"Women Around Town" Column

Item Date: 
Fri, 06/01/2012 (All day)
End Date: 
Sat, 06/30/2012 (All day)

Written by Karen Schifman

Recommended Reading: “The Price of Being Female”: The highest price paid for a work by a woman artist at a recent auction- $10.7m for Louise Bourgeois’ large-scale bronze "Spider." http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2012/05/post-war-artists-auction

Recommended Viewing: “Made in L.A. 2012,” the first Los Angeles biennial features 60 emerging and under recognized artists from the Los Angeles area on view at UCLA Hammer Museum, LAX Art in Culver City and LAMAG at Barnsdall Park. I was delighted to see how many women artists were included in this exhibition including the exquisite photograph imagery of Sarah Conaway, the intricate drawings by octogenarian Channa Horwitz, large scale ethereal drawings by Mimi Lautner, and the sculptural imaginings of Jill Spector. 6/02-9/02/12.

Francois Ghebaly Gallery in Culver City presents “Wormholes,” the first solo Los Angeles exhibition of Anna Betbeze. Betbeze explores scale, color and material in four new works that engage the gallery’s architectural features. Using huge wool slabs as the ground to accumulate a saturation of fluid color, she burns, bleaches, stains, cuts, etches, and machine washes the wool to go beyond its material limits to an epic scale. Thru 7/07/12. http://ghebaly.com/

Gina Han describes her “New Work” now on view at Ruth Bachofner Gallery as: “The nature of my paintings and installations, seemingly appear to be within the realms of abstract art, based in the western art tradition. However . . . Influences of East Asian pop culture of joining its dichotomized ideals of cuteness and violence, sweetness and sexiness, and other dialogues can be seen in the works.” Thru 7/14/12.http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com/

“It’s Happening in Space: Claudia Bucher, A Morphospective” is at L2Contemporary in downtown. In her mixed media performance-sculptures, Bucher uses the past to build a present that looks like the future, with the transparent walls recalling a similar space (or deep sea) aesthetic that runs “contrary to the idea of the linear timeline." Closing 6/16/12. http://www.l2kontemporary.com/

Charlie James Gallery on Chung King Rd. in Chinatown presents Michelle Andrade: “Self-Titled,” a group of ink on paper drawings. Andrade mines both everyday conversation and internal monologue to fashion isolated moments of resonance – be they humorous, poetic, or seemingly mundane. 6/09 – 7/14/12. http://www.cjamesgallery.com/

Museum Exhibitions:

“Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Thomas culls imagery from contemporary popular culture and art history and specifically, the works of 19th c. painter, Gustav Courbet when she inserts her self-portrait into his controversial “Origin of the World.” Her large-scale enamel and acrylic paintings are embellished with rhinestones and glitter and explore and challenge long-held notions of feminine beauty. Thru 8/19/12. http://smmoa.org/index.php/home/display

“Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol” at BCAM [LACMA] presents a multimedia meditation on the achievements of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol (Israel, 1924–2007). This two person exhibition includes Lockhart’s five-channel film installation and series of photographs of EWMN spherical models together with a selection of Eshkol’s carpets, scores, drawings, and other archival materials. Thru 9/09/12. www.lacma.org

A new installation by Amanda Ross-Ho entitled“Teeny Tiny Woman” is on view at MOCA, Pacific Design Center. This site-specific installation encompasses architectural elements, large-scale paintings, fabricated objects, textiles, and photographs. This work echoes Ross-Ho’s continued interest in translation, scale, and the authored collapse of authentic gesture and performance. Thru 9/23/12.