LSS Art Advisory started 2018 off with an exciting trip to Los Angeles, which included a walk through of the Art Los Angeles Art Fair as well as visits to gallery and museum exhibitions. Read on for highlights:
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) is an intimate fair in Santa Monica focused on emerging artists from top notch LA galleries and beyond. Our favorite booths at the fair include Laeh Glenn at Altman Siegel, Jedediah Caesar at Susanne Vielmetter, John Pittman presented by Regards Gallery.
Blum & Poe
฿o₫៛€$, Hugh Scott-Douglas’ third solo-exhibition with Blum & Poe, is now on view through March 3rd. The exhibition stages steel sculptures, digital video, and printed paintings together in an exploration of the tools capital employs in the production of value and the organization of labor. In each of these bodies of work, he repurposes existing software to make ecologies of class relationships visible through graphic representation and subsequent abstraction.
Blum & Poe also presents Alchemical Love, the first major US exhibition of pascALEjandro, the creation of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, nearly ten years in the making. An act of psychomagic in its own right, this existential and artistic project is the love child of two artists who are separated in age by over forty years. Manifested here in extraordinary works on paper, the collaboration is comprised of the masculine: Jodorowsky’s illustrations, and the feminine: Montandon-Jodorowsky’s vivid colors.
Other Notable Gallery Exhibitions:
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Njideka Akunyili Crosby has become the second artist to create an outdoor mural designed specifically to wrap the exterior of MOCA Grand Avenue, the first work having been installed by Jonas Wood in 2017. The Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist is known for deftly combining collage, printmaking, drawing and painting in sumptuous and cinematic large-scale works. Fusing Nigerian and American source materials, histories and cultural references her intricately layered scenes reflecting the rich complexity of contemporary lives shaped by postcolonial African cosmopolitanism and global, hybrid identities. Her work transforms the museum itself into a canvas for explorations of scale, texture, pattern, intimacy and a multiplicity of perspectives.