Good art-gab Saturday @ L.A. Art Show

Ideas & Opinion · Visual arts
The L.A. Art Show‘s featured exhibit, “Letters from L.A.,” addresses the unique use of text by the city’s visual artists, forms the centerpiece of the fair. And the fair is a huge, noisy and fun community celebration. The line-up at the Show this weekend got my attention; in particular a panel discussion that looks excellent. ...

Ruth Weisberg’s guided gallery tour @ Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
Get thee to Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, where a strong show now hangs, “Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then,” works by the Los Angeles artist pictured above. This Saturday afternoon, Ms. Weisberg will personally guide a tour through her paintings and drawings that are on beautiful display in the LaBrea Avenue gallery. The exhibition reveals Weisberg’s ...

Claire Falkenstein book talk at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe, a major survey of the late California multimedia artist’s work now on at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, coincides with the release of the newly published, comprehensive book on the artist’s work and life, Claire Falkenstein. The Falkenstein material is paired at Rutberg’s with work of another important ...

Mike Kelley (1954-2012)

Visual arts
Twinkling Coppers (from “Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profile”), 1986 Acrylic on canvas with penny and string of multi-colored flashing electrical Christmas lights 60 x 60 x 3 3/8 inches (152.4 x 152.4 x 8.6 cm) Artist Mike Kelley died today. Story here. Peter Frank, Associate Editor of Fabrik magazine and art critic for The Huffington ...

Hans Burkhardt, master artist of Los Angeles @ Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
The expansive and influential career of Hans Burkhardt (1904–1994), who constantly updated and reinvented as a painter in Los Angeles is the focus of a survey exhibition of paintings and drawings, “Hans Burkhardt: Within & Beyond the Mainstream.” In the video, gallerist Rutberg notes, with certain contained astonishment, that Burkhardt, who transferred to L.A. after ...

You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy: street art

Visual arts
It was a tough Friday morning when Jack Rutberg arrived at his handsome LaBrea Avenue art gallery. A “street artist” had been “creative” on his building. Here’s what Jack has going on inside. “Some Assembly Required,” a marvelous show of collage art.

Soraya Nazarian, sculptor, offers a 25-year retrospective 5

Visual arts
In 2000, Los Angeles sculptor Soraya Nazarian traveled to an artists workshop in Pietrasanta, Italy, a city made famous for its marble quarries by none other than Michelangelo. The experience profoundly shaped Nazarian’s life, focused her technique, and enhanced her relationship with stone. She has been one of the few female artists who have personally ...

Patrick Graham’s patch of earth 1

Visual arts
Patrick Graham SOMEWHERE JERUSALEM, 1996 oil and mixed media on canvas, 72 x 140 inches “My first memory of drawing was as a child and I remember people talking about me,” said Irish artist Patrick Graham at a crowded art talk hosted by his long time representative, Jack Rutberg, at Rutberg’s La Brea Avenue gallery. ...

Own a masterpiece. Buy a stamp.

Visual arts
Please don’t say the U.S. government does not support the arts. We have art stamps. Or is it stamp art? The postal service launched the Abstract Expressionist postage stamp series in March. See them here. I just got mine. They’re very groovy. Just the thing to smack on my late tax return. The vibrant stamps feature ...

Readers zero in on Mostel

Film · Ideas & Opinion
Anticipating a fun time at Reprise Theatre‘s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, I praised Zero Mostel, the originator of the role of Pseudulous in the Sondheim musical. Zero’s Nero got a lot of reaction from arts•meme readers. “You’re right. You just can’t look at Zero M’s face without smiling,” says Jack ...