February 07, 2016
Ken Gonzales-Day included in 'SKIN' Exhibition
The election of President Obama in 2008 and re-election in 2012 marked the emergence of a new period in race relations and identity politics in the United States. One in which significant advancements underscore deeper, more persistent ruptures in the skin that binds us as Americans. President Obama, from a multiracial family, represented the most potent and singular figure for the progress made by the civil rights movement, multiculturalism, and identity politics from the previous decades. more
February 06, 2016
kate bonner: INTERVIEW with ARTSPACE MAGAZINE
A Few Questions for Photo-Sculptor Kate Bonner on Making the Frame the Star
Using a combination of sculpture, photography, and painting, Kate Bonner speaks to our current state of confusion about what, exactly, photographs are and where they live (in the "cloud," on paper, or in memory, to name a few possibilities). Made with the help of CNC routers and scanners, her works manipulate images in ways obvious and not and force them to interact with colorful frames and supports. [ READ MORE ]
February 03, 2016
josh reames and jose lerma featured: "5 Must-See Shows in Los Angeles"
Jose Lerma and Josh Reames at Luis De Jesus, through March 6 (2685 S La Cienaga Boulevard)
After a busy three weeks working in situ, this painterly duo unveils an epic collaborative effort, with paintings that combine Reames’s astute digital-inflected renderings and Lerma’s skinny-airbrush mastery. more
January 27, 2016
OPENING: JOSH REAMES & JOSÉ LERMA, January 30 - March 5, 2016
Artists' Reception: Saturday, January 30th, 7-10 pm.
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to present a collaborative exhibition featuring JOSH REAMES and JOSÉ LERMA, on view from January 30 through March 5, 2016. An artists' reception will take place on Saturday, January 30th, from 7-10 pm.
Using the gallery as their studio during the month of January, Reames and Lerma have created a group of paintings and sculpture whose centerpiece is a pair of monumental paintings (composed of two triptychs) that measure 10 x 24 feet each (over 3 x 7 meters). more
January 19, 2016
Luis de jesus los angeles featured: "Los Angeles’s Must-See Galleries, Museums, and Art-World Watering Holes"
Nothing defines Los Angeles, that sprawling California metropolis, quite like its medley of neighborhoods. Hollywood is known for its mansion-dotted hills and Golden Age ghosts, Downtown for its charged clash of high-end condos and Skid Row, and Santa Monica for its muscle beaches and oceanfront views. These, and the hundreds of areas in between, each with their own personality, make up the city’s storied landscape—and L.A.’s art scene spreads through all of them. more
Over the past seven years, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) has galvanized the city’s diverse cohort of neighborhoods at the end of January. To coincide with the art fair, blockbuster shows, performances, galas, and openings by ace artists transpire around the city, coming together informally as “L.A. art week.” [ READ MORE ]
January 18, 2016
Federico Solmi joins faculty at The Yale University School of Art for 2016
Congratulations Federico! [ READ MORE ]
January 15, 2016
Last Thoughts on Ricky Gervais, by Zackary Drucker
Ricky Gervais is still under fire from the transgender community and our allies for his remarks as the Golden Globes emcee. In the tradition of the insult comedy of Don Rickles and Joan Rivers, Gervais's barbs often come at the expense of celebrities and artists who are expected to be good sports about it. According to him, anyone who criticizes his humor is a "whiner."
Insult comedy is an acquired taste. Gervais ridiculed three people who have subverted gender in their lives and acting roles, and to many of us, this is more than just distasteful. more
January 14, 2016
'Races of Mankind' sculptures displayed again, in a new light, at the Field
When the "Races of Mankind" statues were finally taken off public display at the Field Museum in 1969, they were seen as relics from an earlier era of thinking about differences in the human species.
Malvina Hoffman's mostly bronze sculptures, a hit at the 1933 World's Fair and for decades beyond, aimed to show museum goers the rich variety of humankind, from a Brooklyn bodybuilder to a Pacific islander climbing a palm tree. They were beautiful objects, as you might expect from a woman who had studied with Auguste Rodin. [ READ MORE ]
January 03, 2016
Fino all’8.I.2016 Federico Solmi, The grat dictator
Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea, Napoli
Appena conclusa la sua personale "The Brotherhood", presso la Postmaster Gallery di New York, Federico Solmi (Bologna, 1973) torna a Napoli dopo sei anni di assenza, nell'incantevole e malinconica cornice dell'Ex Lanificio militare, nei pressi di Porta Capuana, ospite della Galleria Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea. more
L'opera è composta da tre parti, ciascuna di nove minuti - A Song of Tyranny, Chinese Democracy e The Last Day on Earth - in cui Solmi mostra la sua continua e quasi ossessiva attrazione per la società contemporanea, dandone tuttavia una visione distopica e coscientemente critica. [ READ MORE ]
December 31, 2015
The Most Fascinating Artworks of 2015, featuring Federico Solmi
Walking into Federico Solmi’s exhibition at Postmasters was one of the most entertaining experiences of the year. His satirical paintings feature animated historical leaders twitching and dancing to their own beat around the room. The artist paints various scenes per work and digitally projects the paintings over meticulously crafted 3D rendered figures. In the painting The Waltz, Solmi has many of history’s most revered leaders engaging in cocktail chatter and fluttering about a ballroom. more