Jen Stark Mind-boggling Color Wizardess
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by Victoria Looseleaf
17h ago
Miami-born, Los Angeles-based Jen Stark – who earned a degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and explores color with mind-bending, psychedelic sphere installations, 3-D optic sculptures, patterned paintings and public art, and has had exhibitions in places including New York, Chicago, Thailand and Canada – plumbs her own psychological depths only to discover what makes her love work and life.   What historical art figure would you like to have lunch with and why? I’d love to have lunch with Galileo and pick his brain on the universe and the intersection of science and art ..read more
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Sidney Felsen Dies at 99
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Sidney Felsen. Photo: Gemini G.E.L. Sidney Felsen, a cofounder of pathbreaking printmaking workshop Gemini G.E.L., died of renal failure on June 9 at his home in Los Angeles. He was ninety-nine. Felsen, alongside his first wife, Rosamund Felsen; Stanley and Elyse Grinstein; and Kenneth Tyler, established Gemini G.E.L. (Graphic Editions Limited) in 1966. The workshop quickly gained a reputation for experimentation, collaborating early on with such heavy hitters as Josef Albers, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others. An amateur ..read more
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Black Trans Artist Tadáskía Astonishes Audiences at MoMA With Boundary-Pushing Work
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Installation view of the exhibition “Projects: Tadáskía" Photograph by Jonathan Dorado. The Museum of Modern Art announces Projects: Tadáskía, on view in the Museum’s street-level galleries from May 24 through October 14, 2024, as well as the acquisition of the exhibition’s centerpiece, an expansive work on paper titled ave preta mística mystical black bird (2022), into MoMA’s collection. Tadáskía is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brazil who uses drawing, sculpture, and mixed media to articulate themes of transformation and joy influenced by her experiences as a Black trans woman. The ..read more
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Jim Isermann: ‘Wrapture’ Going Beyond the Formal
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by Victoria Looseleaf
1w ago
Jim Isermann Wrapture  Pacific Design Center Gallery May 2 – June 29, 2024  Primary colors and simple geometric shapes in different configurations can create complex patterns and dizzying experiences as exemplified by Wrapture, a spectacular installation  by Jim Isermann at the Pacific Design Center Gallery. Isermann has been creating and exhibiting colorful, hard-edge geometric works on paper and canvas for years. He also uses vinyl to create shapes that can be tiled to span large walls and become installations. When the paintings and vinyl decals come together, the ..read more
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Ace Gallery Founder Douglas Chrismas Found Guilty of Embezzlement
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by ArtnowLA
1w ago
Douglas Chrismas. Photo by Chris Weeks, WireImage:Getty Images. After being found guilty in 2016 of embezzling more than $260,000 from the bankruptcy estate of his Los Angeles gallery, renowned art dealer Douglas Chrismas faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison. After deliberating for less than an hour on May 31, the jury in the case found Chrismas guilty of three counts of embezzlement pertaining to the Ace Gallery estate, capping a four-day trial. In the first case, he wrote and signed a $50,000 check from the gallery to Ace Museum, a nonprofit organization he owned; in the se ..read more
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Stolen Francis Bacon Painting Recovered by Spanish Police
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by ArtnowLA
1w ago
Portrait of José Capelo stolen from a property in Madrid. Photo Courtesy Spanish Interior Ministry A €5 million (£4.2 million) painting by the late British-Irish painter Francis Bacon has been found by Spanish police. The painting was taken from a Madrid residence in 2015. The painting is one of five portraits of Bacon’s friend and banker José Capelo that were taken in the largest-ever theft of contemporary art from Spain. The painting, which was a part of Bacon’s series of portraits of Capelo, was found after two people who were thought to have been involved in the theft were apprehended ..read more
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Sidney Felsen and the Artists at Gemini G.E.L.: ‘First Came a Friendship’ A Celebration of the Community
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by Victoria Looseleaf
2w ago
Sidney B Felsen and the Artists at Gemini G.E.L. First Came a Friendship  Getty Research Center February 20 – July 7, 2024   Gemini G.E.L. is a Los Angeles-based print shop founded by Stanley Grinstein and Sidney Felsen that opened in the 1960’s. Best friends and fraternity brothers at USC, they were also art collectors who wanted to work with artists and establish friendships. They joined forces with lithographer Ken Tyler and opened what was to become one of the most respected printmaking studios in the world. Over many decades, Felsen photographed the studio and the artists at w ..read more
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ICA Announces $12 Million Expansion
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by ArtnowLA
2w ago
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), has revealed that it plans to buy its building and make improvements to its facilities, the New York Times reports. Among the expected enhancements are a cafe, outdoor space, and studios available for use by participants in the museum’s yet-to-be-inaugurated artist-in-residence program. ICA LA director Anne Ellegood told the Times that the addition of the studios is meant to bring priced-out artists back to the Arts District, which is home to the museum. Founded in 1988 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the ICA LA was renamed in 2017 wh ..read more
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Russian Group Claims Responsibility For Christie’s Website Woes
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by ArtnowLA
2w ago
Christie's London Hacker group RansomHub has publicly taken credit for the security breach that took Christie’s website offline earlier this month ahead of the auction house’s marquee spring sales. The New York Times reports that the consortium in a May 27 post to the dark web said that it had gained access to sensitive information regarding Christie’s megawealthy art-collector clients and that the house had not paid the demanded ransom. The hackers said they planned on releasing the data at the end of May. “We attempted to come to a reasonable resolution with them but they ceased communica ..read more
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Nazanin Parviz: ‘Traces of the Inner Realm’ Delving Into a Fantastical and Dreamy Garden
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by Victoria Looseleaf
3w ago
Nazanin Parviz Traces of the Inner Realm  Praz-Delavallade March 30 – May 4, 2024 Traces of the Inner Realm, exhibited at Praz-Delavallade (now closed), invites the viewer to delve into a fantastical and dreamy garden teeming with flora, fauna, and mythical creatures. Each piece by Nazanin Parviz captivates with intricate movements and delicate strokes of a technical pen on paper and claybord. Through the use of a monochromatic painting style, the artist transports one to an eternal world of enchantment.   Intrinsic Majesty   Having grown up in Iran and residing in the U.S ..read more
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