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Read a recent interview with Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin in the Huffington Post. She discusses the progression of her work over her 35-year career as an artist — including what it’s like to work out of a van, capturing aerial views from a “microcopter,” and her move from Los Angeles to rural Mendocino County.
To see more paintings by the artist, visit Rubin’s profile on our website.
IMAGE: Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, The Bungalow, 2009-2010, oil on polyester, 45 x 95 in. (114.3 x 241.3 cm)

Read a recent interview with Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin in the Huffington Post. She discusses the progression of her work over her 35-year career as an artist — including what it’s like to work out of a van, capturing aerial views from a “microcopter,” and her move from Los Angeles to rural Mendocino County.

To see more paintings by the artist, visit Rubin’s profile on our website.

IMAGE: Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, The Bungalow, 2009-2010, oil on polyester, 45 x 95 in. (114.3 x 241.3 cm)

What may be overlooked when viewing images of works from Ed and Nancy Kienholz’s Volksempfängers series is not just the physical presence each work commands, but their interactive quality as well. The sculptures features WW2 era Nazi radios (Volksempfänger) connected to a foot switch, and when activated by the viewer, each plays music from Richard Wagner’s epic opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Included above is a short audio excerpt from the sculpture Der Ofenschirm/The Fire Screen, which is currently on view in our first floor exhibition.

Click here to watch a video of the sculpture, and peruse the e-catalogue for more information on the works.

 Kienholz: Berlin/Hope is on view at L.A. Louver through April 26th.

In this video, Michael C. McMillen discusses the autobiographical elements in his sculpture “Time Tower.” The work is currently on public view in the Palm Court rotunda of the Beverly Hills Civic Center. 

Visit the City of Beverly Hills website for details on the installation and stay tuned for more information on McMillen’s upcoming projects, including a site-specific installation at the Palais de Tokyo this summer!

See new sculpture by Ben Jackel in the group show "Prep School" at the Torrance Art Museum. Including 28 artists, the exhibition also features work by Rogue Wave artist Farrah Karapetian. 
On view through May 15.
Click here to watch a video of Ben Jackel in the studio.
IMAGE: Ben Jackel, Sea Strainer, 2013, stoneware, hardware, ebony, beeswax, 75 1/2 x 33 x 10 in. (191.8 x 83.8 x 25.4 cm)

See new sculpture by Ben Jackel in the group show "Prep School" at the Torrance Art Museum. Including 28 artists, the exhibition also features work by Rogue Wave artist Farrah Karapetian

On view through May 15.

Click here to watch a video of Ben Jackel in the studio.

IMAGE: Ben Jackel, Sea Strainer, 2013, stoneware, hardware, ebony, beeswax, 75 1/2 x 33 x 10 in. (191.8 x 83.8 x 25.4 cm)

The White Easel series, by Ed and Nancy Kienholz, were some of the first works to manifest from their newly built studio in Hope, Idaho, where the couple relocated in 1973. Many were made whilst the studio was still under construction, utilizing left over building materials as a basis. Former Kienholz studio assistant Rich Post shares his first hand account with these works:

"When the initial part of the new studio in Idaho was complete, it was a formidable space to be dealt with, and it was not the only thing going on in this world. Construction continued all around, and yet Ed and Nancy’s need and desire to make art never stopped… the overriding visual component was the wall. There was no denying its presence. Finally, the wall itself became an element in many of the works. The 4 x 4 inch timbers, the cinder block wall, and the lights were all rigged to give the points that Ed desired. The replica background wall and easel were built to convey the studio space that had to be confronted." — Rich Post

See these works and more in our current exhibition Kienholz: Berlin/Hope, on view through April 26th. Click here to view the catalogue produced for the show.

IMAGES: (top) Edward & Nancy Reddin Kienholz, White Easel with Wooden Hand, 1978; (bottom) Kienholz studio in Hope, Idaho, 1975

This is the last week for “Portraits, Abstractions, and the In-between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley,” on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art through April 13, 2014. The solo exhibition features a selection of paintings, drawings and prints that were produced over the artist’s 60-year career and reflect Hammersley’s varied approach to art making.
IMAGE: Frederick Hammersley, Up With In, 1957-8, Painting, 48 x 36 in., Museum purchase with funds provided by the Estate of Walter and Elise Mosher

This is the last week for “Portraits, Abstractions, and the In-between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley,” on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art through April 13, 2014. The solo exhibition features a selection of paintings, drawings and prints that were produced over the artist’s 60-year career and reflect Hammersley’s varied approach to art making.

IMAGE: Frederick Hammersley, Up With In, 1957-8, Painting, 48 x 36 in., Museum purchase with funds provided by the Estate of Walter and Elise Mosher

Rina Banerjee is busy at work in her New York studio preparing for her upcoming solo exhibition at L.A. Louver. Opening in May 2014, this will be her first West Coast solo show and will include works on paper, paintings and sculptures. 
Stay tuned for a video we’re producing on Banerjee that touches on her background and new works. 

Rina Banerjee is busy at work in her New York studio preparing for her upcoming solo exhibition at L.A. Louver. Opening in May 2014, this will be her first West Coast solo show and will include works on paper, paintings and sculptures. 

Stay tuned for a video we’re producing on Banerjee that touches on her background and new works. 

Measuring nearly 12 ft. tall, this towering sculpture by Peter Shelton ”littlesister” is on view at the Palms Springs Art Museum. Titled California Dreamin’: Thirty Years of Collecting, the group exhibition features artworks from the museum collection since 1984. Select artists include Llyn Foulkes, Helen Pashgian, Jim Isermann, Ed Ruscha and Anselm Kiefer; as well as fellow L.A. Louver artists David Hockney, Michael C. McMillen and Enrique Martínez Celaya.
To lean more about Peter Shelton’s work, here’s a video we produced for his L.A. Louver exhibition in 2011. 
IMAGE: Peter Shelton, littlesister, 1999, fiberglass and polyester resin embedded with wire, 132 x 32 in. (335 x 81 cm.)

Measuring nearly 12 ft. tall, this towering sculpture by Peter Shelton ”littlesister” is on view at the Palms Springs Art Museum. Titled California Dreamin’: Thirty Years of Collecting, the group exhibition features artworks from the museum collection since 1984. Select artists include Llyn Foulkes, Helen Pashgian, Jim Isermann, Ed Ruscha and Anselm Kiefer; as well as fellow L.A. Louver artists David Hockney, Michael C. McMillen and Enrique Martínez Celaya.

To lean more about Peter Shelton’s work, here’s a video we produced for his L.A. Louver exhibition in 2011. 

IMAGE: Peter Shelton, littlesister, 1999, fiberglass and polyester resin embedded with wire, 132 x 32 in. (335 x 81 cm.)

Gajin Fujita received early recognition and critical praise for the two person exhibition Contemporary 9: Gajin Fujita and Pablo Vargas Lugo, curated by Ilona Katzew at LACMA in 2005. Featuring a selection of Fujita’s paintings, Katzew also included a number of drawings by the artist — making this the first time Fujita’s drawings would be seen publicly.
In the exhibition’s brochure, Katzew explained the role of drawings in Fujita’s work and their importance to his practice:
"While Fujita’s paintings are characterized by a dedication to detail and laborious craftsmanship, his drawings — shown for the first time in the exhibition — are more fortuitous. He begins by projecting images onto pieces of paper, which he traces with pencils and markers, invariably altering the source. He then cuts out the images to make stencils, which are used to create the figures in the paintings. The stencils themselves become the preparatory drawings or "blueprints of the originals," as Fujita describes them), which present random traces of spray paint and imprints of the triangular weights that he uses to hold the stencils on place."
Click here for more works from the 2005 LACMA exhibition and a review of the show in the LA Times by Christopher Miles.
An exhibition of Fujita’s drawings is currently on view at L.A. Louver through April 26, 2014.
Join us for a lively conversation with Gajin Fujita and Ilona Katzew at L.A. Louver on Thursday, April 17. Visit our website for more info.
IMAGE: Gajin Fujita, Study of Samurai, Shoreline Duel (2), 2005, spraypaint, marker and pencil on paper, 59 x 45 1/2 in. (149.9 x 115.6 cm), Private collection.

Gajin Fujita received early recognition and critical praise for the two person exhibition Contemporary 9: Gajin Fujita and Pablo Vargas Lugo, curated by Ilona Katzew at LACMA in 2005. Featuring a selection of Fujita’s paintings, Katzew also included a number of drawings by the artist — making this the first time Fujita’s drawings would be seen publicly.

In the exhibition’s brochure, Katzew explained the role of drawings in Fujita’s work and their importance to his practice:

"While Fujita’s paintings are characterized by a dedication to detail and laborious craftsmanship, his drawings — shown for the first time in the exhibition — are more fortuitous. He begins by projecting images onto pieces of paper, which he traces with pencils and markers, invariably altering the source. He then cuts out the images to make stencils, which are used to create the figures in the paintings. The stencils themselves become the preparatory drawings or "blueprints of the originals," as Fujita describes them), which present random traces of spray paint and imprints of the triangular weights that he uses to hold the stencils on place."

Click here for more works from the 2005 LACMA exhibition and a review of the show in the LA Times by Christopher Miles.

An exhibition of Fujita’s drawings is currently on view at L.A. Louver through April 26, 2014.

Join us for a lively conversation with Gajin Fujita and Ilona Katzew at L.A. Louver on Thursday, April 17. Visit our website for more info.

IMAGE: Gajin Fujita, Study of Samurai, Shoreline Duel (2), 2005, spraypaint, marker and pencil on paper, 59 x 45 1/2 in. (149.9 x 115.6 cm), Private collection.

Ed and Nancy Kienholz, White Easel with Machine Pistol, 1979

"The gun was found at an Idaho flea market. It is a mock-up of a machine gun made from the slide of one gun, a barrel from another, and some made-up wooden frame. We could never figure our why anyone would make such a gun." — Nancy Reddin Kienholz

This is one of the works currently on view in our exhibition Kienholz: Berlin/Hope, through April 16. Read more about this series in the catalogue produced for our exhibition, which is completely accessible online.