Craft Contemporary

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Review of HUMBLE BEAUTY in

  Rating:   5 out of 5 STARS  * * * * * HUMBLE BEAUTY: Skid Row Artists Documentary, 60 mins, Humble Productions                                            “Not everyone can become a great artist. But great art can come from anywhere.” – Ratatouille The finest proof of that belief is embodied by the artists on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, profiled in Humble Beauty, a first-rate, profound documentary that took four years to make. Those four years, distilled into an hour, demonstrate seamless,... [more]
Posted by Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists (Documentary) on 5/27/10

Dora De Larios retrospective at Craft and Folk Art Museum

by A. Moret
  The dynamic and eclectic body of work in the CAFAM retrospective of Dora De Larios celebrates 50 years of the artist’s work and life. A native Angelino, Larios grew up in a downtown neighborhood where Japanese and Mexican cultures co-existed. Her exposure to diverse cultures, religions, and art runs like an artery through Larios’ own work that embraces the viewer in a rich tapestry that delicately weaves the earthly and the surreal, the utterly fantastical and the escape into reverie.... [more]
Posted by A. Moret on 12/13/09

butterfly lady

The butterfly lady at the top of stairs at the exhibit was extraordinary.  She gives one a thoughtful feeling of garden peace. [more]
Posted by ARTFUN on 1/14/10

Assemblages from LA Review

Imagine opening an attic door for the first time in years.  Dust adorns layer after layer of objects collected, carefully saved and then forgotten about.  This old 'clutter' offers a strong, deeply personal insight into the lives of the collector.  Though the gallery is clean (free of dust!), the space offers the same nostalgic journey back through time for visitors.  Each of the artists offers a fresh interpretation of assemblage.  Exene's is quirky and colorful, taking one back to their... [more]
Posted by lew.uiuc on 5/1/09


The postcards, internet images and banners for this exhibit simply do not do it justice!  These are exquisite works done by the women in the Bihar region of India.  An amazing story of rising social status and political voice amongst the painters accompanies the works.  At a glance, the paintings are bright, colorful.  They are captivating and draw viewers in for a closer look.  Once there, the audience is able to grasp the belaboring details and craftsmanship of the pieces leaving one... [more]
Posted by lew.uiuc on 5/1/09

Great Exhibit

Upon ascending the staircase to the gallery, one is instantly confronted with the bright yellow walls, giving a vivid background to the breathtaking Mitila paintings on display.  Far from detracting from the works, the luminous color highlights the rich hues and bold shapes in the works. The style of these paintings is simple in line and shape, yet beyond complex in pattern, sophistication and content.  From the historical refrences to ancient Indian Gods, to the modern trials and tribulations... [more]
Posted by eilen on 5/5/09
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