Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

‘Life Lessons’ by Sarah Abbott @ No Free Bread Gallery

Posted on December 7th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

The grand opening of the No Free Bread Gallery presents us with a cryptic collection of abstractions from Sarah Abbott. Ms. Abbott provides a copious – if not overwhelmingly so – series of enigmatic uses of the primoradial elements to fine art. The exhibition itself would be mildly unoriginal were the canvases left high and […]

‘Year One’ by Loren Philip & Tomoaki Shibata @ Castelli Art Space

Posted on December 4th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Year One was a triumphant opening at the Castelli Art Space for its feat in advancing Los Angeles contemporary fine art. While this does not deny the fact that many contemporary galleries in Los Angeles are well capable of providing the space for such an installation, Castelli is expanding the boundaries of the field of […]

‘Now and Then’ by Jo Ann Callis @ ROSEGALLERY

Posted on November 27th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

With this exhibition at ROSEGALLERY of Ms. Jo Ann Callis’ work done over 40 years ago, we have a positive element of timelessness to the collection. While there is a strong current of autobiography, the success of the artistry is in its ability to take the subjective and make it universal. Indeed, this is what […]

‘Artificial Memories’ by Corey Grayhorse @ dnj Gallery

Posted on November 25th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Corey Grayhorse brings tremendous felicity to photography with her exhibition Artificial Memories at dnj Gallery. She presents generally eccentric and mildly zany photographs which, while having an autobiographical subtext, can stand alone as cheerful gum drops of contemporary life. It is striking that she is able to take such profane settings such as a McDonald’s […]

Inglewood Open Studios 2018 Review

Posted on November 16th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Off the beaten path of commercial art galleries in the city of Inglewood is a network of artist studios with an annual weekend “open house”. Exploring the open studios with no expectations, I was astounded at the artistic liberty and mastery of many of the artists. In the process of creating for the sake of […]

‘River of Styx’ by Peter Williams @ Luis De Jesus Los Angeles & ‘Gap in the Net’ by Alex Roulette @ George Billis Gallery

Posted on November 6th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Recently within the Arts District of Culver City there was one disappointing and one intriguing opening. River of Styx by Peter Williams at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles unfortunately smudged the sacred artistic landscape with brutish political dogma, rendering no public outlet of common life safe. Is the whole of human existence rendered to just […]

‘Recent Paintings’ by William Lane @ FIG

Posted on October 21st, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

William Lane presents a provocative return to mid-century minimalism at FIG. To be honest, I was initially worried we would be seeing nothing but derivatives of that long-ago foray by 20th century artists into finding, almost akin to a scientific methodology, an irreducible complexity to the aesthetic form of color. As is typical with minimalism, […]

Ai Weiwei: Zodiac @ Jeffrey Deitch Gallery

Posted on October 7th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

The opening of Jeffrey Deitch’s Los Angeles Gallery of the artist Ai Weiwei does well to showcase the expansiveness of the space. The 15,000 square feet gallery is phenomenally curated, most notably with the center-piece Stools acting as not only the anchor-point and talking piece but as a center stage for which the entire exhibition […]

Michael Arntz @ The Landing

Posted on September 25th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

In an unnamed exhibition with perhaps an unnamed collection of artworks, Mr. Michael Arntz puts forward a rare breed of meticulous depth to his compositions at The Landing while simultaneously interconnecting each piece to portray a larger commentary on immigration. What makes the narration purely aesthetic and an anvil which hammers away at any suspicions […]

Chinatown Arts District

Posted on September 17th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

In Los Angeles there is typically a flurry of art openings the weekend immediately following Labor Day. It is the ignition to a new art season after the phlegmatic slumber of summer. I dropped by the formidable Tieken Gallery to catch a glimpse of the old and new.   View this post on Instagram A post […]