Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wendell Gladstone "Fever Pitch" (Review) at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, California

Great contemporary painting is never an exercise for the passive. Contemporary painting challenges the perceptions of the viewer and presents something new within the confines of the canvas space. A painting communicates something more than what’s on the picture plane. Gladstone’s approach to painting is like the early 20th century painter Wassily Kandinsky, who began abstraction by playing with forms that were familiar yet abstracted into something strange and unacquainted. Wendell Gladstone's new body of work, "Fever Pitch," challenges perceptions of contemporary painting while in the meantime presents a narrative about love and the feelings that occupy such relationships.

Gladstone plays with form, color and composition. These paintings are not for the passive. The viewer is forced to look at the picture plane, where acid and pastel colors flood the canvas. The figures are recognizable in that the paintings show as the observer views, the lines become shapes, the shapes become figures, the figures intertwine, merge, curve, swirl, convene, and morph to become a narrative involving men, women, animals, cats, and dogs as they dance with the formations that are invested within each other. Bodies become form and then forms become bodies as everything is connected by each other via line and figure. 

Gladstone’s Surrealistic approach to figuration gives each painting a psychological dimension where the figures and characters relate to both the literal and to the subconscious; where the narratives relate to the emotional and subjective states of being. The active viewer is thus becoming a participant in the paintings subject matter.  The observer is then immersed in the picture. Gladstone’s latest work is excellent. This is a must-see show. 

On view until February 17, 2018. 

Wendell Gladstone "Fever Pitch" 
Shulamit Nazarian
616 N La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036

(310) 281-0961
Hours: Tues to Saturday, 10 to 6 pm


Monday, January 29, 2018

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, January 25-28, 2018, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California (Photo Essay)

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast, returns for its ninth edition at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 25–28, 2018. The fair offers an unrivaled perspective to the galleries and artists that define Los Angeles’ position in the contemporary art world. As part of the 2018 edition of the fair, ALAC is pleased to announce Banc of California as its official sponsor.

Participants for the 2018 fair encompass local and international exhibitors, including numerous new galleries to the fair from Latin America and Europe. International newcomers include Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (Montréal), Instituto de Visión (Bogotá), LAZY Mike (Moscow), Revolver (Lima) and Vigo Gallery (London). In its third year, the Freeways section returns with a unique roster of young galleries including AA|LA (Los Angeles), Club Pro (Los Angeles), Galerie Derouillon (Paris), M. LeBlanc (Chicago), Marinaro (New York) and Parker Gallery (Los Angeles). Longstanding participants return to the fair this year with presentations from galleries including Altman Siegel (San Francisco), Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago), Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles), Jack Hanley (New York), Ibid (Los Angeles), David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles), Peres Projects (Berlin) and Vermelho (São Paulo). “

As the international art community looks towards Los Angeles as a new global epicenter, it is essential to have an event that draws upon a comprehensive notion of the city,” said Tim Fleming, founder and director of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. “ALAC is a product of Los Angeles’ unique cultural community composed of an incredibly diverse array of artists, galleries, curators, institutions, collectors and enthusiasts. Entering its ninth year, ALAC continues to play host in a city that has emerged as a powerful cultural hub, as illustrated in the success of the Getty’s PST: LA/LA initiative, the constant growth of the gallery scene, and the recent inaugural openings of numerous institutions. “ALAC 2018 will specifically emphasize relationships between Los Angeles and other thriving art communities across Latin America, Asia, and Europe and how those relationships contribute to our city’s sociopolitical and aesthetic spectrum. Los Angeles is fully integrated into the worldwide contemporary art conversation, and ALAC looks to promote further growth, education and exchange."

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
January 25 to 28, 2018
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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ALAC 2018 Exhibitor List:
10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong) 313 Art Project (Seoul) 1301PE (Los Angeles) AA|LA Gallery (Los Angeles)* Louise Alexander Gallery (Porto Cervo) Altman Siegel Gallery (San Francisco) Peter Blake Gallery (Laguna Beach) Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago) Edward Cella Art & Architecture (Los Angeles) Ceysson & Bénétière (Geneva / Luxembourg / New York / Paris / Saint-Étienne) China Art Objects Galleries (Los Angeles) Club Pro (Los Angeles)* Galerie Derouillon (Paris)* DOCUMENT (Chicago) Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles) Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (Montréal) Gallery EXIT (Hong Kong) Henrique Faria (Buenos Aires / New York) Five Car Garage (Santa Monica) Honor Fraser (Los Angeles) Galerie Christophe Gaillard (Paris) Asya Geisberg Gallery (New York) Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles) Good Weather (North Little Rock)* Halsey McKay Gallery (East Hampton)* Jack Hanley Gallery (New York) The Hole (New York) Ibid Gallery (Los Angeles) Instituto de Visión (Bogotá) Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (Los Angeles) Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles) Lisa Kehler Art + Projects (Winnipeg) Marie Kirkegaard Gallery (Copenhagen) KLOWDEN MANN (Los Angeles) David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles) LAZY Mike (Moscow) Josh Lilley (London) M. LeBlanc (Chicago)* M+B (Los Angeles) Marinaro (New York)* Miles McEnery Gallery (New York) Meliksetian | Briggs (Los Angeles) Nino Mier Gallery (Los Angeles) Mixografia (Los Angeles) Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles)

Wendell Gladstone "Fever Pitch" (Review) at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, California

Great contemporary painting is never an exercise for the passive. Contemporary painting challenges the perceptions of the viewer and presen...