"Playing With Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

"You know, there is, Aztlan is a fictitious [mythical] place. But we're saying it exists everywhere. You can just drive to Venice and you'll see murals as much as you'll see on the east side. So, to me, that was a very uncalled-for way of looking at the murals. The review for that show also never once criticized or analyzed the murals. It was mostly the social phenomenon of having eastside kids and eastside young people over in the west side in some restaurant. There happens to be a restaurant in the museum, yes. There's also one at the Museum of Modern Art and one at the Metropolitan."  

Interview with Carlos Almaraz
Conducted by Margarita Nieto
At the Archives of American Art Southern California Research Center in Los Angeles, CA
February 6, 13, & 20 and July 31, 1986; and January 29, 1987

"Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz" features 65 works, including mostly paintings and several drawings from the artist’s studio practice. Almaraz w…

Adriana Varejão "Interiors" at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, California

Press Release:  The Baroque always connects two extremes, like light and shadow, in one body, one painting. History outside against a wild body inside, cultured and uncultured, cooked and uncooked, greed and expressionism, rationalism and irrationalism, cold and hot.
—Adriana Varejão Gagosian is pleased to present “Interiors,” an exhibition by Adriana Varejão, one of Brazil’s most renowned contemporary artists. A collateral project of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this is Varejão’s first-ever West Coast exhibition and includes important loans from Brazil and Europe in a selected survey from the last twenty years. Embodying the fraught pluralism of Brazilian identity and the diverse implications of social, cultural, and aesthetic exchange, Varejão’s unprecedented artistic forms—which encompass painting, sculpture, and video installation—reach across time and place, exposing the multivalent nature of history, memory, and cultural representation. In “Interiors,” the spatial drama of the Ba…

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.