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EVITA TEZENO FEATURED IN "MULTIPLICITY: BLACKNESS IN CONTEMPORARY ART COLLAGE" AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON
EVITA TEZENO FEATURED IN "MULTIPLICITY: BLACKNESS IN CONTEMPORARY ART COLLAGE" AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON

Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage is the first major museum exhibition devoted to exploring the breadth and complexity of Black identity and experiences in the United States through collage. Works by multiple generations of living artists examine concepts such as cultural hybridity, gender fluidity, historical memory, and notions of beauty and power.  This groundbreaking exhibition brings attention to the richness of collage as an art form.

EVITA TEZENO FEATURED IN "SOLACE AND SISTERHOOD" AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ARLINGTON
EVITA TEZENO FEATURED IN "SOLACE AND SISTERHOOD" AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ARLINGTON

Solace and Sisterhood brings together the work of three artists of African descent who are friends and “sisters”: Lavett Ballard, Amber Robles-Gordon, and Evita Tezeno. Through their artwork, viewers are given an intimate look into their experiences and their sisterhood, which has developed over several years. They tackle topics of self-identity, Black female beauty, and spiritual discovery.

OZ ART NWA ACQUIRES HECTOR DIONICIO MENDOZA'S SCULPTURE "COYOTA/E", 2022
OZ ART NWA ACQUIRES HECTOR DIONICIO MENDOZA'S SCULPTURE "COYOTA/E", 2022

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles congratulates Hector Dionicio Mendoza on the acquisition of "Coyota/e", 2022, by OZ Art NWA in Bentonville, AR. We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Olivia Walton, co-founder and chair of OZ Art NWA, the board of the foundation, along with Chad Alligood, independent curator and art historian.

PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM) ACQUIRES EVITA TEZENO'S PAINTING "THE RHYTHM OF STREET LIFE", 2023
PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM) ACQUIRES EVITA TEZENO'S PAINTING "THE RHYTHM OF STREET LIFE", 2023

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is delighted to announce the Pérez Art Museum's acquisition of Evita Tezeno's collage-painting, "The Rhythm of Street Life", 2023. Our heartfelt congratulations to Evita and our most sincere appreciation to Maritza Lacayo, Assistant Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami, the PAMM curatorial team, and PAMM's Collectors Council.

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART (BMA) ACQUIRES MIMI SMITH'S SEMINAL SCULPTURE "DON'T TURN BACK", 1985
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART (BMA) ACQUIRES MIMI SMITH'S SEMINAL SCULPTURE "DON'T TURN BACK", 1985

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is thrilled to announce the Baltimore Art Museum's acquisition of Mimi Smith's sculpture "Don't Turn Back", 1985. Our congratulations to Mimi Smith and our sincere appreciation to Jessica Bell Brown, Curator and Head, Department of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art; Asma Naeem, The Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director; the curatorial team, as well as the Contemporary Accessions Committee and the Board of Trustees.

ARTIST TALK: LIA HALLORAN AND KIP THORNE IN CONVERSATION WITH JESSE DAMIANI
ARTIST TALK: LIA HALLORAN AND KIP THORNE IN CONVERSATION WITH JESSE DAMIANI

In conjunction with her current solo exhibition, Warped Side, Lia Halloran and Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Kip Thorne are joined by curator and writer Jesse Damiani to discuss their 13-year collaborative odyssey which resulted in The Warped Side of Our Universe — An Odyssey Through Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel, and Gravitational Waves. The book, published by Norton/Liveright and released this past October, features Thorne’s poetry and Halloran’s original art to create a new type of book that is a “shape-shifting pageant of art, science, and poetry” and doubles as a vehicle for communicating major scientific breakthroughs of our time. The paintings presented in this exhibition are a cumulation of the friendship and collaboration between Halloran and Thorne to mobilize science, art, and poetry to explore aspects of the universe that many people are curious about: black holes, wormholes, and other strange phenomena. The exhibition features a selection of paintings published in the book alongside new, larger-scaled works representing an expanded view of each chapter in the book.

EDRA SOTO ANNOUNCED AS A JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER 2024 ARTS/INDUSTRY RESIDENT
EDRA SOTO ANNOUNCED AS A JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER 2024 ARTS/INDUSTRY RESIDENT

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce Edra Soto as a 2024 recipient of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center 2024 Arts/Industry Residency program for their 50 year anniversary. Hundreds of artists have benefited from the celebrated Arts/Industry residency program since its beginning in 1974. Arts/Industry offers artists the time and space to focus on the creation of new work and a unique location for their studios. Artists-in-residence work at the Kohler Co. factory in the Pottery and/or Foundry.  Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables and encourages them to explore new ways of thinking and working.

LIZ COLLINS ANNOUNCED AS A 2023 ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN GRANT RECIPIENT
LIZ COLLINS ANNOUNCED AS A 2023 ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN GRANT RECIPIENT

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce Liz Collins as a 2023 recipient of the Anonymous Was A Woman grant.  Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The Award is given in recognition of an artist's accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential.  It is not need-based. The Award is by nomination only. 

DON’T MISS THESE 5 GALLERIES MAKING THEIR ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH DEBUTS
DON’T MISS THESE 5 GALLERIES MAKING THEIR ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH DEBUTS

These newcomer galleries from Cairo, Warsaw, and beyond, are rising stars on the scene. In Luis de Jesus’s powerful booth, three Latinx artists explore the landscape in relationship to migration, historicism, and the legacy of colonialism in works crossing sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Artist Edra Soto’s series of “Graft” sculptures reconsider decorative architectural elements found in mid-20th century Puerto Rico, namely rejas (wrought iron fences) and quiebrasoles (concrete breeze blocks).  In a searing series of postcard-sized images displayed on one wall of the booth, Ken Gonzales-Day has performed interventions on historic scenes of violence in the state of California, erasing the victims and leaving behind only the perpetrators.  Meanwhile, Hector Dionicio Mendoza has created a large-scale sculptural wall-work of a coyote-human hybrid.  Beyond the Nova presentation,Luis De Jesus is also showing a luminous monumental painting by Iraqi-American artist Vian Sora in the Meridians section of the fair. 

SHERIN GUIRGUIS: A’ARU // FIELD OF REEDS: GATHERING CHOSEN AS HYPERALLERGIC'S 10 ART SHOWS TO SEE IN LOS ANGELES
SHERIN GUIRGUIS: A’ARU // FIELD OF REEDS: GATHERING CHOSEN AS HYPERALLERGIC'S 10 ART SHOWS TO SEE IN LOS ANGELES

Sherin Guirguis’s latest body of work has its roots in the 12th-century Sufi poem The Conference of the Birds (Manṭeq al-ṭayr) by Farīd al-Dīn Aṭṭār, which recounts the story group of birds who embark on a journey to find God. During the pandemic, Guirguis and a collective of female and female-identifying artists, writers, and activists would meet regularly to read the work together. For her solo show A’aru // Field of Reeds: Gathering, the Egyptian-born artist uses the story as a jumping-off point for her evocative abstractions based on the geometric forms of old Egyptian dovecotes.

WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2024 IS BIGGER THAN EVER, WITH THE ADDITION OF 5 CURATORS FOR THE FILM AND PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2024 IS BIGGER THAN EVER, WITH THE ADDITION OF 5 CURATORS FOR THE FILM AND PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

Co-organizers Meg Onli and Chrissie Iles select fellow filmmakers, artists, and curators to help develop the unprecedented Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing, opening March 20, 2024.  The Whitney Museum of American Art announces the addition of five curators to help lead the film and performance program for the 2024 Whitney Biennial. Co-organizers Chrissie Iles and Meg Onli have invited Korakrit Arunanondchai, asinnajaq, Taja Cheek, Greg de Cuir Jr, and Zackary Drucker to join them in developing a Biennial that goes beyond the Museum’s traditional in-gallery presentation to showcase the latest creativity and innovation in art, film, performance, and sound.

LACMA ACQUIRES KEN GONZALES-DAY'S "RUN UP" AND ANTI-LYNCHING DRAWING
LACMA ACQUIRES KEN GONZALES-DAY'S "RUN UP" AND ANTI-LYNCHING DRAWING

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's acquisition of two works by Ken Gonzales-Day: Run Up, 2002, a photograph from the Searching for California's Hang Trees series, and Untitled (After Hale Woodruff, Giddap, 1935), 2021, from the Anti-Lynching Drawings (with Figures Removed) series.

The gallery extends its most sincere thanks to Eve Schillo, Assistant Curator of the Wallace Annenberg Photography Department, and the LACMA Development team for helping to make this acquisition possible, along with Paula Ely and Cesar Rueda for their generous contribution.

THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART ACQUIRES VIAN SORA'S "DILMUN"
THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART ACQUIRES VIAN SORA'S "DILMUN"

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is delighted to announce the Santa Barbara Museum of Art's acquisition of Vian Sora's painting Dilmun. Our hearty congratulations to Vian Sora on having her second work enter the permanent collection. The gallery also extends its most sincere appreciation to James Gleeson, PhD, Curator of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Collections Committee and the SBMA Board of Trustees.

‘VORTENSES’ AND THE STORMS OF SPACE-TIME
‘VORTENSES’ AND THE STORMS OF SPACE-TIME

In verse and in color, a Nobel physicist and a visual artist collaborate to portray black holes, gravitational waves and other preposterous features of Einstein’s universe.

If you have ever wondered what it might feel like to be sucked into a black hole — twisted, stretched, confused, doomed — you could do worse than trip through “The Warped Side of Our Universe, An Odyssey Through Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel and Gravitational Waves,” a collaborative book project by Kip Thorne, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, and Lia Halloran, a visual artist and chair of the art department at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

HARVARD COLLEGE OBSERVATORY AND THE ASTRONOMICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATE COLLECTION (HARVARD PLATE STACKS) ACQUIRE LIA HALLORAN
HARVARD COLLEGE OBSERVATORY AND THE ASTRONOMICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATE COLLECTION (HARVARD PLATE STACKS) ACQUIRE LIA HALLORAN

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is thrilled to announce the acquisition of six unique cyanotypes by Lia Halloran, by the Harvard College Observatory and the Astronomical Photographic Plate Collection (Harvard Plate Stacks). 

The gallery congratulates Lia Halloran on having her work enter the collections of these esteemed institutions and extends its sincere appreciation to Thom Burns, Curator of Astronomical Photographs, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian. The Harvard College Observatory (HCO) is a research arm of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA.

ARTIST TALK: EVITA TEZENO, DR. ANITA BATEMAN AND LUIS DE JESUS IN CONVERSATION
ARTIST TALK: EVITA TEZENO, DR. ANITA BATEMAN AND LUIS DE JESUS IN CONVERSATION

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to present an online conversation with gallery artist Evita Tezeno, co-moderated by Dr. Anita Bateman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Luis De Jesus, gallery founder and director. This talk is being presented in conjunction with Evita Tezeno's solo exhibition, The Moments We Share Are the Memories We Keep, currently on view through October 28

ART BASEL REVEALS 277 PREMIER INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES FOR ITS AMERCIAS FAIR
ART BASEL REVEALS 277 PREMIER INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES FOR ITS AMERCIAS FAIR

Art Basel Miami Beach has named the 277 galleries participating in its 2023 iteration, slated to run December 8–10, with preview days on December 6–7.  This year’s iteration will focus on the Latin American and Caribbean diasporic scenes, and will feature galleries from Egypt, Iceland, the Philippines, and Poland. The fair is led by Vincenzo de Bellis, Art Basel’s director of fairs and exhibition platforms.

EVITA TEZENO: THE MOMENTS WE SHARE ARE THE MEMORIES WE KEEP SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
EVITA TEZENO: THE MOMENTS WE SHARE ARE THE MEMORIES WE KEEP SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce Evita Tezeno: The Moments We Share Are The Memories We Keep, large-scale mixed-media collage paintings.  As a continuation of My Life, My Story, Tezeno’s 2022 solo exhibition, this series of collage-paintings builds on visual narratives depicting soulful everyday scenes of Black life, introducing us to new friends, family and endearing moments from the artist’s life. Tezeno uses a combination of richly patterned hand-painted papers, acrylic paint, vintage buttons inherited from her grandmother, and other media to portray the intimacies and joys of growing up in South Texas.

AARON MAIER-CARRETERO: A HUNDRED PEONIES SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
AARON MAIER-CARRETERO: A HUNDRED PEONIES SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce AARON MAIER-CARRETERO: a hundred peonies, the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.  Flowers are wonderful forms. Their petals of bright color resemble strokes of smeared paint. Their stems, leaves, and overall composition feels organic and abstract like paint. Flowers are reminders of Aaron Maier- Carretero’s connection to nature, to painting’s connection to nature, and to the alchemy of painting—turning raw materials into forms and emotions that take on a life of their own.

THE FIGGE ART MUSEUM ACQUIRES PAINTING BY EVITA TEZENO
THE FIGGE ART MUSEUM ACQUIRES PAINTING BY EVITA TEZENO

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce the acquisition of Evita Tezeno's Standing on the Promises, 2022 by the Figge Art Museum.  The gallery extends its most sincere thanks to Andrew Wallace, Director of Collections and Exhibitions; The Board of Trustees' Acquisition Committee; and Dr. Randy Lewis, Davenport, IA.

Standing on the Promises takes its inspiration from one of Tezeno's favorite gospel hymns, “Standing on the Promises of God,” written by Russell Kelso Carter in 1886.

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VIAN SORAS 'FOREST REMAINS I' ACQUIRED BY THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART
VIAN SORAS 'FOREST REMAINS I' ACQUIRED BY THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Vian Sora's painting Forest Remains, I, by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  The gallery offers its deep appreciation to James Glisson, PhD, Curator of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Eik Kahng, Registrar; and Nicolas Mutton, Chair, Basil Alkazzi, who underwrote the acquisition, and the entire SBMA Board of Trustees.

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART ACQUIRES VIAN SORA'S 'LAST SOUND'
THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART ACQUIRES VIAN SORA'S 'LAST SOUND'

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Vian Sora's painting 'Last Sound', by the Baltimore Museum of Art.  The gallery extends its most sincere gratitude to Jessica Bell Brown, Curator and Head, Department of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art; Asma Naeem, The Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director and Chief Curator; Cynthia Hodge-Thorne, Meyerhoff-Becker Curatorial Fellow; and Helene Grabow, Senior Collections Development Manager; Shelby Merritt, Associate Registrar; as well as the Contemporary Accessions Committee and the Board of Trustees.

'Last Sound', a large mixed media painting on canvas, is a response to the displacement and oppression that migrants and immigrants confront — the hardships endured, their constant refusal, lost identity, and the last familiar sound that keeps resonating in their life.

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO ACQUIRES KEN GONZALES-DAY'S ERASED LYNCHINGS I
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO ACQUIRES KEN GONZALES-DAY'S ERASED LYNCHINGS I

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce The Art Institute of Chicago's accession of Ken Gonzales-Day's Erased Lynchings I, 2006, into the permanent collection.  The Erased Lynchings series (2002-ongoing) began with a focus on the history of lynching in California and has brought new scholarship and awareness to the history of lynching nationwide. The research specifically expanded the number of known cases in California, and the work now includes the lynching of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and Jews, in the American West and nationwide. 

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, ACQUIRES KEN GONZALES-DAY'S THE WONDER GAZE (ST. JAMES PARK)
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, ACQUIRES KEN GONZALES-DAY'S THE WONDER GAZE (ST. JAMES PARK)

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is proud to announce the Museum of Modern Art's accession of The Wonder Gaze (St. James Park), 2006, by Ken Gonzales-Day, into the permanent collection.  The Wonder Gaze (St. James Park) is one of the most recognized photographic works by Ken Gonzales-Day. It depicts the lynching of Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes in St. James Park, San Jose, CA, in 1933. It is part of the Erased Lynchings series (2002-ongoing), which began with a focus on the history of lynching in California and has brought new scholarship and awareness to the history of lynching nationwide. 

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART'S ACQUIRES GRAFT, 2022, BY EDRA SOTO
THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART'S ACQUIRES GRAFT, 2022, BY EDRA SOTO

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is proud to announce the Whitney Museum of American Art's acquisition of GRAFT, 2022, by Edra Soto. GRAFT was featured in the museum's landmark exhibition “no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria," organized by the DeMartini Family Senior Curator, Marcela Guerrero. The gallery wishes to thank the museum and everyone who made this acquisition possible.

ERIK OLSON: THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
ERIK OLSON: THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce ERIK OLSON: The Mountain and the Sea, a new series of striking and expressive landscape paintings. This will be the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Calgary-based artist Erik Olson is known for his imaginative and innovative approach to painting. Recognized for his powerful portraiture as well as his deeply personal explorations of landscape and color, his work utilizes scale to express the larger context of the human experience.

CHRIS ENGMAN: PRISM CHOSEN AS LA TIMES GO OUT SPEED ROUND
CHRIS ENGMAN: PRISM CHOSEN AS LA TIMES GO OUT SPEED ROUND

Go out before it closes: Chris Engman’s exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in downtown L.A. is coming to a close Saturday. “Prism” is a series of photographs Engman created in collaboration with his toddler. He observed his child’s lack of hesitation and abundant curiosity when making art, and decided to join in. The exhibit showcases their paintings and drawings filled with childlike joy and vitality.

CHRIS ENGMAN: PRISM SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
CHRIS ENGMAN: PRISM SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

“A prism breaks light into its constituent parts, revealing colors invisible to the human eye. It allows us to see, in other words, what is present but not perceived. This show is titled “Prism” in part for its vibrant colors. More importantly, because a camera is a prism. And most importantly, because my son is my prism. The world that I see through his eyes is new and strange, terrifying and beautiful. How wonderful is that?”

THE RISING DALLAS ARTIST SPOTLIGHTING BLACK LIFE—AND BLACK JOY—IN THE SOUTH
THE RISING DALLAS ARTIST SPOTLIGHTING BLACK LIFE—AND BLACK JOY—IN THE SOUTH
VOGUE

Evita Tezeno had a bucolic childhood, ensconced in a predominantly Black community in small-town Port Arthur, Texas, near the Louisiana border. Today the 62-year-old Dallas artist draws upon these fond memories in her exuberant collage paintings, employing elaborately patterned hand-painted papers and found objects to depict everyday scenes of Black life: prim ladies waiting at a bus stop, young girls nattering away, women hanging laundry, couples linking arms for a stroll, gazing lovingly at each other, or dressed in their finest for a night of dancing. 

EVITA TEZENO NAMED A FELLOW OF THE 2023 JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
EVITA TEZENO NAMED A FELLOW OF THE 2023 JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is proud to announce that Dallas-based artist Evita Tezeno has been named a 2023 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her fellowship is supported in part by the Joel Conarroe Fund, named for the former President of the Foundation who was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1977.

EDRA SOTO’S GRAFT PROJECT COMES TO THE HYDE PARK ART CENTER
EDRA SOTO’S GRAFT PROJECT COMES TO THE HYDE PARK ART CENTER
CHICAGO READER

“Prolific” understates the artworks artist Edra Soto has contributed to the cultural scene, radiating from Chicago and stretching to New York, California, Brazil, and beyond. Born in Puerto Rico, Soto treats her roots as a blueprint, building expansive bodies of work upon the boundless inspiration she finds within them. 

EDIE BEAUCAGE: ALL OVER THE TIME SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
EDIE BEAUCAGE: ALL OVER THE TIME SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

Through a research-based praxis engaging art history and the everyday, collecting snapshots spanning centuries and cultures, Los Angeles-based artist Edie Beaucage engages in autofictive explorations. She redefines personal histories by creating iconic portraits at a larger-than-life scale.

PHÙNG HUYNH NAMED 2023 HONOREE FOR WOMEN OF IMPACT AWARDS IN THE ARTS
PHÙNG HUYNH NAMED 2023 HONOREE FOR WOMEN OF IMPACT AWARDS IN THE ARTS

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce that Phung Huyn has been named the 2023 honoree in art for the Women of Impact Awards.

The Women of Impact Awards was created in honor of Women’s History Month to spotlight the efforts of our extraordinary women in the 77th Assembly District.

JUNE EDMONDS AWARDED MACDOWELL SPRING-SUMMER FELLOWSHIP
JUNE EDMONDS AWARDED MACDOWELL SPRING-SUMMER FELLOWSHIP

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce June Edmonds was awarded a MacDowell spring-summer fellowship.

MacDowell will welcome 142 artists from 23 states, Washington D.C., and 11 countries for spring and summer residencies.  These fellowships at the nation’s first artist residency program in Peterborough were granted from a pool of 1,822 applications from 54 countries and every state except Hawaii. Fifty-two percent of the incoming artists-in-residence self-identify as artists of color and 76 percent will be first-time fellows.

ARTSY'S 10 MUST-SEE GALLERY SHOWS DURING L.A. ART WEEK 2023
ARTSY'S 10 MUST-SEE GALLERY SHOWS DURING L.A. ART WEEK 2023
MIMI SMITH: HEAD ON CHOSEN AS ARTSY'S TOP 10 MUST SEE

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles presents Mimi Smith’s first West Coast solo exhibition, “Head-On,” which includes sculptures, paintings, and drawings that span the pioneering artist’s six-decade career. 

ZACKARY DRUCKER WINNER OF 2023 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY AWARD: CLARITY OF VISION FOR FILM "THE STROLL"
ZACKARY DRUCKER WINNER OF 2023 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY AWARD: CLARITY OF VISION FOR FILM "THE STROLL"
2023 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is please to announce Zackary Drucker winner of 2023 sundance film festival U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Clarity of Vision for Film "The Stroll".  This is the definitive history of New York City’s Meatpacking District, told by the transgender women of color who created its history.  “The Stroll” was where trans women of color, shunned out of the workforce, turned to for a means of survival. Women of the Stroll past and present are brought together by co-director Kristen Lovell (for whom this is a stunning directorial debut), who worked alongside them for a decade, and Zackary Drucker (Transparent producer and The Lady and the Dale director).

HECTOR DIONICIO MENDOZA AWARDED LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY FOUNDATION 2022 BIENNIAL GRANT
HECTOR DIONICIO MENDOZA AWARDED LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY FOUNDATION 2022 BIENNIAL GRANT

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce Hector Dionicio Mendoza as a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2022 Biennial Grant.  Hector is one of twenty artist to receive $20,000 of unrestricted grant funds for the purpose to give artists the opportunity to produce new work and push the boundaries of their creativity.

EDRA SOTO WINNER OF 2022 REE KANEKO AWARD
EDRA SOTO WINNER OF 2022 REE KANEKO AWARD
IN CONVERSATION WITH EZRA SOTO AT THE BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

The Bemis Center's Ree Kaneko Award was created to award $25,000 unrestricted, by nomination to an alum of the program to provide financial support to increase the capacity of an artists practice.

HUGO CROSTHWAITE: CARAVAN FEATURED IN FRIEZE
HUGO CROSTHWAITE: CARAVAN FEATURED IN FRIEZE
HUGO CROSTHWAITE ANIMATES DISILLUSION AND RESILIENCE AT THE US-MEXICO BORDER

Conceptually positioned in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico, ‘Hugo Crosthwaite: Caravan’ at Luis De Jesus deploys the languages of artistic and popular media to portray both the perils of the border and the humanity of those who must traverse it.

FOUR WORKS BY VIAN SORA ACQUIRED BY THE GRINNELL COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, GRINNELL, IOWA
FOUR WORKS BY VIAN SORA ACQUIRED BY THE GRINNELL COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, GRINNELL, IOWA

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce that Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell, Iowa recently acquired four works by artist Vian Sora.  The works included Eden I,2022, Eden II, 2022, River Bed, 2022, and Thirst, 2021.  Sora's work utilizes a synthesis of styles and iconography taken from both her native, modern and ancient Iraq and adopted cultures, along with a variety of techniques.

HUGO CROSTHWAITE: CARAVAN SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
HUGO CROSTHWAITE: CARAVAN SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

Hugo Crosthwaite's paintings, sculpture, and stop-motion videos in Caravan speak to the reality faced by migrants as they make the treacherous journey to the border in search of the American Dream.

CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2022 FELLOWSHIP FOR VISUAL ARTIST FELLOWS
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2022 FELLOWSHIP FOR VISUAL ARTIST FELLOWS
JUNE EDMONDS AND PHUNG HUYNH RECIPIENTS OF THE CCF FELLOWSHIP

"CCF is proud to support our Fellowship for Visual Artists fellows in their artistic careers and we celebrate their commitment to transforming communities through their work. Each of our fellows embody the future of arts in LA."

"HOW AN ARTIST CAPTURED FAUCI’S CAREER IN A GENRE-DEFYING NEW PORTRAIT"
"HOW AN ARTIST CAPTURED FAUCI’S CAREER IN A GENRE-DEFYING NEW PORTRAIT"
HUGO CROSTHWAITE FEATURED IN THE WASHINGTON POST

“Proud is a funny word because it can be taken out of context. I am proud of the things we’ve done. But what Hugo did was to show, in a very interesting, subtle way, how complicated it all was.”

"VIAN SORA’S VIBRANT PAINTINGS SHINE IN THE DARKEST OF TIMES"
"VIAN SORA’S VIBRANT PAINTINGS SHINE IN THE DARKEST OF TIMES"
VIAN SORA INTERVIEWED IN CULTBYTES

“By relinquishing control of the paint itself and allowing it to work on the canvas, my work attains a measure of hope: if nothing is settled and determined, any outcome is still possible, thus I utilize vibrant contrasting colors set often on burnt or earth tones,”  she says.

5 OF THE HOTTEST ART GALLERIES TO VISIT IN LOS ANGELES
5 OF THE HOTTEST ART GALLERIES TO VISIT IN LOS ANGELES
LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES FEATURED IN LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE

Luis De Jesus is known for showing multiple qualitative exhibitions in one go; this gallery should be on your weekend must-sees. 

YOUR CONCISE LOS ANGELES ART GUIDE FOR NOVEMBER 2022
YOUR CONCISE LOS ANGELES ART GUIDE FOR NOVEMBER 2022
KARLA DIAZ FEATURED IN HYPERALLERGIC

"November in Los Angeles brings us shows that highlight art’s role as both a reflection of everyday life and a force to help change our reality. An exhibition at Angels Gate Cultural Center showcases the multifaceted programs of the community-based Slanguage Studio."

GALLERY ROUNDS: JUNE EDMONDS
GALLERY ROUNDS: JUNE EDMONDS
JUNE EDMONDS REVIEWED IN ARTILLERY MAGAZINE

"The spirograph galaxy of Rhythmic Inquisitions, an exhibition of works by June Edmonds at the Riverside Art Museum, unmercifully hypnotizes. Expanding boundaries, this 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient injects Aretha Franklin’s Respect (1967) into Abstract Expressionism."

JUNE EDMONDS PARTICIPATES  IN ADORNMENT | ARTIFACT AT THE GETTY VILLA
JUNE EDMONDS PARTICIPATES IN ADORNMENT | ARTIFACT AT THE GETTY VILLA
October 12, 2022 – April 3, 2023

Adornment | Artifact is a multi-venue art experience that celebrates ancient Nubia through contemporary art, events, and conversations. Housed at five sites across the city, Adornment ⏐ Artifact investigates how contemporary artworks made in Los Angeles by LA-based artists engage and express the traditions, objects and materials that shaped the cultures of the Nile River Valley. In conjunction with the Getty's exhibition Nubia: Jewels of Ancient Sudan, four contemporary artworks by Lauren Halsey, June Edmonds, Melvin Edwards, and Umar Rashid will be on view at the Getty Villa.

TRISTRAM LANSDOWNE SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
TRISTRAM LANSDOWNE SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

Lansdowne explores the various traditions of framing within the art historical canon – from the illusionism found in the murals of Pompeii, the realism of Flemish Renaissance painting, the techniques of American neoclassicism, and others.

CHRIS ENGMAN SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS
CHRIS ENGMAN SELECTED AS ONE OF ARTFORUM'S MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS

Originally created by Chris Engman between 2002-2006, this is the first time this series of black and white photographs is being presented in Los Angeles. These works read differently now than when they were produced 15-20 years ago.

"THE 10 BEST BOOTHS AT THE ARMORY SHOW 2022"
"THE 10 BEST BOOTHS AT THE ARMORY SHOW 2022"
LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES FEATURED IN ARTSY

"Luis De Jesus Los Angeles began The Armory Show with a bang. With a compelling booth of newly created paintings by artists June Edmonds, Evita Tezeno, Vian Sora, Laura Krifka, and Nicolas Grenier, the gallery appeared to have one of the most visited booths at the fair. Within minutes of the opening, the gallery had sold work by Sora, Edmonds, and Tezeno."

"AT PEPPERDINE’S WEISMAN MUSEUM, ART THAT SPEAKS FOR THE TREES"
"AT PEPPERDINE’S WEISMAN MUSEUM, ART THAT SPEAKS FOR THE TREES"
KEN GONZALES-DAY FEATURED IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

"This makes an upcoming exhibition at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu (an area well acquainted with fire) particularly poignant. “To Bough and to Bend,” a group show that takes the tree as its binding theme, opens at the museum later this month. Included in the exhibition is an image by Ken Gonzales-Day, a Los Angeles artist who has long tracked the history of Mexican American lynchings in the West, a history that leads him to the trees on which these murderous actions took place."

WATCH CHRIS ENGMAN'S ARTIST WALK THROUGH AT THE LANCASTER MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY
WATCH CHRIS ENGMAN'S ARTIST WALK THROUGH AT THE LANCASTER MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

Over the past two decades, Engman has dedicated his art to understanding how images deceive the eye and the human need to make sense of visual perception. Engman’s photography, at first glance, appears normal, yet, under careful examination, viewers become aware of the optical illusion and begin to question the constructed image. Engman’s twenty-year practice is grounded in research and conceptual thought. He documents remnants of labor and the juxtaposition of human material and vast landscape through sculpture and photography.

KEN GONZALES-DAY TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP EXHIBITION AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY'S FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART
KEN GONZALES-DAY TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP EXHIBITION AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY'S FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART
August 30, 2022 – March 26, 2023

Trees feature prominently in the origin stories of many world religions. Ancient history recounts how their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and renewal. Today, trees still speak: deep root systems form tangled webs of communication, blunt stumps nod to deforestation, and charred limbs attest to fires started by our own hands. First curated by Bridge Projects, a gallery that catalyzes interdisciplinary explorations of contemporary art, spirituality, and religious traditions, To Bough and To Bend explores these ecological issues through the work of 30 artists who look to religious and historic art practices to guide us back into fellowship with these old friends and the living world we share.

"BEAUTIFUL STRENGTH: 'SOBREVIVIR' PAYS HOMAGE TO THE WOMEN COERCED TO STERILIZATION IN 1960S AND '70S L.A."
"BEAUTIFUL STRENGTH: 'SOBREVIVIR' PAYS HOMAGE TO THE WOMEN COERCED TO STERILIZATION IN 1960S AND '70S L.A."
PHUNG HUYNH FEATURED ON KCET

"It had everything in it, those shoes," said Huynh. "It's beautiful. It's strong. I wondered, 'Who walked in those shoes? Who were these women?' Leather was so symbolic of skin, of transforming suffering and scarring. The beautiful patterns and details of flora and flowers — I think flowers are very symbolic of women and fertility and also like an offering of apologies to the mothers."

"A NEW MONUMENT AT L.A.’S COUNTY HOSPITAL MARKS A DARK HISTORY OF COERCED STERILIZATION"
"A NEW MONUMENT AT L.A.’S COUNTY HOSPITAL MARKS A DARK HISTORY OF COERCED STERILIZATION"
PHUNG HUYNH FEATURED IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

The work consists of a slender disc of corten steel laid flat on the ground that bears the outlines of roses and a pair of praying hands. At night, it is illuminated from below. A pair of low benches offer a space for contemplation, and a low, curved wall features texts inspired by the women’s experiences: “If you speak English, they treat you one way,” reads one inscription. “If you don’t speak English, they treat you another way.”

WATCH LIZ COLLINS & LEX MORGAN LANCASTER IN CONVERSATION
WATCH LIZ COLLINS & LEX MORGAN LANCASTER IN CONVERSATION

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present a virtual talk between New York artist Liz Collins and art historian Lex Morgan Lancaster. Liz Collins is a multi-media artist whose practice converges at the intersection of textile and fiber arts, painting, installation, and design. Lex Morgan Lancaster is a scholar, professor, and curator who focuses on queer, feminist, trans, and anti-racist visual and theoretical contributions to the field of contemporary art.

 

LAURA KARETZKY SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE 2022 OUTWIN BOOCHEVER PORTRAIT COMPETITION
LAURA KARETZKY SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE 2022 OUTWIN BOOCHEVER PORTRAIT COMPETITION
ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY APRIL 30, 2022 – FEBRUARY 26, 2023

The National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition celebrates excellence in the art of portraiture. As the realization of a gift made by Virginia Outwin Boochever to the Smithsonian, both the competition and this exhibition demonstrate the power of one individual to make a transformative impact. The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today presents 42 portraits selected through an open call that garnered more than 2,700 entries from artists working across the United States and Puerto Rico. Karetzky's painting Toast, 2019 is currently on view in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery for The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today exhibition through February 26, 2023.

LIA HALLORAN SOLO EXHIBITION AT LAX
LIA HALLORAN SOLO EXHIBITION AT LAX
"YOUR BODY IS A SPACE THAT SEES" ON VIEW AT LAX TERMINAL 1 | GATE 9

“This body of work is really meant to honor the invaluable work that female astronomers contributed to their field," Halloran said. "Without these discoveries we would be nowhere near where we are now in terms of being able to measure and understand the universe.”  

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