Showing posts from March, 2009

Pic of the Week 03/21/09


Art of Two Germanys, Part 2

I want to start the second part of this three part post with a scene from the Academy Award nominated film The Reader, staring Kate Winslet. The Reader, set in post war Germany, is about a young man's relationship with an older women, played by Winslet, and the emotional consequences of that relationship when it is revealed that the women was involved in the Nazi horrors. The scene is set years later when the young man, now a student in law school is taken as part of a classroom assignment to a trial involving former Nazi guards who were accused of killing about 300 prisoners in their care. As he sat there unable to watch the trial, he all of the sudden hears a familiar voice. It is the lover he had fallen in love with when he was 15. A devastating revelation that has emotional consequences beyond his teenage heartbreak.

The movie scene illustrates the cultural climate of the 1960s and early 1970s. ( I will discuss the anti war protest in part 3). Three events or trends defined thi…

Post Biennial Facebook Interview with Lauri Firstenberg: Curator of the California Biennial

The following interview was conducted via Facebook between March 2, 2009 and March 16, 2009. Lauri Firstenberg was the curator for the 2008 California Biennial.


Mario Vasquez
March 2 at 7:44pm

Hi Lauri, Here is the first question.
Let's first start with the critical reception of the Biennial, what surprised you about the response to the

Lauri Firstenberg
March 2 at 9:47pm

not a surprise but perhaps curious that a model of expansion - a curatorial concern for expanding context and
expanding audience was taken by selected critics as chaotic - since they themselves were not going to see the
biennial as a totality - without examining the politics of site and our desire to open up the biennial to disparate
it is interesting that the biennial was deemed by selected critics as solely of the art world for the art world
particularly when the biennial opened at such a crucial moment in our social and political history

Mario Vasquez
March 2 at 9:…

Iva Gueorguieva at Angles Gallery

Iva Gueorguieva is an expressionist. I make this proclaimation with a sense of joy because I believe that her work injects an energy and vitality to expressionism that has not been seen in awhile. The exhibition, enititled "A Rough End to Stony Sleep," shows recent paintings and drawings and is currently showing at Angles Gallery in Santa Monica. Gueorguieva is a master at energy. But the energy not only of the canvas and the brush strokes., but also an apocalyptic energy where the landscape is in constant flux of both destruction and rebirth. The best work in the show is large painting entitled Three Sisyphuses Enter The City, portray a landscape, maybe even a cityscape, being subject to a change that is both destructive and beautiful. I am reminded when looking at her work of a German Expressionist of the early 20th Century named Ludwig Meidner. Meidner's series of paintings entitled Apocalyptic Landscapes, really speaks with Gueorguieva's paintings. I really enjoy…

A Quick Update

Hello Everyone,

Here is a quick update of what will be posted in the next few days. I am working on Part 2 of the 3 part series about the Art of Two Germanys at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Part 2 will cover the 1960s and then the 3rd and final part will cover the 1970s and 80s. I will also have an exclusive interview with Lauri Firstenberg, curator for the 2008 California Biennial. The interview will be an assessment of the past five months since the biennial opened. Lauri will share her thoughts about the public and critical reactions. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email on my profile. Thank you for your patience.


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