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May 04, 2017

Lia Halloran Review: Before 'Hidden Figures,' there were the Harvard Computers. Now their work has inspired this art

Lia Halloran’s big, beautiful maps of stars and other astronomical phenomena at Luis De Jesus gallery pay tribute to a little-known group of female scientists dubbed the Harvard Computers. Annie Jump Cannon, Cecilia Payne, Henrietta Leavitt and others were predecessors of the female mathematicians lionized in the film “Hidden Figures.” [ READ MORE ]

May 01, 2017

KEN GONZALES-DAY: SHADOWLANDS, MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

In 2001, Ken Gonzales-Day set out to write a book on Latino portraiture in 19th- and 20th- century California; his research led to his discovery of dozens of images and written records of lynching, and, ultimately, to his 2006 book Lynching in the West, 1850-1935. On view through April 16 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Shadowlands, which grew out of this publication, comprises his own photographs, archival images, books, and ephemera.   more

All of this material, along with his photographs about this country’s recent racial violence, deftly compresses history and raises questions about our historic construction of race. [ READ MORE ]

April 22, 2017

CITY PAGES Best Museum Exhibition: Ken Gonzales-Day'S "Shadowlands"

California-based photographer, researcher, and writer Ken Gonzales-Day mines the history of racial violence in the United States through his provocative work, which was on view this year at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in “Shadowlands.” By digitally altering photographs, he erased lynching victims, shifting the focus of those gruesome scenes to the crowd watching the horrific spectacle.   more

Other work on view in this exhibit, curated by Christopher Atkins, included photographs documenting the artist’s own journey to find the trees that were used for lynchings, and composite works juxtaposing lynching re-enactments with photographs of protests against police violence today. In all, it was a compelling and thought-provoking exhibition. [ READ MORE ]

April 07, 2017

KEN GONZALES-DAY awarded 2017 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWShip in Photography

For immediate release April 7, 2017
2017 Fellows—United States and Canada

On April 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists.   more

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition.

The great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is one of the unique characteristics of the Fellowship program. In all, forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, sixty-four different academic institutions, twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from twenty-seven to seventy-nine. Sixty-eight Fellows have no academic affiliation or hold adjunct or part-time positions at universities. In addition, the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation is once again underwriting the Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.

Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation, is enthusiastic about the Fellows in the class of 2017: “It’s exciting to name 173 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $350 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors.
The Guggenheim Fellowship program remains a significant source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. New and continuing donations from friends, Trustees, former Fellows, and other foundations have ensured that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation will be able to continue its historic mission.
For more information on the Fellows and their projects, please visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.gf.org. 

April 06, 2017

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY | Luis De Jesus and Thinkspace

"Around the corner at Luis De Jesus, it was so packed that it took us seven minutes of standing on tiptoe to see over the crowd in order to find the bar. This was a far more sophisticated party in terms of age; mid-career professional artists clinking cocktail glasses with a gang of tipsy elderly ladies."  [ READ MORE ]

March 24, 2017

REVIEW: BRITTON TOLLIVER: "POWDERED TOAST"

Just around the corner at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles they are showing Britton Tolliver’s “Powdered Toast” through March 25. The back room is filled with Tolliver’s abstract, brightly hued, medium -format works.

Tollivers’ new paintings still begin with a “Grid Base” seen in older works. That is to say the base layer of the paintings are a network of intersecting tile-like surfaces separated by paint grout that meet at either perpendicular planes or at varied angles.   more

Some take on the look of traditional terra-cotta tiles and others are multi-colored paintings in themselves. [ READ MORE ]

March 23, 2017

Federico Solmi featured in Robert Ayers' Resistance Project "Artists Speak Out"

Federico Solmi was one of the standout artists at this year’s Armory Week in New York. In my review for Ocula.com, I called his Volta show in the Luis De Jesus Los Angeles booth “particularly striking”. In fact his was the only work at Volta that I discussed at any length.

Federico’s videos are made with a mind-boggling array of media from drawing and painting through 3D animation, video-game technologies, and kinetic technology.   more

More to the point they engage with the worst aspects of contemporary societies, their histories, and the politics they have put in place or found themselves saddled with. Corruption, vanity, greed, dishonesty, and downright evil are his recurrent subjects. Though this may all sound rather depressing, Federico manages to concoct out of this material work that is at once alarming and bizarrely entertaining. [ READ MORE ]

March 10, 2017

ON VIEW: Forays into Abstract Painting - REVIEW OF BRITTON TOLLIVER: "POWDERED TOAST"

The grid is a motif repeatedly explored by Los Angeles-based painter Britton Tolliver, created in reverse through a process of masking and layering multiple coats of paint. In recent series, the modernist idiom provided an underlying structure to the artist’s gestural interruptions scraped across the surface. In his current work, the discipline of his former strategies is something for the artist to react against.   more



The artist’s handling of material shows increased bravura: thickly applied paint clots and congeals, the vertical grid tilts and retracts from the edge of the picture plane, and color harmonies, once lyrical, grow confrontational, showing a raucous disregard for proper color theory. Collectively, the show buzzes with the frenetic energy of 1980s video arcade.

By MOLLY ENHOLM
Britton Tolliver, “Powdered Toast”
at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Through March 25, 2017 

March 09, 2017

Ocula Report / Armory Week 2017: The satellite fairs - Federico Solmi at volta

To say that this year's Armory Week satellite fairs were all over the map would be true in both a geographical and metaphorical sense. From Volta (immediately next door to the Armory Show on Pier 90) to Art on Paper (a mile's walk from the East Broadway subway station), not to mention the six others in between, anyone trying to see everything would have worn out a good bit of shoe leather. [ READ MORE ]

March 08, 2017

federico solmi feature in: "5 Artists From Around The Globe Who Wowed Us At The VOLTA NY Art Show"

To say the VOLTA NY art show was a sensory overload would be an understatement.

The show, which celebrated its first decade's anniversary with the theme "Ten Years of Solo Focus," featured 96 galleries and artist-run spaces across five continents, 46 cities, and 38 nations. If that's not enough to leave you stunned, the beautiful and diverse collections exhibited definitely would. [ READ MORE ]