Art + Design

A Morris Louis Retrospective at Honor Fraser

Morris Louis’ abstracts, currently on display at Culver City’s Honor Fraser Gallery, overwhelm the senses with their freely flowing and highly saturated hues. As one of the leading figures in Color Field painting, along with Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland, Louis rejected the action-based gestural painting often associated with...

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Essex Flowers Marries Art with Virtual Reality

Though the name Essex Flowers might lead you to believe they deal in orchids and hydrangeas, it’s actually an artist-run gallery in Chinatown. Named after the flower shop that occupied their original space, the collective has put on Kunsthalle-style exhibitions since 2013. Their current show, titled The Sands, references...

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Artist Ben Jackel Explores the History of War

Los Angeles-based sculptor Ben Jackel explores themes of historical and contemporary warfare in his latest exhibition, Reign of Fire, at L.A. Louver. As the artist’s fourth show, this collection of new work delves into the political and human cost behind mankind’s long-standing predilection for violence. On display are Jackel’s sculptural representations...

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Spinello Projects Hosts 20-Artist Show

Looking for an introduction to a good chunk of Miami-based artists? A group show at Spinello Projects is a succinct place to start. Twenty practitioners—each with a distinct voice and representing varied art world orbits—have converged for an exhibition that reflects on the neighborhood of Little Haiti, the ever-contemplated “status”...

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The Sculptural Rawness of John Mason

When 22-year-old aspiring sculptor John Mason moved to L.A. in 1949 and enrolled in the Los Angeles Art Institute, he likely never imagined that, in just a few years time, he would be a leading figure in the West Coast art scene. But that’s just what he’d become. Mason...

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Stand Under a Canopy of Light at MoMA PS1

For the past eighteen years, MoMA PS1 has been putting on the rising talents in architecture, providing them with an opportunity to design and install projects that push boundaries and reflect their fresh visions for the built environment. Through the summer, PS1’s courtyard will be taken over by an installation...

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Theodora Allen and the Celestial Body

Known for her mystical depictions of flora and fauna inspired by Persian miniatures, as well as her gossamer-thin layers of celestially-toned paint, UCLA MFA grad Theodora Allen is currently making waves with her second solo exhibition, Vigil, at Culver City’s Blum & Poe. The show is comprised of two separate bodies...

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South Florida Cultural Consortium Comes to MOCA

The South Florida Cultural Consortium is probably the most coveted regional art prize there is. This may sound like a joke, but it’s not. Let’s unpack why you think that might be funny. First of all, the field of artists in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Martin, and Palm Beach is...

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Meg Cranston Conjures Up Modernist Masters

Almost Matissean in their hues and hand-drawn forms, Los Angeles-based painter Meg Cranston’s latest exhibition delves into the idea of making the old new again. Inspired by legendary modernists and their exhaustive exploration into color theory, the series is bursting with fresh ideas about how we perceive color relationships....

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A Haunting Retrospective of Belkis Ayón in NYC

In 1999, the Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón, one of the island’s most celebrated artists, took her own life at the age of 32. The exact reason is unknown, though some will surely speculate. Her works, all on the spectrum of white, grey, and black, contain shrouded, silhouetted figures, of...

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