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On Hiatus....

For the month of August, Super Mario Art is on hiatus until September. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy Mat Gleason interviewing me on how to navigate the growing and expanding Los Angeles art scene. I will back in September where I will be covering Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA; a citywide festival focusing on Latin America and its relationship with Los Angeles. Galleries and Museums from San Diego to Santa Barbara will be showcasing art from all over Latin America. It's going to be terrific and I will be covering the best. Have a great rest of your summer, and I will see you in September.

Phyllida Barlow: Untitled: 100banners2015

First exhibited in 2015 at Barlowʼs solo exhibition ‘tryst’ at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, ‘untitled: 100banners2015’ is a dense installation comprized of clashing, brightly colored fabric banners, draped haphazardly across unwieldy, painted timber flagpoles anchored with sand bags. The banners are placed so close to one another so as to make it impossible to pass through. Barlow, nevertheless, invites the viewer to navigate the sculptureʼs sprawling territory. As typical symbols of power and patriotism, banners mark territory, pledge allegiance, protest and parade; they are the standard markers of war and demonstrations. Yet Barlow deprives them of their proclamations: each banner is unadorned. Disassociated from their traditional function, they simply become vibrant fabric stretched across wooden poles. Potential remains, nonetheless, and although dormant they are primed for reactivation.

Curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited is Art Basel’s pioneering ex…

Hannah Plotke "Motel Ukiah" at Sade - Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Memory is something that can be expressed in fragments. Parts of moments, which are remembered, appear as pieces, and even as fractions of the experiences that were perceived. Rarely is anything linear or in a chronologic order. Frank O'Hara once described Alex Katz as having an "all over" approach, which was prevalent in the time of abstract expressionism, by placing his figures all over and covering the canvas space but retaining a stubbornness of being a figurative painter. Hannah Plotke in her solo show "Motel Ukiah" at Sade takes a very similar approach in her paintings. The works are populated completely with images and scenes that are reminiscences or recollections. Plotke defragments previous paintings thus creating a past by the work itself and the pictures within.

Each painting is populated with images and figures that convey pieces of memory. There is an "all over" approach where Plotke uses parts and fragments of old works and collages them…

Documenta 14 Kassel Highlights

By Enrico on 9. June 2017
Some highlights from Documenta 14 in Kassel, including works by Pélagie Gbaguidi, Pawel Filonow, Alina Szapocznikow, Nilima Sheikh, Cecilia Vicuna, Otobong Nkanga, Rosalind Nashashibi, Christos Papoulias, Mattin, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Mirjam Cahn, Alvin Lucier, Jugoexport, Marta Minujin, Ibrahim Mahama, Beau Dick, and others, filmed during the first Preview day June 8, 2017.

"Unpacking the Collection" curated by Philipp Kaiser, an exhibition of the permanent collection, and "The Wig Museum" a site specific, solo exhibition by Jim Shaw, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Marciano Foundation
4357 Wilshire Boulevard,  Los Angeles, CA 90010

Los Angeles has a new art space for contemporary art, and it definitely lives up to expectations of a world class art collection of contemporary art. Housed in a former masonic temple, the Marciano Art Foundation does an excellent job at both displaying contemporary art, and honoring the former tenants,The Freemasons, in which used it as the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple.

The moment you arrive at the Marciano Art Foundation, the Freemasons are there. The building itself is covered with symbols that represents various aspects of Freemason thought and beliefs. During the renovation and transformation of the monumental ‪Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, a rich array of material culture was discovered—furniture, stage sets, robes backdrops, costumes, wigs and regalia—left behind by the building’s original owners, Freemasons, a worldwide fraternal order dating back to the eighteenth century. So …