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January 09, 2018

LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES AT UNTITLED SF 2018 ON ART FIX DAILY

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles will present From Observation, A Search Party, a curated presentation at UNTITLED San Francisco 2018, featuring new paintings by Elizabeth Huey, large-scale cyanotypes by Lia Halloran, and new videos and photographs by Julie Weitz. The works explore the formation of identity and subjectivity through the study of forgotten or overlooked feminist, scientific, technological, and healing histories. [ READ MORE ]

January 05, 2018

LUIS DE JESUS ON ARTNEWS
HERE'S THE EXHIBITOR LIST FOR NADA NY 2018

This March, the New Art Dealers Alliance will return to Skylight Clarkson Square for its second annual edition in the West SoHo space, presenting 100 galleries from 17 countries. It will mark the second year since the fair moved its dates from May to March, aligning itself with the Armory Show rather than Frieze New York. [ READ MORE ]

January 03, 2018

ANDRÉ HEMER IN WALL STREET INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce Making-Image, an exhibition of new paintings and video by André Hemer, to be presented from January 6 through February 10, 2018. This will be the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 6th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. [ READ MORE ]

January 02, 2018

REVIEW: ANTONIA WRIGHT IN CUBAN ART NEWS

RELATIONAL UNDERCURRENTS: CUBA AND THE ARCHIPELAGO AT MOLAA

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, on view at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, offers a compellingly revisionist understanding of art from the region. Curators Tatiana Flores and Michelle A. Stephens have resisted the usual interpretations that focus on the diverse cultural heritages of the Caribbean.  [ READ MORE ]

December 22, 2017

BEST OF 2017: KEN GONZALES-DAY: SHADOWLANDS AT THE MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF ART

Ken Gonzales-Day’s Shadowlands, curated by Christopher Atkins, explored historical incidents of lynching, and how that legacy of racialized violence impacts our present moment. His devastating Erased Lynching series manipulates historical photographs of lynchings so that the victim can’t be seen, minimizing the harm of re-traumatizing communities who might view this work, and also drawing focus toward the perpetrators of violent racism. [ READ MORE ]

December 22, 2017

REENACTMENT, A GROUP EXHIBITION ON THE POLITICS OF HISTORICAL REENACTMENT IN CONTEMPORARY ART COMES TO BRIC

Through work in performance, video, and photography, this exhibition-curated by Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator at BRIC-looks at six artists of color who are unsettling cultural mythologies and origin stories, and who approach history as fluid. With works from Ken Gonzales-Day, Crystal Z.   more

Campbell, Marisa Williamson, Maria Hupfield, Alicia Grullón, and Farideh Sakhaeifar, the histories represented range from civil rights activism and gentrification in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood to the refugee crisis in Syria and the American Revolution, asserting the experiences of people underrepresented throughout history. [ READ MORE ]

December 14, 2017

ZACHARY DRUCKER & RHYS ERNST REVIEW: PHOTO SHOW TAKES A BROAD, ACCESSIBLE VIEW OF QUEERNESS

Queerness has never been so omnipresent.

That’s not exactly the thesis of “Disruptive Perspectives” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, but it’s at least the cultural context for the exhibition’s presentation of eight American and Swiss photographers, and their optimistic visions of gender, identity, relationships and selfhood today. [ READ MORE ]

December 02, 2017

JOSH REAMES IN BLOUIN ARTINFO

ICONOCLAST EFFUSIONS IN 'DON'T CROSS STREAMS WHILE TRADING HORSES' AT LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES

The ongoing exhibition by Josh Reames titled “Don’t cross streams while trading horses” of his paintings and sculptures at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is eminently iconoclastic in nature and conception.
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November 28, 2017

REVIEW: KEN GONZALES-DAY IN CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW LOS ANGELES

The photographs in Ken Gonzalez-Day’s Bone-Grass Boy at Luis De Jesus look so familiar, you think you should be able to place them—do they spoof scenes from The Alamo, or come from novels or legends you’ve forgotten? They both do and don’t, it turns out. The images—of the artist as a belle in a ball dress, or struggling to escape captors who hold a knife to his neck—all come from a ctional narrative Gonzalez- Day invented in the early 1990s, Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River.   more

The story and images toy with tropes of the frontier novel but are also in opposition to them: about strong protagonists who exist on both sides of the border during and after the U.S.-Mexican War.

Hung salon style, against blue-gray paint or quaint-looking maps-as-wallpaper, the images are comically melodramatic. Gonzalez-Day plays all characters of all genders, and since Photoshop 2.5 and Quark were relatively new circa 1993, it’s high tech for its time, but now feels old-fashioned. We see Gonzalez-Day’s face inserted into drawings of dances, as in Untitled #36 (1996) or see him involved in romantic liaisons with himself (Untitled #28, 1996). In Untitled #47 (1996), he’s working a farm in a headband and dress, long dark hair flowing, looking off into the distance meaningfully, as men in straw hats labor in the background.

Gonzalez-Day began this series in the wake of the AIDS crisis, and was working on it when California Prop 187 (the “Save our State” prop) passed, limiting undocumented workers from using public services. Now, he’s showing it as part of a well-funded, ambitious effort to showcase Latinx and Latin American Art in a region notorious for marginalizing its own heritage. His series, in all its camp and intensity, treats that heritage as a given, queers it, makes it personal, gives it dramatic lighting, and treats its nuances as epic.

-Catherine Wagley 

November 14, 2017

review: josh reames featured on KCRW'S art talk: "Artists Delivering Punch After Punch"

The exhibition of New York-based artist Josh Reames at Luis De Jesus gallery not only delivers punches, but also burns holes in the most iconic American images. Here is a painting of Lady Liberty next to a bald eagle and dozens of stars, and all that with holes burned into it. But, no matter how realistic these holes look, they are a carefully painted optical illusion of burned holes.

And, here is another “burned” painting, this one of Uncle Sam marching arm in arm with blue collar Americans, with the rubble of war all behind them.   more

It’s difficult to imagine a more eloquent and emotional, disturbing representation of the American dream – its mighty strength and inspiration, along with its undeniable vulnerability.

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