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On View Now: "Gimme 5!" at MuzeuMM

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA), in partnership with MuzeuMM, presents "Gimme 5!" an International Juried Show, juried by Juri Koll, Director of ViCA and Mishelle Moross, Director of Muzuemm. *Top Ten Event for September 2017GIMME-5FINAL flyer edited-1
As Juri Koll says, "We want to show the best new work by established artists, and we are both very excited to see the work of artists new to us. We wanted to make this juried show easy to participate in as well, as we believe that artists deserve to be supported in every way possible."

Artists include: Sandy Bleifer, Mark Castator, Larry Caveney, Diane Cockerill, Doug Edge, Matthew Ehrmann, Kathi Flood, Steven Fujimoto, Thaddeus Gesek, Courtney Heather, Bryan Ida, Chloe Jeongmyo Kim, KuBO, Campbell Laird, Joyce Lieberman, Stuart Marcus, Lawrie Margrave, Kim Marra, Randi Matushevitz, Michael McCall, Stefanie Nafé, Bob Nelson, Ilenia Onnis, Donald Paonessa, Stuart Rapeport, Alison Ragguette, Osceola Refetoff, Frederika Roeder, Catherine Ruane, Kuniko Ruch, Kerri Sabine-Wolf, Christine Sawicky, Jaime Scholnick, Annie Seaton, Steve Seleska, Charlene Shih, Robert Soffian, Caryl St. Ama, Theodore, Svenningsen, Stephanie Sydney, Scott A. Trimble, Reginald Van Langenhove, Hung Viet Nguyen, Stephanie Visser, Glenn Waggner, Tracey Weiss, and Felice Willat.

Juried by Juri Koll/ViCA and Mishelle Moross/Muzeumm

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Where: MuzeuMM, 
4817 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016
Website: http://www.veniceica.org  http://www.muzeumm.com

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

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 Welcomes Doug Shoemaker & Emile Dillon

Skidmore Contemporary Art is proud to present new exhibitions..."Poolside," by Doug Shoemaker, "Vanishing America," featuring the art of Emile Dillon.

Doug Shoemaker was once told by the East Coast watercolor painter Howard Etter to "draw what [he saw]." And over his decades-long career as a watercolorist and architect, Shoemaker has done just that, creating indelible, precise images of urban and suburban scenes, often with a focus on the elegance of simple city and residential architecture.
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While Shoemaker chooses not to depict people in his paintings, he is far from unconcerned with the idea of the human element, representing the people of San Francisco and other locales with their traces in his series Pools and Lounges: ripples in a pool's surface, the just-arranged folds of a towel, the elasticity of a shadow. Says Shoemaker: “By eliminating any figurative element, I am attempting to express a kind of stillness, a quietude, a Zen sense of alone-ness that may offer a respite from the over-hyped, over-expressed, over-shared society we now live in.”

Emile Dillon's work transports viewers to a distinct and particular setting. His work varies from movie theater signs to restaurants or hotels, each defined by an exact moment, like a photograph. Dillon's 2016 acrylic painting Rae's depicts a specific yet accessible scene, Rae's Restaurant on Pico Boulevard and 29th Street in Santa Monica. The piece portrays a common Los Angeles image--a sunny day in fall, indicated by the brown leaves of the tree behind the sign, perhaps mid-afternoon. Dillon transforms an ordinary, possibly mundane moment into art. Recognizable signs and logos become revolutionized. Dillon's bright, eccentric and playful use of color is not only pleasing to the eye, but is also an identifiable trait for Dillon's body of work. Vibrant sky blues emphasize bright red or yellow signs across United States cities.
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On view: July 28 - September 2, 2017

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: Upper West Presents the Art of Bobbie Rich

Upper West presents a solo exhibition featuring the art of Bobbie Rich. This will be Rich's 2nd solo show at the restaurant. She said she was excited about exhibiting again, and was creating new works for the show. "Everyone at Upper West has become like family," added Rich. Read my Huffington Post article about this exhibition.
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Bobbie Rich, Influence 40x30 inches mixed media

Since the last time the artist was showcased at Upper West, her style of painting and her subjects have changed. She has incorporated animals into her work which evolved out of her own travel photography. Another new addition is her Ocean series - and it happens to be one of her biggest sellers. She explained how she created the work..."Waves are built up first with palette knives and molding paste, then brought to life with layers of acrylic and detailed with oil paint."

The exhibit will feature a mixture of people inspired by travel, fashion, nature and personal relationships. She added, "I still very much enjoy painting unique, whimsical people. Most recently my people are primarily oil paint with other media layered in - acrylic, paper, metal leaf, moon paint, etc. For additional info about the artist, visit her website at http://www.BobbieRich.com

On view through October.

Where: Upper West Restaurant, 3321 Pico Boulevard, LA 90404

Website: http://www.theupperwest.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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On View Now: Couturier Gallery, "L.A. NOIR"

Couturier Gallery is pleased to present "L.A. NOIR: A City Reimagined," an exhibition of black and white inkjet prints mannered in the style of Noir, depicting famous architectural landmarks throughout Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area, by photographer Ken Locker. 
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Ken Locker, Los Angeles Theater Broadway

L.A. Noir is Ken Locker's study of contemporary Los Angeles conjured through the surrealistic and portentous lens of the "noir" movies and literature of the 1930's, 40's and 50's. The mood comes from taking away rather than adding. By shooting the scenes with neutral density filtering, removing the color digitally, and applying other manipulations, the images become a dreamlike dialogue between light and dark provoking the feeling of unforeseen menace lurking around the corner.

Locker has had a diverse career in photography, documentary films, television and digital media. Having studied at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, he continued his fine art work in New York, exhibiting in several group shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 1972, Johns Hopkins University, 1972, MIT, 1975, and Ferens Art Gallery, 1977. Additionally, he worked in fashion, editorial and portrait photography. Locker's work, as an independent photographer, appeared in many publications such as The Guardian, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, and the Wrap.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: August 5, 2017, 6-8pm
Website: http://couturiergallery.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/