ART TALK – November 3d, 2015
VIEWING from November 4th to November 9th, 2015
AUCTION: @PIASA November 9th, 8pm
“Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A” curated by René-Julien Praz
Featuring 76 LA artists:
April Street, Amir Nikravan, Alexandra Grant, Nick Kramer, Devin Farrand, Nathaniel Mellors, Molly Larkey, Danny First, John Monn, Masood Kamandy, Amy Garofano, Josh Mannis, Peter Harkawik, Keith Varadi, Ben Wolf Noam, Benjamin Barretto, Peter Wu, David Hendren, Kristin Calabrese, Ruben Ochoa, Jennifer Boysen, JPW3, Amalia Ulman, Jesse Stecklow, Kristian Burford, Liz Glynn, Jason Bailer Losh, Ry Rocklen, Amanda Ross-Ho, Erik Frydenborg, Elad Lassry, Phil Chang, Brian Wills, Chris Engman, Stuart Sandford, Matt Lipps, Robert Schwan, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Daniel R. Small, Jason Yates, Kyla Hansen, Barry Johnston, Mario Ybarra Jr, Alessandro Moroder, Spencer Longo, Laeh Glenn, E.J Hill, Alexander Kroll, Dwyer Kilcollin, Joe Reihsen, Brad Eberhard, Matthew Chambers, Max Malansky, Joshua Nathanson, Matthew Carter, Dennis Koch, Channing Hansen, Amir H. Fallah, Raffi Kalenderian, Dan Levenson, Genevieve Gaignard, Joel Kyack, Claude Collins-Stacensky, Paul Pescador, Kate Bonner, Chris Coy, Matthew Brandt, Jed Ochmanek, John Knuth, Matt Connolly, Alex Becerra, Justin B. Hansch, Conor Thompson, Annie Lapin, Matt Lifson, Iva Gueorguieva.
“Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A“
Text by René-Julien Praz
The emerging L.A. art scene shown for the first time in France at PIASA
Los Angeles, the City of Angels, where the Sun is the closest star and Hollywood the city of stars. My story takes place in the heart of this world.”
It was high time to show the European public the importance and the specificity of a city that had been the birthplace of such a broad scope of art and which had, for so long, lived in the shadow of its rival, New York.”
Sensation of excessiveness
The creation of a system of galleries and a network of collectors, combined with the increasing influence of the city’s art schools (USC, CALARTS, UCLA) have put Los Angeles under the spotlight on the international art scene.
I still remember my first experiences of the L.A. scene, which I first visited in 1980. I was fortunate in that I met some very generous people such as Rosamund Felsen, who used to show the works of Los Angeles’ most talented artists, first in her gallery on La Cienega Boulevard, then on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood after it moved. This incredible mentor was my passport to a unique community of artists.”
Los Angeles: cradle of the greatest contemporary artists
Chris Burden, Charles Ray, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Jim Shaw, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, James Turrel, John McCracken, Robert Irwin, Ed Rusha, Douglas Huebler, Michael Asher, Bruce Nauman, James Welling, Raymond Pettibon, Vija Celmins, Bill Viola, Jeffrey Valance, Billy Al Bengston and more recently Sam Durant, Mark Grotjahnn, Tim Hawkinson, Sharon Lockhart, Walead Beshty, Larry Pittman, Mark Bradford, Elliot Hundley, Catherine Opie, Toba Khedoori and Sterling Ruby?