Showing posts from October, 2014

Halloween Art - Witches and the Bewitched

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(Review) Ed Moses "Cross-Section" at the University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine

Ed Moses is a painter. He is not an Abstract Expressionist or an Abstract painter. He is a painter who paints abstract works. Those are the words that one of the curators and a painter himself, Kevin  Appel, relayed to me when walking through the extensive and comprehensive retrospective of Ed Moses. Ed Moses put Los Angeles abstraction on the art world map. Curated by Kevin Appel, and Juli Carson,"Cross-Section" traces the common thematic thread binding Moses’s prolific and continuous act of exploration. Moses shows his unbinding courage to take chances on visual strategies. A constant experimenter who always tries to redefine the process and visual in contemporary painting. This exhibition demonstrates the constant process of change and the willingness to go beyond the conventions of painting.

Moses' painting emerges from the West Coast Pop Art and Light and Space movements of the 1960s to reinvigorate abstract painting. Beginning with his crisscross paintings of the 1…

Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery London

Marian Goodman inaugurated her London gallery with an exhibition of new and recent works by Gerhard Richter. The show features over 40 works, including new paintings of the series Strip, Flow and Doppelgrau. The exhibition is accompanied by a large glass sculpture – 7 Panes of Glass (House of Cards) – and a selection of earlier pieces. The exhibition will remain on view until 20 December 2014.

Gerhard Richter has recently been the subject of substantial solo exhibitions at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel; The Kunstmuseum Winterthur; and the Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Dresden. The artist’s work was last seen in London in Gerhard Richter: Panorama, a comprehensive retrospective at Tate Modern in 2011, which travelled to the Neue and Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and The Centre Pompidou, Paris.

The new Marian Goodman Gallery London is housed in a former Victorian factory warehouse in Lower John Street, measuring 11,000 square feet over two floors, which has been completely renovated with the h…

Interview with Alice Konitz on the Abandoned Freeway to Beverly Hills

Alice Könitz is a Los Angeles based artist who was in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and in the recent 2014 Made in LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. On Sunday, July 20, 2014 I met Alice at her studio in Highland Park, Los Angeles for an interview and to recreate the visit of the raffle winner from the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Alice was to fly a winner to Los Angeles to view an area of unfinished freeway littered with detritus and construction materials--an unlikely destination that the artist nonetheless considers a source of inspiration. The prize included 3 nights at the Triangle Motel in Los Angeles and roundtrip airfare from NY to LA. We recreated that visit. During the recreation, Alice talks about her work and her current shows at the Hammer Museum and at Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California.
Mario Vasquez (MV):  We are recreating the raffle winner’s visit from the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Tell me about how the raffle and the winner came about.
Alice Könitz (AK)…

Warsaw Gallery Weekend

On the occasion of the Warsaw Gallery Weekend (WGW) 2014 we have just visited eight and very diverse positions. The main program of the WGW was supported by 21 local galleries and of one guest gallery from Prague. Collateral events were supported by institutions such as Zacheta – National Gallery of Art, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, National Museum in Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Theatre Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute or Academy of Fine Arts. This year, the Warsaw Gallery Weekend showed a very precise and accomplished selection of what the reputation of the Polish art scene is based on.

This video provides you with a tour through selected exhibitions that feature works by artists such as Aleksandra Chciuk, Andac Karabeyoğlu, Łukasz Filak, Magdalena Kulak, Kajetan Plis (Leto), Szymon Malecki, Tomek Sacilowski (Piktogram/BLA), Gudrun Kampl (Propaganda), Janek Zamoyski (Czułość), Erwin Kneihsl (SVIT), Aneta Grzeszykowska (Raster), Norman Leto (Center …