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LA TIMES Review

Scale is critical to Justin Bower's paintings. With roots in the painterly Abstract Expressionism of Willem de Kooning; superficial resemblance to the monstrous photographic self-portraits of Douglas Gordon, his head wrapped in cellophane tape; plus, traces of the electronic color of Ed Paschke's brand of Chicago Imagism and more, Bower's large canvases of isolated heads claim diverse parentage.Eight large and four smaller paintings at Ace show that, in this instance, bigger really is better. The smaller works get stuck in the instant-impact of one-dimensional graphic design. But at 8 by 7 feet... [more]
Posted by Justin Bower on 3/2/11
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Gary Lang at Ace Gallery

by Catherine Wagley
The The explosion at the end of Antonioni's Zabriskie Point transfixed me when I first saw it.  Then it transfixed me again and again as I re-watched. Antonioni's young heroine stares at the architectural embodiment of everything she's rejected, an aloofly minimal desert chateau, wishing to sever herself from its banal austerity. It's a sort of self-purging: her stare causes the chateau to blow in slow motion, debris psychedelically swimming to the music of Pink Floyd. No existential messages need to be pulled from the ruin. We're simply invited to lose ourselves in the scene's kinetic fiction... [more]
Posted by Catherine Wagley on 6/28/09
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Exposing/Imploding

by Catherine Wagley
        I have been trying, for the past week, to teach myself how to articulate what I felt when I saw Tierney Gearon’s Explosures. But I am still at a loss. I can say, quite simply, that Gearon’s photographs twist archetypes in a way that is both poignant and unnerving. I can also say that the many images—over thirty—hung in Ace’s Beverly Hills galleries are too many, and that I would have preferred to see fewer so that I could look at each without being distracted by the rest. However, neither that open-ended praise nor that nit-picking criticism gets close to what really matters about... [more]
Posted by Catherine Wagley on 3/29/09
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Los Angeles Times July 25, 2008. Around The Galleries by Christopher Knight (Times Art Critic) Accidental art that transforms

David Amico at Ace Gallery Beverly Hills. There's something almost Japanese about David Amico's 20 "Drift-Trace" paintings at the Ace Gallery Beverly Hills. An almost hyper-refined affinity for beauty achieved by accident marks these luminous large-scale works. A swoosh of gray paint might appear to be a calligraphic brush stroke,... [more]
Posted by Ace Gallery on 7/25/08
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Minimalist Brain Tease

by Catherine Wagley
Carl Andre’s zinc squares turn Beverly Hills’ Ace Gallery into brain tease. The reflective surfaces of the zinc, paired with the repetition of the 16”x16”x ¼” plates, make it difficult to read the exhibition’s progression. You might have to take a few frustrating turns around Ace’s multiple galleries before you figure out that the first square of zinc is arranged two plates by two plates and that the last is arranged ten by ten. But the show, while a mind bender, is paradoxically serene.Andre, the living minimalist legend who has been an international force since the late 60s, conceived of... [more]
Posted by Catherine Wagley on 11/9/07
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Facial Texts: Mostly Legible, Riveting All

by Nico Machida
Informed by early exposure to both the populist eye of Annie Leibovitz and the formal austerity of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Martin Schoeller’s photographic portraits fill the rooms of Ace Gallery Beverly Hills with a tone of accessible gravity. Schoeller’s subjects are mostly familiar—well-known actors, politicians, musicians—and every so often unrecognizable; but all are presented via an unflinching close-up that at once decontextualizes and sharpens its contents. As a result, each C-print proves a compelling visual text in its own right, an opportunity to precisely examine the complexities and... [more]
Posted by Nico Machida on 9/13/07