Showing posts from February, 2016

Abraham Cruzvillegas on Mexico City

The city and environment in which an artist lives and works naturally influences their ideas, their practice and their form. In a new series co-produced with the Guardian we explore the native or adopted cities of a range of major international artists.

We learn how each artist has identified and developed a relationship with the landscape and city they call home and how such connections materialise in their work.

In this episode Abraham Cruzvillegas explains how his practice of autoconstrucción evolved from the contradictory and precarious elements of life which give the city a new shape every day.

"Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

It is very rare that an artist and Hollywood converge to create a meaningful and thoughtful art meant to invoke deeper meanings of life, mortality, and materiality. Catherine Opie's 700 Nimes Road creates a contemporary Vanitas by exploring the property and belongings of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor was a beautiful actress whose career included numerous awards including two Oscars Awards for Best Performance for an Actress in a Leading Role. She was the leading lady in many films with some of most leading men in Hollywood, including James Dean, Richard Burton, Rock Hudson and many more. My initial thoughts, while looking at Opie's new portfolio of photography, as well as her approach to the subject of Elizabeth Taylor, was to reflect on the 1950 classic movie Sunset Boulevard.
In Sunset Boulevard, a struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis, played by William Holden, has an encounter with an aging actress of the silent movie era, Norma Desmond. Desmond is in denial of her…

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, California

Image The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast, returns for its seventh edition on January 28–31, 2016, at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, the pivotal weekend in Los Angeles’s contemporary art calendar. Drawing over 15,000 visitors in 2015, ALAC continues to reflect the pace of Los Angeles as the fastest growing art market, with rapid expansion as an international force in the art world.

The 2016 edition of ALAC brings together over 70 top established and emerging galleries from around the world, hailing from over ten countries and a dozen art capitals. Many of these galleries show for the first time at ALAC, including Bureau (New York), Christian Andersen (Copenhagen), Galerie Kadel Willborn (Düsseldorf), Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles) and MOT International (London). ALAC is delighted to announce a strong presence of exhibitors w…