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February 19, 2011

PULSE NEW YORK ANNOUNCES FAIR; highlights Luis de jesus los angeles

The 2011 edition of PULSE New York makes its debut in its new home at Metropolitan Pavilion from March 3-6, 2011. PULSE New York 2011 will host 63 exhibitors across two floors in a pristine, recently-renovated setting while continuing its signature series of special projects.

In recognition of the hectic New York art fair week, PULSE New York 2011 is conveniently located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, minutes from Union Square and all major subway lines, and will provide complimentary wireless internet access to all visitors. [ READ ON ]

February 16, 2011

GALLERY FEATURED IN "ARMORY WEEK DAILY SPOTLIGHT"

In the days leading up to New York City’s Armory Week, Artlog will highlight standout exhibitors and artists featured in the main fair as well as Volta, Independent, Pulse, and The Art Show. We’ve only got two weeks to go, so let’s get moving!

LUIS DE JESUS (Los Angeles, CA) maintains a strong roster of artists with a clear juxtaposition of rough and ragged against delicate. Luis De Jesus is always a guessing game, in a good way, with compelling, political paintings by David Adey and ephemeral pieces by Christopher Russell.   more

Also a prominent Los Angeles contemporary art gallery, Luis De Jesus rose from a grass roots effort in San Deigo, California a couple of years ago. They’re place in Pulse is not only welcome, but invigorating for the rags-to-riches gallery scene in southern California. [ READ ON ]

February 16, 2011

gallery rounds: bergamot station

We actually found quite a lot to like in the course of our afternoon at Bergamot Station late last week. (Bergamot, for readers unfamiliar with the topography of Los Angeles area galleries, is a former train station in Santa Monica, and has been a lively center for galleries and design studios for a number of years now. Soon, I have heard, the trains will be running through the station again. No idea how this will affect the galleries.) It has been too long since Ellie and I last made our gallery rounds, so it was a good moment for a catch-up.   more

I mention here only a few of the highlights, with apologies to some good shows passed over and, to those mentioned, for the brevity of attention to work that deserves more than it gets here. [ VISIT SITE ]

February 15, 2011

MARGIE LIVINGSTON “ PAINT OBJECTS

“Paint Objects,” the first solo show in Los Angeles from Margie Livingston is on now and runs through the end of February at Luis De Jesus. Over the past three years, Margie Livingston has been experimenting with paint in a radically different manner from her earlier work. She has removed the surface of the painting in an effort to concentrate on the sculptural qualities of drying paint.   more


These groundless paintings are often accomplished by pouring several gallons of acrylic paint on the studio floor and allowing the sheets to dry to a pliable new material. The sheets are rolled, cut and otherwise contorted into a variety of shapes that rely on precision to complete the forms with chance often factoring the juxtaposition of color.  [ READ ON ]

February 15, 2011

Peter Clothier on Geoffrey Todd Smith and Margie Livingston

Gallery Rounds/Bergamot Station
We actually found quite a lot to like in the course of our afternoon at Bergamot Station late last week. (Bergamot, for readers unfamiliar with the topography of Los Angeles area galleries, is a former train station in Santa Monica, and has been a lively center for galleries and design studios for a number of years now. Soon, I have heard, the trains will be running through the station again.   more

No idea how this will affect the galleries.) It has been too long since Ellie and I last made our gallery rounds, so it was a good moment for a catch-up. I mention here only a few of the highlights, with apologies to some good shows passed over and, to those mentioned, for the brevity of attention to work that deserves more than it gets here. [ READ ON ]

February 14, 2011

BIG PICK: MARGIE LIVINGSTON

Jackson Pollack did away with the brush and Margie Livingston has done away with the canvas in the same kind of impulsive way. Creating paintings that are "objects" (the show is titled Paint Objects) by using acrylic paint, Livingston creates layered paint in a three dimensional fashion. Plastic yet sensuous, some pieces drape, slither and unfold while others are like fruits or geodes sliced in half to reveal inner seeds and gems.   more

Displayed like precious knick knacks, as a rope hanging from the ceiling, or folds of material, these vinyl objects become artifacts from the future.

This show runs through February 27 at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. [ VISIT SITE ]

February 14, 2011

big pick: geoffrey todd smith

Crazy quilting meets Pac Man here, where space is filled in precise increments to create optical grids that pulse and move. At various distances from the paintings, different visuals are revealed. Close up it's a vision of Easter egg madness, tiny ovals and circles painted in gouache flatness that manage to make your eyes bounce with their brilliance. At a distance it's an affect similar to needlepoint where tiny stitches create a vast image.   more

It's this combination of detail and illusion that make the pieces personal, like one's own internal morse code.

The show runs through February 27 at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. [ VISIT SITE ]

February 01, 2011

A FAIR TO REMEMBER

An amazing thing happened Thursday night when I attended the opening of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Afterall this was my third art fair in as many weeks. Quite to my delight, I loved it. The previous two fairs didn’t jade me or my retinas. I must admit to having been slightly queasy at the prospect. I really was fully expecting to be aesthetically bushwacked. But the exact opposite was true.

An art fair where discoveries out pace the known is truly a marvelous event and this fair delivered exactly that. [ VISIT SITE ]

February 01, 2011

Can an L.A. Art Fair Be Loved?

LOS ANGELES” "Art fairs aren't fair," criminally underrated Los Angeles painter Karen Carson quipped to me last Saturday, halfway through the city's annualesque descent into art-world multitasking known as Art Los Angeles Contemporary.   more

Her remark, made in the midst ” of all places ” of a new show of Chuck Arnoldi's unrepentant 1980s abstractions at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, begged the obvious question, "But are they art?" As someone who tends to avoid even regular openings because of the kinesthetic and pheremonal interference generated by herds of desperate careerists, I was surprised to survive the weekend with a firm answer: Maybe.

With exponentially frantic circles of activity expanding around last weekend's fair to cap off the official "L.A. Arts Month," the horror vacuii of art events ” extravaganza displays, special gallery programming across a dozen or so art scenes, unique performance events, fundraising auctions, video screenings, cocktail parties, and anti-censorship protests ” takes on an almost transcendental sublimity, like surrendering to the overwhelming intricacy of a Persian rug or Bach cantata. Almost. [ READ ON ]

February 01, 2011

IN L.A.: Art Los Angeles Contemporary opening night

I attended the opening night of Art Los Angeles Contemporary: The International Contemporary Art Fair of L.A (ALAC) at Barker Hanger and it was packed with amazing artwork and galleries from all over the world. ALAC launched last year and since then has gained notoriety as Southern California’s top contemporary art fair. The opening evening was a huge success; there were red dots everywhere, with some galleries selling out within the first hour.   more

Following are a few photos from the evening, however if you’re in the Los Angeles area you should really stop by to see all the artwork. [ VISIT SITE ]