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TONY LEWIS AND HAMZA WALKER

In conjunction with CHARLATAN AND ULTIMATELY A BORING MAN—the Tony Lewis exhibition at Blum & Poe that takes as its point of focus the 1965 Cambridge University debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr.—Lewis will join Hamza Walker for a talk at the gallery.

TONY LEWIS AND HAMZA WALKER in conversation

Saturday, June 29, from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Blum & Poe

2727 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Tony Lewis, from top: …The Gravamen Of Mr. Baldwin’s Charges Against America…, 2019, graphite and Epson UltraChrome ink on paper; Man, 2018, pencil, graphite powder, and correction tape on paper and transparency; Tony Lewis—Charlatan and Ultimately a Boring Man, 2019, Blum & Poe, installation views (2); Boring, 2019, graphite, pencil, and colored pencil on paper mounted on wood (2, first 76 x 99 inches, second 76 x 100 inches); Tony Lewis—Charlatan and Ultimately a Boring Man, 2019, Blum & Poe, installation views (2). Images courtesy and © the artist and Blum & Poe.

HENRY TAYLOR IN TOKYO AND LOS ANGELES

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An exhibition of new paintings by Henry Taylor will be up in Tokyo through mid-May. In Los Angeles, Taylor will be honored at the ICA LA benefit brunch, with a tribute by Mark Bradford.

“For Taylor, portraiture is much more than an artistic convention of a realistic painter; the variety that he produces within the genre reshapes what might be considered a conventional language into a flexible vehicle for a much larger goal, which is to produce a multivalent but also highly specific view of contemporary life as seen through the eyes of an African American artist at the beginning of the twenty-first century.” – Laura Hoptman*

 

HENRY TAYLOR, through May 19.

BLUM & POE, 1-14-34 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo.

blumandpoe.com/henry-taylor

ICA LA BENEFIT BRUNCH, Saturday, May 12, at noon.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART LOS ANGELES, 1717 East 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles.

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Top: Henry TaylorIsland: Antiparos, Greece, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 36 x 7/8 inches.

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WEEKLY WRAP-UP: JAN. 12-16

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This week, we passed by Blum & Poe to see Alma Allen‘s exhibition; we listened Hurricane performed by MS MR; we learned about Alice Könitz‘s work; we walked in the Mojave Desert; we visited Carl Kay’s buildings in hollywood hills and we talked about ‘a woman under the influence‘ a movie by John Cassavetes.

EXHIBITION: ALMA ALLEN AT BLUM & POE

Blum & Poe in Culver City opened its newest exhibition of Alma Allen’s work last night. Allen’s elegant biomorphic forms in wood and stone filled the spacious galleries like toadstools and lava rocks, creating a kind of fantastical garden–both intimate and vast.

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From the exhibition statement:

“Constructed primarily in stone, wood, and bronze, Allen’s mid- and large-scale sculptures had never been publicly shown before their inclusion and wider discovery in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. A teenage runaway without a high school degree, the self-taught artist began an initial period of intense hand carving using salvaged materials while often homeless. Demonstrating an attunement with imbalance and precariousness, Allen’s sculptural forms are a marked departure from iconic stone carvers Constantin Brancusi and Isamu Noguchi, to whom his untrained sensitivity for shape and material have been compared. Recurring forms in Allen’s work take a cue from quantum particles and body organs and make indirect associations to psychological pain and wonder.

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Many of Allen’s new sculptures, made of marble, travertine, and Claro walnut, weigh several tons. Despite their solidity, the works appear to undulate and vibrate, as if they are about to be sucked in or pushed out by some external force to the point of dissipation. In a series of bronze sculptures, the edges of an unknown trajectory are revealed, as tensive and fluid as the expanding universe. Presented in groupings and as individual forms, Allen’s sculptures arrive out of inherent chaos and chance provided by nature, as well as the precision of technological operation and mastery, all the while suggesting a range of anthropomorphic and visceral associations”

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PIA CAMEL: THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED

Pia Camil The Little Dog Laughed Installation View, 2014 Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil
The Little Dog Laughed
Installation View, 2014
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
(image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil’s bright and colorful hand dyed textiles are quilted together to form large paintings, currently on view at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. In addition to the paintings, there is a large quilted curtain, and a shelving system holding a variety of colorful geometric ceramic vessels.

According to the press release the work is, “…inspired and based on abandoned billboards found around Mexico. Camil appropriates elements, such as strips of color or fragments of a letter or number, and transforms public advertisements into intimate household items, emphasizing the dysfunctionality of a mass consumer lifestyle with a playful but critical gesture.

The title for the exhibition derives from John Fante’s novel Ask the Dust, where Arturo Bandini, a struggling writer based in Los Angeles during the Depression, publishes an insignificant short story titled The Little Dog Laughed.  The story’s publication offers Bandini a glimpse of success. Interested in the main character’s false sense of self, Camil delves into the relationship between the personal and public in a modern dystopia.

Camil is based in Mexico City and this is her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. It is on view until August 23, 2014.

Pia Camil Los Angeles, 2014 Hand dyed and stitched canvas 94 1/2 x 94 1/2 inches (image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil
Los Angeles, 2014
Hand dyed and stitched canvas
94 1/2 x 94 1/2 inches
(image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil Frontera, 2014 Hand dyed and stitched canvas 94 1/2 x 94 1/2 inches (image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil
Frontera, 2014
Hand dyed and stitched canvas
94 1/2 x 94 1/2 inches
(image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil The Little Dog Laughed Installation View, 2014 Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil
The Little Dog Laughed
Installation View, 2014
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
(image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil Fragmento 0, 2014 Enameled and low temperature ceramic 27 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 6 inches installed Edition of 3, 1AP (image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil
Fragmento 0, 2014
Enameled and low temperature ceramic
27 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 6 inches installed
Edition of 3, 1AP
(image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil Fragmento 6 I y 6 II 2014, Enameled low temperature ceramic Two parts: 15 3/4 x 10 x 5 1/2 inches; 16 x 10 x 5 1/2 inches (image www.blumandpoe.com)

Pia Camil
Fragmento 6 I y 6 II
2014, Enameled low temperature ceramic
Two parts: 15 3/4 x 10 x 5 1/2 inches; 16 x 10 x 5 1/2 inches
(image www.blumandpoe.com)