THIS Los Angeles Gallery presents Home Sweet Home, a group exhibition that explores the conventions and comfort of home in a traditional gallery setting. The work exhibited is derived from the idea of “home” conjured in the mind of five young artists. Based both in Los Angeles and New York, the artists featured will be Jon Cournoyer, Michael Gigliotti, Hannah Hooper, Vanessa Prager and Annie Thornton. Through the use of the entire gallery space, these artists will bring a youthful, fresh and evocative spin on their personal notions home.
“The world’s first street art disaster movie”…
Alex Prager, the Los Angeles based photographer just revealed her newest series Week-End with back to back openings, the first at Yancey Richardson in New York on January 14, 2010 followed by an opening at M+B in Los Angeles on January 30, 2010. This series Week-End acted as a seamless continuation of her last two series Polyester and Big Valley, perhaps pushing the boundaries of normality or lack there of a bit more. The work is some of the best color photography out there and has a great cinematic quality to it. Compared to photographers like Cindy Sherman, William Eggleston and Guy Bourdin, one could only be so lucky to be placed among these heavy weights. Growing up in Los Angeles, Prager’s surroundings are clearly a strong influence in her work. The highly stylized photographs focus on young women dressed in 60’s styled retro clothing, disguised in wigs, in somewhat of damsel in distress situations, straddle fashion editorial and fine art photography. Definitely go check out the exhibits, worth seeing.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles appointed Jeffrey Deitch, the well-known gallerist and art dealer, as its new director. Deitch, known for his non-traditional exhibitions and outside of the box forward thinking has a lot to offer. Thank god there is finally something exciting happening on west coast in the art-world (nice move MOCA). There are mixed feelings about this choice circulating around, but there is no doubt that this is going to change the Los Angeles art scene and in my opinion for the better. This is definitely a loss for New York and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to Deitch Projects.
Banksy, the internationally-known British street artist with a completely anonymous identity, literally set up a pet shop in New York in the fall of 2008. Here’s the catch there were no animals in this pet shop, only animatronic animals executed in typical Banksy fashion. This installation was loaded with social commentary and was executed exquisitely, too bad I never saw it in person, the videos and images do the work justice.