Houston, Texas-based artist Ray Dunlap has unleashed a new series of paintings dubbed “American Made Witchcraft.” This new work delves deeper into abstraction. “The Cloning of the Forefathers” (above) and “10 Gallons of God’s Blood for an Ounce of Gold” (below) reveal Dunlap’s exploration of more fully amorphous compositions. These
A new exhibition at the European House of Photography in Paris (Maison Européenne de la Photographie or MEP) showcases two giants of 20th Century photography. These are Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu. We’re massive fans of their body of work and have a small collection of their books.
Taschen’s new XXL-size coffee table book contains the entire set of artworks by the late great artist Frida Kahlo. Aptly titled “Frida Kahlo. The Complete Paintings,” the massive tome is an exhaustively thorough biographical document of the iconic, pioneering Mexican artist. The books is a whopping 624 pages! It includes
It’s a small show, but one that packs a punch. Amy Sherald’s collection of five new paintings manage to fill the airy, cathedral-like main space at Hauser and Wirth, Los Angeles with a quiescent power. The exhibition is titled “The Great American Fact.” Sherald’s work, mostly portraits, render scenes of
Artist Larry Bell’s red, glass cubes at MOCA Los Angeles are a masterful use of color, materials and space. The artwork is titled “Bill and Coo at MOCA’s Nest.” It’s a site-specific artwork that’s a mesmerizing and magical work of contemporary minimalism at its finest. Bell’s artwork comprises a series
Last weekend we went to the new exhibition of artwork by Brazilian artist Lygia Pape at Hauser and Wirth Los Angeles. It was a revelation. One work in particular blew our minds. It’s a pair of tilted, rhombus-like, geometrically intertwined columns comprised of hundreds of silver strings illuminated by lights
Artist Fabian Oefner’s Heisenberg Objects is a collection of sculptural works created by slicing objects — sneakers, a clock, a Leica camera. The effect is of exploded-view-like visual distortion. Some of the objects are more recognizable than others, but all reveal the inner workings and parts of the objects to
Artist Misaki Kawai‘s current exhibition of new work at the Hole Gallery in New York City could at a brief glance easily be called “kawaii,” the Japanese word that means “cute” and connotes an entire culture (and myriad sub-cultures) that express the cute aesthetic. Its roots are from Japan, and
This wonderful mural in Downtown Los Angeles is a visual play on the age-old proverb “Speak no evil, See no evil, Hear no evil” that often accompanies an image of three “wise” monkeys. Here the evil is money. Instead of monkeys, the painting depicts three simple, cartoony line-drawing-style characters with
The MoMA dives into what it’s like to live with some amazing minimalist artwork in the home and workplace. In a short article and photo essay the museum published on their website last spring, the idea of integrating large- and medium-size minimalist installation art is shown with a rarefied example:
Hey, you! Yes, YOU! You, the savvy reader of this blog. In case you did not know it, you are an artist! Well, to clarify, if you aren’t, then you can be. Instantly! Yes, INSTANTLY! What if we were to say that you can be an artist within minutes, if
One of modern art’s greatest painters and arguably America’s greatest living artist, Jasper Johns is a giant of the contemporary art world. Recently on the eve of “JasperJohns: Something Resembling Truth,” a massive new exhibition of his work at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, Johns was interviewed by the
Among the vast art collection of billionaire businessman, philanthropist and art collector Eli Broad is a large collection of artworks by the late, great artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Pictured here are a handful of those Basquiats currently on view at the eponymous Broad Museum of Art in Los Angeles. (Note: You’ll
The unthinkable has happened. Yes, savvy reader, bona fide post-modern rockstar artist and art-world darling Jeff Koons has collaborated with major, global luxury brand Louis Vuitton, installing his iconic stainless-steel inflatable-bunny “sculptural object” titled “Rabbit” in the brand’s boutique display windows alongside special-made stainless-steel balloon versions of the LV logo.
Artist Glenn Ligon‘s “Double America 2” is among the most profound works of contemporary American art, and it is profoundly American. It’s absolutely brilliant. Literally and figuratively. The artwork can be read on several levels. At its core is the idea of there being two different Americas or American experiences
When you hear the words “self-portrait” you think painting or image by an artist or photographer of him or her self. In modern parlance, that’s a selfie, if you will. It’s straightforward. A picture … of your self, by your self. Usually, there’s just one of you. It’s pretty narrowly defined.
News flash, kids! Times change! What was shocking once, now evokes a weary “Meh!” When that crushing realization is made, it can be kind of depressing for some, forcing people to ask themselves “What’s it all mean?” and to think really hard for a moment about one’s ever-shrinking relevance and