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Photos: Other Criteria at LA Art Show 2017

January 15, 2017 by Mary

I lost my heart to a starship trooper

January 9, 2017 by Mary

The exhibition has been curated by London-based art consultant Catherine Loewe, who says: ‘The exhibition’s title comes from the 1978 Hot Gossip song of the same name, and also refers to the artist Glenn Brown, who used the title for one of his paintings, a meticulous rendition of a Rembrandt. Through this appropriation, Brown united something old and almost sacred with something modern, and this, in part, was the genesis of the exhibition. While all of the featured works open up myriad lines of inquiry, from challenging notions of value and authorship to examining modern morality, the show is in essence about the artists’ relationship with the art historical canon, from Old Masters to the present.’ The theme alludes to the collective hysteria surrounding the art market and fuses the double Frieze Fairs, the Contemporary and the Masters, in this case blurring the distinguishing factors. The works in the exhibition include both traditional materials and the use of new technologies in a wide variety of media, from plasticine to video projection.

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Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, image courtesy the artist.

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz (b. 1966), is a British artist who studied Philosophy at York University, creates immaculately rendered compositions that mine familiar visual idioms from art history, creating ambiguous compositions that carefully examine what constitutes an original work of art. He is known for the reconfigurations of well-known images from art history and popular visual culture that question art historical discourses. Lenkiewicz’s ‘post-historic’ practice deconstructs the linearity of historical perspective to challenge our notions of past and present and delineate a new space that lies outside of history. Rather than relegating a painting to a time period, recent paintings by von Lenkiewicz can be viewed more accurately as a form of hybrid, a fulcrum between ages. The work in this exhibition ‘borrows’ from Jacques-Louis David’s (1748 – 1825) icon of the French Revolution, The Death of Marat, 1793, held in the collection at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, and Gerhard Richter’s Wolken, or cloud paintings, whose vaporescent forms create delicate sfumato brushwork around the figure of Marat. The painting hovers between past and present, engaging with both traditional craftsmanship and the readymade through the strategy of appropriation.

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Gavin Turk, Large Transit Disaster (Blue, Copper & Ochre), 2013
Silkscreen on canvas, 190 x 515 cm
Image © the Artist. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

Gavin Turk (b. 1967) first came to prominence as a key member of the much- mythologised Young British Artists of the early 1990s, and his oeuvre consistently deals with issues of authenticity, identity, the ‘myth’ of the artist, and the authorship of a work of art. Presented for the first time in the UK, Large Transit Disaster (Blue, Copper & Ochre), 2013, is a seminal example of Turk’s on-going Transit Disaster series. Appropriations of appropriations, Turk takes on the iconography of Andy Warhol’s infamous Death and Disasters series, 1962-63, the imagery for which the Pop master took from newspaper photographs of fatal car accidents. Where Warhol’s repetitions of the images blunted their tragedy, Turk takes inspiration from the 1960s silkscreens to comment on contemporary British society. Rather than an American car, Turk uses the icon of the white transit van, a symbol of a disappearing era of working class Britain. The expressive shapes of the van’s distorted metal also allude to the underlying social tensions that led to the 2011 London riots. In recasting an iconic work from the annals of art history, Turk emphasises the power of artists to transform materials and question the uniqueness of creativity.

Artists Glenn Brown, Luke Caufield, Gordon Cheung, Stephane Graff, Henry Hudson, Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra and Mariele Neudecker are also part of this exhibition.

Griffin Gallery
21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ

12th January – 24th February 2017
Private View: Wednesday, 11th January, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Other Criteria at LA Art Show 2017, Booth 312

January 5, 2017 by Mary

For this year's iteration of the LA Art Show, Other Criteria are pleased to present a bright and bold show of unique and editioned work by  Harland Miller Thomas Scheibitz, and John Hoyland, as well as a selection of Damien Hirst’s latest releases.

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Harland Miller, Hard as Fuck
Unique hand-finished print, 2016

Already considered one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, with 70,000 attendees last year, the LA Art Show is significantly expanding its footprint for its 22nd edition opening January 11-15, 2017. The 2017 fair will feature the most international list of exhibitors to date, with more than 100 galleries from over 20 countries including China, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom; an expanded group of corporate and media partners, including Stella Artois and the China Cultural Media Group, among many others; and an exciting roster of new exhibitions and programs curated by major local and international museums and arts organizations.

In recognition of Los Angeles’s new position as an international hub for cutting-edge contemporary art across all mediums — from painting, sculpture and drawing to performance, video, and installation — the fair’s board of directors is placing a new focus on post-war modern and contemporary artwork. This year the LA Art Show will also launch ROOTS, an exclusive curated section of historical dealers from the old Los Angeles Fine Art Show, presenting exhibitions of 18th Century European, Contemporary Realism, California Plein Air and Hudson River School paintings.

“As Los Angeles takes its place at the vanguard of the global art scene, our ability to adapt and evolve to meet the art market’s current trends and provide strong civic support is vital,” says LA Art Show producer and partner Kim Martindale. “The evolving role of the art fair as a fulcrum for art commerce, connecting galleries, artists, curators and international and multi-generational collectors drives our program.”

For the third year in a row St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will be the beneficiary of LA Art Show’s Opening Night Preview and Premiere Party, which will kick off festivities on January 11, 2017 with a portion of ticket proceeds benefitting the hospital’s mission. Last year’s Opening Night Preview was attended by more than 7,000 VIPs and was hosted by Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman.

The LA Art Show is strategically situated at the city’s dynamic epicenter with convenient access to world-renowned LA LIVE!, home to the Grammy Awards, The Grammy Museum, and an impressive entertainment complex that includes the Nokia Theatre, the Staples Center Arena, top restaurants, and The Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences. Patrons of the arts gladly drive to Downtown L.A. for the best in Classical Music (Disney Hall), Theater (Mark Taper and Ahmanson), and Contemporary Art (MOCA, Art District). 

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Red card special collectors preview: January 11th, 3pm – 5pm
Opening night: January 11th, 7pm – 11pm
Fair: January 12th – 14th, 11am – 7pm & 15th, 11am – 5pm