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On View Now: Gagosian

Gagosian is pleased to present "Calafia," new watercolor paintings by Walton Ford. This is his first exhibition with the gallery.

Ford's work explores where natural history and human culture intersect. His large-scale, empirically precise, and highly detailed paintings consider the drama and history of animals as they exist in the human imagination, revealing the deeply intertwined relationships between nature and civilization. Using the visual language and medium of nineteenth century naturalist illustrators such as John James Audubon, Ford masters the aesthetics of scientific truth only to amplify and subvert them, creating provocative, and sometimes fanciful narratives out of facts.
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"Calafia" comprises a new series of epic paintings in which Ford depicts California through an amalgam of its myths, legends, and folklore. In a sixteenth century novel, Las sergas de Esplandían (The Adventures of Esplandian), the Castilian author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo wrote of a fictitious island, inhabited by enormous flying griffins. On this island lived a tribe of Amazons, ruled by a warrior queen named Calafia. When the Spanish sailed up the western coast of North America, they named the land after this same imaginary island they had read about— thus fiction became history.

Walton Ford (born 1960) grew up in the Hudson Valley and lives and works in New York. Collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; New York Public Library; Princeton Art Museum, New Jersey; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Visit the website for additional info about the artist and the exhibtion

On view: November 2–December 16, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Gagosian, 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Website: http://www.gagosian.com/

On View Now: Ty Joseph Featured at Gloria Delson Gallery, Downtown L.A.

Celebrate the art of Ty Joseph at Gloria Delson Gallery in Downtown L.A. Ty Joseph, an emerging Los Angeles based artist, currently on view at the Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery.
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You are invited to join Joseph, fellow artists, friends, and art enthusiasts at the opening of 'Pace' at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts gallery in Downtown LA on Saturday, November 4th, 6pm - 10pm. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary drinks and tidbits will be served.

Joseph is mostly known for the "L's" in his paintings. These are distinct arrangements of L-shaped patterns, that tie in with simulacrums of perceptible objects. The structure of the paintings embodies a combination of design art and substance that typically comments on the abandonment of "elegance" in today's society, among other motifs. One of the interpretations of the meaning behind the L's, is that they represent the 'ele' in elegance. His unique style and enigmatic portrayal earned him fast growing recognition and appreciation.

Joseph was born in Hamburg, Germany and grew up in Israel, he has been residing in LA for the past 10 years and used to be a touring musician and a real estate investor. in 2016 Joseph began painting once again, an occupation he has abandoned since his late childhood, despite his precocious artistic abilities. Joseph's studio is in West Hollywood and his work commentary, and photography can be viewed on his website at www.tyjoseph.com.
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Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (GDCA) is a full-service contemporary arts gallery located on Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles, in the heart of Gallery Row. After serving as a private art dealership for more than thirty years, catering to private and corporate clientele, Gloria Delson debuted her gallery space in March 2010, and has been open to the public since then.

On view: November 4 - November 30, 2017

What: Opening Reception
Where: Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery / 727 S Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014
Phone: (323)309-2875
Website: https://tyjoseph.com/

On View Now: Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, La Luz de Jesus

Los Angeles-based artist Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman's solo exhibition "Girls, Girls, Girls" opens at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Friday, November 3. The show will represent her largest single body of work to date. There will be an artist's reception at the gallery that evening from 8-11PM (4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027).
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Rabbit Girl by Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman

In Sullivan-Beeman's show statement, she says, "Today's girl is an emerging phenomenon. What is her secret ingredient? It's not only about being treated equally, it's about being strong, present - a 'wonder woman.' The powerful femininity arising now is a direct translation of the yin energy that I idolize."

She adds, "My work comes from someplace subliminal...a magical realm. It's the unknown where I like to go. The characters that have been inhabiting my dreams are all here. As if I've been holding my breath, and this is the first, fullest exhalation."

"Girls, Girls, Girls" will feature 13 new paintings, all executed in the time-intensive egg tempera medium for which Sullivan-Beeman is known. In a "Creators" piece on her for Vice, Tanja Laden wrote, "Egg tempera was the medium of choice for Old Masters like Michelangelo, but once oil paint replaced it in the early 16th century, the once-omnipresent art technique became quickly antiquated. Now, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman is resurrecting the use of egg tempera in her dreamlike paintings, while also reminding audiences of the archaic medium's characteristically mysterious sense of illumination."

The exhibition will also feature a painted resin sculpture of "Turtle Girl" (painting pictured below), and an original drawing of the same work.
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Turtle Girl by Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, (2017) Egg tempera and oil, 16 x 12 inches

Recently, Sullivan-Beeman had a piece in "In My Head – Visionari Contemporanei," a group exhibition at Merino Bottega D'arte in Florence, Italy, and at the Life Is Beautiful Music and Art Festival in Las Vegas, NV (for the second consecutive year). She has previously shown at La Luz de Jesus (where her last solo show sold out) and Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles,Greg Moon Art in Taos, New Mexico, and Stephen Romano Gallery in New York City.

Find out more about the artist at http://www.sullivanbeeman.com/

What: Opening reception
Where: La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. LA 90027
When: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Phone: 323-666-7667
Website: http://www.laluzdejesus.com

On View Now: ViCA Celebrates "Art in Place."

"Art in Place.," curated by Juri Koll, Director of ViCA (the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art) opened on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The exhibition will be on view by appointment and is located at the Newberry Lofts in Long Beach. Selected artists include KuBO, Renee Tanner, Gloriane Harris, Cosimo Cavallaro, MB Boissonault, Matt Ehrmann, Christine Sawicky, Linda Stelling, Theodore Svenningsen, Ron Therrio, and Reginald Van Langenhove, and works from the collection of ViCA by artists such as John Baldessari, Sam Francis and Edmund Teske.
To encourage new relationships with ViCA, an open call for the group show was held. There will be catalog issued for this exhibition, a solo show for one chosen artist, 6 or so multi-work presentations, alaong with a group show with 40+ individual artists.

ViCA, in association with Engel & Völkers (representing the Newberry Lofts) is presenting the exhibition. Mr. Koll is curating artwork for more than 7000 sq. ft. of exhibition space in several newly completed condominiums at the Newberry Lofts located on historic Pine Ave. in downtown Long Beach, CA. This art fair format is an incredible opportunity for both seasoned veterans and emerging talent in Southern California to exhibit and network with peers, showcase new work to clients and patrons.

There will be ample parking for the event, refreshments and hors d'ouvres, and a musical performance to be announced. 

On view: December 2017 

What: Art Party
Where: Newberry Lofts, 433 Pine Ave., Long Beach, California 90802
Website: https://www.veniceica.org/

On View Now: Skidmore Contemporary Art

Skidmore Contemporary Art is delighted to announce two new exhibitions. "Courtney Murphy, A Night In," and "Eric Nash: BLVD."
Courtney Murphy, 
Midnight, 2017, Oil on panel, 18" x 24"

Courtney Murphy's new paintings are inspired by characterizations of women in classic film noir. The women she depicts are alluring and elegant in their high heels and shimmering silks, but their poses offer intriguing questions. Are the works images of the same woman, or different women? Only one face appears—in profile and turned away so that she cannot be recognized. Has she turned her head by choice or instruction?

A lifelong artist, Eric Nash graduated with a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He began his career in Chicago while working as an advertising art director. This experience cemented his interest in universal and iconic imagery. He works in oil and charcoal and is known as a West Coast Realist. Important influences include Pop Art, American Realism and cinematography.

Eric Nash, Santa Monica Blvd Exit Only, 2017, Oil on canvas, 38" x 60"

On view: November 4 - December 2, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310-828-5070
Website: http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/

Review: "Some Things Never Change" by Delfin Finley, Lora Schlesinger Gallery

I attended the opening of "Some Things Never Change" by Delfin Finley at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
At first look at the work and the crowd, I assumed I was in the wrong gallery. I found myself saying "Is this the Lora Schlesinger Gallery?" The coterie was hip young and from one glance, I could tell they knew each other. A sense of community emanated from these young adults who appeared to be in their early twenties...just like to artist. The work was striking..undeviating portraiture filled with socially charged themes.

A realistic painter, Finley's work is direct, unfiltered with stylized detail. His subjects are placed in uncompromising situations revealing the reality of everyday life. Some Things Never Change" portrays the continued racism that today's black men and women are forced to deal with.
Finley was commissioned by Fucking Awesome (a popular skate board and clothing brand) to paint Dylan Rieder for a board. Reider a renowned skateboarder who died at the age of 28 of complications from leukemia made a huge impact on the skate board community. Other Fucking Amazing subjects used in Finley's work include Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt, and skater Na-Kel Smith.

I met one of the models at the event named Austin Maddox. She was brimming with pride and had wonderful things to say about the artist. The exhibition features a broad range of today's abstract culture infused emotional elements...allowing the viewer to embrace his work both individually as as one installation.
"Some Things Never Change" is on view now from July 22 - August 26, 2017. The Lora Schlesinger Gallery is located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. #B5b, Santa Monica 90404; http://loraschlesinger.com/

On view Now: Upper West Presents the Art of Bobbie Rich

Upper West presents a solo exhibition featuring the art of Bobbie Rich. This will be Rich's 2nd solo show at the restaurant. She said she was excited about exhibiting again, and was creating new works for the show. "Everyone at Upper West has become like family," added Rich. Read my Huffington Post article about this exhibition.
Bobbie Rich, Influence 40x30 inches mixed media

Since the last time the artist was showcased at Upper West, her style of painting and her subjects have changed. She has incorporated animals into her work which evolved out of her own travel photography. Another new addition is her Ocean series - and it happens to be one of her biggest sellers. She explained how she created the work..."Waves are built up first with palette knives and molding paste, then brought to life with layers of acrylic and detailed with oil paint."

The exhibit will feature a mixture of people inspired by travel, fashion, nature and personal relationships. She added, "I still very much enjoy painting unique, whimsical people. Most recently my people are primarily oil paint with other media layered in - acrylic, paper, metal leaf, moon paint, etc. For additional info about the artist, visit her website at http://www.BobbieRich.com

On view through October.

Where: Upper West Restaurant, 3321 Pico Boulevard, LA 90404

Website: http://www.theupperwest.com/

Review: "Peter Lodato: New Paintings" & "Eric Johns: Select Works" at William Turner Gallery!

William Turner Gallery held an opening reception for artists Peter Lodato and Eric Johnson on July 15th, 2017. It was well attended with a consistent local art crowd.
Peter Lodato

The calculated exhibit featured an alternating color theme regimented in form. Keeping within his signature style, the artst has continued to embrace the relationship that he owns with space around him. Often focusing on subtle themes, his bold retangular statements embrace a gentler reductive voice of its own.

Lodato has been creating work since the 1960s while evolving with each new exhibition. "Peter Lodato: New Paintings" is visually calming yet effectively calls to mind a veracity of purity. Initially begining with drawings, Lodato continues to create a simple yet sometimes brash through his use of light and color.

The art of Peter Lodato is held in many renowned collections both public and private. His work resides in the Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, etc.

Also on view is work by sculptor Eric Johnson. His wood and resin creations were meticulously thought out with an appropriate amount of resolve. While some were rapped in the smooth surface of resin, one stood out on its own. A delicate flower of what appeared to be raw wood reflecting its own bold statement onto its sculptural brothers.
Eric Johns

"Peter Lodato: New Paintings" and "Eric Johns: Select Works" will remain on view through September 9th, 2017 at William Turner Gallery, located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., in Santa Monica, CA 90404. (310) 453-0909;  http://www.williamturnergallery.com