Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An art round-up of Herculean proportions

Indulge me. Let's pretend this blog has been on a planned hiatus, a summer sabbatical. Humor me. I'd like to elaborate. In the last few months, I've seen, and written about, some extraordinary and revelatory art.

The last day of September, I was thrilled to visit the Venice studio of painter Ed Moses, whose exhibit with Larry Poons at William Turner Gallery last summer, The Language of Paint, I reviewed in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art. While Moses and I talked, he selected some of the paintings to be featured in his new retrospective, Cross-Section, at UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts (October 11 to December 13, 2014). The selfie above is from a magical installation of mirrors and paintings Moses created in his studio, inspired by the Jorge Luis Borges novel, Labyrinths.

Last Saturday, I joined Moses and his entourage of artists and friends on a bus ride to Irvine - arranged by Moses and William Turner - for the opening of the exhibit. There, we followed the artist through three galleries of his extraordinary paintings, a sampling from his breathtaking and expansive oeuvre, while he gave us a guided tour, pointing out particular details in the most casual manner, with his cane. I'm hoping to write about this experience for a publication - to be determined.

Other recent reviews I've written for WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art
(click on links to read)

A droll and insightful series based on thrift shop culture - Clayton Brothers: Open to the Public at Mark Moore Gallery

A haunting exhibit of multi media/painting: Edward Walton Wilcox: Sacred Intention at Merry Karnosky Gallery

Evocative choreographed photographs: Mei Xian Qiu: Qilin at Kopeikin Gallery

For ArtPulse Magazine:

I've reviewed a number of exhibits in the last few issues of ArtPulse Magazine. These reviews are only published in the print edition - not accessible online.

Here's a pdf of my review of visionary photography extrapolated from raw NASA and JPL data from outer space - Karin Apollonia Müller - Far Out: Diane Rosenstein Fine Art in ArtPulse Magazine Issue No. 18.

In Issue 18, I also reviewed Calder and Abstraction: from Avant-Garde to Iconic at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Robert Minervini: Until Tomorrow Comes at Marine Contemporary. 

For Issue No. 19, I reviewed Micol Hebron: (En)gendered (In)Equity: The Gallery Tally Project at For Your Art and Mike Kelley at The Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

ArtPulse Magazine is a gorgeous quarterly print magazine covering a broad range of contemporary art. It's available at some fine booksellers, better newsstands or by subscription. 

I'm scheduled to write a review and a feature for ArtPulse Magazine Issue No. 21 - to be published in December for Art Basel Miami. More on that coming up...

If you're in the LA area, I encourage you to make the very worthwhile trip to Irvine to see the spectacular Ed Moses exhibit!

1 comment:

Madeline said...

HI Megan! Was just thinking about what a beautiful article you wrote on Edward's last show with Merry 2 years ago. He went on hiatus last year but has a brand new show opening next week. I hope you got the invite and are already planning on coming. I would love to hear your thoughts. Just 12 pieces, all of them these haunting impressionistic chandeliers. Hope you can make it!
Madeline Vail