Elizabeth Murray’s Visual Language in Her Story

Her Story embraces the geometric. The abstract work is composed of three angular canvases conceived together as one. Dissident triangles and rectangles are placed throughout the composition and painted in bright blues, greens, reds, purples, yellows and oranges. The layered canvases pop the painting out from laying flat against the wall and give the work a sculptural quality.

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The West Coast premiere of Julian Rosefeldt’s “Manifesto”

Actor Cate Blanchett recites these words, taken from Tristan Tzara’s Dada Manifesto 1918 in a declaration mash-up that intersperses material from Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Philippe Soupault’s, Literature and the Rest (1920). This is the prologue to Julian Rosefeldt’s 13 channel cinematic installation, “Manifesto,” featuring Blanchett enacting thirteen dramatically diverse personas, each remixing excerpts from artist manifestos throughout the canon of modern Western art history.

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Takesada Matsutani: A Drop in Time

An almost opalescent blue form drips down the black canvas in this work by Takesada Matsutani (Japanese, b. 1937). Made from vinyl glue that is poured on the canvas then allowed to dry to create a film, Matsutani then uses his own breath to inflate the form and rupture the skin so that is evokes open wounds reminding us of drops of blood.

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Roland Kulla’s Queens Plaza

When we look at the paintings of Robert Kulla we see not only urban landscapes with their moving parts – subways, bridges, taxis – we see the shapes they form. When creating a composition Kulla finds the abstract in his framing. In Queens Plaza, Kulla uses the green painted train tracks to guide our eye to the turning subway car, but he is also exploring the angular and rectangular shapes implicit in the construction.

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Dark Room

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, an artist who calls Los Angeles his home, is backed by many major galleries and represented worldwide. Born in San Bernardino, California, in 1982, Sepuya graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. He also received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California Los Angeles Department of Art in 2016.

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Channa Horwitz: The Underlying Structure of Things

In 2005 the LA-based artist Channa Horwitz declared that “if chance plays out long enough it will become structure.” She drew in order to find structure in the chaotic world that surrounded her. Logic lead the way, and she created a system of drafting compositions not knowing what would result on the pag.

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Mary Obering in Los Angeles

Last spring Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles announced they were adding New York City based artist Mary Obering to their gallery and their first exhibition with her would be in the fall of 2018. Now that time has come, and they are using their first collaboration with the artist to showcase some of her early works from the 1970s, which she made shortly after moving to New York City.

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Karen Margolis and the Deconstruction of “Apparent Order”

Channeling the chaotic yet compelling aspects of the natural world in her mixed media watercolor compositions, artist Karen Margolis has added her artistic brilliance to various exhibitions in recent years. Her contributions to the 2015 “Apparent Order” showcase at the Garis & Hahn Gallery of New York underlined this splendor in a selection of works that exemplified the powerful harmony possible when various artistic voices come into creative concordance.

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Suspect Realities

The 2018 Seattle Art Fair is more than just a gathering of local artists. This event displays 62 different exhibits from galleries across the world, including Seattle, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Los Angeles and Tokyo. These galleries not only display paintings but also mixed media, sculptures, and other art mediums. One of these innovative exhibits is Suspect Realities, on loan from the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.

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The Canvas as Sculpture: Chung Sang-hwa and Shin Sung-Hy

Blum & Poe in Los Angeles is presenting an exhibition that focuses on the work of Korean artists Chung Sang-hwa and Shin Sun-Hy. While they are both important Korean artists from the 20th century onwards, this will be the first major presentation in Los Angeles to highlight their work.

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Mark Tobey at Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery is exploring the work of American artist Mark Tobey (1890-1976) in a new exhibition with over 35 paintings and works on paper from major museum loans and private collections. This exhibit is the first comprehensive show of his work in New York in over twenty years, and reminds us of this artist who preferred the small scale to the large and who found meaning in mindfulness before it was in the zeitgeist.

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Meleko Mokgosi’s Subversion of the Western Canon of Art

This fall Honor Fraser is presenting the final show in the series Democratic Intuition started by artist Meleko Mokgosi in 2013. Throughout the series the artist has taken traditional Western subject matter and techniques and put them through a filter to show the limitations of their methods in depicting the African body and culture. In this final exhibition still lifes are the chosen subject matter.

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