July 16, 2007

At the Hammer Museum, Gary Garrels assembles a distinctly Angeleno strain of contemporary visual language

Doug Harvey in the LA Weekly: “One of the most pronounced symptoms of the wide-scale institutionalization of artistic practice has been the rise of curatorial studies as an academic category and the subsequent escalation of the curator’s role and visibility — sometimes to the point of supplanting the place of the artist as the raison d’être of an exhibition. Occasionally this inversion is justified, but more often it stands as sad and stunted evidence of the blahblahblah-ification of what is essentially a complex preverbal multisensory language; just because a picture’s worth a thousand words doesn’t mean those words demand to be spelled out….Which is why it is such a great and unexpected pleasure to come across a museum show like “Eden’s Edge,” a sampler of 15 contemporary Los Angeles artists assembled by the Hammer’s chief curator, Gary Garrels.” Artists: Ginny Bishton, Mark Bradford, Liz Craft, Sharon Ellis, Matt Greene, Elliott Hundley, Stanya Kahn & Harry Dodge, Monica Majoli, Matthew Monahan, Rebecca Morales, Lari Pittman, Ken Price, Jason Rhoades, Anna Sew Hoy, and Jim ShawRead more. “Eden’s Edge: Fifteen L.A. Artists” The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., through September 2