Ed Moses debuts new paintings at Bergamot Station Ed Moses may be almost 91, but that hasn’t stopped him from compulsively creating new work. The famed Venice artist and alum of the West L.A.-based Cool School art movement presents his newest paintings — completed since last year’s landmark retrospective “Moses@90” — on Saturday at Bergamot Station’s William Turner Gallery. “Chance and Circumstance” (a nod to Moses’ Buddhist practice) features the artist’s latest grid paintings, in which thick bands of black, white and gray paint crisscross the canvases, while splatters of vivid, sometimes neon colors punctuate the geo-metric scenes. The...Read More
Exhibit built from crowdsourced ideas explores the endless possibilities of art in civic life By Christina Campodonico The business motto of El Segundo is “Where Big Ideas Take Off.” The El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) wants to help public art do just that with “ELSEGUNDISSIMO,” which opens Sunday. The 27th exhibition experience in the art space’s four-year history, “ELSEGUNDISSIMO” is taking an unconventional approach to honoring El Segundo’s centennial anniversary. Though nodding to the past (there’s a display of old-time El Segundo postcards on metal plates), the exhibition mostly looks to the future — namely how public art...Read More
Venice’s Andy Moses takes an alchemist’s approach to art By Christina Campodonico Artist Andy Moses has a rebellious streak, and so do his paintings. When his father, famed California artist Ed Moses, discouraged him from becoming a painter, he went ahead and became one anyway. Despite an existing network of artists through alma mater CalArts and his father’s affiliation with famed L.A. art collective the Ferus Group (aka The Cool School), he struck out on his own in New York. And when paint labels warn “Do not mix with oil or water,” that’s what he does. “Growing up, whenever...Read More
Infatuated collector shares his treasures in Santa Monica By Christina Campodonico Serial entrepreneur Ron Rivlin can blame his love affair with Andy Warhol on Mick Jagger. A veteran music industry promoter, agent and manager, Rivlin was at a friend’s house in Toronto four years ago when he spotted a Warhol rendering of the Rolling Stones frontman. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s so cool!’” recounts Rivlin. “So I went looking for one.” He eventually got his Jagger — actually, a set of 10 Jagger silkscreens signed both by Warhol and the rock icon. And then Rivlin’s initial attraction...Read More
Advocartsy pop-up honors the diversity and complexity of Iranian women By Stephanie Case Two years ago, Roshi Rahnama looked at Los Angeles and saw something missing: the art of her own culture. The city is home to the largest population of Iranians outside of their home country, but within the walls of L.A.’s art galleries there was no sustained platform for the vibrant Iranian creative scene that Rahnama, an arts advocate and museum consultant, knew so well. Her solution was “Art Brief,” a series of public pop-up exhibitions run by her organization, Advocartsy, that exclusively feature contemporary works from...Read More
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