Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Art Pick of the Week: Richard Serra at Gagosian

"Double Rift #6 by Richard Serra

Some six odd years ago, I had the single greatest day of my life. I hadn't expected it, of course. Those things just sort of unfold of their own accord. I spent that day in New York's Hudson Valley with the love of my life, and a very patient tour guide who took us to Storm King and Dia: Beacon, and let me roam free. On that day, art ran me through a gauntlet of emotions, as it's want to do (when it's at it's best). One day I will write a book about this, but on that day Agnes Martin made me weep openly, Andy Goldsworthy made me feel like I was five years old again, and Richard Serra took the wind right out of me. Walking through and around Serra's goliath "Space" work wasn't just interactive, or art as an experience, it was transformational. Something happened to you as you winded through the curvy spirals, running your hand along the oxidized metal womb. You came out a different person than you were when you entered. There was no one way to see it, no right way to encounter it. This was art that seized you, dominated you, and changed you. This is what Richard Serra does.

Tonight at the Gagosian, "Double Rifts", a collection of new Serra drawings, opens. It's a chance to see one of the great minds of our day, fleshing out ideas on paper. For us art hordes, it's an imperative.

"Double Rifts"
April 17 - June 1, 2013
Opening reception for the artist: Wednesday, April 17th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

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Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Note: The pictures below are NOT in the Gagosian show, but included here to give some perspective regarding the statements above. The Gagosian show consists of drawings on paper.
"Space". You had to see it to believe it.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Art Pick of the Week: "Laid Bare" - JAW Cooper at La Luz De Jesus

I don't really have to hard-sell you on this, right? I mean it's JAW Cooper. I've been pretty vocal about her for the past few years, and I can assure you that "Laid Bare" is her finest showing to date. Still, if you need more convincing, you can read my Cartwheel interview with her here:

Animal Style: A Conversation with Jaw Cooper

and my first mini-interview with her here:

5 Questions with JAW Cooper

"Laid Bare" opens tonight and runs through April 28, 2013

La Luz de Jesus
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Monday-Wednesday 11am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday 11am-9pm; Sunday noon-6pm