Review

July 31, 2012, 7:25am

The Road Ahead at Roberts & Tilton

The Road Ahead is a retrospective group show at Roberts & Tilton this summer in Los Angeles.  It features work from 14 artists, with many artists contributing multiple works.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

July 30, 2012, 8:30am

Leanne Grimes: The Journey to Radiant Earth

Two newcomers to the Seattle scene are worth checking out this month: Blindfold Gallery, now mounting its fourth exhibit since opening in April, and Leanne Grimes, who graduated last year from the University of Washington’s MFA painting program.

Listed under: Review, Seattle

July 23, 2012, 8:15am

Unrepresented: The Tabloid Scenes of Noah Davis’s Savage Wilds

The six new paintings comprising Savage Wilds by L.A. artist Noah Davis pop wildly with disparate references, ranging from talk show host Maury Povich to Mondrian.  Evocative of flat screens with TV show logos in their corners and caption-like titles, such as Crush on Daughter In-law, this new body of work on view at Seattle’s James Harris Gallery (through August 24th) has the feel of an electronics store with screens on every surface.

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July 06, 2012, 8:30am

Oil Paint Porn: Zhu Jinshi at Blum & Poe

Upon entering Blum & Poe, visitors are greeted with an overwhelming smell of paint.  Zhu Jinshi’s oil paintings are massive in size and massively interactive and encapsulating in presence.

Jinshi is a Beijing-based artist and Blum & Poe’s show is not just a 20-year retrospective, it is also his first solo presentation in the U.S.  And it is delightful.

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July 05, 2012, 8:30am

Karl Haendel at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Karl Haendel’s “Informal Family Blackmail” at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (on view through July 7th) is something of a mashup of experiences.  Moving from one constructed space to another, visitors journey from Hanedel’s world of photorealistic graphite drawings on paper, through a large room with a movie projection, and to a backroom about fear, security, and insecurity.  – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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July 04, 2012, 12:15pm

David Ostrowski and Jack Henry at Nudashank

David Ostrowski’s intuitive marks -- mistakes, he calls them -- aggregate on the canvas like layers of paint. “It’s a constant failure,” he says in reference to his painting process, which is deliberately fast and intent on producing gestural imperfections. Indeed, there’s very little hand wringing here, as the artist’s trust in his mark making becomes palpable in the lines that he makes.

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July 03, 2012, 8:20am

Re-Imagining Africa: YSL Denver

In Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, the Denver Art Museum’s extensive exhibit on the fashion designer and his life works, the museum inundates viewers with fashion, fabrics, and fabulous eye candy, often with ceiling-to-floor displays that are so jam-packed with beauty, whimsy, and haute couture, that it is breathtaking and overwhelming. - Read more by Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor, after the jump!

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June 28, 2012, 8:15am

Michael Berryhill at Kansas Gallery

What comes after stasis? Writing about Michael Berryhill’s work in 2010, Sharon Butler observed a trend of “contingency and ennui” in painting, predicting that “struggle and tenacity” would follow. That bend has arrived in Berryhill’s show at Kansas Gallery (which closed on June 23rd), a series of paintings which, in itself, blossoms.

Listed under: New York, Review

June 27, 2012, 8:15am

Brooks Cashbaugh: Demotic Emolument (of The People, a reward for Good Work)

Few images capturing the essence of American identity can stand the test of time and override the trappings of overuse, celebrity, cliché and kitsch.

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June 13, 2012, 8:25am

Michael Bauer at Lisa Cooley

Though he just moved to New York from Berlin, Michael Bauer's paintings have a thrifty quality that's native to the Lower East Side. Bauer is not exactly sparing with material, but he conveys a raggedy feeling through dull palette, erasure on canvas, and focused use of a tiny brush. The effect is a highly-detailed fog. Only rubbery silhouettes of heads and limbs identify these as tangles of elastic figures. - Whitney Kimball, NYC Contributor

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