Alluring mix of mid-century jazz & photography comes to Northridge

Music · Visual arts
October 23 is as good a day as any, no better, to trek to the deep San Fernando Valley. On that Sunday, the campus of Cal State University, Northridge, will be super alive in an extraordinary double-bill highlighting the best of African-American art. [slideshow id=38] Featured photographers: Roland Charles, Willie Middlebrook, Jack Davis, Calvin Hick ...

Hans Burkhardt survey exhibition @ Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
“Untitled,” 1953 oil on canvas, 31 x 36 inches Hans Burkhardt’s (1904–1994) expansive career and influence in Los Angeles is the focus of a survey exhibition of paintings and drawings entitled Hans Burkhardt: Within & Beyond the Mainstream. The exhibition participates in the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980. ...

Jane McAdam Freud memorializes her father Lucian

Visual arts
We met the artist, Jane McAdam Freud, here in Los Angeles at her September, 2010 gallery show in Beverly Hills, and found it very easy to converse and connect with her. She is a friend of arts·meme, and we are very honored to reprint her wonderful memorial essay to her father from The Guardian. We ...

Robert Brown’s “Harbor Theme,” historic mural from Beverly Hilton hotel, at New Puppy Gallery 1

Visual arts
Robert W. Brown was a prolific Los Angeles visual artist with a vast range of talents: a print maker, studio glass artist, professor of art, ceramicist, figure artist; there are few art forms he didn’t delve into, and he was generally a master technician at each. Brown completed Harbor Theme sometime in 1954 or 1955. ...

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.

Bring Your Own Glue (BYOG) to New Puppy Gallery’s street-art show

Visual arts
From our friends at New Puppy Gallery, which floats like an island in the no-man’s land between Highland Park and downtown Los Angeles: ABCNT, Cryptik, Nomadé and Eddie Colla poke the MOCA institutional bear with their explosive new show, Sniffin’ Glue, opening April 16 at New Puppy Gallery. Armed with intense imagery and street credibility, ...

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 ...

ROA, exceptional talent, to be featured in MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” 1

Visual arts
The precocious and prolific Belgian artist, ROA, is among the selected fifty to be featured in Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition dedicated to graffiti and street art, opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art on April 17. We first encountered ROA’s critters, and their innards, painted on cardboard, brick, and ...

Yuichiro Ando @ New Puppy Gallery

Visual arts
All kinds of documentary and feature films have examined George Bush’s little war, but I’ve yet to see a fine artist’s response. Because … how many artists have had flip-flops on the ground in Iraq? Iraqi war veterans struggling to move on from their experience may include an L.A. artist, Yuichiro Ando, an Otis art-school ...

Abstract art show at Barnsdall Park

Film · Visual arts
Barnsdall Art Park — off Hollywood Boulevard not far from where D.W. Griffith’s studio once made celluloid art — sits on a hill over looking the Griffith Park Observatory, Hollywood sign, and picturesque Los Feliz neighborhood. All that beauty (click on photo for better view) — but a hideous strip mall sits adjacent to the ...