China syndrome

Flourishing interest at international festivals and record auction prices demonstrate an upsurge in interest for contemporary Chinese and Chinese-American art, and American museums have responded by organizing a plethora of group shows. Some museums, recognizing China’s increasing global importance, are earnestly committed to incorporating contemporary Chinese art into their permanent collections. Even China is beginning … read more… “China syndrome”

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Engaged in Pasadena

“Touched: Artists and Social Engagement,” curated by Noel Korten. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA. Through Sept. 2. Holly Myers reports in the LA Times: “The show is as earnest an exhibition as its rather clunky title implies, but — thanks to a thoughtful selection of artists and plenty of … read more… “Engaged in Pasadena”

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Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries

In ArtForum, Linda Yablonsky reports that the “Elizabeth Murray Praise Day” at the Bowery Poetry Club, sponsored by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, “provided a blend of the poignant and the comic that threatened to bring it closer to a Saturday Night Live skit shredding avant-garde performance practice than an actual art-world remembrance….One after another, … read more… “Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries”

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Pioneering modernist Helen Lundeberg’s WPA mural restored

The History of Transportation Mural Works Project Administration (WPA) Arts project, completed in 1940 and designed by Helen Lundeberg. Located in the Art Park at Manchester Blvd and Grevillea Avenue. Daniel Hernandez in the LA Weekly reports: “The mural represents a renewed sense of identity for Inglewood, which can’t seem to shake its reputation as … read more… “Pioneering modernist Helen Lundeberg’s WPA mural restored”

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Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art

Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone,”curated by Elizabeth Armstrong. Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. Through Aug. 26, 2007; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Nov. 3, 2007-Jan.20, 2008; Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, May 20-Aug. 24, 2008; and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Sept. 25-Jan. 25, 2009. Hunter … read more… “Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art”

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LA re-mix: Punk-pop aesthetic with pretty Japanese-girl-craft

Shizu Saldamando,” Tropico de Nopal, 1665 Beverly Blvd., Echo Park. Through Sept. 1. Elina Shatkin writes in the Los Angeles Times: “Combining elements of traditional Chicano portraiture, lowrider art and pinta (jailhouse) art, Shizu Saldamando’s delicate paintings and drawings depict a generation of young adults not commonly seen on canvases or gallery walls….Her subjects are … read more… “LA re-mix: Punk-pop aesthetic with pretty Japanese-girl-craft”

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iona rozeal brown and Clare Woods in Los Angeles

In LA Times’ “Around the Galleries’ column Holly Myers recommends Brown at Sandroni Rey Gallery and Clare Woods at Karyn Lovegrove Gallery: “The painter iona rozeal brown has been circling the same relatively narrow territory since completing her graduate degree at Yale five years ago: the unlikely — or at least counterintuitive — intersection of … read more… “iona rozeal brown and Clare Woods in Los Angeles”

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