july 2013


Blue Horses by Franz Marc c1911

Express Your Love of Art

July Newsletter


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Deer in Woods by Franz Marc c1914 As we get a welcome break between SoCal's summer heat waves, now is a great time to get out of the house and express your love of art by taking in some of the great exhibitions and events happening in LA in July! 
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We are once more continuing last month's Art Education trend with an article on the Expressionism movement and the artists who were a part of it. So, if you love Art History, or just like knowing a bit more about some of your favorite classic artists, check out the In the Studio section below.
And as always we are bringing you some of the latest gallery openings, art shows and events, as well as some articles from our blog, so don't miss out on what is happening of interest to the art scene in southern California in July!
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The Perfect Exposure Gallery Presents: Photography Top 100 Exhibit


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Exhibit Dates: June 28th - August 8th, 2013

Reception: June 27th, 2013, 6-9pm
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The Perfect Exposure Gallery is pleased to present Perfect Exposures 2013 The Top 100 Exhibit which showcases the winners of the second annual Perfect Exposures 2013 International Juried Photography Competition: Third Place - Norma Isiordia with Pepe Aguilar; Second Place - Bill Ingalls with STS - 135 Atlantis Prelaunch; and the grand prize winner in First Place - Laurie McCormick with Cuban Cool (center above). In addition to being featured in the exhibit, the Top 3 Winners took home cash prizes.


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  Pinaree Sanpitak Exhibition at LACMA      

Pinaree Sanpitak:

Hanging by a Thread

June 21, 2013 - September 29, 2013


Since the early 1990s, Bangkok-based artist Pinaree Sanpitak has produced a diverse body of work exploring the human form and the various qualities associated with the female body. Her installation Hanging by a Thread consists of eighteen hammocks woven from printed cotton textiles, known as paa-lai, used throughout Thailand for clothing and other purposes. When Thailand suffered severe floods during the 2011 monsoon season, royal-sponsored relief efforts included the distribution of these traditional cloths. Sanpitak began working with the paa-lai fabrics when the floods forced her to temporarily abandon her studio and seek alternative materials and methods for her art practice. The hammocks convey the sense of solace that she discovered in working with these traditional materials. Their curving shape recalls the artist's broader oeuvre, in which she has often used abstracted images of the female breast and the offering bowl to invoke notions of fertility, sustenance, comfort, and refuge.

Pinaree Sanpitak: Hanging by a Thread is installed with one of the museum's most important Southeast Asian sculptures. Together, these artworks suggest the complexities of regional history and of contemporary religious and cultural life in Thailand.

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Caryatid Stool, Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba Peoples  

Shaping Power:

Luba Masterworks From the Royal Museum for Central Africa

July 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Shaping Power features Luba masterworks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on loan from the Royal Museum for Central Africa and rarely seen outside of Belgium. Figurative thrones, elegant scepters, and ancestral figures actively contributed to the formation and expansion of a highly influential Luba state from the 18th to early 20th centuries. The exhibition includes a kneeling female figure holding a bowl by the celebrated artist known as the Buli Master, as well as the Royal Museum's most iconic mask recalling the Luba culture hero-on loan for the first time ever. Shaping Power presents the richness and complexity of Luba arts, and lends insight into a world renowned African aesthetic and cultural legacy.

A contemporary installation entitled Congo: Shadow of the Shadow (2005) by Aimé Mpane, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, presents a gripping commentary on re-shaping power during the colonial period using the play of light and shadow, substance and ethereality. In addition, a bead-laden Luba memory device from a private collection suggests how the past is continually re-imagined through the eyes of the present.
Shaping Power marks the inauguration of a gallery and educational program dedicated to the arts of Africa at LACMA. This exhibition was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Image: Mask, Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba Peoples, wood, The Royal Museum for Central Africa.
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  Being in My Life # 2 by Chris Johanson c2013       

Chris Johanson:

Within the River of Time is My Mind


June 30, 2013 - September 22, 2013


MOCA presents Within The River of Time Is My Mind, a new exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Chris Johanson on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center from June 29 through September 22, 2013. Organized by guest curator Andrew Berardini, the exhibition features new paintings, sculpture, and found wood site-specific installation. Known for his figurative work that features text, the exhibition will highlight the kaleidoscopic color and angles that Johanson employs.

Johanson's works often feel home-made and human-scaled, drawn, painted, and crafted with an economy that is neither naive nor necessarily simple, though they may often appear so. There is an underlying emotional complexity that translates into the distinct spirit of his wavering brushstrokes and euphoric abstractions. Johanson's roughly hewn and self-schooled figures communicate ideas that are at once deeply philosophical and quotidian.

Johanson's visions transmit a distinctly Californian experience that includes a melange of shamans and charlatans, working stiffs and aimless drifters. Some of Johanson's words and compositions feel like heirlooms from a long and ragtag coastal tradition of poets, artists, and musicians: Wallace Berman's mystical photocopies and seminal Semina culture; the poem-paintings of Kenneth Patchen; the beaming peacenik posters of Sister Corita Kent; the blurring between art and life embodied by Allan Kaprow (the subject of a 2008 MOCA retrospective); all filtered through the dirty socks of punk and the wondrous messy freedom that tumbled out of that. In the work of Chris Johanson, the ordinary and the ecstatic coalesce with candor and grace.

Chris Johanson was born in San Jose, California in 1968. Emerging from the rich cultural milieu surrounding San Francisco in the 1990s, he gained widespread attention for his participation in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Johanson has exhibited widely in museums and galleries internationally over the past decade. He has had solo exhibitions at museums including the Malmo Konsthall, 2011; Portland Art Museum, 2007; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2003; and the UCLA Hammer Museum, 2001. His notable group exhibitions include Dialogue of Hands, Glasgow International 2012; A New York Minute, Depart Foundation, Rome, Italy; the 2006 Berlin Biennale, Germany; the 2005 Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; Monuments for the USA, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. Johanson is also the founder of the Quiet Music Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Generous support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.


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  Matthew Cerletty, Kitchen Island       

Matthew Cerletty:

Kitchen Island


July 20, 2013 - August 31, 2013


Blum & Poe is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Mathew Cerletty. This will be Cerletty's first solo presentation in Los Angeles.

About a year ago, I started worrying that my work wasn't embarrassing enough anymore. I was thinking of it in relation to the overtly personal portraits of friends, family, and myself that I made in my early 20s. Shortly after moving to New York, I deviated from that stuff; it began feeling predictable and emo, and didn't reflect my excitement about all the different art I was seeing. I started taking my paintings apart, focusing on one or two ingredients. Titles, often the initial inspiration for a figurative work, became painted text. Wallpaper that surrounded a figure became patterned abstraction. I wanted to implicate viewers, so I tried to make artwork that sat right on the line with evasive intentions. A worthwhile goal, but in retrospect I think I was also trying to disguise my own vulnerability.
This show is more openly about my life. One way to understand the work is to know that my girlfriend moved in with me last summer. Another is to see the different kinds of pictures I've made over the past 10 years as reconfigurations of the same thing. I now more fully understand why people say every artist really just makes the same painting over and over their whole life. Maybe that's not a problem.
Mathew Cerletty was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1980. He received his BFA from Boston University in 2002. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Royal Academy of Arts, London; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium; and New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, Wickatunk, NJ.


In the Studio -


In the Studio:  


  The Scream by Edvard Munch c1893 inspired many Impressionists


Art Education

Art Styles and Movements:  




Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express meaning or emotional experience rather than physical reality.
Expressionism was developed as an avant-garde style before the First World War. It remained popular during the Weimar Republic particularly in Berlin. The style extended to a wide range of the arts, including painting, literature, theatre, dance, film, architecture and music.

The term is sometimes suggestive of angst. In a general sense, painters such as Matthias Grünewald and El Greco are sometimes termed expressionist, though in practice the term is applied mainly to 20th-century works. The Expressionist emphasis on individual perspective has been characterized as a reaction to positivism and other artistic styles such as Naturalism and Impressionism.
Lady in a Green Jacket by August Macke c1913
Origin of the Term
While the word expressionist was used in the modern sense as early as 1850, its origin is sometimes traced to paintings exhibited in 1901 in Paris by an obscure artist Julien-Auguste Hervé, which he called Expressionismes. Though an alternate view is that the term was coined by the Czech art historian Antonin Matějček in 1910, as the opposite of impressionism: "An Expressionist wishes, above all, to express himself... (an Expressionist rejects) immediate perception and builds on more complex psychic structures... Impressions and mental images that pass through mental peoples soul as through a filter which rids them of all substantial accretions to produce their clear essence [...and] are assimilated and condense into more general forms, into types, which he transcribes through simple short-hand formulae and symbols."

Important precursors of Expressionism were: the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), especially his philosophical novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883-92); the later plays of the Swedish dramatist August Strindberg (1849-1912), including the trilogy To Damascus 1898-1901, A Dream Play (1902), The Ghost Sonata (1907); Frank Wedekind (1864-1918), especially the "Lulu" plays Erdgeist (Earth Spirit) (1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box) (1904); the American poet Walt Whitman (1819-92): Leaves of Grass (1855-91); the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-81); Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944); Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-90); Belgian painter James Ensor (1860-1949); Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).

In 1905, a group of four German artists, led by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, formed Die Brücke (the Bridge) in the city of Dresden. This was arguably the founding organization for the German Expressionist movement, though they did not use the word itself. A few years later, in 1911, a like-minded group of young artists formed Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) in Munich. The name came from Wassily Kandinsky's Der Blaue Reiter painting of 1903. Among their members were Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Paul Klee, and Auguste Macke. However, the term Expressionism did not firmly establish itself until 1913. Though initially mainly a German artistic movement, most predominant in painting, poetry and the theatre between 1910-30, most precursors of the movement were not German. Furthermore there have been expressionist writers of prose fiction, as well as non-German speaking expressionist writers, and, while the movement had declined in Germany with the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, there were subsequent expressionist works.

Expressionism is notoriously difficult to define, in part because it "overlapped with other major 'isms' of the modernist period: with Futurism, Vorticism, Cubism, Surrealism and Dada." Richard Murphy also comments: "the search for an all-inclusive definition is problematic to the extent that the most challenging expressionists such as Kafka, Gottfried Benn and Döblin were simultaneously the most vociferous "anti-expressionists."
What, however, can be said, is that it was a movement that developed in the early twentieth-century mainly in Germany in reaction to the dehumanizing effect of industrialization and the growth of cities, and that "one of the central means by which expressionism identifies itself as an avant-garde movement, and by which it marks its distance to traditions and the cultural institution as a whole is through its relationship to realism and the dominant conventions of representation." More explicitly: that the expressionists rejected the ideology of realism.

"View of Toledo" by El Greco, 1595/1610 has been indicated to have a particularly striking resemblance to 20th-century expressionism. Historically however it is an example of Mannerism.
The term refers to an "artistic style in which the artist seeks to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse within a person." It is arguable that all artists are expressive but there are many examples of art production in Europe from the 15th century onward which emphasize extreme emotion. Such art often occurs during times of social upheaval, such as the Protestant Reformation, German Peasants' War, Eight Years' War, and Spanish Occupation of the Netherlands, when the rape, pillage and disaster associated with periods of chaos and oppression are presented in the documents of the printmaker. Often the work is unimpressive aesthetically, yet has the capacity to cause the viewer to experience extreme emotions with the drama and often horror of the scenes depicted.

Expressionism has been likened to Baroque by critics such as art historian Michel Ragon and German philosopher Walter Benjamin.According to Alberto Arbasino, a difference between the two is that "Expressionism doesn't shun the violently unpleasant effect, while Baroque does. Expressionism throws some terrific 'fuck yous', Baroque doesn't. Baroque is well-mannered." Another difference is that Baroque was a propaganda tool of the Roman Catholic Church, which used it to promote Counter-Reformation.

Expressionist Groups of Painters
The style originated principally in Germany and Austria. There were a number of groups of Expressionist painters, including Der Blaue Reiter and Die Brücke. Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider, named for a magazine) was based in Munich and Die Brücke was based originally in Dresden (although some members later relocated to Berlin). Die Brücke was active for a longer period than Der Blaue Reiter, which was only together for a year (1912).
The Expressionists had many influences, among them Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh, and African art. They were also aware of the work being done by the Fauves in Paris, who influenced Expressionism's tendency toward arbitrary colours and jarring compositions. In reaction and opposition to French Impressionism, which emphasized the rendering of the visual appearance of objects, Expressionist artists sought to portray emotions and subjective interpretations. It was not important to reproduce an aesthetically pleasing impression of the artistic subject matter, they felt, but rather to represent vivid emotional reactions by powerful colours and dynamic compositions. Kandinsky, the main artist of Der Blaue Reiter group, believed that with simple colours and shapes the spectator could perceive the moods and feelings in the paintings, a theory that encouraged him towards increased abstraction.

The ideas of German expressionism influenced the work of American artist Marsden Hartley, who met Kandinsky in Germany in 1913. In late 1939, at the beginning of World War II, New York received a great number of major European artists. After the war, Expressionism influenced many young American artists. Norris Embry (1921-1981) studied with Oskar Kokoschka in 1947 and during the next 43 years produced a large body of work in the Expressionist tradition. Norris Embry has been termed "the first American German Expressionist". Other American artists of the late 20th and early 21st century have developed distinct styles that may be considered part of Expressionism. Another prominent artist who came from the German Expressionist "school" was Bremen-born Wolfgang Degenhardt. After working as a commercial artist in Bremen, he migrated to Australia in 1954 and became quite well known in the Hunter Valley region.

American Expressionism and American Figurative Expressionism, particularly the Boston figurative expressionism, were an integral part of American modernism around the Second World War.

Rehe im Walde (Deer in Woods), 1914, by Franz Marc
Major figurative Boston Expressionists included: Karl Zerbe, Hyman Bloom, Jack Levine, David Aronson. The Boston figurative Expressionists post World War II were increasingly marginalized by the development of abstract expressionism centered in New York City.

After World War II, figurative expressionism influenced worldwide a large number of artists and styles. Thomas B. Hess wrote that "the 'New figurative painting' which some have been expecting as a reaction against Abstract Expressionism was implicit in it at the start, and is one of its most lineal continuities."
  • New York Figurative Expressionism of the 1950s represented New York figurative artists such as Robert Beauchamp, Elaine de Kooning, Robert Goodnough, Grace Hartigan, Lester Johnson, Alex Katz, George McNeil (artist), Jan Muller, Fairfield Porter, Gregorio Prestopino, Larry Rivers and Bob Thompson.
  • Lyrical Abstraction, Tachisme of the 1940s and 1950s in Europe represented by artists such as Georges Mathieu, Hans Hartung, Nicolas de Staël and others.
  • Bay Area Figurative Movement represented by early figurative expressionists from the San Francisco area Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park. The movement from 1950 to 1965 was joined by Theophilus Brown, Paul Wonner, James Weeks, Hassel Smith, Nathan Oliveira, Bruce McGaw, Jay DeFeo, Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, Frank Lobdell, Joan Savo and Roland Peterson.
  • Abstract expressionism of the 1950s represented American artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Hans Burkhardt, Mary Callery, Nicolas Carone, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, and others that participated with figurative expressionism.
  • In the United States and Canada, Lyrical Abstraction beginning during the late 1960s and the 1970s. Characterized by the work of Dan Christensen, Peter Young, Ronnie Landfield, Ronald Davis, Larry Poons, Walter Darby Bannard, Charles Arnoldi, Pat Lipsky and many others.
  • Neo-expressionism was an international revival style that began in the late 1970s and included artists from many nations:
Germany: Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz and others;
USA: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eric Fischl, David Salle and Julian Schnabel;
Cuba: Pablo Carreno;
France: Rémi Blanchard, Hervé Di Rosa and others;
Italy: Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia and Enzo Cucchi;
England: David Hockney, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff
Belarus: Natalia Chernogolova


On White II by Kandinsky c1923   

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