RON COOPER | CARS & BARS
When visiting Ron Cooper’s Taos studio, one is immediately aware of the artist’s other passion – cars – vintage cars that he races. His 1936 “Black Beauty” Ford five window coupe parked directly in front of the studio is the first attraction even before entering the building. But there is a relationship here – much like Cooper’s art, these beautiful cars, including the two that will be on display in Ron Cooper: Cars & Bars, draw the viewer in with their simple, classic forms, finish-fetish surfaces, and custom detailing.
With their transparent Plexiglas sides, Ron Cooper’s "Corona Bars" capture light from all angles, electrifying the synthetic pigments and medium on their faces. Presented alongside two of the artist’s prized classic cars, his new work invites the viewer into their own exploration of light, form, and surface, and the relationships between hand-made contemporary art and finish-fetish car culture.
For more than 50 years, the renowned L.A. print shop Cirrus Editions has worked with hundreds of artists to create compelling and innovative original prints. Join Cirrus founder Jean Milant and LACMA curator Leslie Jones as they discuss the workshop’s past and present, including reflections and anecdotes from artists and printers.
A conversation about the art of telling stories with the South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube, who works between Cape Town and Los Angeles and whose first solo US museum exhibition opens this month at the Denver Art Museum, and the renowned writer Zakes Mda, whose novels are widely read throughout South Africa and beyond. The two dissect their magical realist stories of post-apartheid South Africa and their experiences of America on the page and on canvas—and try to locate the source of their own magic.
Garth Greenan Gallery is pleased to announce Alexis Smith: Not in Utopia, an exhibition of four monumental installations at 545 West 20th Street. Opening on Thursday, June 10, 2021, the exhibition features a selection of Smith’s immersive wall murals, all created between 1980 and 1982. Works like Tightrope (1980), Cathay (1981), Satan's Satellites (1982), and Fool’s Gold (1982) extend into three dimensions, transforming gallery walls into theatrical backdrops—augmenting her unique form of conceptual art suffused with the imagery of Hollywood and the American West.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce a solo presentation of paintings by Raul Guerrero at Art Basel OVR: Portals from June 16 through 19. An online exhibition featuring an interview with the artist about his paintings will be presented concurrently on our website.
William T. Wiley, a Funk artist whose offbeat art and influential teaching practice have inspired generations of artists in the Bay Area, has died at 83. Los Angeles’s Parker Gallery, which co-represents the artist with Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco, said in a newsletter on Thursday that Wiley had died on April 25. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that he had Parkinson’s disease.
Over the last three decades, Los Angeles-based artist Mary Weatherford has developed a rich and diverse painting practice: from early target paintings in the 1990s based on operatic heroines, to expansive, gestural canvases overlaid with neon glass-tubing that brought attention to Weatherford’s practice in the 2010s. Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden presents a survey of Weatherford’s career, drawing from several distinct bodies of work made between 1989–2017. As constant experiments with color, scale, and materials, these works reveal the continuity of Weatherford’s preoccupation with memory and experience, both personal and historical.
Louis Stern Fine Arts is pleased to present Ron Cooper: In a New Light. Ron Cooper’s early Light Trap works are on display alongside his newest explorations – his Corona Bar series, created, as their titles suggest, in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. This exhibition surveys the artist’s inventive use of unconventional materials throughout his career, deployed in novel ways that defy expectation, to investigate the interplay of light, surface, and perspective.
Franklin Parrasch Gallery is pleased to present Peter Alexander: Early Works, 1965-1972, the inaugural exhibition at the Gallery’s new location at 19 East 66th Street. This show, open March 15 through April 23, comprises a group of key early works which exemplify Alexander’s engagement with cast resin over the course of seven years
The Cross Cultural Female Gaze
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Manal Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Authority
Alia Ali, artist
Lita Albuquerque, artist
Rania Matar, photographer
In this interview, Lamelas discusses the origin of the work, his time working alongside a brilliant group of colleagues in Buenos Aires, and gives a surprisingly humanistic vision of his radical Conceptual art.
A strained, stretched, widening, loosened metaphor, one that gives lights and receives them, might be the best way to describe Math Bass’ work. Yet metaphor is an easy interpretational mode that relies too heavily on iconography. Morever, description logo-centrically implies that all that is felt can be written or painted, that you actually can describe what bottoming is like to someone who has yet to do it. A simile might be better. In this moment, it seems more capacious. Bass’ work is like a ride on the Long Island Rail Road, winding through a certain kind of world, in which crushed skulls and young love happen simultaneously and often unnoticed, where aspiration and reality meet, where the Piano Man’s jar is filled up with cock-like bread, where hearts are broken and lose their three-dimensionality, only to unflatten at the sight of beautiful arms at work on a floor.
In the time of covid, Quotidian and Klowden Mann present IN COLOR, an exhibition that invites viewers to embrace the art of slow looking through an immersive experience in color rich paintings, collage and sculptures. The exhibition will be on view at transformative arts HQ, located in the former Quotidian space at 410 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, from December 21st, 2020 through February 28th, 2021.
Join Michael Kohn for a conversation with Lita Albuquerque. Albuquerque has created an expansive body of work, ranging from sculpture, painting, and multi-media performance to ambitious site-specific ephemeral projects in remote locations around the globe.
Video courtesy Kohn Gallery and the artist.
We're excited to announce a new print with Albuquerque coming out early 2021, stay tuned.
Bidding for Show Me The Signs is now live on artfizz.com through November 30th. The entirety of sale proceeds will be donated to the African American Policy Forum's #SayHerName campaign, which works with the families of Black women, girls, and femmes killed by police to elevate their stories and fight for justice.
It’s not that difficult to be contemporary. Be it through art, or writing, or simply conversation, we’re almost always discussing what’s right in front of us. It’s another thing all together to create something which takes on an entirely new meaning decades after fabrication. This is the power of Peter Alexander’s exhibition “Light in Place,” on view now at the Cirrus Gallery.
A new site-specific artwork by Lita Albuquerque, “Red Earth,” greets visitors at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens as garden areas reopen after a closure of more than three months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled to go on view in March, the temporary installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is “a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said. “Red Earth,” which closes Nov. 2, was commissioned as a part of The Huntington’s Centennial Celebration.
The Japan Drawings brings together four groups of works—all shellac ink paintings on Gampi Torinoko paper—that Weatherford produced during a 2019 residency at Troedsson Villa in Nikko, Japan. While a selection of these drawings was presented in the gallery’s Online Viewing Room in May 2020, this physical exhibition allows viewers to appreciate the full scope of the project, as well as both the intimacy and materiality of the individual works and their many moods and impressions.
Glenn Kaino transforms conventional materials and forms through a process of working that mobilizes the languages, logics and economies of other creative disciplines as raw elements in artistic production. Conceiving his practice as “conceptual kit bashing”—Kaino synthesizes objects, performances and site specific encounters by reconfiguring conditions of cultural spheres, where disparate ideas and materials are forced to make contact.
For more than 50 years Bruce Nauman (born 1941, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States) has continually tested and reinvented what an artwork can be. His work is difficult to confine to any one movement, genre or medium. However his highly experimental approach makes him a key figure within art today. His interest in ambiguity and shades of meaning relates to daily human experience, where certainty is not always guaranteed.
Mary Weatherford speaks to Laura Hoptman about her new paintings, the Train Yard series. Begun in 2016, this body of work evokes the sights and sounds of railroads and night skies. The series will be shown for the first time in September 2020, in an exhibition at Gagosian, London.
This month, Nauman, who at 78 is still very much at it, debuted three new works at Sperone Westwater in an exhibition that marks his 13th solo show at the gallery since his first one, 45 years ago in 1976. Two new interactive 3-D video works and one hanging sculpture (Two Leaping Foxes, a return to the animal sculptures Nauman first made in the late 1980s) comprise the show and are given ample space in the gallery (which should be something of a comfort to those still hesitant to visit galleries in person).
September 15, 2020 by Leslie Jones, Curator, Prints and Drawings at LACMA
Cirrus Editions celebrates its 50th anniversary this year! Founded by Jean Milant in 1970, Cirrus has been a stalwart presence in the Los Angeles print world, making a name for itself through its commitment to local artists and its embrace of unconventional printmaking techniques. Ed Ruscha was among the first artists invited to Cirrus and immediately offered up an unusual challenge: a two-color screenprint made with Pepto Bismol and caviar (in lieu of conventional inks). The result was Pepto-Caviar Hollywood, now an icon in the annals of experimental printmaking (and artmaking for that matter). In 1977–78 Joe Goode made lithographs at Cirrus that he subsequently slashed with a razorblade and, a few years later, produced his "Gunshot Series" of two-side lithographs punctured and tattered with shot. Jill Giegerich printed on rubberized cork, William T. Wiley on leather hide, and Greg Card on plexiglass. More recently, Cirrus published a print by legendary feminist and peformance artist Barbara T. Smith who improvised with her hands and face over the scanner bed in the process of capturing the final image.
The Oregon philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer has acquired a significant archive of prints and other works on paper by the artist Judy Chicago with the goal of highlighting her six-decade feminist career through exhibitions and museum loans.
The purchase by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, encompassing over 300 limited-edition prints, preparatory drawings and sketches and copper plates, is entering a collection already known for championing women artists and artists of colour including Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Alison Saar and Hung Liu, according to Tonya Turner Carroll, the Santa Fe dealer and art advisor who brokered the acquisition. No price was disclosed.
In a bi-coastal collaboration, L.A. Louver and Betty Cuningham Gallery are pleased to present Charles Garabedian: Outside the Gates. Drawing from both galleries' long histories with the artist, this exhibition brings together two dozen paintings from the last three decades of Garabedian's life. The artist’s ability to tap into the collective unconscious renders the work timeless; while many of the figures may be familiar from myth, their staging speaks to our common lot as humans. With distinctive humor and pathos, Garabedian takes us on a trip as he moves toward finding himself in history, mythology, and by accident.
A Conversation between Massimo Minini and Clément Dirié
The Italian gallerist reflects on his first Art Basel in 1977, his inaugural exhibition featuring Sol LeWitt and Daniel Buren, and how the artworld has changed since.
Active in Brescia since 1973, Massimo Minini and his namesake gallery are key members of a pioneering generation of the European artworld. Having first participated in Art Basel in 1977 and returned every year since, he has witnessed the development of the contemporary art scene over the last five decades. In the 1990s, Minini was a member of Art Basel’s Exhibitors’ Advisory Board. In this retrospective interview, he talks about his first years in the artworld and his Art Basel routine.
From his image archive, An Ongoing Collection of Screengrabs with Reassuring Subtitles, with currently 1.200 screenshots from American TV series and movies, Allan McCollum has chosen 400 motifs with subtitles such as “It will be ok” or “Don’t worry, Babe” to be printed on canvas, each framed in a black wooden frame and measuring 10.4 x 17.2 x 1.6 in (26.3 x 43.8 x 4 cm). This group of works is especially designed for Galerie Thomas Schulte to be offered to friends, supporters and interested clients as a sign of consolation and to financially help two highly acclaimed art institutions, the ICA Miami and C/O Berlin, to cope in these difficult times. A selection of the works is on view at Galerie Thomas Schulte in an individual exhibition from May 23 through July 11, 2020.
There’s a peculiar kind of patois, like Okie jargon. People have a funny way of speaking, almost like using bad English, double negatives like, “I can’t find my keys nowhere.” . . . Yes, they were incorrect, but they had a punch to them.
Gagosian is pleased to present recent paintings by Ed Ruscha online for galleryplatform.la. The works are currently featured in the solo exhibition Drum Skins at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Due to the ongoing health crisis, the museum is currently closed.
Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2020, 11:05 AM.
By Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer
For Peter Alexander, the moment that helped change the direction of his art arrived after a mundane session of ding repair on his surfboard in the 1960s.
He had poured some resin into a paper cup to seal his board, and over the course of several hours the resin hardened into a translucent puck.
“I remember at the bottom of the Dixie Cup, this clear material,” he told a documentary team from the Getty Conservation Institute in 2014. “And I was doing a project and I thought, ‘I bet this could be done in polyester, in this resin.’ So I started casting it in little things — like little boxes.”
Those experiments with industrial materials, begun when he was a student at UCLA, led to the creation of ethereal sculptures that evoked the quietly shifting nature of light, color and environment. And they put Alexander among the vanguard of Southern California’s Light and Space artists, a movement that brought buoyancy and perceptual play to Minimalism, which until then been dominated by the more austere forms emerging from the East Coast.
Artforum, May 27, 2020 at 2:17pm
Peter Alexander, an American painter and sculptor closely associated with the Light and Space movement of 1960s Southern California, has died at the age of eighty-one. In contrast to his West Coast Minimalism counterparts like Robert Irwin or Douglas Wheeler, Alexander eschewed immersive, ephemeral environments in favor of contained microcosms of translucent polyester resin and Plexiglas to create works that radiated their own inner light. Though best known for his early experimentations in synthetic materials and their pigment, scale, and shape, by the ’70s the toxicity of his initial medium led Alexander to shift to painting and drawing.