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Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is pleased to present three new exhibitions...."Paul McCarthy. WS Spinoffs, Wood Statues, Brown Rothkos," “Takesada Matsutani,” and “Monika Sosnowska.” 
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"Paul McCarthy. WS Spinoffs, Wood Statues, Brown Rothkos" is a comprehensive exhibition of expressive black walnut sculptures from the White Snow series by Paul McCarthy, one of America's most challenging and influential artists. This is the gallery's first exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to the provocative and influential work of acclaimed LA-based artist Paul McCarthy. Never before exhibited in Los Angeles, these exuberant works violate expectations of the beloved German folktale 'Snow White.' McCarthy's distorted abstractions of Dopey, the Prince, even Snow White herself, will inhabit the North A gallery. This show follows McCarthy's Raw Spinoffs Continuations exhibition at Hauser & Wirth New York in 2016.

Coinciding with commissioned works debuting at the Venice Biennale, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is honored to present the first ever exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to the work of the Osaka-born, Paris-based artist Takesada Matsutani. Over a five-decade career that began with his participation in the Gutai Art Association and evolved to express the tangled complexities of a life lived between France and Japan, Matsutani has developed a unique visual language of form and materials. The exhibition highlights three distinct periods in the artist's oeuvre and includes 1960s Gutai era pieces never before shown outside of Japan, one of the artist's largest installations from 1983, and a new pre-figuration of his Venice Biennale project. Organized with Olivier Renaud- Clément, the exhibition will remain on view at the South gallery from 1 July through 17 September 2017.July1-2017-Hauser-WirthLA-TakesadaMatsutani
Organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément, “Takesada Matsutani,” offers an expansive look at Matsutani's unique visual language of form and materials. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures engage themes of the eternal and echo the endless cycles of life and death, revealing the influence of the ethos of Gutai on the artist's early experimentation and its lasting impact today. The exhibition will also include a site-specific floor work, continuing a long-standing performative aspect of artist's practice. Matsutani will create this piece in the South gallery of Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.

“Monika Sosnowska,” the first Los Angeles solo exhibition for the noted Polish artist. The exhibition features a new body of work that responds to characteristic elements of existing 1960s Polish architecture in sculptural installations that reflect and riff upon history and personal experience.
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Wrought from industrial materials and objects, Sosnowska’s works ‘sample’ various architectural details that she idiosyncratically warps in order to immerse viewers in environments that are both uncannily familiar and disconcertingly surreal.

On view: July 1 - September 17, 2017; Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is open daily from Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm. 

Where: Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Website: https://www.hauserwirthlosangeles.com

On View Now: Skidmore Contemporary Art Celebrates the art of Tracey Sylvester Harris, Brighton Smith and Lori Larusso!

Skidmore Contemporary Art is proud to present new exhibitions..."Diving Boards and Floating Girls," by Tracey Sylvester Harris, "Flowers," featuring the art of Brighton Smith and “Lori Larusso's “Eating Animals.”  
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Tracey Sylvester Harris,
 Floating, 2017,  Oil on canvas, 36" x 48"

"Diving Boards and Floating Girls" is Tracey Sylvester Harris's thirteenth one-person exhibition and her fifth with Skidmore Contemporary Art. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including five Delta Airlines Skyclub Lounges in the United States.

"In 'Poolside Swimmer,' certain nostalgic elements are apparent: a vintage-looking swimmers cap, classic red lips, and a retro, perhaps 1930s bathing suit. However, while these nostalgic qualities play a significant role in the work, Harris defies any notions of time. She challenges viewers to fuse past and present with her use of color, shape, and shadow. Harris utilizes vibrant, opaque colors such as her rich, deep blues of the ocean." - Mirabelle Alan, June 2017

This will be Brighton Smith's third exhibition at the gallery. His previous exhibitions Stacks (2015) and Bookends (2016) were both well received. A feature on his work appears in the current French Quarter Magazine.
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Brighton Smith,
 Line of Peonies,2017, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36"

"Although Smith's transition from books to flowers may suggest a shift in his work, Flowers continues to promote Smith's message of individuality. For each distinguished viewer, Smith offers personalized flowers which speak to you." - Mirabelle Alan, June 2017

This is Lori Larusso's second one-person exhibition at Skidmore Contemporary Art. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has received numerous fellowships and has had over twenty one-person exhibitions since 2002. 

“Lori Larusso's “Eating Animals” demonstrates playful and imaginative subject matter. The series presents an array of animal-shaped foods, served for the viewer's pleasure. Among these subjects, Larusso portrays bananas cut as dolphins, broccoli shaped poodles, deviled eggs as chicks, kiwis and grapes as turtles, along with many others. Perhaps the most significant aspect of Larusso's work is her ability to integrate fun and amusement.“ - Mirabelle Alan, June 2017
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Lori Larusso, Waffle Chicken, 2016, Acrylic on shaped panel, 13" x 11"

On view: June 24 - July 22, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310-828-5070
Website: 
http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/

On View Now: bG Gallery, "Spectrum-Gestalt"

Part curatorial, part installation "Spectrum-Gestalt" brings together artists' works from a wide variety of genres and mediums, grouping them into an expansive spectrum of color. The first spectrum was one of our most popular exhibits and the unofficial launch of our new Bergamot Station space and has since become an annual open call, allowing the gallery to discover new talent. Spectrum-Gestalt is part of an ongoing series of installation/curatoriales exploring gestalt principles by Australian artist/curator, Airom.
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Bleicher Project Space is located inside Bleicher/Gorman (bG) Gallery in Bergamot Station G8A. bG specializes in artists who have blurred boundaries between traditionally divided art approaches in their work with a particular emphasis on bridging 'inside' and 'outside,' and 'highbrow' and 'lowbrow.' Bleicher Project Space is an exhibit area within the gallery that has a focus on experimental projects and collaborative installations.

Artists: Adrienne Allebe, Sue Allen, Melissa Behr, Natalia Berglund, Michael Berkowitz, Barbara Berry, Maud Besson, Susan Card, Natalie Ciccoricco, Carla Ciuffo, Lee Clarke, Annie Clavel, Mike Collins, Joanna Garel Hayat Gul, Daniel Hammerson, Cathrine Hancher, Katie Hovencamp, Walter Impert, Peggy Lee, Marietta Patricia Leis, Donna Lomangino, Chalda Maloff, Ryan Ostrowski, Lisa Rasmussen, Jimmy Reagan, Mika Revell, Eugene Rodriguez, Janet Rutkowski, Shyun Song, Dori Spector, Qinyuan Sun, CTina Ybarra, April Zanne Johnson, Airom, and many more.

Save the date July 1, 2017 - closing Art Party!

Where: BLEICHER/GORMAN (bG) Gallery Bergamot Station, Space G8A, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404 
Phone: 1 (310) 906 4211
Website: bGartGalleries.com

On View Now: The G2 Gallery Celebrates New Exhibitions!

On June 6, The G2 Gallery, two new exhibitions opened "Susan McConnell: On the Shoulders of Giants," and Roberto Cabral: Fragile Strength. "On the Shoulders of Giants" is a photography exhibit by Susan McConnell about the grandeur, power and beauty of land's largest mammal, the African elephant. 

As a neuroscientist and Professor of Biology at Stanford University, Susan combines her expertise in animal behavior with instinct and her artistic eye to capture intimate family moments. The collection of 28 awe-inspiring photographs celebrates these colossal creatures, illustrating their intelligence, adaptability, close family ties and complex social structures.
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From Left to Right: "Protection" and "The Conversation," by Susan McConnell

"On the Shoulders of Giants" premiered at Stanford University last spring. "Elephants are among the most poached animal on our planet," says Curator Monika Basse. "We are honored to present this exhibit to the Los Angeles community to shed light on this issue."

"I believe that empathy can underlie actions that save ecosystems, so I try to create images that illuminate the emotional worlds of animals," says Susan. The exhibit concludes with shadowy silhouettes of elephants against the landscape, alluding to the possibility of ghostly images in our future, to inspire conservation for these magnificent animals.

The exhibition "Roberto Cabral: Fragile Strength," features endangered African animals with a fresh artistic approach and presents Roberto's foray into conservation photography.

Roberto's interest in photography began as a high school hobby and has fueled a passionate lifelong love affair with photography. A few months ago, Roberto traveled to Africa for the first time to honor his father's love of travel. Seeing the big cats, majestic elephants, powerful gorillas and towering giraffes ignited a fervor for conservation photography.
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From Left to Right: "Muhoza the Thinker" and "Lion Under Full Moon," by Roberto Cabra

"Roberto's images out of Rwanda and Kenya are very unique," says Curator Monika Basse. "The black and white fine art elements Roberto incorporates in his art elevate these photos and the underlying message behind them." Roberto added, "In great strength there is vulnerability, and in vulnerability, strength. This collection shows the raw power of the natural world and its fragility."

The opening reception for "Susan McConnell: On the Shoulders of Giants," along with "Robert Cabral: Fragile Strength," will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017.  All proceeds from admissions and art sales will be donated to Wildlife Conservation Network's Elephant Crisis Fund.

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Website: http://www.theg2gallery.com/

Attn Artists: Large Figurative Paintings Needed for Upcoming Exhibition!

You may already know that LAArtParty.com reps artists and curates exhibitions. We actually guarantee bookings (with a one on one Artwork-stockphotorepping package, which also comes with FULL guaranteded promotion via one of our PR partners (placement in local newspapers and on other popular websites). We also work with partner galleries all over Los Angeles who have agreed to book our LAArtParty artists. We receive calls for specific types of work and occasionally we do go out of our artist network to help our partner galleries find exactly what they need. We also collaborate with other curators, reps and Pr companies.

Right now we are looking for large works (figurative is preferred). We need over 20 works (5' x 4') ALL From ONE artist, but they CANNOT all be from the same series. We are looking for a variety of styles (some abstract may work) - just paintings (at this time). Stay tuned, we were just approached by a new collector ....looking for photography. If we cannot fill this via our artist ads, we'll be sure to put it out for an open call. We are looking to visit studios to see work this coming week and through October 15. 

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Thomas Mercer Hartman - Beyond the Canvas

Thomas Mercer Hartman has been immersed in art for most of his life. For the past four decades, he worked on museums in exhibition design and special projects. His artistic talents extend beyond the canvas. "Designing exhibitions was an excuse to design space - which was my passion," explained Hartman.
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Image: by Thomas Mercer Hartman Blue Falls, 2014, Acrylic, lacquer, enamel and caulking on canvas, 60" x 120"

Early on in his career, Hartman realized there was a niche market for his talents. He was proficient at designing graphic-intensive and object oriented exhibits (requiring custom cases) and architectural interiors. He developed architectural program documents for museums - to determine the building envelope, space allotment, collections storage requirements, construction cost, and interpretive approach. This included working with museums' boards of directors to determine the vision, operations, and exhibitions forecast."Developing interpretive environments," continued Hartman, "to translate the story and house the objects, films and content was the challenge. The content provided rules of engagement for the design." He went on to explain that working closely with the artists while organizing their works allowed for the revelation of the artist's story within the context of the spatial requirements of the exhibition.

Hartman started painting decades ago as an undergraduate. However, conceptual installations soon became his focus when his design work with museums became a full-time livelihood. His two creative outlets inspire and inform each other. "Over the past decade, the visual arts side of my work has dramatically increased. It has been a private dialogue to allow a visual language to come forward."
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Image: Ferus, 2014-15, Acrylic, cement, caulking and lacquer on panel 48” x 76”

Hartman paints every day. "I like working early in the morning and returning to it in the afternoons. Juggling time on projects is stimulating. As I paint, I solve some of the architectural problems or content questions in my practice. As I design, I glance around the studio, and it is easy to define the next steps in the art process. There is an efficiency to being productive with ongoing projects. It is an iterative process."

Hartman reflected about his process, "For me, there is a difference between the creative effort in design and art. Design has a creative search as part of its process with a focus on solving a problem - e.g. physical requirements, budget, time constraints, etc."

He added that his art practice is more open-ended. "It starts from dreaming about what may be possible." One of his works titled Moss Pond brings to mind the paintings of the legendary artist Monet. Hartman explained his inspiration, "It has an ethereal sense of place. While exploring with surface qualities and color, this piece began to resemble a pond. Once the concept was exposed, the work was to determine how to enhance the piece without painting a pond. Color juxtaposition, nuanced values, and a 'dance' of hue changes provide a visual choreography that represents a watery habitat."
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Image: by Thomas Mercer Hartman, Moss Pond, 2015, Acrylic and lacquer on panel, 32" x 80"

This will be the first time for Hartman to exhibit his works at a restaurant. Upper West is an upscale Santa Monica eatery that he has frequented. "I like that the setting of the restaurant as a conversation with the work can occur without the imprint of the gallery world."

A solo exhibition of the artist's paintings will open this Sunday March 12th, at Upper West Restaurant (3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA) from 4-7 pm. "Explorations" features paintings created by Hartman within the past several years at his Santa Monica studio. For more info about Thomas Mercer Hartman, visit http://www.mercerprojects.com http://www.iqmagic.net/ http://www.theupperwest.com/

April 27 - Sept 10, 2017: Skirball Cultural Center Presents "PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC"

The Skirball Cultural Center presents "Paul Simon: Words & Music," a traveling exhibition curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and making its only West Coast stop at the Skirball. This is a fantastic exhibition - read my Huffington Post review for additional info. 

Additional info provided by Skirball: Developed based on exclusive interviews with the artist, 
the show will walk visitors through Simon's life and music and illuminate his creative process. On view will be instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon's six-decade career. Exclusively for the Los Angeles presentation, "Paul Simon: Words & Music" will include additional artifacts from Simon's private archive and a newly created music lab developed by the Skirball in cooperation with Roland Corporation. 
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[Paul Simon by Nick Elgar CM#2243] Paul Simon at the Concert in Central Park, 1991. Photograph by Nick Elgar. Courtesy of Paul Simon Archive. 

Paul Simon (b. 1941) has spent his life making music. From his first compositions as a teen and his celebrated work in Simon & Garfunkel to his transformative collaborations with world musicians up to and including his current work, Simon's evolution has been grounded in a lifelong quest to find the words, music, and rhythms that connect most deeply with listeners. Through his songs, he has captured the story of generations and the mood of the nation, from disillusionment and fear to hope and compassion. As the exhibition reveals, he stands as a sterling example of the power of music to reflect social and cultural ideals and to communicate them to the rest of the world.


In choosing Simon among its "Greatest Songwriters of All Time," Rolling Stone hailed, "If Paul Simon's career had ended with the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel in 1970, he would still have produced some of the most beloved songs ever.... But Simon was just getting started. The quintessential New York singer-songwriter, he switches between styles effortlessly with as much attention to rhythm as melody, a rare quality among artists who came of age in the folk era. Over the decades, his music has incorporated Tin Pan Alley tunecraft, global textures, gentle acoustic reveries, gospel, R&B and electronic music, all without diluting his core appeal as an easeful chronicler of everyday alienation."

"Paul Simon: Words & Music" will be organized chronologically, with specially themed sections that cover Simon's early years and Simon & Garfunkel period, his acclaimed solo work since 1971, and his songwriting process. In the newly developed music lab, visitors will experience Simon's recordings firsthand, inviting music fans to experiment with them by playing acoustic guitar, manipulating rhythms on a mixing console, and harmonizing with Simon on one of his most popular tunes.

The exhibition opens on April 27, 2017. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Admission to exhibitions: $12 General; $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $7 Children 2-12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays.
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[Paul Simon by Edie Baskin CM#1784] Paul Simon, New York, 1975. Photograph by Edie Baskin 

Save the date....May 12,
enjoy a rare opportunity to see the exhibition "Paul Simon: Words & Music" at night for FREE! Stop by anytime between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. to celebrate the artist’s enduring legacy. At 7:00 p.m., take a tour of the exhibition led by Museum Director Robert Kirschner. Stick around to enjoy a full cash bar and local food trucks The Deli Doctor and Mandoline Grill. Then pick up exhibition-related gifts and memorabilia at Audrey’s Museum Store, open throughout the night.For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit skirball.org


On view: April 27 - September 3, 2017

What: "PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC"
Where: The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Website: http://skirball.org/

An Artist's Journey of Healing

This article was also published on THRIVE GLOBAL

The word cancer evokes a different reaction from everyone. Stephanie Visser has been on her own artist journey all the while defying the disease. The saying "art heals" rings true for her. "Painting has always been a refuge for me," said Visser, who painted between each of her seven surgeries. "I am more determined than ever to say what I want to say. My awareness of limited time to get it done and leave something of import behind is pushing me like crazy."
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Stephanie Visser with her work

Visser's initial diagnosis came in September of 2013. An unusual tumor was found on her chest wall which came from a simple basal cell carcinoma. It had traveled into her body destroying skin and tissue. Since it was in close proximity to her heart, the doctors reacted quickly. Visser was lucky - it was non metastatic which meant she was able to avoid going through chemo.

She thought it was all behind her when she had a car accident in July of 2016. She was rear ended by a commercial dump truck which took out the back of her car. After visiting her doctor, she was told she needed two more surgeries due to the damage her seat belt created on the site of her previous carcinoma surgery. She has taken it all in stride, despite a year-long fight with her insurance company.
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Stephanie Visser, Inception Series, Untitled 6, 72 x 48, Acrylic Stained on raw linen

She said she was angry at first, but continued to paint throughout it all. "I think there is a peace in it that is healing and soothing. Never do I come away from the studio unaffected. Doesn't mean I am always happy with the day's work or the results, but the body itself works out emotions just in the act of doing." Visser said it's the only place where her mind stops, and she can allow something else to take over. "For me, I disappear...or I should say my personality disappears. My body is there working. I am analyzing what I am doing and why, what is the next color or brush stroke needed, but the me that is the most interior me is now operating it all."

When asked what is the best way for friends to relate to someone with cancer, she stressed that she was more comfortable when her friends acted and treated her normally. "Illness can be isolating. You miss the ordinariness of friends and family just talking about their day or their problems or their kids." She also went on to say for those embarking on this same journey, that each person heals differently. She found she had to be kind to herself. "It's not just the physical healing...it's the psychic healing that has to happen too. Especially when you realize you will never be the same. Physical scars and physical imperfections are hard to deal with, but they do heal and you do adjust to them. It's the spiritual and soulful healing that comes much slower. And often people don't understand that. Especially when you present as healed on the outside. The inside wounds are still sometimes gaping holes."
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Stephanie Visser, Perseus Series, Untitled 2, 74 x 57, Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas

Visser continues to create while anticipating yet one more surgery in June. She agreed that it puts a renewed perspective on one's life. "I am most inspired these days by truth. And that just means that when I look at work, I respond, not from my mind, but from my heart and soul...one can always tell when an artist has put their heart on the page." To find out more about Visser, see her website at http://stephanievisser.com/