EXHIBITION: Frances Stark at the Hammer Museum

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“UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015″

Curated by Ali Subotnick, curator, with Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, curatorial associate
Until January 24, 2016
@ the HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES

“Magnificent Artist served by a smart curatorial tour” by BCh

oh god I'm so embarrassed 2007
OH MY GOD I’M SO EMBARRASSED – 2007

 

The Hammer blossoms right now, two major exhibitions at the same time. First one is that terrific/subtle/intriguing retrospective for a stunning body of work by Frances Stark.

Frances Stark posture is clearly the one of a poet. She excerpts words or ideas from their initial context and re-contextualize them in video, or on delicate paper rice, or whatever found item.

If Stark’s world is intriguing and could be sometimes closed to the viewer’s comprehension, she has the courtesy to open slightly some windows by putting little clues of understanding.

The exhibition will track her 25-year career from early carbon drawings to intricate collages and mixed-media paintings to the more recent work, which includes PowerPoint slide shows, video, performance, and Instagram photographs. Words and images are at the heart of her practice, and like a lyricist, Stark employs both to create provocative and self-reflexive works that pose universal questions.

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TRAILER:

Trailer for UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 from Hammer Museum on Vimeo.

“Frances  Stark  is  one  of  the  most  dynamic  and  challenging  artists  of  her  time —and  a  bit  of  a  hometown  hero.    She  is  an  ‘artist’s  artist’  who  is  critically accomplished  but  whose  work  is  not  yet  widely  known  outside  of  the  gallery and  museum  communities,”  said  Ann  Philbin,  Director,  Hammer  Museum.  “She is so deserving  and  we  are  honored  to  be  presenting  this  survey  to  a  larger  public  audience.”
Frances Stark has been added to bAm Best Ultimate Artist category.
Frances Stark Behold Man! 2013. Inkjet prints, paint. 75 ½ x 96 1/8 in. (191.8 x 244.2 cm)
Frances Stark – Behold Man! 2013 – Inkjet prints, paint. 75 ½ x 96 1/8 in. (191.8 x 244.2 cm)

 

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