Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Best of 2015 – Ann Hirsch: Playground at JOAN

Ann Hirsch. Playground, 2015 (performance still); 65 minutes. Courtesy of JOAN, Los Angeles, . Featuring AnneMarie Wolf and Gene Gallerano. Runtime . Photo: Ruben Diaz.

As we come to the end of our Best of 2015 series, our final selection comes from editor in chief Bean Gilsdorf, who writes: “I love our Shotgun Reviews program: Anyone anywhere in the world can submit a review for publication. We keep the format short so that it’s accessible, and authors have ranged from a thirteen-year-old newcomer to a lifelong writer with many prior arts publications to[…..]

Tony Hope: TH+ at ASHES/ASHES

Tony Hope. Untitled (Hugh), 2015; installation view. Courtesy of the artist and ASHES/ASHES.

Obsessively attuned to the use of space, Tony Hope stages deceptively spare sculptural environments within the gallery of ASHES/ASHES in his first Los Angeles solo exhibition, TH+. The two installations, which are suggestive of one another in their polarity, speak to the larger context of the show as it pertains to the value of manufactured identity. Hope displays a deep understanding of the transience found within subcultural materials that do[…..]

Lawren Harris: The Idea of North at the Hammer Museum

Lawren Harris. North Shore, Lake Superior, 1926; oil on canvas; 40.25 x 50.13 in. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada. ©Family of Lawren S. Harris. Photo: ©NGC.

“You need to understand, Patricia, that every Canadian recognizes these paintings,” so explained my friend and guide, a native Torontonian, as we walked through The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris at the Hammer Museum. “Canadians who have no other art-historical point of reference know who the Group of Seven are.” This school of early 20th-century Canadian landscape painters occupies the periphery of[…..]

Jennifer Moon, Jemima Wyman, and Robby Herbst at Commonwealth & Council

Jennifer Moon. 3CE: A Relational Love Odyssey, 2015; HD Video (TRT: 11:15); edition of 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles.

As contemporary art seems to be increasingly the province of the 1%, with continual record-breaking auctions, it may be difficult to appreciate the revolutionary origins of modernism. Early 20th-century art movements like Constructivism, Futurism, and Dada sought an aesthetic, social, and political break with the past, often with utopian goals for the future. A trio of solo shows at Commonwealth & Council aim to reinvigorate[…..]

Random International: Rain Room at LACMA

(left) Random International. Rain Room, 2015; installation view, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA. Courtesy of the artist and LACMA. (right) Le Corbusier. Ville Radieuse (Radiant City), 1925. Courtesy of Foundation Le Corbusier.

It’s not too often that whatever MoMA-inspired freak-outs occurring in New York reverberate out to the West Coast. Recently, New Yorkers and Californians alike displayed the kind of commotion around procuring Kraftwerk tickets that a child normally reserves for their first trip to Disneyland. Rain Room and its hype, which had its moment at MoMA, has now also found its way to the West Coast,[…..]

Pope.L: Desert at Steve Turner and Pope.L: Forest at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Pope.L. Forest, installation view, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. © Pope.L

Pope.L returns to Los Angeles, after his MOCA exhibition William Pope.L: Trinket this past summer, with a two-part, two-gallery, map-sprawling, time-spanning show—Desert at Steve Turner in Hollywood and Forest at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in Culver City—connected by a downloadable GPS driving tour. Samuel Beckett, whose influence appeared in Trinket, returns again in the GPS guide’s insistently jolted repetitive language, “this thing this thing this thing[…..]

UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 at the Hammer Museum

Frances Stark. Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David	and/or Paying Attention Is Free, 2013; multichannel projection with sound, inkjet 	mural, and takeaway offset posters; 7:20 min. Installation view, Carnegie International, 2013. Courtesy of Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Brian Conley.

In a mid-career survey as large as UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991–2015, on view at the Hammer Museum, I’m usually tempted to rush over a couple of galleries and maybe even skip a video here or there. From the get-go, Stark’s exhibition, featuring 125 drawings, collages, paintings, and video installations, had me enthralled with My Best Thing (2011), a 100-minute-long episodic animation based on the artist’s[…..]