FEATURED ARTIST

Ron Nagle

RON NAGLE

Ron Nagle (b.1939, San Francisco) is known for his exquisitely crafted, jewel-like sculptures, each made by hand. Although he works in traditional mediums like ceramic, he combines them with other materials, including epoxy resin and catalyzed polyurethane, to create forms that cannot be achieved in clay alone. Despite the work’s three-dimensionality, Nagle explains, “everything is done, even subconsciously, from a flat point of view.”

Ron Nagle’s first one-person exhibition took place in 1968, and since then he has had one-person exhibitions at numerous museums, most recently at the Vienna Secession and the Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany. In 2013 his work was included in the exhibition The Encyclopedic Palace at the 55th Venice Biennale. Nagle is also a musician, and a deluxe edition of his acclaimed 1970 album Bad Rice was released on Omnivore Recordings in 2015. He lives and works in San Francisco.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2013

    Fiestasiesta

    Ceramic, glaze, epoxy resin, and catalyzed polyurethane
    3 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches

  • 2013

    Kingsford Special

    Ceramic, glaze, epoxy resin, catalyzed polyurethane, and polyester resin
    7 x 6 x 3 1/2 inches

  • 1999

    Lobster Boy

    Ceramic, glaze, china paint, and epoxy resin
    3 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches

  • 2019

    Still Live

    Ceramic, glaze, epoxy resin, catalyzed polyurethane, and acrylic
    4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

FEATURED ARTIST

Anna Oppermann

ANNA OPPERMANN

Beginning in the mid-1960s through the early ‘70s Anna Oppermann (1940-1993) created an astonishing series of surreal, almost psychedelic drawings that uniquely and quietly explode the private space of the home, a traditionally feminine sphere. These early drawings contribute to a feminist re-centering of such spaces associated with women, casting everyday objects as symbolic, consequential protagonists: houseplants sprawl to take over the picture plane, windows and mirrors provide views into other worlds, and tables display drawings that open out into new domestic scenes. By placing her own body— her knees, arms, the back of her head— as reference points in the work, Oppermann coaxes the viewer to take on her subjectivity and perspective, emphasizing the gendered realms of the home and the relationships that we form both within and to our private spaces.

Anna Oppermann: Drawings, the newest release from Inventory Press, is a book of drawings by the late German artist Anna Oppermann. The publication will be the first book on Oppermann produced in the United States and will feature a number of new texts on her work by Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum, UCLA; Meta Marina Beeck, Assistant Curator, Kunsthalle Bielefeld; and a conversation between Carpenter Center director Dan Byers and Ute Vorkoeper, Curator, Anna Oppermann Estate. Published by Inventory Press and the Harvard Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1968/1970

    With ashtray

    Part of the ensemble “Antidesign”
    Mixed media on Masonite

  • 1970

    Untitled

    Mixed media on cardboard

  • 1970

    Untitled

    Mixed media cardboard

  • 1968

    Beans

    Mixed media on Masonite

FEATURED ARTIST

Johanna Went

JOHANNA WENT

Passion Container is a solo exhibition with Johanna Went at The Box in Los Angeles. Went is best known as a radical figure of the Los Angeles punk and performance scene of the early 1980s; she orchestrated extravagant, often grotesque and darkly comedic performances. Passion Container presents a selection of the artist’s elaborate archive of performance materials, costumes and props ranging from the late 1970s to 2000s, alongside photographs by Edward Colver, Alan Peak, Ann Summa, Peggy Morrison, and Tom Vinetz, and video footage from performances otherwise not publicly available. Archival materials, original show flyers and performance and music publications such as Slash, No Mag, Search and Destroy, Ben is Dead, High Performance, and more are also on view. 

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Installation View of Passion Container at The Box, LA

  • 1979

    Still from Hollywood Central Theater Los Angeles, CA

    Video
    6 minutes, 8 seconds
    Music: Paul M. Young (Serge Modular), Z'EV (percussion)

  • 1979

    Still from Hollywood Central Theater Los Angeles, CA

    Video
    6 minutes, 8 seconds
    Music: Paul M. Young (Serge Modular), Z'EV (percussion)

  • Vitrine

    Clockwise from upper left:
    a. Velvet Magazine (Sept 1981)
    b. Ego (1982), Issue #3
    c. No Mag (1982)
    d. No Mag (1982) interior
    e. SLASH (1980), Vol.3, #4 May 1980
    f. SLASH (1980) clipping with photo collage, Vol.3 Jan/Feb

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Future Forgetting

FUTURE FORGETTING

Jennifer West’s Future Forgetting at JOAN Los Angeles is a homecoming exhibition for the native L.A. artist that sees her turning her lens on the city itself, bringing her ongoing exploration of the materiality of film to bear on matters of memory, place, and preservation. Each piece of Future Forgetting draws inspiration and figurative or literal material from the Los Angeles River, the concrete-encased waterway that curls through the notoriously heterogeneous quarters of the city in a circuitous comma, connecting the disparate parts of L.A. like independent clauses of a sentence. Future Forgetting uses the physical texture of film to describe Los Angeles as both a place and an image at once–an unstable construction that erodes and replenishes with time’s ebb and flow.

The artist is offering previews of her films: 6th Street Bridge Film and Archaeology of Smashed Flatscreen Televisions Thrown off Bridges.The show runs until April 11, 2020 and is by appointment only.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Installation view of River Water Processing Glass Jars 1-12

    Bottles (hand-blown glass by Becca Chernow)
    Los Angeles River Water, Found Objects, Archival Pigment Prints, 16mm Film Print
    Variable dimensions

    Left to right:

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 12 Circuit Board
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Circuit Board Fragment

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 11 6th Street Bridge Art
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Prints

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 10 Movie Memories
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Prints

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 9 Them!
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Print

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 8 Beetle Bug
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Print

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 7 Repo Man
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Print

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 6 (6th Street Bridge Movie Memories)
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Print (scanned from risograph)

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 5 Screen Shards
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Broken Screen Shards

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 4 Filmstrip
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, 16mm filmstrip

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 3 River Processing
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Print (scanned from Black and White 35mm negative)

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 2 Grease
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Print (scanned from risograph)

    River Water Processing Glass Jar 1 Screen Shards
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Broken Screen Glass Shards

  • Installation view of River Water Processing Glass Jar 8 Beetle Bug

    Hand-blown glass by Becca Chernow
    Hand-blown Glass, Los Angeles River Water, Archival Pigment Print
    Variable dimensions
    Photo: David Matorin

  • 2020

    Installation view of Archaeology of Smashed Flatscreen Televisions Thrown off Bridges

    Flatscreens
    9 channel flatscreen televisions (16mm film print transferred to 2K), found objects

  • 2020

    Film frame of 6th Street Bridge Film

    Film frame (scanned from 16mm film):
    16mm color and black and white film prints submerged, floated, dragged, scratched and corroded in the water and cement of the Los Angeles River Bed by Jennifer West and Lucie Birney under the former 6th Street Viaduct - repaired, painted with dyes, etched and preserved - original 16mm shot in 2016 by Peter West and Jwest - bug driving by Lena Ruano with Micah Espudo - car driving by Finn West - appearances on film by Kate, Chris, Rocio and others)
    9 minutes, 58 seconds
    16mm transferred to 4K

FEATURED ARTIST

Ree Morton

REE MORTON

The Plant That Heals May Also Poison is is the first major United States exhibition of artist Ree Morton (1936-1977) in nearly four decades at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The exhibition features several rarely seen works, including a selection of installations, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and archival materials which span a single decade of artistic production before Morton’s untimely death in 1977. The show runs until June 14, 2020.

Ree Morton received her BFA from the University of Rhode Island in 1968 and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1970. During her lifetime, her work was exhibited at Artists Space, New York (1973); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1974); and the South Street Seaport Museum, New York (1975). She was twice included in the Whitney Biennial, once in 1973 and again in 1977. She has since had retrospectives at the New Museum, New York (1980); the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2008); the Drawing Center, New York (2009); and the Reina Sofia, Madrid (2015).

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1974

    The Plant that Heals May Also Poison

    Enamel, oil, and glitter on celastic; lightbulbs
    46 × 64 × 4 inches
    FWA—Lieve Van Gorp Foundation for Woman Artists, Antwerp, Belgium

  • 1976

    Regional Piece

    Oil on wood; enamel on elastic
    Two parts, 18½ × 50 in. each Installation view, Ree Morton: The Plant that Heals May Also Poison, 2018
    Photo by Constance Mensh

  • 1974

    Weeds of the Northeast #4

    Watercolor, crayon, pencil, and colored pencil with glitter on printed paper
    18 ¾ × 24 ¾ inches
    Collection of Kathleen and Douglas Landy

  • 1974

    Bozeman, Montana

    Enamel, flocking, and glitter on celastic; wood; colored light bulbs
    84 × 132 × 3 inches
    Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody
    Photo by Markus Wörgötter

FEATURED ARTIST

Jacques Louis Vidal

JACQUES LOUIS VIDAL

Boybrain is a solo exhibition of works by Jacques Louis Vidal at Real Pain Fine Arts in Los Angeles. The show is comprised of various sculptures and works of clay, cut paper on panel, tile works printed with symbols (with an accompanied guide on reading the symbols as sentences) and more. 

An excerpt from the press release reads: “I-ve been in trouble before and I know what that is - and because I know what that is I also get what being in a state of grace is , period its intense to be here and inside of that grace, and while I’m here let me say it is alive and bright full of lights inside of this ice wall, welcome follow the rules.”

The show runs until March 14, 2020.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    An Angel in the Flooded Closet

    Cut Paper on Panel
    33 x 23 inches

  • 2020

    The Luxurious Construction of a Mindset

    Cut Paper on Panel
    32 x 24 inches

  • 2020

    Not Your Mama's Boy (On the Scene)

    PLA Printed Plastic, Aluminum
    62 x 24 x 20 inches

  • 2020

    Installation shot of Boybrain

FEATURED ARTIST

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE

The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is an exhibition  of paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the Huntington Art Gallery in Pasadema. The exhibition is second in a trilogy of shows on contemporary female British artists curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als. The installation of five of Yiadom-Boakye's studies of fictional characters create a dialogue with The Huntington's collection of highly formal 18th-century British portraits.

Drawn from the world of found images and imagination, Yiadom-Boakye's figures seem familiar but also mysterious. She typically finishes each painting in a single day, infusing the works with freshness and spontaneity, as if they were painted from life. The first show in the trilogy focused on the work of Celia Paul, and the final installment in 2021 will highlight the work of Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Exhibitions originate at the Yale Center for British Art. The show runs until May 11, 2020.

 

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2014

    Greenhouse Fantasies

    Oil on canvas
    28 x 24 inches

  • 2016

    Harp-Strum

    Oil on canvas
    Diptych: 71 x 79 inches each

  • 2017

    Brothers To A Garden

    Oil on linen
    59 x 48 inches

  • 2017

    Medicine at Playtime

    Oil on linen
    79 x 48 inches

FEATURED ARTIST

New Images of Man

NEW IMAGES OF MAN

New Images of Man is a group exhibition curated by Alison M. Gingeras at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. The exhibition revisits and expands upon the Museum of Modern Art’s eponymous 1959 group exhibition curated by Peter Selz that brought together artists whose work grappled with the human condition as well as emerging modes of humanist representation in painting and sculpture in the wake of the traumatic fallout of the Second World War.

Part homage, part radical revision, this two-floor presentation reconstitutes emblematic figures from the original MoMA line up of artists while simultaneously expanding outwards to include those of the same generation and period who were overlooked in the midcentury. With the benefit of inclusive hindsight, Gingeras strives to present a fuller range of this humanist struggle, thus more acutely enacting the original curator’s vision to gather a range of “effigies of the disquiet man.”

As the capstone to this historical proposition, the exhibition argues for the contemporary resonance of this midcentury disquiet by judiciously including a selection of contemporary artists. Spanning painting and sculpture, this contemporary component includes works by Paweł Althamer, Cecily Brown, Luis Flores, Michel Nedjar, Greer Lankton, Miriam Cahn, Sarah Lucas, Dana Schutz, El Hadji Sy, Ahmed Morsi, Henry Taylor, amongst others. The show runs until March 14, 2020.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Installation view of New Images of Man

  • 2020

    Installation view of New Images of Man

  • 2020

    Installation view of New Images of Man

  • 2020

    Installation view of New Images of Man

FEATURED ARTIST

King Dogs

KING DOGS

King Dogs is a group exhibition curated by Brooke Wise at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, works on paper, and tufted wall hangings by Ginny Casey, Sam Crow, Tom of Finland, Haley Josephs, Jillian Mayer, Haley Mellin, Robert Moreland, Rose Nestler, Scott Reeder, Matthew Sweesy, Chris Wolston and Bri Williams. The show’s title is borrowed from André Breton and Philippe Soupault’s surrealist text Les Champs Magnétiques (The Magnetic Fields). It alludes to exploring the nonsensical and the dreamlike unconscious.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2019

    Pierce II

    by Bri Williams
    African soap, honey soap, beeswax, resin
    18.5 x 19 x 14 inches

  • 2019

    As The Smoke Clears

    by Sam Crow
    Wool, latex, on cotton backing
    39.6 x 72 inches

  • 2019

    Deep Pockets

    by Rose Nestler
    Neoprene mesh, thread, steel hands, grommets
    78 x 68 x 6 inches

  • 2018

    Untitled (waffle, videotape, old key)

    by Scott Reeder
    Ceramic objects and acrylic on canvas
    32 x 30 inches

FEATURED ARTIST

Tom Rubnitz

TOM RUBNITZ

Tom Rubnitz, collected video works 1981 - 1992 was a one-day screening of the seminal video works of Tom Rubnitz (1956-1992) at Goswell Road gallery in Paris. Rubnitz's films embodied the 80s downtown New York drag and performance scene for over a decade before his untimely AIDS-related death in 1992.

His films star some of the scenes most talented and outrageous performers including The Lady Bunny, RuPaul, Sister Dimension, Hapi Phace, Tabboo!, Ann Magnuson, John Sex, Barbara Lipp, Quentin Crisp, The B52s, and David Wojnarowicz. The one day screening was accompanied with a bouquet made exclusively for the screening, as is characteristic of the gallery for their exhibitions. 

Tom Rubnitz’s works are featured in the “Catharsis” issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1986

    Still from Hustle With My Muscle

    04:00

  • 1989

    Still from The Faeries

    05:00

  • 2020

    Tom Rubnitz

    Bouquet by Ruiz Stephinson

  • 1987

    Still from Wigstock: The Movie

    20:00

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