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"8 LGBTQIA+ ARTISTS ON SELF-PORTRAITURE AND EXPRESSION OF PRIDE"
"8 LGBTQIA+ ARTISTS ON SELF-PORTRAITURE AND EXPRESSION OF PRIDE"
ZACKARY DRUCKER FEATURED IN ARTSY COLLECTION SHOWCASING QUEER ARTISTS & SELF-PORTRAITURE

"For Pride Month this year, we spoke with artists of the LGBTQIA+ community about their own self-portraiture and the act of expressing oneself through art. From blown glass to photography to painting, these artworks show us how artists can represent themselves across a wide array of media and genres, including both abstraction, realism, or alter egos."

PICK OF THE WEEK: FEDERICO SOLMI
PICK OF THE WEEK: FEDERICO SOLMI
ARTILLERY MAGAZINE

"Solmi reimagines these figures as devilishly smiling partiers, who are unconcerned with the people – particularly Native victims of colonialist action – who are trampled over by their revelry. The show, through all its varied mediums, points a finger towards the rampant deification of these historical figures despite the atrocities and pain they perpetuated and profited from."

 

IN DIALOGUE: SMITHSONIAN OBJECTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
IN DIALOGUE: SMITHSONIAN OBJECTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
KEN GONZALES-DAY'S PHOTOGRAPH FEATURED IN TALK CO-HOSTED BY THE SMITHSONIAN AND THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Smithsonian and The National Museum of Natural History are co-hosting a talk on civic awareness about the conservation of art history and material culture. For the talk, Ken Gonzales-Day’s photograph of Osage leader, Shonke Mon-thi^ will be starting point of the discussion. 
The talk will take place via Zoom on Thursday, June 10 from 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM PDT. An RSVP via Eventbrite will be required to attend. 

JIM ADAMS PARTICIPATING IN VANCOUVER SPECIAL: DISORIENTATIONS AND ECHO
JIM ADAMS PARTICIPATING IN VANCOUVER SPECIAL: DISORIENTATIONS AND ECHO
OPENING MAY 29 | VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

Jim Adams is presenting a series of paintings as part of Vancouver Special, the triennial presented at Vancouver Art Gallery. These paintings inspired by mythology and the black experience are portraits that merge storytelling of the ancient world and contemporary politics. Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo will be the second in what is envisioned as a series of exhibitions intended to provide an expansive look at contemporary art in the Greater Vancouver region.

 

KEN GONZALEZ-DAY INTERVIEWED ON MODERN ART NOTES PODCAST
KEN GONZALEZ-DAY INTERVIEWED ON MODERN ART NOTES PODCAST

Ken Gonzales-Day joins Tyler Green to speak about his participation in Getty group show, Photo Flux: Unshuttered LA

FEDERICO SOLMI'S COMEDIA DELL'ARTE FOR THE 21st CENTURY
FEDERICO SOLMI'S COMEDIA DELL'ARTE FOR THE 21st CENTURY
'THE BACCHANALIAN ONES' REVIEWED IN VISUAL ART SOURCE

"Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Trump golfed while Americans died of a pandemic. In “The Bacchanalian Ones,” the inaugural exhibition at Luis De Jesus’ new downtown Los Angeles space, Italian-born Federico Solmi inspires such musings, and then some, mixing traditional painting with the latest digital technologies. The result is a captivating political theater for confronting the grim reality that megalomania is both universal and enduring."

EDIE BEAUCAGE INTERVIEWED FOR EMERGING ARTISTS COLLECTIVE
EDIE BEAUCAGE INTERVIEWED FOR EMERGING ARTISTS COLLECTIVE

"My paintings seems spontaneous, but it is not so unexpected, considering the amount of work I do before engaging in a series. I can think about a subject for months before I paint it. I obsessively accumulate many images in my notebooks around a topic. Afterward, in the studio, it is momentarily translated into paint. I know what I want to paint, and then I let the images develop and let them flow. I discover my pictures as I paint them, and I love the surprise of this process."

KEN GONZALES-DAY PART OF GROUP EXHIBITION AT THE GETTY
KEN GONZALES-DAY PART OF GROUP EXHIBITION AT THE GETTY
Photo Flux: Unshuttering LA

The exhibit features photographs by 35 Los Angeles-based artists challenge ideals of beauty, representation, cultural capital, and objectivity. The artists in this exhibition, primarily people of color, have radically transformed photography to express their own aesthetics, identities, and narratives.

FEDERICO SOLMI'S "THE GREAT FARCE" ON VIEW AT OCEAN FLOWER MUSEUM, DANZHOU CITY, HAINAN PROVINCE CHINA
FEDERICO SOLMI'S "THE GREAT FARCE" ON VIEW AT OCEAN FLOWER MUSEUM, DANZHOU CITY, HAINAN PROVINCE CHINA
Solmi is part of "The Tides of The Century", group show.

Solmi will be presenting an immersive, large-scale video installation in a 16,000 square room with over 40 projectors. 

KEN GONZALES-DAY FEATURED IN LOS ANGELES TIMES SHARING HIS RESEARCH SURROUNDING LOS ANGELES' SILENCED LYNCHINGS
KEN GONZALES-DAY FEATURED IN LOS ANGELES TIMES SHARING HIS RESEARCH SURROUNDING LOS ANGELES' SILENCED LYNCHINGS

Column: California has a history of racist lynchings too. Ignoring that fact is mass delusion. 
By Gustavo Arellano

“The mythology of the Wild West as being somehow different from the history of lynching is the first part of the problem.”

KEN GONZALES-DAY'S WORK ON PUBLIC DISPLAY AT THE WENDE MUSEUM
KEN GONZALES-DAY'S WORK ON PUBLIC DISPLAY AT THE WENDE MUSEUM

Part of the group show Transformations: Living Room -> Flea Market -> Museum -> Art

"Ken Gonzales-Day’s large-scale digital print Monumental Vision: Labor/Lenin (2020) is a pigment print on vinyl itself at a monumental scale, which considers the fate of discarded sculptural testaments to Soviet rule in the implicit context of toppled Confederate monuments in the U.S. and indeed, the altars to violent colonialism that pollute so much of the world."


 

FEDERICO SOLMI INTERVIEWED BY DAN CAMERON FOR THE BROOKLYN RAIL
FEDERICO SOLMI INTERVIEWED BY DAN CAMERON FOR THE BROOKLYN RAIL
INTERVIEW COVERS THE SPAN OF HIS CAREER, INCLUDING HIS CURRENT SHOW AT LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES

"I have to be knowledgeable about what came before me, but also use all the tools that are available today. So, I figured out how to domesticate technology. Instead of it feeling cold and distant, I blended it with organic painting texture, and drawings, and with motion capture I created something that, in my opinion, is very human. You feel like you want to touch it, and that’s a feeling that normally doesn’t happen with digital media."

PETER WILLIAMS PROFILED FOR HIS 2021 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP IN UDAILY
PETER WILLIAMS PROFILED FOR HIS 2021 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP IN UDAILY
IDENTITY, EXPERIENCE ON CANVAS: GUGGENHEIM AWARD RECOGNIZES PETER WILLIAMS' ACCLAIMED ARTISTIC CAREER

"In recent years, and particularly since the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, many of his paintings have focused on issues of systemic racism, including violence against African Americans, slavery and mass incarceration. He has said that he always “believed in the idea of bearing witness to the times in which you live.”

FEDERICO SOLMI'S 'THE BACCHANALIAN ONES' FEATURED AS AN ARTFORUM "MUST SEE" EVENT
FEDERICO SOLMI'S 'THE BACCHANALIAN ONES' FEATURED AS AN ARTFORUM "MUST SEE" EVENT

"Federico Solmi will feature VR art, video paintings, paintings and drawings in the inauguration exhibition of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles's new gallery in the DTLA Arts District."

GABRIEL SANCHEZ'S CUBAN PORTRAITS GRAPPLE WITH HOME AND BELONGING
GABRIEL SANCHEZ'S CUBAN PORTRAITS GRAPPLE WITH HOME AND BELONGING
'MIRANDO EL MUDNO' REVIEWED FOR HYPERALLERGIC

"The exquisite amount of tenderness he takes, with each tendril of her hair, the exact purse of her lips, even the wisps of her lower eyelashes, is a reminder that paying attention to others is sometimes the most radical act of all."

EDRA SOTO PROFILED BY ROBERT R. SHANE FOR THE BROOKLYN RAIL
EDRA SOTO PROFILED BY ROBERT R. SHANE FOR THE BROOKLYN RAIL
Chronicling her work as an artist, educator and community-driven curator.

“If you are curious enough, and you get close, you will see that there’s more to the work than just the fence.”

LIZ COLLINS PARTICIPATING IN GROUP EXHIBITION GOODNIGHT ROOM
LIZ COLLINS PARTICIPATING IN GROUP EXHIBITION GOODNIGHT ROOM

She will be presenting an immersive installation based on children's book "Goodnight Moon" curated by art and design collective Fort Makers. 

ZACKARY DRUCKER TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP SHOW, "RADICAL TENDERNESS: TRANS FOR TRANS PORTRAITURE"
ZACKARY DRUCKER TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP SHOW, "RADICAL TENDERNESS: TRANS FOR TRANS PORTRAITURE"
At historical Alice Austen House

Zackary Drucker is participating in group show Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture. Timed to coincide with the International Day of Transgender Visibility on March 31, Radical Tenderness highlights photographic work from four trans and non-binary artists whose portrait photography exudes tender intimacy and calls for a radical shift in visibility politics. 

GALLERY ROUNDS: EVITA TEZENO
GALLERY ROUNDS: EVITA TEZENO
Richard May for Artillery Magazine

"As the planet enters the beginning of a post-pandemic, post-Trump administration era, it was wonderful to be baptized in optimism from Evita Tezeno’s exhibition, “Better Days” at the Luis De Jesus Los Angeles gallery. One sweeping taste of these works results in a single message: Tezeno’s unique voice reflects a masterful synthesis of several groundbreaking aesthetic approaches that pay tribute to Black culture ..."

ARTIST JOSH REAMES REFLECTS ON THE INTERNET AT ITS WORST IN 'RECLAIMING THE MOON'
ARTIST JOSH REAMES REFLECTS ON THE INTERNET AT ITS WORST IN 'RECLAIMING THE MOON'
Josh Reames interviewed for Dallas Morning News

"There can be moments of discovery or ahas down the road,” Reames says. “All the artwork that I live with, I typically will discover new things in it down the line, and that’s a really important experience for me — the kind of experience I want other people to have with it.”

JUNE EDMONDS AT THE MEAD ART MUSEUM
JUNE EDMONDS AT THE MEAD ART MUSEUM
August 25, 2020 - July 18, 2021

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s collection, the group exhibition Founding Narratives raises questions about representation and the absence of representation in national narratives and in the establishment of a national art, about the significance of “firsts,” and about the interpretative frameworks that museums offer about artists and artworks.

 

 

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