March 6th, 2009

Seattle

 

Edward Hopper, "Chop Suey"

Edward Hopper, "Chop Suey"

The weather was gray and drizzling in Seattle, but the art had a particular brilliance.    The Seattle Art Museum was presenting the stellar exhibition, “Edward Hopper’s Women”.  Hopper’s close observations of the modern urban woman emerging in society in New York during the 1920’s is exemplified by “Chop Suey” from 1929.  The installation also featured notable images by photograpers such as Walker Evans and Diane Arbus that echoed the Hopper paintings in composition and content.    From the fabulous Cai Guo Qiang installation in the lobby to the Nick Cave sculptures on the upper floor, the Museum offered full compensation for a rainy afternoon.  Seattle Art Museum

 

 

"Gardens for Divine Play" (detail)

"Gardens for Divine Play" (detail)

The Seattle Asian Art Museum was featuring “Garden and Cosmos”, a groundbreaking exhibition of 58 court paintings from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in western India.  Dated from the 17th to 19th century, most of the pieces have been viewed by only a rare group of scholars since their creation.  Noted for their ingenuity, conceptual content and metaphysical themes, they are a marvel of detail and beauty.  Seattle Asian Art Museum

 

Seattle Central Library

Seattle Central Library

 

Tony Oursler, "Braincast"

Tony Oursler, "Braincast"

The Seattle Central Library designed by Rem Koolhaas is stunning inside and outside.  Not only is the architecture impressive, but the facilities are in demand.  Dozens of computer terminals were in use; crowds filled the library seating, the stacks, and the café.  Artwork commissioned for the library includes pieces by Gary Hill, Ann Hamilton and Tony Oursler.   Titled “Braincast”, the Oursler consists of  three video sculptures that contemplate the transmission of information. It is set into the walls of the escalator between levels  three and five and it sure does enhance the ride!   Rem Koolhaas OMA, Seattle Public Library

 

 

 

 

 

February 23rd, 2009

Culver City

 

Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill

The Culver City gallery scene has recently welcomed two significant additions, previously located in Chinatown, David Kordansky Gallery and Peres Projects.  Kordansky has a spectacular new space that is well-served by Patrick Hill’s elegant and intriguing sculpture.  The work is strong and fresh with a nod to historical antecedents.   It is a terrific show.  

David Kordansky Gallery

 

Steve Roden (detail)

Steve Roden (detail)

Other highlights of this past Saturday afternoon included an early look at Dave Muller’s show opening at Blum & Poe, and one particularly fine drawing by Steve Roden at Suzanne Vielmetter’s Gallery, where you will consistently find work that is worthy of consideration.   Suzanne Vielmetter Gallery

February 12th, 2009

Open Studios

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Amir H. Fallah, Tony De Los Reyes, Christopher Pate and Lucas Reiner hosted an open studio event on Sunday afternoon. The occasion was prompted by the departure of Amir’s paintings bound for the Sharjah Biennale in the UAE which opens with a VIP preview on March 18. The biennele coincides this year with Art Dubai. Amir will follow the Biennele with a one-person show in April at The Third Line, Dubai’s premier gallery for forefront work.

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Chris Pate was showing two paintings from his recent show at Jail, which was well-reviewed in the January issue of Art Forum. Lucas Reiner featured paintings from his ongoing series exploring the nature of trees and fireworks. The star work from Tony De Los Reyes was the one created by him and his stellar gallerist wife, Mary Leigh Cherry, snuggled in a proud papa’s arms.

January 23rd, 2009

LA Art Fair

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The Fair was certainly a great opportunity to meet and greet. The best offerings were mainly local. Ace had a standout one-person show for Tim Hawkinson. Tom Solomon had a beautifully curated booth which included small, stunning, and well-priced work by Helen Lundeberg and Krysten Cunningham. Brian Butler’s presentation of Christin Everberg, with drawings tucked around the corner, Pae White and Jorge Pardo worked for me.

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Dean Valentine was among the faithful on opening night. We had an opportunity to discuss his January interview in Art & Auction Magazine. One of the most candid and biting opinion pieces in recent memory, and I would say right on.

 

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