"Against All Odds"
By Phil Tarley for Fabrik Magazine
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In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.
-Vincent Van Gogh
It took me three years to finally drip all the way out of college and I doubt that I would've been able to do it without headphones. That's me on the D bus at Rutgers University with hair in my face, filthy black horn-rimmed glasses and a Walkman clamped onto my head like forceps tasked with the dubious job of pulling me from the supercilious hole of cynicism that I'd been gestating in ever since leaving high school. I'm listening to an unreleased Beatles song called Watching Rainbows. John Lennon is singing, "Shoot me! Shoot me! Whatever you do you gotta kill somebody to get what you want, you gotta shoot me! You gotta shoot me! Please shoot me!" and I'm deliberately not standing up to get off at my stop to go to my Tuesday afternoon class on expository writing where I'd be forced to remove my headphones and listen to a middle aged woman in sensible shoes lecture me on how to bow at the waist and square dance politely with her syllabus. Or that's me not getting off the G bus to learn about third-person thesis construction because I'm listening to CSNY sing Blackbirdat the Fillmore East in 1970, or that's me not getting off the L bus to make tree-rubbings and collaborative scrap paper collages with girls in top-siders and digital watches because Bob Dylan is telling me how, "Disillusioned words like bullets bark as human gods aim for their marks, make everything from toy guns that sparks to flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark, it's easy to see without looking too far that not much is really sacred."
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So, enough with all this whining and nagging, let’s switch to something interesting, something special that all of us can enjoy and appreciate. How about Hollywood at its glamorous best? Here is a guilty pleasure ––the exhibition at the Robert Berman Gallery of black and white photographs of Old Hollywood royalty, all of them snapped by well-known celebrity photographer Murray Garrett, who worked roughly between the 1940’s and 1960’s. Mr. Garrett, who is 88 years old, hasn’t shown these photos for decades, so now is our chance to see and salivate a little over numerous images of Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, Lauren Bacall with Humphrey Bogart, and Lucille Ball with Desi Arnaz. And you know what? In these photos by Murray Garrett, all these Hollywood Gods, even many decades later, are still alive, well, and kicking. As the saying goes, they don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
Immersed in the cultural landscape, filmmaker and photographer Felver (Beat) compiles moments both candid and posed from the past 25 years of American musical history. Framed by a brief personal narrative of the artist's social life in diverse countercultural milieus, as well as forewords by David Amram and Lee Ranaldo, the book quickly proceeds to striking images of luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Ozzy Osbourne, Odetta, Taj Mahal, and Eartha Kitt. Felver possesses a unique skill, presenting the artists in moments that suggest a personal connection and unveiling of celebrity, while maintaining a firm grounding in the act of musical creation. Occasional recollections and ephemera from the featured artists further bolster the collection. Sure to please music aficionados and casual fans alike, the range and intimacy of this collection work together, drawing out nostalgia for the recent past. The artists feel present, whether it's Sonny Rollins with cheeks puffed as he glances over his shoulder, or Hazel Dickens's genuine smile. Felver's sincere appreciation of that presence is enough to make you turn on a record player. 240 b&w illus. (May)
As a filmmaker, Chris Felver understands a tight close-up and a tight schedule, so when he shifts to still portraiture of concert performers, he gets the job done in three frames. Click, click, click.
"Mind I make one?" is all he has to say, his backstage pass and handheld Leica finishing the question.
Even Neil Young and Lou Reed had time for three quick frames, though Emmylou Harris had time for only one. They appear among 240 images in Felver's "American Jukebox," ($50, Indiana University Press), a new picture book as efficient as a three-minute single.
If he is shooting, say, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park, he'll hang an airplane blanket on a generator, put a stool in front of it and catch the musicians as they are standing around waiting to play.
Official Site for the Musee D'Aquitaine -
Chicano Dream - La collection Cheech Marin (1980-2010)
Exposition temporaire du 27 juin au 26 octobre 2014
From Friday 27 June 2014, 11:00 to Sunday 26 October 2014, 18:00
« Je me sens un peu Chicano, un peu Mexicain Américain et je suis aussi un artiste américain. […] Je me sens plus riche d’être tout cela à la fois. »
Eloy Torrez, 2000.
« En réaction à la culture dominante et aux distinctions implicites entre “beaux arts” et “art populaire”, les artistes [chicanos] ont tenté de supprimer les frontières et de mêler les genres. La vie quotidienne, réelle, constitua la source principale de cette nouvelle esthétique. »
Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, 1993
Cheech Marin, une passion généreuse
Le musée d’Aquitaine a fait le choix de présenter dans ses murs la collection privée de Richard Antony « Cheech » Marin, réalisateur, acteur et scénariste installé à Los Angeles. Cheech Marin accompagne depuis trente ans les plus grands artistes mexicains américains de Los Angeles. Carlos Almaraz, Gronk, Harry Gamboa, Patssi Valdez, Frank Romero, John Valadez…
Portrait of Cheech, 2012.Technique mixte sur bois. Collection Cheech Marin. Courtesy de l'artiste
Tous figurent en bonne place au sein de cette collection qui a fait l’objet de plusieurs expositions d’envergure internationale : Chicano Visions, dont l’itinérance a débuté en 2001 au musée de San Antonio, Texas ; Chicanitas et Papel Chicano, qui rappellent que les artistes chicanos sont aussi de brillants dessinateurs et pastellistes. Très récemment, les petits formats de l’exposition Chicanitas ont été rassemblés au musée d’art contemporain de San Diego, Californie. En France pourtant, les artistes chicanos restent encore très méconnus. En 1989, le Centre de Recherche pour le Développement Culturel de Nantes (C.R.D.C.) coproduisait avec le Centre d’art Santa Monica de Barcelone une exposition pionnière présentant seize peintres, sculpteurs et affichistes chicanos. Le musée d’Aquitaine s’inscrit dans le prolongement de cette présentation inédite en France. Il élargit cependant le champ des artistes et courants picturaux représentés, et ajoute une introduction conséquente à la douloureuse histoire des Mexicains Américains depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Quelque 70 oeuvres majeures de la collection Cheech Marin ont été retenues pour témoigner de plus de quarante années de création picturale. Cet ensemble est complété par d’importants prêts consentis par des artistes et collectionneurs privés, pour élargir le propos à la sérigraphie contemporaine, mais aussi représenter la toute jeune création chicana.
Carlos Almaraz, Jari « Werc » Álvarez, Jesus Barraza, Chaz Bojorquez, David Botello, Melanie Cervantes, Alfredo de Batuc, Carlos Donjuán, Diane Gamboa, Margaret García, Yolanda González, Glugio Gronk Nicandro, Roberto Gutiérrez, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Leo Limón, Albert Lopez, José Lozano, Gilbert « Magú » Luján, Cesar Martínez, Frank Romero, Sonia Romero, Ricardo Ruiz, Shizu Saldamando, Eloy Torrez, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Vincent Valdez, Jaime Zacarías, alias GERMS
John Valadez, une résidence au musée
L’association des amis du musée d’Aquitaine a convié John Valadez à réaliser in situ un mural, en introduction à l’exposition Chicano Dream. Accueilli fin mai 2014 en résidence à Bordeaux, l’artiste disposera de cinq semaines pour finaliser une oeuvre monumentale d’environ 8 x 4,50 mètres, qui sera exposée sur la façade du musée. Artiste de renommée internationale, Valadez est particulièrement reconnu pour ses extraordinaires murals, ces vastes fresques dont il reçoit régulièrement commande, en Californie comme ailleurs aux Etats-Unis. À l’issue de l’exposition, la fresque de John Valadez sera déposée puis réinstallée dans un espace public pérenne, choisi en concertation avec la Mairie de Bordeaux.
John Valadez, Pool Party, 1987 (coll. Cheech Marin) courtesy de l'artiste
2014, l’anniversaire du jumelage Bordeaux/Los Angeles
Les villes de Bordeaux et Los Angeles célèbrent le 50e anniversaire d’un jumelage débuté en octobre 1964. De nombreuses manifestations ponctuent cette année : une programmation particulièrement dense, qui mêle concerts et spectacles de danse, performances, projections de films et expositions. Los Angeles sera par ailleurs l’invitée d’honneur du festival Bordeaux fête le vin (BFV), du 26 au 29 juin. Musées et associations culturelles des deux villes sont pleinement impliqués dans la programmation de cette année de célébration.
Programmation à Bordeaux :
- À l’espace Saint-Rémi, du 13 juin au 13 juillet, FLASH association propose une nouvelle édition de BDXLAX Faraway So Close, exposition qui se veut, une nouvelle fois, le relais d’une scène culturelle forte et alternative, souvent peu visible, au croisement de l’art et de la pop culture.
- Le CAPC - Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux consacrera ses expositions d’été au sculpteur « caldérien » Aaron Curry, aux deux jeunes artistes émergents Carter Mull et Daniel Finsel, ainsi qu’aux archives du collectif d’artistes militants chicanos ASCO (« la nausée » en espagnol), actif à East Los Angeles entre 1972 et 1987 ; une exposition qui entre en résonance avec celle du musée d’Aquitaine, où seront présentées des oeuvres sur toile de Gronk, Patssi Valdez et Diane Gamboa, trois artistes fondateurs du collectif.
- La galerie du musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux présentera du 28 août au 10 novembre, Roadtrip, un siècle de photographies de la côte ouest des Etats-Unis, à partir d’une sélection proposée par le riche département photo du LACMA.
Exposition organisée en partenariat avec la Mairie de Los Angeles, dans le cadre du 50e anniversaire du jumelage Bordeaux – Los Angeles, et avec le généreux concours de M. Cheech Marin.
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LA WEEKLY by Shana Nys Dambrot
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HERB ALPERT RECEIVES NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS
FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA
The highest honor bestowed by the President upon twelve
individuals in the arts annually
Los Angeles, CA — At the White House today, President Barack Obama awarded noted musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert with the National Medal of Arts for his lifetime of contribution to the arts.
Herb Alpert is not only a music icon and philanthropist, but also an accomplished sculptor, painter who through his creativity and inspiration, has significantly enriched and influenced our cultural life. The National Medal of Arts awards were established by Congress in 1984 to honor artists and patrons of the arts. It is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National Council of the Arts and the Arts Endowment’s advisory council recommends individuals and organizations to the President.
“My dreams of being a professional artist never included the Medal of Arts Award. I am deeply touched.” Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert continues his life–long passion to push the boundaries of his own art. As a multi–disciplinary artist, he has never stopped being a musician. Alpert not only has sold over 72 million albums over the course of his career, but he and partner Jerry Moss changed the music industry forever when they founded the legendary A&M Records. As an eight–time Grammy winner, Alpert is just releasing his 34th studio album “Steppin’ Out,“ and with his wife, Grammy–award winning singer Lani Hall, will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on July 17, 2013.
As a sculptor and painter, Alpert’s show, In·ter·course, is currently at the Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California.
Together Herb Alpert and Lani Hall are mutually involved in the work of The Herb Alpert Foundation, which was formed in the early 1980’s. The Foundation’s significant commitments support music & arts education, jazz studies and organizations that work toward creating a compassionate and empathetic society and has given over $125 million in grants.
In 2012 Herb Alpert was awarded the Harlem School of the Arts inaugural leadership award in recognition of the life–saving $6 million grant to the school. Journalist Bill Moyers said at the ceremony: “Herb Alpert is a creative genius. His career continues to flourish, and he continues to use his gifts as an artist and philanthropist to make our world a better place.”
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The late political cartoonist Paul Conrad won the Pulitzer Prize so many times it was deemed unseemly to give him any more. Now, on the Thursday he would have turned 89, one of his masterpieces faces oblivion.
Titled “Chain Reaction,” Conrad built a sculpture in the heart of Santa Monica, a once-progressive city, directly across the street from the RAND Corporation. It is a huge, elegant, moving work that stands against the horror of war and nuclear holocaust.
The city has threatened to tear it down, for lack of funds to maintain it. It ought to be a meager budgetary concern in a place that polishes its streets multiple times a week and maintains a showcase water reclamation plant on its beachfront. A number of prominent community members, notably art gallery owner Robert Berman and this site’s editor in chief, would like to prevent that cultural catastrophe.
If you want to get involved, find out more about the fight to save “Chain Reaction” at this website.
Here are a few words about Conrad from his old friend, Robert Scheer:
Paul was like other veterans of that era of what has been called the good war—maybe the last one that can be called that—like the great Ed Guthman, also a Pulitzer winner and Paul’s close friend, and that other Times Pulitzer winner, Phil Kerby, a foil for Paul’s daily journey through the editorial page compound seeking reaction to drafts of his cartoons. Those guys had a confidence to speak truth to power that derived from the deep conviction that they were guardians of the American dream of justice and liberty for all. For them it was never simply a slogan but rather their lifeblood.
There is an adage that I believe defines both the role of the free press and the progressive church that Conrad honored—the injunction to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable—an epitaph that best captures this truly great man.
Paul Conrad in his inspired works of art day after day for more than half a century never betrayed that mission. He did so with brilliance, humor, and integrity that millions came to expect from a cartoon signed “Conrad.”
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer. Follow him on Twitter: @peesch.
Congratulations to Dietrich Wegner for being selected to exhibit at the Leopold Museum in Austria for their exhibition "Fleeting Worlds"CLOUDS
22 March 2013 - 01 July 2013
From 1800 landscape painting experienced an impressive heyday. Within this genre, artists paid increasing attention to the motif of clouds. These strange, elusive formations consisting of water, air and light appear as conveyors of different emotions and messages. Bushy clouds in a sunny sky contribute significantly to the positive atmosphere of a landscape and seem to be an almost indispensible feature in idyllic depictions of nature. A sky traversed by dark rain and thunder clouds, on the other hand, is perceived as threatening, while a band of clouds bathed in the glow of the red evening light sets a melancholy mood. Bizarre cloud formations, in turn, can be interpreted as enigmatic signs, as mysterious messages and warnings of imminent danger. A sense of foreboding is also conveyed by masses of clouds that appear out of control, occasioned either by natural disasters or by man as a result of technical intervention, such as exhaust fumes and atomic explosions.
The exhibition seeks to shed light on these different aspects of cloud depictions with a great variety of select examples of European and American painting and photography from 1800 to today. The presentation features works by Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, William Turner, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, John Constable, Ferdinand Hodler, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, René Magritte, Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Wolff, Olivier Masmonteil, Dietrich Wegner, Studio ++ to name but the most internationally famous representatives.
Marc Fichou: "Contenant Contenu" at Robert Berman Gallery
by jody zellen
In "Contenant Contenu" (Containing, Contained), French-born, LA-based artist Marc Fichou plays with conceptual double entendres. His photographs and sculptures explore the process of making in relationship to the object made. This recalls Robert Morris' 1961 work Box with the sound of its own making, a quintessential conceptual artwork in which Morris recorded the sounds of building a box, later placing the recording inside the box, looping the sound forever.
In his Paper on Paper series (all 2012), photographs Fichou took of hand-folded origami animals and objects are printed onto larger pieces of paper. These prints are then folded to make another copy of the object/animal and later unfolded and framed. The two sets of folds fused in a single image, depict before and after simultaneously. Fichou acknowledges the self-referential nature of his work stating, "my intention here is to create a piece where the image cannot be separated from its referent, thus creating a visual link between past and present." The monochromatic images--archival pigment prints-- become sculptural, with uneven edges, slight rips and obvious folds. Fichou uses traditional origami subjects, including a seal, shark, raven, wolf and dove, as well as a shell and an octahedron. These paper-on-paper pieces are then interspersed with sculptural tromp l'oeil that further explore before and after in the continuum of creation. In 9 (the title refers to the size of the room and not the sculpture), Fichou extracted twelve rhomboid shapes from the gallery's drywall, leaving the studs, wood, and wall structure exposed. He subsequently used them to make a three-dimensional twelve-sided sculpture that inhabits the deconstructed space.
Fichou explores the intersection between photography and sculpture by creating complex puzzles that require the viewer to reconstruct the process of their making. In 3 Panels, the artist photographed three large, irregular white panels leaning against each other in his studio: they appear to be cut from a single piece of wood, and if reunited they would complete a square. The photographic image was then enlarged and transfered onto the panels shown in the original image. The three pieces sit slightly askew on a shelf on the gallery wall becoming a work that is a sculptural photograph and a visual illusion. Exploring the traditional realm of visual illusion while building off the conceptual and technological advancements of recent decades, Fichou's innovative works employ both digital and analogue technologies to offer striking conceptual and physical juxtapositions.
Congratulations to Christopher Felver for his recent review of his documentary on the infamous Beat poet, publisher and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
To read the review, further reviews and information on the documentary "Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder," please click here:
Link to NY TIMES Review of Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
Link to NEW YORK POST Review of Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
Link to FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL Review of Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
Congratulations to Marc Fichou for his review in this weeks issue of THE WEEK and recent cover of FABRIK MAGAZINE.
Link to the digital (also available in print) issue of FABRIK MAGAZINE:
FABRIK MAGAZINE Digital Edition
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French-born artist Marc Fichou gives the idea of before-and-after pictures a novel twist. Using a bit of pretzel logic, he creates artworks that cleverly incorporate previous versions of themselves. For one series, he folded paper into origami creatures, photographed each one, then flattened the sheets and printed the corresponding photos on them. He does a similar trick with drywall. When a viewer enters the last gallery, it appears that the room is not all there: Swiss cheese-like holes have been cut into the walls. But don't call security: The sculpture at the room's center was assembled from the walls' missing pieces.
Gerald Slota's photo book STORY was just selected as one of the top ten photo books of 2012 by The New York Times.
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BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER
LOWER EAST SIDE
Summer Live Jazz Collector's Jam
Sunday August 5, 3-7pm
The Bergamot Station Lower East Side (A & B buildings at Bergamot Station Arts Center) invites you to an afternoon of live jazz, art and libations. Galleries of the Lower East Side will be open to the public to share in an afternoon of art in all mediums, discussions and enjoyment.
THE RALPH GIBSON JAZZ ENSEMBLE
The Lower East Side (A&B Buildings)
ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY
Dietrich Wegner Skin Deep
PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
"Forever Young": The Art of Music Photography
THE FROSTIG COLLECTION
RICHARD HELLER GALLERY
Neil Farber, Hideaki Kashima, Edward de Rosario,
David O'Brien and Others, Summer of Love
CRAIG KRULL GALLERY
James Fee Buoyancy
Rose-Lynn Fisher Yonder
Greg Colson Early Works
FRANK PICTURES GALLERY
David Florimbi COMING AND GOING
SHOSHANA WAYNE GALLERY
Dinh Q. Le Remnants, Ruins, Civilization and Empire
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Writers Boot Camp
For more than two weeks in the spring of 1992, L.A. Weekly photographer Ted Soqui put his life at risk as he drove from one ravaged neighborhood to another to document the fallout of the Los Angeles riots, also known as the Los Angeles Uprising. He spotted torched buildings by following plumes of smoke in the sky. "And there was no shortage of smoke," Soqui says, "dark smoke."
He rephotographed those sites 20 years later, standing in the very same locations where he'd stood in 1992. Soqui's before-and-after imagery gives silent testament to how much has changed - and how little.
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ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY presents TOWERING MOMENTS, the premiere exhibition of Los Angeles artist Jonathan Bickart. Opening reception this Saturday at B7 Gallery from 7-10pm.
Interview with Jonathan Bickart by Echo in the Sense available here:
Best known for his large commissions, Bickart’s work can be seen from the famous 14-foot monument of Colonel Griffith J. Griffith on Riverside Drive at the entrance to Griffith Park, to the bronze bust in the center of the Tennis Center at the Rivera Country Club, and most recently the inspirational larger-than-life bust of G.W.Carver for LA Unified School District at Carver Middle School in South LA.
TOWERING MOMENTS captures a compelling moment in the artist/muse relationship, exhibiting the creation of surrealistic icons of gesture through human form. Inspired by images of Javier Marin, Egon Schiele, and Rodin. "I try to incorporate the artist/muse relationship symbolically with figurative surrealism through optical illusion, distortion, and an expressionist style." Through these sculptures, Bickart attempts to fuse our subconscious visuals with our aesthetic sensibilities. Bickart's work includes the use of many materials, such as polychromed terracotta, steel, concrete, hydrocal, brass, and well as found objects.
Bickart’s clients include: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Foster, Ted Kotcheff, Marcy Carsey, Kenny G, Peter Guber, Fred Ward, Inner City Games, Mandalay Bay Hotel, National Congressional Medal of Honor Monument, City of Los Angeles, Griffith Park Trust, and numerous private collectors.
Our opening night of JUST OCCUPY was a great hit! Thank you to all who came to celebrate and reflect upon the Occupy movement.
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John Van Hamersveld
Atomic Banana, 1970 (Printed 2011)
Hand-pulled silkscreen; Edition of 80
Published by Robert Berman Gallery; Printed by John Miner
40 x 26 inches
About Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980
Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Each institution will make its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs. Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial post-World War II years through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompasses developments from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from the films of the African American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist activities of the Woman’s Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese American design to the pioneering work of artists’ collectives.
Initiated through $10 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time involves cultural institutions of every size and character across Southern California, from Greater Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara to Palm Springs.