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The Sympathetic Imagination

17 Feb

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This past weekend I saw The Sympathetic Imagination  by Los Angeles-based artist Diana Thater. The exhibition is a survey of her film and video work. I’d read about it and had been wanting to see it and am so glad I finally did.

The LACMA website describes the works as, “…dynamic, immersive installations.” It goes on to say that they “challenge and invert accepted positions and realities through the deployment of color, movement, scale, and architecture.” It is an extremely accurate description. The colors and images make you feel fully immersed and as though you become one with them. I can’t recommend this exhibition enough.

If you live in LA or plan to  visit, go see it. It’s on view until April 17.Luckily for me, I am member  of the museum and can return again to see it as many times as I want before its run ends.

(Photo by me of Big Red Sun, 2000 by Diana Thater)

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Downtown Trash

20 Oct

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Last week I mentioned that I grew up during the 80s. Therefore,  it should come as no surprise that Downtown Trash, the first exhibition at the Waverly Art Gallery in New York City,  focusing on the cultural scene of Downtown New York in the 80s, would appeal to me.

The exhibition features photography by Christopher Makos and collage by Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre, among others. It is described as, “…collectively aimed to break apart the existing boundaries between the isolated atmosphere of high art and popular mass culture by directly undermining the social and political mores surrounding the two establishments.”

The exhibition is on view until December 7. If you live in New York or plan to visit soon, go check it out and then let me know what it was like!

(Image Credit: Madge by Kendrick Daye)

American Cool

31 Mar

blondieelvisIf you live in the Washington D.C. area or plan to travel there soon, check out American Cool  currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition is described as referring, ” to those who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture symbolic of a given historical moment.”  Included in the exhibition are photographs of James Dean, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Patti Smith, among others. You can see more photos here.

(Images via The Guardian courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian. Debbie Harry, 1978, Robert Maplethorpe. Elvis Presley, 1956, Roger Marshutz)

“Journey of a Dress”

27 Jan

img-dvfexhibition01_172505974029.jpg_gallery_maximg-holdingdvfexhibition_17245135815.jpg_gallery_maxThere are a lot of great exhibitions currently on view in Los Angeles that I am excited to to see, one of them is Journey of a Dress  at the Wilshire May Company Building next to LACMA. This exhibition traces the history of Diane von Furstengberg’s wrap dress. On view are 200 dresses. If you live here in Southern California, will you go see it?

(Images via Vogue)

Karl Lagerfeld Exhibition

14 Jan

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Karl Lagerfeld:Parallel Contrasts,  will be on view at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany from February 15-May 11. On view will be photographs, drawings, films, product designs and other things he considers his obsessions. If you want to get a greater insight into Karl Lagerfeld and all the things that drive him, I recommend the documentary Lagerfeld Confidential. It’s a very interesting film and gives great insight into one of the world’s most famous fashion designers.

(Image by Karl Lagerfeld via WWD)

Conde Nast Photography Exhibit

6 Aug

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Currently on view at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre is a Century of Photography at Conde Nast. The exhibition features photos by Mario Testino, Helmut Newton, David Bailey and others whose images have appeared in Vogue, Glamour and other Conde Nast publications over the last one hundred years. It also includes original prints and pages from the magazines. I’d love to visit Edingburgh and see this exhibition.

(Photo by Clifford Coffin, Vogue, June 1949 via Vogue Paris)

The Artist’s Studio

9 Jul

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This past weekend we went  to see part of the Urs Fischer retrospective at MOCA as well as A New Sculpturalism which is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. While walking from one gallery to another at MOCA I walked into an empty gallery space that appeared to have trash bags, then I realized that everything in that space was actually photographs. They were photos of artist Josh Smith’s studio. Most of you who have been following this blog for a while know of my deep appreciation for the ordinary converted into art. As you can see, Nick liked the photos too!

(All photos by me)

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