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March 02, 2017

FEDERICO SOLMI FEATURED IN: "Catch These Breakout Stars at the VOLTA Fair"

At the 10th anniversary of VOLTA NY, which kicked off on Wednesday, up-and-coming artists dig into subjects like cultural diversity and immigration, and even Donald Trump’s supposed sex practices, keeping the messages up to the moment. As per the norm, all 96 exhibitors were asked to showcase the work of just one or two artists, making it all the easier to cherrypick the fair’s break-out stars. ...In a way, Trump bookends the fairs, with Golden Showers playing outside the VIP tent at the end of the pier.   more

Just beyond the entrance, meanwhile, is Federico Solmi’s work, in which two animated clips in elaborate frames, set against a backdrop of red satin curtains, show the new president arriving at a grand palace. [ READ MORE ]

March 01, 2017


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 ]

February 16, 2017

New galleries bring buzz to San Francisco, but no gold rush—yet

After new spaces opened on the coattails of the dramatically expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) last year—most notably Gagosian opening a branch within a few blocks—the city’s gallery scene continues to grow.

In January, the blue-chip Berggruen Gallery unveiled a three-floor, 10,000-sq. ft space South of Market, next door to Gagosian.   more

The same week, former Matthew Marks director Adrian Rosenfeld opened a new space in the Minnesota Street Project in the scruffy Dogpatch neighborhood, joining Rena Bransten, Anglim Gilbert, and Altman Siegel, which ­relocated there in November.  [ READ MORE ]

February 01, 2017

Review: Antonia Wright pulls a disappearing act at Luis De Jesus

You must be careful not to hit your head when entering Antonia Wright’s exhibition at Luis De Jesus gallery in Los Angeles. During the day, the gallery is almost completely dark and filled with rectangular hanging planters suspended at a face-smacking height. Each is host to small, living trees that give off a fresh, piney smell. Illumination reminiscent of moonlight emanates from a video projected in the rear gallery, where the miniature forest continues. It feels as if we have been transported to some magical, subterranean space. [ READ MORE ]

December 15, 2016

Review: Chris Engman, “Prospect and Refuge” at Luis De Jesus

Chris Engman is concerned with the relationship between nature and architecture. To create many of the works in his evocative exhibition Prospect and Refuge, Engman visited national parks and other outdoor setting numerous times photographing the landscape from various angles so that he could reconstitute the natural world in his studio.   more

He remaps the images he shot in situ in his studio (or living room), by adhering hundreds of enlarged photographic fragments to the objects in the space as well as to the walls, ceiling and floor recreating the scene from the original vantage point. He then rephotographs the installation and dismantles it so the final artwork is a document of this reconstruction. It also serves as evidence of his labor intensive process. Engman is mindful of photographic veracity yet uses his camera and the myriad printed images to create complex illusions that envelope architectural spaces. [ READ MORE ]

December 10, 2016

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…" Edward Goldman talks about Chris Engman's Prospect - Refuge solo exhibition that fools you to much delight.

Here's an exhibition of color photographs by Chris Engman at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles that initially will fool you the way they fooled me. At first glance, you get the impression that you're looking at architectural images of low-key interior settings cleverly superimposed with beautiful, romantic landscapes.

But come closer, and spend a little bit more time staring at the Grand Canyon-like setting… and all of a sudden, you see, in the middle of the cliff, a small square window.   more

And looking even closer, more architectural details reveal themselves: the floor, the wood-panels of the ceiling, the florescent light fixtures. All that and more is part of the modest studio space where Chris Engman works.

In one of his photos, he reveals his studio as a simple working space, but then carefully covers all nooks and crannies with numerous photographic images that together create an effect of a singular ocean view. Unless you see it up close, you might not fully grasp what I'm trying to describe.

Although Chris Engman's photographs are the result of a labor-intensive process, the final images come across as effortless. Just think about the famous saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Even after uncovering the magic tricks behind the creative process, you continue to be “fooled” by his photographs, yes, fooled, to the utmost delight –– again and again and again. 

December 06, 2016


One of our favorite fairs is Untitled Art. The tent is always beautiful, with a transparent roof (providing nice, even light) and views of the beach. The layout is interesting, ignoring the conventional aisle and row system. And the curation is right on with great galleries and works. Tomorrow I'm posting some shots of Art Miami. In the meantime, enjoy scenes from this year's Untitled Art fair!  [ READ MORE ]

November 20, 2016

"Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands" survey exhibition to open at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, January 19 through April 16, 2017

Ken Gonzales-Day is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice considers the historical construction of race. He supplements his photographs with research and writing that engage critically with history, art history, and Western conventions of race, blending historical tragedies with current events.   more

Using photography and video, he explores trauma and resistance as experienced and embodied by racially oppressed populations in the U.S.

This exhibit will be a concise survey of the artist’s career, including works from the Erased Lynching, Searching for California’s Hang Tree, and Run Up series. His most recent work draws parallels between historical lynchings and high profile cases of police brutality affecting communities of color today. The core of the Run Up series is a cinematic restaging of the 1920 lynching of Charles Valento. Utilizing details drawn from the coroner’s report and his own archival research, Gonzales-Day chose to focus on this particular event in order to draw attention to the police presence at the scene that tacitly condoned the extralegal violence.

A survey of Gonzales-Day’s work brings up one of his most poignant questions: What is the difference between collective resistance and racially motivated violence? It is a question being asked after recent tragic events in cities around the country, such as Ferguson and Los Angeles, as well as St. Paul and Minneapolis. By presenting historical occurrences in conjunction with contemporary events Gonzales-Day collapses the historical distance and exposes the unchanging reality of racialized violence in the United States. Exploring the dichotomy between presence and absence, Gonzales-Day draws attention to the selective vision of American history and the perception of people of color as expendable. He combines scholarly research and a photo-journalistic sensibility with rich aesthetics to create jarringly haunting portraits of historical trauma present in both the people and the land of the United States.

Education & Academic Career
Ken Gonzales-Day received a Painting (Art History minor) BFA at Pratt Institute and an MFA in photography at University California, Irvine. Gonzales-Day is a Professor of Art and Humanities at Scripps College. He has received many prestigious awards and museums fellowships, including the Terra Senior Fellow, Terra Foundation, Giverney, France; COLA Individual Artist Award, Los Angeles; Art Mattes Grant, New York City; Visiting Scholar/Artist-in-Residence, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Senior Fellow, American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy; Van Lier Fellow, ISP, Whitney Museum of American Art.

His work also is in numerous permanent collections, including Smithsonian American Art Museum; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Getty Research Institute; L’Ecole des beaux-arts, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Art Commission; Eileen Harris Norton Foundation; and Norton Museum of Art.

Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands will be exhibited at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota from January 19 through April 16, 2017. For more information on this exhibition and related events contact Christopher Atkins, Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at 651-797-2853 or email at 

November 15, 2016


The montage of attractions was a 1924 theory devised by the Russian film director Sergej Michajlovič Ėjzenštejn, who ranks among the most influential and revolutionary directors in film making history for his use of montage and innovative formal compositions of image—and made by unprecedented technical developments. The montage of attractions looks in all ways metaphorically incomplete, cluttered and misplaced, with the spectator having to put in an active effort to make sense of the plot’s elements and meanings. [ READ MORE ]

November 14, 2016

andre hemer recipient of 2016 New Generation Award by Arts Foundation

2016 New Zealand Arts Awards Recipients Announced — 14.11.16
The Arts Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 New Zealand Arts Awards.   more

This year’s Awards feature eleven incredible New Zealand artists with major international influence.

From an extraordinary talent pool, eleven artists, two philanthropists and four arts organisations have been chosen as the 2016 recipients of the coveted Laureate and New Generation awards, Harriet Friedlander New York Residency, the Award for Patronage and the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship.  [ READ MORE ]