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A new monumental sculpture by Sui Jianguo was recently unveiled in Vathorst, The Netherlands. Titled “A Mountain in The Netherlands,” the sculpture was commissioned by the Development Bureau Vathorst and Foundation Vario Mundo as part of long-term cultural development plan for the city of Vathorst. 

Throughout his prolific career, Sui has created a number of public works worldwide. Click here to see more images of his colossal sculptures.

A solo exhibition of Sui’s works is currently on view at L.A. Louver through 18 October. 

In a forthcoming Huffington Post article, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin discusses the continued relevance of representational art. Rubin paints her surroundings, particularly landscapes around her home located in Boonville, a rural town in Mendocino County, California. By working on a smaller scale and with great detail, Rubin allows the viewer to focus intensely on wide vistas, creating an intimate engagement with the landscape.

Excerpted from “5 Artists on the Enduring Qualities of Representational Painting,” by F Scott Hess 

Tucked away in her secluded Northern California home and studio, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin has plenty of time to think about the importance of what she does on this planet; “From the beginning of human history, making marks depicting the physical world has been a constant. Our ability to question the meaning and purpose of our existence is what differentiates us from other animal species. Representation in painting touches on this core human truth. It is as much a part of our existence as storytelling and poetry. No matter the subject or content - how complex or how minimal - representational painting incorporates the gift of a narrative. That being said, representation cannot stand alone. The true poetry lies in the orchestration of a good composition combined with the skillful use of paint and color, all driven by sensory perception, intuition and memory. No matter the time in history, when done masterfully, it is timeless. In daily life, we ‘look’ but we do not always ‘see’. We are physical beings in a tactile three dimensional world. Representation makes us pay attention to our surroundings as well as to ideas and relationships. We all have a story to tell. It is my firm belief that representational painting will always be new no matter the trends or curatorial leanings of the times.”

Visit our website to learn more about Rubin’s work. 

Check out photos from our Sui Jianguo and Frederick Hammersley opening event, now on our Facebook page. 
IMAGE: (left to right) Sui Jianguo, Li Aidong and Richard Deacon

Check out photos from our Sui Jianguo and Frederick Hammersley opening event, now on our Facebook page

IMAGE: (left to right) Sui Jianguo, Li Aidong and Richard Deacon

Join us this Thursday, September 18 at 7pm for a special conversation evening with Kathleen Shields (Executive Director and President, Frederick Hammersley Foundation), Alan Phenix (Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute) and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp (Art Critic, KCRW) as they discuss Frederick Hammersley’s work and life.
Free to all, but with limited seating; reservation is recommended. Please RSVP to 310-822-4955 or rsvp@lalouver.com.
Frederick Hammersley: Organics and Cut-ups, 1963-1965 is on view at L.A. Louver through October 18, 2014. 

Join us this Thursday, September 18 at 7pm for a special conversation evening with Kathleen Shields (Executive Director and President, Frederick Hammersley Foundation), Alan Phenix (Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute) and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp (Art Critic, KCRW) as they discuss Frederick Hammersley’s work and life.

Free to all, but with limited seating; reservation is recommended. Please RSVP to 310-822-4955 or rsvp@lalouver.com.

Frederick Hammersley: Organics and Cut-ups, 1963-1965 is on view at L.A. Louver through October 18, 2014. 

Read a review of our Sui Jianguo exhibition in the Los Angeles Times!

Searing and concise, the sculptures satisfy that desire — arguably burdensome for both practitioner and audience — for work that is emblematic and at least vaguely didactic.
Sui, based in Beijing, made the pieces more than a decade ago, in 2003 and 1998, respectively, and has shifted to embodying his experience in far less literal terms. The rest of the show dates from 2014, and nearly every work is provocative and alive… They feel as personal as they are physical. If the earlier works hinged on notions of control, these celebrated process, improvisation, freedom.
- Leah Ollman

Read the complete article here.
Sui Jianguo will be on view at L.A. Louver through October 18, 2014.
IMAGE: Sui Jianguo, The Blind #14, 2014, bronze, 35 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (90 x 30 x 40 cm)

Read a review of our Sui Jianguo exhibition in the Los Angeles Times!

Searing and concise, the sculptures satisfy that desire — arguably burdensome for both practitioner and audience — for work that is emblematic and at least vaguely didactic.

Sui, based in Beijing, made the pieces more than a decade ago, in 2003 and 1998, respectively, and has shifted to embodying his experience in far less literal terms. The rest of the show dates from 2014, and nearly every work is provocative and alive… They feel as personal as they are physical. If the earlier works hinged on notions of control, these celebrated process, improvisation, freedom.

- Leah Ollman

Read the complete article here.

Sui Jianguo will be on view at L.A. Louver through October 18, 2014.

IMAGE: Sui Jianguo, The Blind #14, 2014, bronze, 35 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (90 x 30 x 40 cm)

Frederick Hammersley “Organics and Cut-ups, 1963-1965” opens at L.A. Louver this Friday, 12 September, 6-8 pm. Central to the exhibition are Hammersley’s “cut-up” paintings. To create these works, the artist would cut a finished abstract painting into squares or rectangular forms, then rearrange the pieces into a grid format. Only sixteen cut-ups are known to be in existence, of which eight are included in the exhibition. Accompanying the cut-ups are a selection of organic paintings from the same period.

If you can’t make the opening, we’ll be hosting a conversation evening on the work of Frederick Hammersley with E. Luanne McKinnon, Alan Phenix and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. The event will take place on Thursday, 18 September at 7 pm. Free to all, but with limited seating; reservations are recommended. Please RSVP to 310-822-4955 or rsvp@lalouver.com.

IMAGES: Agnes, 1965, oil on chipboard panel, 29 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (74.3 x 61.6 x 3.2 cm) framed; Alice, 1965, oil on chipboard panel, 28 3/4 x 24 x 1 1/4 in. (73 x 61 x 3.2 cm) framed; Courtesy Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Alison Saar's solo exhibition “Hothouse” at the Watts Towers Arts Center has been extended through the remainder of the year and will be on view until January 2015. Included are a selection of sculptures, drawings and prints that deal with themes of racial struggle, cultural identity and gender roles.
Saar’s work can also be seen in “Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,” a dance production choreographed by Garth Fagan with music by Winton Marsalis. Saar was commissioned to create the scenic props around which the dancers maneuver with grace and articulation. The performance originated at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts in 2012, and finally makes its Los Angeles debut at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, October 3-5. Click here for more details.

Alison Saar's solo exhibition “Hothouse” at the Watts Towers Arts Center has been extended through the remainder of the year and will be on view until January 2015. Included are a selection of sculptures, drawings and prints that deal with themes of racial struggle, cultural identity and gender roles.

Saar’s work can also be seen in “Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,” a dance production choreographed by Garth Fagan with music by Winton Marsalis. Saar was commissioned to create the scenic props around which the dancers maneuver with grace and articulation. The performance originated at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts in 2012, and finally makes its Los Angeles debut at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, October 3-5. Click here for more details.

Only five more days until Sui Jianguo’s first U.S. gallery exhibition debuts at L.A. Louver. Opening this Friday, September 12 (6-8 pm), the exhibition will feature new and recent works that illustrate the range of subjects and methods that have captured the artist’s interest over the past 2 decades.
To provide a glimpse into Sui’s prolific body of work, here’s a snap shot of his Beijing studio brimming with activity. 
Sui Jianguo will be on view from 12 September - 18 October 2014. A fully illustrated catalogue, with texts by Richard Deacon and Su Lei, has been published on the occasion of the exhibition. Visit our website for more details.

Only five more days until Sui Jianguo’s first U.S. gallery exhibition debuts at L.A. Louver. Opening this Friday, September 12 (6-8 pm), the exhibition will feature new and recent works that illustrate the range of subjects and methods that have captured the artist’s interest over the past 2 decades.

To provide a glimpse into Sui’s prolific body of work, here’s a snap shot of his Beijing studio brimming with activity. 

Sui Jianguo will be on view from 12 September - 18 October 2014. A fully illustrated catalogue, with texts by Richard Deacon and Su Lei, has been published on the occasion of the exhibition. Visit our website for more details.

We’re about one week away from the opening of Frederick Hammersley's solo exhibition of paintings from the ’60s. Focusing on early organic and rarely seen “cut-up” paintings, this is the first time many of the works will be on view since shown at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1965 — check out the image of Hammersley sitting amongst his work in that historical exhibition.
Frederick Hammersley:  Organics and Cut-ups, 1963-1965 opens at L.A. Louver next Friday, September 12, 6-8 pm.
In addition, we’ll also be hosting a conversation evening on Thursday, September 18, 7pm. E. Luanne McKinnon and Alan Phenix will join Hunter Drohojowska-Philp to discuss the work of Frederick Hammersley, Free to the all, but with limited seating; reservations are requested. Please RSVP to 310-822-4955 or rsvp@lalouver.com.

We’re about one week away from the opening of Frederick Hammersley's solo exhibition of paintings from the ’60s. Focusing on early organic and rarely seen “cut-up” paintings, this is the first time many of the works will be on view since shown at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1965 — check out the image of Hammersley sitting amongst his work in that historical exhibition.

Frederick Hammersley:  Organics and Cut-ups, 1963-1965 opens at L.A. Louver next Friday, September 12, 6-8 pm.

In addition, we’ll also be hosting a conversation evening on Thursday, September 18, 7pm. E. Luanne McKinnon and Alan Phenix will join Hunter Drohojowska-Philp to discuss the work of Frederick Hammersley, Free to the all, but with limited seating; reservations are requested. Please RSVP to 310-822-4955 or rsvp@lalouver.com.

We’re gearing up for Sui Jianguo's upcoming exhibition, his first U.S. gallery solo show to date. Included is this colossal bronze sculpture, Schwarzwald, measuring nearly 8 ft. (3 m) tall and 17 ft. (6 m) wide. Inspired by time spent in Germany’s Black Forest, Sui simulates the the forest’s density through a commanding wall of seemingly viscous black drips that puddle onto the floor. Come see this work in person to really appreciate its monumentality.
Exhibition opens on Friday, September 12, 6-8 pm.

We’re gearing up for Sui Jianguo's upcoming exhibition, his first U.S. gallery solo show to date. Included is this colossal bronze sculpture, Schwarzwald, measuring nearly 8 ft. (3 m) tall and 17 ft. (6 m) wide. Inspired by time spent in Germany’s Black Forest, Sui simulates the the forest’s density through a commanding wall of seemingly viscous black drips that puddle onto the floor. Come see this work in person to really appreciate its monumentality.

Exhibition opens on Friday, September 12, 6-8 pm.