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PST LA/LA

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If you have driven around Los Angeles in the past few months you have probably noticed billboards, park benches and bus ads with phrases such as this: “There will be love. There will be art.” They marked the event Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST) which showcased and celebrated Latin American art in Los Angeles. PST not only included art works but performances both musical and theatrical. Cultural institutions up and down the coast of California participated in this project, which was spearheaded by The Getty Center. In the following days I will be posting on PST exhibitions I visited.

LIFE WTR 3.0

IMG_7339(L) Ghazaleh Khalifeh (M) Tiffany Huang (R) Adam Dalton Blake

Series 3 of LIFE WTR is out on the shelves. This series showcases three emerging fashion designers: Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang and Ghazaleh Khalifeh. The bottle on the right was designed by Adam Dalton Blake who graduated from RISD. His design consists of various faces in vibrant colors. The bottle in the middle is Tiffany Huang’s who graduated from Parsons School of Design. Her pattern resembles textiles while the use of yellow is significant as her last name, Huang, in Chinese means yellow. And the colorful bottle on the left was created by Ghazaleh Khalifeh who graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Khalifeh incorporates swirling blotches of color on the bottle.

Interested in finding out more about the series? Check out: https://www.lifewtr.com/series/series-3/

BP Portrait Awards 2017

FullSizeRender 2Breech! // Benjamin Sullivan // oil on canvas // 1st Prize

Every year the National Portrait Gallery in London invites the public to submit portraits to be on view in the gallery in an exhibition known as the BP Portrait Awards. Last year marked the 38th year. In addition to the main show, there is a youth category called Next Generation. The 38th BP Portrait Awards had 2,580 submissions from 87 countries. Of that number, a panel of judges selected 53 to be exhibited. The following were my favorite.

FullSizeRender 4Delfin // Jesús Maria Sáez de Vicuña Ochoa // oil on board

FullSizeRender 7Simona // Lukáš Betinsky // oil on canvas

FullSizeRender 8Emma // Antony Williams // egg tempera on board // 3rd Prize

FullSizeRenderAnother Find Day on Elysian Fields Avenue, Nola // Éva Csanyi-Hurskin // oil on linen

FullSizeRender 6Archipelago // Brian Shields // acrylic on canvas behind part-mirrored glass

FullSizeRender 5Double Portrait // Thomas Ehretsmann // acrylic on board // 2nd Prize

FullSizeRender copyGabi // Henry Christian-Slane // oil on board // BP Young Artist Award

Serpentine Pavilion

FullSizeRender.jpgSerpentine Pavilion // Francis Kéré // 2017

Each summer (from 2000-2017) the Serpentine Gallery commissions an artist or architect to create a pavilion. Former designers have included Ai Weiwei, Frank Ghery, Sou Fujimoto and Jean Nouvel. The 2017 pavilion was built by Francis Kéré. Resembling a tree with a trunk-like structure in center, the 300 square meter pavilion allowed for a sitting area, a cafe and a place for educational events.

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Highway Gallery

IMG_3812Photograph by Sultan Al Ameri

Have you ever listened to an art podcast and found yourself irritated that you were unable to view the work being discussed? That is definitely true for me. Well the Louvre Abu Dhabi has found a way to combat that frustration. Called the “Highway Gallery,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi has placed 9×6 meter billboards of various works from their collection on the side of the E11/Sheikh Zayed Road. If you are interested in hearing about these works as you drive by simply tune into one of three radio stations and you are able to hear a 30 second blurb detailing information including title, artist, medium and a description of the masterpiece. The “Highway Gallery” certainly provides a little culture to your drive don’t you think?

Radio Stations Include:

Radio 1: 100.5 FM

Classic FM: 91.6 FM

Emarat: FM: 95.8 FM

(space) Men in the Cities

FullSizeRender 6Psychotic Reaction // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2017

David Trulli designed a series of galaxy inspired works. Titled “(space) men in the Cities,” these pieces are created in the technique known as scratchboard. Essentially, Trulli utilized a black-coated clay board in which he carefully scratched out his design. What remains are his meticulous interstellar scenes of astronauts, UFOs and swirling space comets.

FullSizeRender 25 (T) Galaxy Door // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2010 (R) Gravity’s Rainbow // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery (L)  Galaxy Bridge // David Trulli // Robert Bearman Gallery // 2015

FullSizeRender 40Escape Artist // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2017

A Bigger Book

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You think your college textbooks were big? Well prepare to be shocked. Taschen has published a David Hockney book titled “A Bigger Book” which is so large that is rests on an easel. A Sumo- size book, its dimensions are 19.6 x 27.5 inches and weighs 75 pounds (not including the stand). This book serves as a portfolio of Hockney’s work, providing large photographs of his most famous works from  portraits to his swimming pools to more recent iPad drawings.

Féminaire

FullSizeRender 14.jpgMai-Thu Perret

32 glazed ceramics, 9 figures and 1 dog comprise the exhibition “Féminaire” at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. Artist Mai-Thu Perret uses artistic techniques such as ceramic, papier-mâché and wicker to create works that comment on female identity. Displayed on an elevated platform is “Les Guarillères,” which includes the 9 figures and 1 dog. Each figure is created with different materials yet as an ensemble they all appear as a contemporary army in modern clothing. The figures, and dog, all face the ceramic wall hangings. Like the figures, each ceramic is different. Some are smooth, others are more textural and many include mix colors.

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FullSizeRender 16From “Les guérillères” // Mai-Thu Perret // 2016

FullSizeRender 15From “Les guérillères” // Mai-Thu Perret // 2016

Serial Flirtations

IMG_0549.JPG18th century painter Pietro Rotari is best known for his character studies, which are paintings that illustrate personal characteristics of specific individuals. Rotari’ works were often displayed in a tight hang, with multiple rows. This can best be illustrated in the image below, “The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall.” The Norton Simon created an intimate exhibition showcasing a series of his character studies.

FullSizeRender 2The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall // Wall Mural

FullSizeRender 8Portrait of a Woman with Black Lace Scarf, Green Coat with White Fur // Pietro Antonio Rotari // oil on canvas // presumably painted after 1750

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FullSizeRender 4Studio Of Pietro Antonio Rotari // Portrait of Ekaterina Petrovna Holstein-Beck, Later Princess Bariatinsky // c. 1762 // oil on canvas