Coke-Cola bottles, protrude perkily.  Topping off... [more]
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