Last week, Part I of my Los Angeles Report covered an outing to CB1 in the historic downtown neighborhood. Part II takes me south to San Pedro, a small neighborhood bordering the bustling Port of Los Angeles, east to an industrial area beyond the Los Angeles River, and then west to leafy, lush Santa Monica.
Chromophobia, in which he argues that color, deemed superficial and unworthy of intellectual consideration, has been marginalized in Western culture.
UPDATE: This image is of Robert Irwin's "Window Wall for Cal State Long Beach." Originally built as a temporary installation for "A View Through," a 1975 exhibition organized by a Museum Studies class, Irwin gave permission to reconstruct it in permanent materials in 1976. I'm not sure what the orange cones and police tape signify, though. Thanks, Marie, for posting a video about the piece in the Comments section.
UPDATE: A reader wrote to say that Marlee Donati painted the green canvas and Courtney Heiser made the pink one.
Laura Owens has turned a two-building industrial complex into a studio and cavernous gallery space. During my visit, nine of Alex Katz's flower paintings lined the walls of 356 S. Mission Road. Lightly painted with masterful brushwork and luminous color, the enormous canvases appear to have been painted wet-on-wet, in one go. The subject matter may not be as compelling as Katz's earlier figurative work, but these paintings, on view through July 7, aren't about garden design or abstract composition. They're about the process of painting on a grand scale. I was bowled over by his astounding technique.
Julia Schwartz. Schwartz came to Bushwick for the past two years to participate in Julie Torres's Bushwick Open Studios projects and she also sat on the CSU Long Beach social media panel the day before. After a long conversation about imagery, we agreed that the best paintings reveal an artist's subconscious concerns rather than illustrating it. So, please, no overt depictions of anima and animus.
Part I: Los Angeles Report
Marie Thibeault's extravagant wreckage in LA (2008)
"One unexpected turn leading surprisingly to the next and culminating in a small triumph." (2009)
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