FEATURED ARTIST

Ignacio Perez Meruane

IGNACIO PEREZ MERUANE

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive and Colpa Press are pleased to present a curving wave that never breaks, a group of works by Ignacio Perez Meruane with an accompanying publication and artist’s edition. Both the exhibition and publication serve as a continuation of Perez Meruane's 2015 project circuitos at Galería Tajamar in Santiago, Chile, exploring the history of the country’s copper mining industry. The project takes as its point of departure connections between Chuquicamata and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Chuquicamata, the world's largest open pit copper mine, was opened in northern Chile by the Guggenheim family in 1915. The works presented address the global circulation of copper as a commodity, extracted from one location and transported to another, alongside copper's inherent capacity to conduct the flow of electricity and therefore transmit information. Frank Lloyd Wright's theory of organic architecture, in which a building and its elements are integrated with their environment, is contrasted in these works with Solomon Guggenheim's willful exploitation of that which comes from the earth - copper.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2017

    Installation view: "A curving wave that never breaks"

  • 2017

    Installation view: "A curving wave that never breaks"

  • 2017

    Installation view: "A curving wave that never breaks"

  • 2017

    Installation view: "A curving wave that never breaks"

FEATURED ARTIST

Sadie Benning

SADIE BENNING

Sadie Benning (b. 1973) currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Benning received an M.F.A. from Bard College in 1997. In November 2016, Benning’s solo exhibition Shared Eye opened at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, IL; a second, expanded iteration of the exhibition opened at the Kunsthalle Basel in February 2017. Benning’s work in painting and video was included in the 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; and in Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland and Artists Space, New York, NY. Benning’s work has also been included in: Annual Report: 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); the Whitney Biennial (2000 and 1993); American Century, Whitney Museum of Modern Art (2000); and the Venice Biennale (1993). Solo exhibitions include Kaufmann Repetto, Milan; Air de Paris, Paris; Mary Boone Gallery, New York; Callicoon Fine Arts, New York; Participant, INC., New York; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Dia: Chelsea, New York and The Power Plant, Toronto. Benning is also a former member and co-founder of the music group Le Tigre.  "Blinded by the Light" is currently on view at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects through April 7, 2017.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2016

    Sunset 5

    Wood, casein, acrylic gouache, and aqua resin
    38 x 54 inches
    Photo credit: Chris Austin

  • Blinded by the Light (installation view)

    Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

  • Blinded by the Light (installation view)

FEATURED ARTIST

Alex Katz

ALEX KATZ

Alex Katz is a New York based painter and printmaker, specializing in boldly simplified portraits and landscapes. Though influenced by American Scene artists as well as diverse elements of European and American modernism, he has avoided affiliation with any group or movement. To a great degree, Katz's distinction lies in the fascinating dialogue he developed between realism and more abstract tendencies in modernism. His heroically scaled landscapes and figural compositions recall Monet's late Water Lilies, Abstract Expressionist compositions, and roadside billboards. Rendered in bold and flat colors with sparing detail, his canvases create a double affirmation of the motif and the painted surface. His technique owes much to the crisp manner of commercial art and illustration, and this feature, along with his uncomplicated display of contemporary subjects, dovetails into Pop art. Much in the way Andy Warhol turned a Campbell's soup can into an instantly recognizable symbol, Katz transformed his circle of family and friends into visually arresting icons. His repeated return to subjects for which he has a fondness, such as his wife, pool-side bathers, and the quiet Maine landscape, encourages reception of his work as a blithesome celebration of the everyday in middle-class America.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2013

    Yellow Tulips

    16-color silkscreen print on museum board
    48 x 77 inches

  • 2013

    Late Summer Flowers

    38-color silkscreen on museum board,
    40 x 55 inches

  • 2009

    Homage to Monet 7

    Oil on linen
    72 x 144 inches

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Luchita Hurtado

LUCHITA HURTADO

Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920 in Maiquetía, Venezuela), is a Los Angeles-based artist who recently exhibited “Luchita Hurtado: Selected works, 1942-1950,” at Park View Gallery, Los Angeles.  Hurtado immigrated to New York City as a child, where she attended Washington Irving High School and the Art Students League. She began her career as a fashion illustrator for Condé Nast and a muralist for Lord & Taylor, honing her wiry line as a draftswoman in a professional environment and soon falling into an artistic scene that included Isamu Noguchi, Wilfredo Lam, Man Ray, and Rufino Tamayo, among others. Hurtado married the Austrian artist Wolfgang Paalen in 1945 and began to travel back and forth between New York and Mexico City. There, her personal and artistic activity centered on the post-Surrealist Dyn group, founded by Paalen with the artists Alice Rahon, Eva Sulzer, and Edward Renouf. Dyn sought to break away from André Breton and the Surrealists, seeking a new aesthetic and cultural order that looked to ancient Mesoamerican culture as its guide with its premodern blend of art, science, and religion. In 1954, Hurtado left San Francisco for New York, Caracas, and Taos, finally landing in Santa Monica, where she resides to this day.    

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SELECTED WORK

  • c. 1950

    Untitled

    Crayon, ink, and watercolor on paper
    11.25 x 14 inches (28.6 x 35.6 cm)
    Courtesy of the artist and Park View, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Jeff McLane

  • 1952

    Untitled

    Oil on canvas
    28 x 36 inches
    Courtesy of the artist and Park View, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Jeff McLane

  • 1949

    Untitled

    Crayon, ink, and watercolor on board
    20 x 11.25 inches (50.8 x 28.6 cm)
    Courtesy of the artist and Park View, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Jeff McLane

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Jimmie Durham

JIMMIE DURHAM

Jimmie Durham was born in Washington, Arkansas, in 1940. He is a Native American of Cherokee descent. Durham’s works are included in major public collections around the world, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Museo Jumex, Mexico City, among others.  His exhibition At the Center of the World, is on view at the Hammer Museum through May 7.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2007

    Xitle and Spirit

    Volcanic stone, car, acrylic, paint

  • 1986

    A Dead Deer

    Skull, bone, wood, paint, string, plastic

  • 2008

    Sweet, Light, Crude

    Oil barrels, lacquered in different colors, with lacquered letters

  • 1988-1991

    Malinche

    Wood, cotton, snakeskin, watercolor, polyester, metal.

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Andy Moses

ANDY MOSES

Son of legendary LA-based painter Ed Moses, Andy Moses creates detailed dispersion paintings in his Venice studio; striated abstract surfaces made with gravity and flow. They are the result of equal parts alchemy, methodology, and experiment, and explore image making at the intersection of science and art, abstraction and representation. Opening this weekend at Santa Monica College’s Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery is "Andy Moses: A 30-Year Survey." The survey presents work from Moses’ 30-year career and follows its progression chronologically and stylistically from New York to Los Angeles.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2016

    Metamorph 1502

    Acrylic on polycarbonate mounted on wood panel
    67x95 inches

  • 1988

    The Alchemist

    Oil and powder pigment on panel
    54 inches diameter

  • 2015

    R.A.D. 1601 (detail)

    Acrylic on polycarbonate mounted on horizontal parabolic concave wood panel
    60 x 84 x 7 inches

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Karen Carson

KAREN CARSON

Karen Carson was born in Corvallis, OR, received her B.A. in 1966 from the University of Oregon and her M.F.A. from UCLA in 1971. In 1994 she was an artist in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She began exhibiting in 1969 at the Atheneum Gallery, CalTech, Pasadena and Cirrus Gallery in 1973-1977. She first exhibited at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in 1979. A 25 Year Survey of her paintings was held at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 1996. She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Painting Fellowship, an NEA grant, the J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship, and a Research grant from UC Santa Barbara. Carson lives in Venice, CA and Big Timber, Montana.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2013

    Big Red

    Acrylic on canvas
    9 x 12 feet

  • 2013

    Big Love

    Acrylic on canvas
    9 x 12 feet

  • 2013

    Big Friend

    Acrylic on canvas
    9 x 12 feet

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Cy Twombly

CY TWOMBLY

Cy Twombly was born in 1928 in Lexington, Virginia, and died in 2011 in Rome, Italy. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1947–49); Art Students League, New York (1950–51); and Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1951–52). Recent solo exhibitions include “Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper,” State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2003, traveled to the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Menil Collection, Houston, through 2005) and Tate Modern, London (2008); “Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000–2007.”

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2001-2008

    Blooming

    Acrylic, wax crayon on ten wooden panels

  • 1966

    Cold Stream Rome

    Oil-based house paint and wax crayon on canvas

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Yayoi Kusama

YAYOI KUSAMA

Painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and performer Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929) is a famously provocative avant-garde artist, best known for her works featuring repeating motifs and psychedelic imagery that evoke themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, creation, destruction, and intense self-reflection. Kusama was born in Matsumoto City and began painting at the age of 10, as a means of escaping a childhood of neglect and expressing her early experiences with hallucinogenic visions. Based in Tokyo, Kusama has gained world fame in recent decades for her universe of brightly colored, sprawling patterns covering the surfaces of paintings and sculptures and spreading across entire rooms. In the center of this boundless visual universe stands Kusama herself, often wearing patterned clothes that make her blend in with her art.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1991

    Mirror Room (Pumpkin)

    Installation view at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

  • 1991

    Dots Obsession

    Installation view at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

  • 1967

    Horseplay in Woodstock, a Happening

  • 2013

    I Who Have Arrived in Heaven

    Installation at Zavid Zwirner Gallery

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Emily Green

EMILY GREEN

The writer and LARB contributor Emily Green grew up in the 1950s and 60s being dragged through museums. Her mother was curator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC at the height of the color field movement. Green has been painting on and off since then. She began painting routinely after retiring from journalism and a move from Los Angeles to Baltimore in 2015, where she fakes being a teacher to get discounts on brushes. Initially in another bid to save money on supplies, she began blending house painter's latex with artist-issue acrylic as tint. The economy became a preference on seeing the faded, wistful and even subtly grungy quality to the images that had been pulled from memory.  Only the Alsop painting is pure acrylic, color as volume.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2016

    Anyone for a walk? Holland Park Avenue, 1984

    Latex tinted with acrylic on cotton, 24 x 30 inches

  • 2016

    David Karp with a Dekepon tangerine, Altadena, CA

    Latex tinted with acrylic on linen, 9 x 12 inches

  • 2016

    Marin Alsop conducting Verdi’s Requiem

    Acrylic on cotton, 9 x 12 inches

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