Los Angeles Times art critic

Review: Bronze sculptures of 'Power and Pathos' capture pivotal era

latimes.com — A telling moment of sly wit crops up early in "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World," the glorious and unprecedented exhibition of works from the ancient Mediterranean newly opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood. A fundamental transformation in art is crystallized through a savvy juxtaposition of two extraordinary sculptures.

Review: Floris Neususs at Von Lintel gallery

latimes.com — Before there were photographs made with cameras, there were photograms - or, to use Henry Fox Talbot's 1834 term, "photogenic drawings." Put an object on light-sensitive paper, add strong illumination and a shadowy picturee appears - without mediating machinery.

Review: Michaela Eichwald at Overduin & Co.

latimes.com — There is nothing precious about the gritty, grimy, sometimes even coarse abstract paintings of Berlin-based artist Michaela Eichwald. They work their considerable magic in spite of it. Or, perhaps it's more accurate to say in concert with it. These are paintings that operate on carefully balanced tensions generated between attraction and repulsion.

Review: Sally Bruno at LAM Gallery

latimes.com — Sally Bruno piles on the paint in her solo debut at LAM Gallery. So thickly layered is the paint and so visually tactile are the surfaces that her 14 recent works might almost be called relief sculptures. Still lifes, birds, domestic interiors and gardens are Bruno's most common subjects, and the inescapable pleasures of a self-made home are their shared motif.

Review: Mark Bradford at the Hammer Museum

latimes.com — A site-specific mural, a video installation and 12 new paintings comprise Mark Bradford’s ruminative exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum, organized by curator Connie Butler. Together they form a kind of thumbnail sketch of the artist’s varied artistic approaches since he began showing regularly in 2002, launched at the former Patricia Faure Gallery.

'Someday Is Now' reflects influence of the '60s and Warhol on artist Sister Corita

latimes.com — Pope Francis, meet Sister Corita. The timing is coincidental, but the opening of the large survey exhibition "Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" resonates with the publication last week of "Laudato Si,'" the pope's encyclical on the worldly crisis of environmental degradation. Sister Corita was an activist nun in the 1960s and 1970s.

Bling with a cheeky ring in Luis Gispert's 'Aqua Regia' exhibition

latimes.com — Fourteen new works by Luis Gispert offer art as the high-end collector’s design equivalent of a hip-hop artist’s gold chains. There are plenty of different styles to flaunt and parade - Figaro, rope, curb, Byzantine, herringbone, bead and snake - each with intrinsic value inflated by context.

Chloe Piene's videos have the power to disturb

latimes.com — Three short, single-channel videos, the longest just under three minutes in duration, anchor a show of nine large drawings by New York-based artist Chloe Piene at Susanne Veilmetter Los Angeles Projects. The drawings are all rendered in clipped, spindly, agitated lines that loosely describe fragmented, luxuriously reclining female nudes, all shattered in the amorphous space of large sheets of paper.

A process that ricochets between chance and order

latimes.com — A dozen recent paintings by New York artist Elizabeth Neel show how process has been moving into the foreground of her work in recent years. It has been there in prior paintings, but its prominence in her second solo show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is a provocative turn for an artist whose abstractions have direct ties to visual experience outside the canvas.

Sarah Cain's painting, with grit and spark

latimes.com — As a painter, Sarah Cain is a major fangirl. Not the vapid or uninteresting kind, but an incisive, seriously playful and intensely talented obsessive. She is fixated on putting paint where it belongs, which could be just about anywhere. The 20 results in her second solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery range from splendid to magnificent.
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Jul 30, 2015

Joe Sola's carefully tended installation is a horse of a different color. And geometry. bit.ly/1Ddoixm pic.twitter.com/rfmGkgwtsq

Jul 30, 2015

Nice round-up of Europe's "oops!" reaction to the @GettyMuseum 's surprise acquisition of a fine, late Bernini bust bit.ly/1JU9bWB

Jul 29, 2015

RT @TylerGreenDC: The Getty, which likely has higher local visitor numbers than the Met (as does LACMA) just RT'd this. Well played. twitter.com/KnightLAT/stat…

Jul 28, 2015

In cultural tourism news: @metmuseum averaged 17,400+ visitors per day in the last fiscal year, 3/4 from outside NYC bit.ly/1IGktTu

Jul 27, 2015

Just came from Hellenistic bronzes show @GettyMuseum. Review later, but for now: Wow. pic.twitter.com/GZBsT3DGMf

Jul 26, 2015

@CultureGrrl @LACMA The loud bass vibrates your clothing -- integral to watching the music video but not to looking at drawings one floor up

Jul 26, 2015

@CultureGrrl @LACMA The problem is the sound bleed, not the music video that requires the volume. #kramerloser

Jul 26, 2015

@chrisrusak No, working on something else right now. Took a break to go see it since I'm a big Steve McQueen fan

Jul 26, 2015

@chrisrusak The music video needs the volume. But if @LACMA can't show it right, sorry: Don't show it.

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