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I don’t really look for inspiration. I just let it come to me, but I don’t stop working. Work comes from work. When I’m stuck I just keep working and make terrible looking things until something else comes out of it. That’s the creative process… You can’t think yourself out a right action. You have to act yourself into right thinking. You can’t sit there and smoke cigarettes and look at the wall waiting for inspiration. — Marilyn Minter

NASTY WOMEN—a celebratory group exhibition at Gavlak Los Angeles—”seeks to uplift communities underrepresented in contemporary art and American visual culture at large… [giving] a platform to a diverse array of perspectives and female voices throughout art history.”*

The show is dedicated to the memory of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. See link below for details.


Through December 12.

Gavlak Los Angeles

1700 South Santa Fe Avenue, Suite 440, downtown Los Angeles.

NASTY WOMEN features work by Tiffany Alfonseca, Candida Alvarez, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judie Bamber, Whitney Bedford, Andrea Belag, April Bey, Delia Brown, Deborah Brown, Karen Carson, Elizabeth Catlett, Gisela Colón, Patricia Cronin, Kim Dacres, Linda Daniels, Vaginal Davis, Sonia Delaunay, Florence Derive, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Eisler, Anonymous (Emilian School), Beverly Fishman, Helen Frankenthaler, Viola Frey, Francesca Gabbiani, Vania Gunarti, Trulee Hall, Jenny Holzer, Deborah Kass, Angelica Kauffman, Rachel Kaye, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Becky Kolsrud, Marcia Kure, Yayoi Kusama, Nancy Lorenz, Ann Magnuson, Kate Millett, Anne Minich, Marilyn Minter, Jesse Mockrin, Betty Parsons, Ebony G. Patterson, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Fay Ray, Katherine Read, Joan Semmel, Shinique Smith, Sylvia Snowden, Linda Stark, Sophie Tæuber-Arp, AlexisTeplin, Betty Tompkins, Patssi Valdez, Marnie Weber, Brenna Youngblood, and Lisa Yuskavage.

Nasty Women, Gavlak Los Angeles, October 31, 2020–December 31, 2020, from top: Lisa Anne AuerbachKeep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries, 2020, wool, image © Auerbach; Kim DacresWhitney, 2019, auto tires, bicycle tires, bicycle tubes, wood, bicycle parts, zip ties, and screws, photograph by Sebastian Bach, image © Dacres; Judie BamberNancy Nielson (Miss April 1961), 2019, watercolor on paper, image © Bamber; Viola FreyStubborn Woman, Orange Hands, 2004, ceramic and glazes, photograph by Chris Watson, image © 2020 Frey and the Artists’ Legacy Foundation, licensed by ARS, New York; Nasty Women installation view; April BeyAtlantica Archives (Earth’s Feminism) II, 2020, digitally printed woven blanket with hand-sewn “African” Chinese knock-off wax fabric and glitter, image © Bey; Karen CarsonPower Mad, 2011, acrylic on unstretched canvas, image © Carson; self-portrait Woman Artist Painting, circa mid-17th century, anonymous artist from the Emilian School, oil on canvas; Lisa Anne AuerbachKarma is a Nasty Woman, 2020, wool, image © Auerbach. Images courtesy of the artists and Gavlak, Los Angeles and Palm Beach.


ENTRE TINTA Y LUCHA—“between ink and protest”—is an exhibition of fine art prints covering forty-five years of art and graphic design from Self Help Graphics & Art,* the East Los Angeles organization dedicated to the “production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists.”

Seen as a descendant of Mexico City’s Taller de Gráfica Popular (founded in 1937), Self Help was incorporated as a non-profit in Boyle Heights in 1973 by Sister Karen Boccalero and the artists Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibañez, and Frank Hernandez.

The collective’s “disciplinary, intergenerational programs” continue to promote “artistic excellence and empower community by providing access to working space, tools, and training.”*



Opening January 31, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Exhibition runs through March 9.

Todd Madigan Gallery, CSUB 

9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield.

Artists in the exhibition include William Acedo, Margaret Alarcon, Judy Baca, Sandow Birk, Sister Karen BoccaleroChaz Bojorquez, Barbara Carrasco, Yreina Cervantez, Lawerence Colación, Sam Coronado, Alfredo de Batuc, Roberto Delgado, Victoria Delgadillo, Alex Donis, Richard Duardo, Felipe Ehrenberg, Enik One, Luis Genaro Garcia and Lilia Ramirez, Mark Steven Greenfield, Dolores Guerrero-Cruz, Gronk, Miles Hamada, Wayne Healy, Ester Hernandez, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, Jean LaMarr, Leo Limon, Alma Lopez, Jose Lozano, El Mac, Dalila Paola Mendez, Willie R. Middlebrook, Delilah Montoya, Malaquias Montoya, Eduardo Oropeza, Raymond Pettibon, Miguel Angel Reyes, Frank Romero, Sonia Romero, Favianna Rodriguez, Shizu Saldamando, Teddy Sandoval, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, Joey Terrill, Eloy Torrez, Peter Tovar, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Vincent Valdez, Linda Vallejo, Lawrence M. Yanez, Ernesto Yerena, and Jaime (Germs) Zacarias.

From top: Joey Terrill, Remembrance, 2008, serigraph; Jean Lamarr, Some Kind of Buckaroo, 1990, serigraph; Ester HernandezLa Ofrenda, 1988, serigraph; Chaz BojorquezNew World Order, 1994, serigraph; Wayne Healy, Bolero Familiar, 2002, serigraph.


AXIS MUNDO—QUEER NETWORKS IN CHICANO L.A. is a PST: LA/LA exhibition exploring the links between queer Chicano artists and their collaborators from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

Paintings, drawings, videos, artists’ magazines, mail art, flyers, and other ephemera by Skot Armstrong, Vaginal Davis, Mundo Meza, Tomata du Plenty, Teddy Sandoval (Butch Gardens School of Art), Joey Terrill, Jack Vargas (Le Club for Boys), and more are on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Archives Gallery through the end of the year.

AXIS MUNDO is organized by David Evans Frantz and C. Ondine Chavoya, in collaboration with MOCA, Los Angeles.


MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood.

ONE ARCHIVES GALLERY, 9007 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood.



For more on the ONE Archives Foundation, see:


Patssi Valdez, Portrait of Sylvia Delgado, circa early 1980s. Hand-painted photograph with ink and pastel, 20 x 36 in. (50.8 x 91.4 cm). Courtesy of Patssi Valdez. Photograph by Ian Byers-Gamber.

Harry Gamboa Jr., Roberto Gil de Montes, 1978. Gil de Montes shown with his work Tongue Tied in the No Movie exhibition at LACE, May 2–31, 1978. Chromogenic print, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). © 1978, Harry Gamboa Jr.

Gerardo Velázquez, The Neglected Martyr, 1990. Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 66¼ in. (203.2 x 168.3 cm). Gift of the Nervous Gender Archive to the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen.