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Attn Artists: Large Figurative Paintings Needed for Upcoming Exhibition!

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On View Now: Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles presents "Geta Brătescu. The Leaps of Aesop," the first Los Angeles solo presentation devoted to the 92-year-old forerunner in the field of Romanian Conceptualism. Her diverse oeuvre – comprising drawing, collage, engraving, textiles, and photography, as well as experimental film, video, and performance – mines themes of identity, gender, and dematerialization, often drawing from the stories of literary figures and addressing the symbiotic relationship between art making and working environments.
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Aesop, the ancient Greek fabulist, serves as a point of departure for this exhibition, which features more than fifty works that span Brătescu's career. In many ways a fitting avatar for Brătescu, Aesop manifests in the works on view as a symbol of antic irreverence, mocking authority and status. A spirited believer in the role of the artist as that of a disruptor, Brătescu has championed ideas of play and disorder throughout her vibrant practice, remarking, 'there is much economy and at the same time rebellion in the creation of expression.'

The presentation is a re-staging of the recent exhibition at Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street and is conceived in collaboration with Magda Radu, curator and art historian based in Bucharest, Romania. She curated 'Apparitions,' Brătescu's exhibition for the Romanian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2017. Special thanks to , for their support and contribution to this exhibition.

Also opening..."Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky,” "Mark Bradford. New Works." 

On view February 17 - May 20, 2018

Where: Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 
901 East 3rd Street LA, 90013
Website: http://www.hauserwirthlosangeles.com

Review: "Some Things Never Change" by Delfin Finley, Lora Schlesinger Gallery

I attended the opening of "Some Things Never Change" by Delfin Finley at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
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At first look at the work and the crowd, I assumed I was in the wrong gallery. I found myself saying "Is this the Lora Schlesinger Gallery?" The coterie was hip young and from one glance, I could tell they knew each other. A sense of community emanated from these young adults who appeared to be in their early twenties...just like to artist. The work was striking..undeviating portraiture filled with socially charged themes.

A realistic painter, Finley's work is direct, unfiltered with stylized detail. His subjects are placed in uncompromising situations revealing the reality of everyday life. Some Things Never Change" portrays the continued racism that today's black men and women are forced to deal with.
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Finley was commissioned by Fucking Awesome (a popular skate board and clothing brand) to paint Dylan Rieder for a board. Reider a renowned skateboarder who died at the age of 28 of complications from leukemia made a huge impact on the skate board community. Other Fucking Amazing subjects used in Finley's work include Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt, and skater Na-Kel Smith.

I met one of the models at the event named Austin Maddox. She was brimming with pride and had wonderful things to say about the artist. The exhibition features a broad range of today's abstract culture infused emotional elements...allowing the viewer to embrace his work both individually as as one installation.
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"Some Things Never Change" is on view now from July 22 - August 26, 2017. The Lora Schlesinger Gallery is located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. #B5b, Santa Monica 90404; http://loraschlesinger.com/

Review: "Peter Lodato: New Paintings" & "Eric Johns: Select Works" at William Turner Gallery!

William Turner Gallery held an opening reception for artists Peter Lodato and Eric Johnson on July 15th, 2017. It was well attended with a consistent local art crowd.
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Peter Lodato

The calculated exhibit featured an alternating color theme regimented in form. Keeping within his signature style, the artst has continued to embrace the relationship that he owns with space around him. Often focusing on subtle themes, his bold retangular statements embrace a gentler reductive voice of its own.

Lodato has been creating work since the 1960s while evolving with each new exhibition. "Peter Lodato: New Paintings" is visually calming yet effectively calls to mind a veracity of purity. Initially begining with drawings, Lodato continues to create a simple yet sometimes brash through his use of light and color.

The art of Peter Lodato is held in many renowned collections both public and private. His work resides in the Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, etc.

Also on view is work by sculptor Eric Johnson. His wood and resin creations were meticulously thought out with an appropriate amount of resolve. While some were rapped in the smooth surface of resin, one stood out on its own. A delicate flower of what appeared to be raw wood reflecting its own bold statement onto its sculptural brothers.
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"Peter Lodato: New Paintings" and "Eric Johns: Select Works" will remain on view through September 9th, 2017 at William Turner Gallery, located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., in Santa Monica, CA 90404. (310) 453-0909;  http://www.williamturnergallery.com

Review: CRYSTALS AND WAVES by Maureen Haldeman at Sorenity Rocks Malibu Gallery

Nestled among the eclectic shops of the Malibu Country Mart, with the idyllic Malibu Lagoon State Beach as a neighbor, Sorenity Rocks Malibu Gallery is the ideal venue for new works by noted fine art photographer Maureen Haldeman. The exhibit, entitled CRYSTALS AND WAVES: A Photographic Exploration of Synergy Between Land and Sea, curated by gallery owner Lenise Soren, pairs works from Mrs. Haldeman's Liquid Light series with museum-quality crystals.
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From left to right - Lenise Soren, owner of Sorenity Rocks Malibu Gallery & photographer Maureen Haldeman; Photo by George Harkness

The gallery, an interactive crystal wellness space and performing arts sanctuary, is pervaded by a sense of serenity and peacefulness mirrored in Mrs. Haldeman's subject matter, the inherent beauty in light and nature. As an artist, she strives to not merely capture a mirror image of what she sees, but rather to convey emotions. This body of work in this exhibition, produced predominantly using archival dye sublimation on aluminum, revisits the transformational, spiritual and physical qualities of the ocean - subject matter the artist has frequently explored.

The premise of the exhibit is unique. Crystals are carefully paired with art in distinct vignettes which range from dramatic to soothing, eliciting a broad spectrum of emotional responses from the viewer. While each of the fourteen displays conveys a different vibe, from fiery red sunrises mated with citrine to soothing, muted horizons paired with amethyst, all are sublime. Both curator and artist agree the crystals and art amplify each other in symbiotic relationship, and as an independent viewer, I was drawn in by how the texture, tone and hues of the art and crystals interplayed to create something larger than the individual pieces.
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Debut by photographer Maureen Haldeman; photo courtesy of the artist

The exhibit represents a significant departure from Mrs. Haldeman's previous work, as she is exhibiting pieces much larger in scale, including pieces as large as 40"x60". The artist attributes this to the influence of Ms. Soren as a designer and curator. When asked about her role as influencer, the gallerist explained, "I fell in love with Maureen's work the minute I saw it, but I knew immediately I wanted to see it much, much bigger." In addition to the large crystals and art featured in the exhibit, Sorenity Rocks offers a wide variety of crystals and jewelry in all price ranges, as well as two signed fine art publications by Mrs. Haldeman, Liquid Light and Malibu Metallica.

The well-attended exhibit opening, held Saturday, August 19, featured the smooth jazz of the Keelan Walters Duo, light refreshments and the antics of gallery resident, Merlin the Crystal Wizard Cat, who captivated the attendees almost as much as the inspirational exhibit of CRYSTALS AND WAVES. For additional info about the artist visit her website at https://www.maureenhaldemanphotography.com/

The exhibit runs thru September 24. The gallery is located at 3939 Cross Creek Road, Gallery c110 in the Malibu Lumber Yard Plaza. http://sorenityrocksmalibu.com

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/

On View Now: The Broad Presents Jasper Johns: "Something Resembling Truth"

Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' to feature more than 100 works spanning Johns' 60-year career; The Broad will be the exhibition's only U.S. venue and is the first major survey of the artist's work to be shown in Los Angeles.
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A collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth'will feature more than 100 of the artist's most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, many never before exhibited in Los Angeles. With loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist's six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters. The exhibition encompasses the full range of Johns' materials, motifs and techniques—including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and found-material collage in paintings—and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. Johns' use of accessible images will be thoroughly examined, seen continually transformed through the artist's engagement with a wide range of human experiences. In a departure from a retrospective approach, Johns' artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition.

One of the most influential and important living artists to emerge in the 20th century, and one of America's great living artists, Johns has been seminal to the Broad collection. His work emerged with and has influenced numerous other collection artists represented in depth, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Sherrie Levine.

"Johns' work is central to understanding contemporary American art. We viewed it as critically important to offer this in-depth and landmark exhibition to the public, particularly in Los Angeles where his work is not seen often enough. The show provides new understanding of the continuity and variety of his incomparable six-decade career, and we look forward to introducing a new generation to the full scope of Johns' achievements," said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. "Edye and I have admired the work of Jasper Johns for decades," said Eli Broad, co-founder of The Broad. "His work is essential to our collection and to contemporary art as a whole, and we are pleased to be able to share this exhibition with visitors from Los Angeles and around the world."
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Image credits: Jasper Johns, Flag, 1967, encaustic and collage on canvas (three panels), 33 1/2 x 56 1/4 in., Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Jasper Johns, Target, 1961. Encaustic and collage on canvas. 167.6 x 167.6 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London.  Photo: © 2017. The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY / Scala, Florence

Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' is curated by Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy, and independent curator Dr. Roberta Bernstein, author of Jasper Johns'Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculpture, who has written and lectured extensively on contemporary artists including Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Rauschenberg. Heyler and Associate Curator Ed Schad are host curators at The Broad. The exhibition title is taken from a 2006 interview, in which Johns said, "Yet, one hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work."

At The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' will begin with an entire gallery devoted to Johns' complex treatment of the American flag, arguably his best-known image, deployed famously at the outset of his career in the 1950s as testing ground for a new direction for 20th century art, and for decades afterward, as an enduring, compelling and ever-evolving subject evoking a variety of social meanings.

The exhibition will reveal the continuities and changes in Johns' work throughout his career. His use of accessible and familiar motifs established a new vocabulary in painting as early as the 1950s—his treatment of iconography and the appropriation of objects and symbols made the familiar seem unknown through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his groundbreaking paintings and sculptures, Johns charted a radical new course in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism.

On view: February 10 - May 13, 2018

Admission is $25 for adults (children are free). Click here to purchase tickets. The Broad is located at 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 90012; For more information on The Broad and to sign up for updates, please visit thebroad.org

New Whitney Museum Lives Up to its Legacy!

I had the chance to visit Whitney-Museum-Renzo-Piano-mainthe new Whitney Museum this past June…it was fantastic. Art lovers can enjoy five floors of iconic art, plus stupendous views of the city. The impressive building was designed by Renzo Piano and is built right up to the start of the now celebrated High-line.

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ed Lederman

I went to high school just down the street from the old Whitney and spent many an afternoon at the impressive museum. So it was with much trepidation that I reserved my tickets online for the ‘new’ Whitney. However I was gleefully surprised by its new venue and of course the art.

The Whitney’s collection features over 21,000 artworks by more than 3,000 artists in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition “America Is Hard to See,” utilizes over six hundred works from the Whitney’s collection; some incredibly well known and others rarely seen before. The title was inspired by a Robert Frost poem.

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Organized chronologically by date, each floor celebrated the American masters of each generation. Jasper John’s Three Flags was a perfect focal point for the exhibition “America is Hard to See,” Jasper John’s Three Flags was originally acquired by the Whitney in 1980 for one million dollars to celebrates it’s fiftieth anniversary (that’s some anniversary present).

On your next trip to NYC, be sure to save a day to take it all in. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014; (212) 570-3600; http://whitney.org/