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Carlos Almaraz

CARLOS ALMARAZ

Carlos Almaraz was arguably the first of many artists whose artistic, cultural, and political motivations catalyzed the Chicano art movement in the 1970s. Almaraz began his career with political works for the farm workers’ causa and co-founded the important artist collective Los Four. Although he saw himself as a cultural activist, Almaraz straddled multiple—and often contradictory—identities that drew from divergent cultures and mores. As Almaraz evolved artistically, his art became less political in focus and more personal, psychological, and even mystical. Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz, currently on view at LACMA, is the first major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1982

    Sunset Crash

    Courtesy of the Cheech Marin Collection. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo courtesy the Collection of Cheech Marin.

  • 1982

    Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit Go to Town

    Collection of Robert M. DeLapp, Los Angeles. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo courtesy Robert M. DeLapp Gallery.

  • 1982

    Magic Green Stage

    The Buck Collection through the University of California, Irvine. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Bliss Photography

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David Hockney

DAVID HOCKNEY

David Hockney, (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney," an exhibition focused on the artists self-portraits and photo collages, is on view at The Getty through November 26, 2017.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1982

    Jerry Diving Sunday Feb. 28th 1982

    Polaroid composite
    26.7 × 62.2 cm (10 1/2 × 24 1/2 in.)
    © David Hockney
    Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

  • 1982

    Still Life Blue Guitar 4th April 1982

    Polaroid composite
    62.2 × 76.2 cm (24 1/2 × 30 in.)
    © David Hockney
    Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

  • 1986

    Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2

    Collage of chromogenic prints
    181.6 × 271.8 cm (71 1/2 × 107 in.)
    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
    © 1986 David Hockney

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Philip Guston

PHILIP GUSTON

Best known for his cartoonish paintings and drawings from the late 1960s onwards, Philip Guston audaciously returned to figuration at the height of Abstract Expressionism. Guston created a lively cast of characters rendered in bold brushwork—sinister, hooded figures reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan; cyclopean heads; and disembodied limbs. Seemingly mundane objects, such as bare light bulbs, shoes, cigarettes, and bricks were also imbued with personal meaning. A muralist with the government-funded Federal Art Project in the 1930s, an Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s and ‘60s, and a figurative painter in the last decades of his life, Guston is regarded as a leading figure in the creation of a new style of painting known as Neo-Expressionism.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1978

    Aggressor

    Oil on canvas
    48 × 59 inches

  • 1974

    Confrontation

    Oil on canvas
    75 1/5 × 114 4/5 inches

  • 1977

    To J.S.

    Oil on canvas
    68 × 104 inches

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Farrah Atassi

FARRAH ATASSI

Farah Atassi (b. 1981, Brussels, Belgium) lives and works in Paris where she completed her studies at the Ecole Nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions include Xippas Gallery, Paris and Geneva; Extra City Kunstal, Antwerp, Belgium; Galerie Michel Rein, Brussels, Belgium; Le Grand Café, Saint Nazaire Art Center, France; and Le Portique, Contemporary Art Center, Le Havre, France. Select institutional exhibitions include Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, France; Biennale of Painting, Roger Raveel Museum, Machelen-Zulte, Belgium; MAC/VAL, Val-de-Marne, France; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France; Musée des Beaux-arts de Libourne, France; Palais d’Iéna, Paris, France; Biennale de Curitiba, Brazil; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. In 2013, Atassi was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, and in 2012, she was named the winner of the Jean-François Prat Prize in France. Her work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze Magazine, and ArtPress, among other publications, and her first bilingual monograph was published by Les Presses du Réel in 2015. Her current exhibition is at Ghebaly Gallery through August 12, 2017.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2017

    Still Life with Guitar

    Oil and enamel on canvas
    63 x 78.7 inches
    Image courtesy of Ghebaly Gallery

  • 2017

    Still Life with Carafe

    Oil and enamel on canvas
    37.4 x 51.18 inches
    Image courtesy of Ghebaly Gallery

  • 2017

    Psychedelic Setting 3

    Oil and enamel on canvas
    51.2 x 63.8 inches
    Image courtesy of Ghebaly Gallery

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Kerry James Marshall

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL

Kerry James Marshall (b.1955, Birmingham, Alabama) grew up in Watts, Los Angeles,and is a 1978 graduate of the Otis College of Art and Design. After being an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1986, he moved to Chicago, where he continues to live and work today. Marshall is the recipient of several awards, grants, and fellowships including the MacArthur genius grant in 1997 and an honorary doctorate from Otis College of Art and Design in 1999. In 2013 he was named to President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Marshall has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Kerry James Marshall: In the Tower was most recentlyon view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.(2013). Other recent solo exhibitions include Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff, organized by the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium, traveling to the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark; the Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2014); and exhibitions at Secession, Vienna (2012); the Wexner Center for the Arts (2008); Camden Arts Centre (2005); MCA Chicago (2003); and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (1998).

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2012

    School of Beauty, School of Culture

    Acrylic and glitter on unstretched canvas
    107 7/8 x 157 7/8 inches
    Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Museum purchase with funds provided by Elizabeth (Bibby) Smith, the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art, Jane Comer, the Sankofa Society, and general acquisition funds, photo bySean Pathasema

  • 2014

    Untitled (Studio)

    Acrylic on PVC panel
    83 ½ x 118 7/8 inches
    Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Gift, Acquisitions Fund and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Multicultrual Audience Development Initiative Gift, 2015, photo courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, London

  • 2003

    7 am Sunday Morning

    Acrylic on canvas banner
    120 x 216 inches
    Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, photo byMichal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago

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Cristine Blanco

CRISTINE BLANCO

Cristine Blanco is graphic artist and illustrator. A collection of her comics has been featured in Bay Area festivals – including Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, EBABZ, and SF ZineFest. Her paintings have been exhibited in art shows at Hotel Des Arts and Nielsen Arts. As a surfer and community activist, she has created ocean-inspired works specifically to raise funds for Returning Waves at SF’s I-Hotel and most recently Brown Girl Surf at Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland.” Blanco’s work is included in Sea Sick in Paradise, a Depart Foundation pop-up exhibition in Malibu Village through September 30, 2017.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2017

    Sharks

    Watercolor on paper
    20 x 27.5 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Depart Foundation

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Katrin Assmann

KATRIN ASSMANN

Katrin Assmann's misty landscapes and organic, subdued palette reflect a uniquely Californian atmosphere. The softly blended layers of paint create a visual effect reminiscent of old Polaroids and materialize the fleeting images of nostalgia and memory. Assmann moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and began using her growing collection of vintage found photographs from the flea markets of Los Angeles as inspiration. Katrin explores the imagery of a bygone California; a world very different from her hometown in Germany.

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SELECTED WORK

  • California Barn

    Oil on canvas
    20 x 30 Inches
    Courtesy the artist and Launch LA

  • California Mansion

    Oil on canvas
    60 x 72 Inches
    Courtesy the artist and Launch LA

  • Motel

    Oil on canvas
    48 x 48 Inches
    Courtesy the artist and Launch LA

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Shinique Smith

SHINIQUE SMITH

Shinique Smith takes physical stock of fibreculture and the possibilities of line. Working widely across painting, drawing, collage, video and installation, Smith creates ecosystems of cooperative corporality. Her works evoke embodied artifacts with consciences of genteel street smarts. Graffiti, secondhand finds and neo-tribalism interact with Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Japanese calligraphy to create playful alterations between supertext and subtext, evoking the textile weaves of Smith’s oft-used materials themselves. In an exhaustive effort to process and restore culture, Smith creates menageries that glom high and lowbrow expressions and bury them at the human center.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2014

    Splendid

    Acrylic, ink, fabric and collage, ribbon, rope and yarn on canvas over wood panel
    Collection Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

  • Splendid

    (detail)

  • 2017

    Shaped by Light, Shaped by Rainbows

    Acrylic, ink, fabric, clothing and personal objects on canvas over wood panel
    84 x 120 x 16 inches (diptych)
    Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

  • 2015

    Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink

    Clothing, fabric and ribbon on wood panel
    72 x 252 x 6 inches (each 72 x 36 x 6 inches)
    Installation view Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

  • 2014-2017

    Whirlwind Dancer

    Acrylic, ink, fabric and collage on canvas over wood panel
    96 x 96 x 3 inches (diptych)
    Collection Leslie & Greg Ferrero, Miami, Courtesy David Castillo

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Zach Harris

ZACH HARRIS

Zach Harris was born in 1976 in Santa Rosa and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited at Feuer/Mesler Gallery, David Kordansky Gallery, *Made in L.A. 2012 among many others. His work is included in collections such as the Hammer Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum. His most recent exhibition is “Purple Cloud,” on view at Galerie Perrotin Paris through July 29, 2017. The accompanying monograph, Zach Harris, has recently been published by David Kordansky Gallery and Galerie Perrotin.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2013-17

    "N" "O" "8"

    Carved wood, water-based paint, ink
    36 x 93 inches

  • "N" "O" "8" (detail)

  • "N" "O" "8" (detail)

  • "N" "O" "8" (detail)

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Marisa Merz

MARISA MERZ

Marisa Merz gained international prominence as part of the circle of artists associated with Arte Povera in the late 1960s. An avant-garde movement that rejected Italy’s material wealth in favor of “poor” materials, Arte Povera was identified with the radicalism of the student movement but proclaimed no stylistic or ideological credo except the negation of existing codes and art world limitations. Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space is the first US retrospective of the Italian painter, sculptor, and installation artist. Bringing together five decades of the artist’s work, the exhibition includes Merz’s early experiments with non-traditional materials and processes; the enigmatic heads and faces she created in the 1980s and 1990s; and her installations that balance intimacy with impressive scale. The exhibition is on view at the Hammer Museum from June 4 through August 20, 2017.  

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1968 or ca. 1975

    Untitled

    Nylon thread, iron nails
    Two parts: 1 15/16 × 7 7/8 × 2 3/5 in. (5 × 20 × 7 cm) each
    Courtesy the artist and Fondazione Merz.
    Photo: Renato Ghiazza

  • 1991

    Untitled

    Pastel on wood in iron frame
    43 5/8 x 51 1/2 x 3/4 in. (110.81 x 130.81 x 1.91 cm) Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland
    Photo: Ron Amstutz

  • 1993-6

    Untitled

    Graphite on paper
    62 1/2 × 58 1/2 in.
    Image courtesy Gladstone Gallery.

  • 2010

    Untitled

    Mixed media on paper mounted on wood with iron and copper frame, beams, and wax
    100 3/8 × 110 1/4 in. (255 × 280 cm)
    V-A-C Foundation, Moscow.

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