Month: June 2020

Couturier Gallery

Couturier Gallery

Antonio Muñiz

You are invited to attend as artist Antonio Muñiz

demonstrates “fumage,”  painting with smoke

Saturday, July 27, from 12noon – 4pm.

Watch a fumage video here

Brainstorming With The Heavens
Brainstorming With The Heavens, 2013, fumage & oil on canvas, 38″ x 48″

Summer

Summer – Like It Hot

 

A Group Show

 

continues through August 24

 

Click here to take a video tour of Summer – Like It Hot  

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11-5pm

166 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036  323-933-5557  cg@couturiergallery.com


With Liberty and Justice for Some Art and Cake.

Art and Cake

Walter Maciel Gallery

Walter Maciel Gallery Shines with Politics and Poetry

By Genie Davis

Through March 4th

I.D., Please! the insightful, beautiful, and poetic political group show now at Walter Maciel on La Cienega features work by Hung Liu, John Bankston, Lezley Saar, John Jurayj, Maria E. Pieres, Nike Schröder, Dana Weiser and Monica Lundy. On display through March 4th, the works serve as an elegantly wrought elegy for what could be the twilight of democracy.

Here you’ll find the sepia toned realism of Hung Liu’s “Father’s Arm,” or in contrast, the vibrantly colored, illustrative style of John Bankston’s oil and mixed media “Charmed.” Lezley Saar’s mixed media on fabric over wood “Not Born Under a Rhyming Planet” has a fairy tale quality with a surrealist edge. Monica Lundy’s “Ladies of the Barbary Coast,” created using pulverized charcoal, mica flake, gouache, acrylic, gold and coffee offers as many intellectual and emotional layers to the viewer as its mediums. The work creates a time capsule of place and person with these richly haunting portraits steeped in yearning.

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These larger scale works are well matched in a companion show also at Walter Maciel Gallery. With Liberty and Justice for Some, co-curated by gallerist Walter Maciel and artist Monica Lundy, is an astonishing collection of 8 x 8 portraits – each of an immigrant. With over 100 artists contributing, there are personal portraits, those of family and friends, and depictions of the famous – such as poet Kahil Gibran, and National Parks Service icon John Muir. There’s also the infamous – the great grandfather and mother of the present POTUS are represented. Poignant and diverse, the project pays homage to the cultural mix and magic currently under attack by this administration.

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Artists from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, and New York among other locations were invited to participate, and included a bevy of Los Angeles-based artists.

Portraitists include: Kyle Abernethey, Barry Anderson, Diane Andrews Hall, Evelynn Aponte, Julie Baroh, Lili Bernard, Libby Black, Gary o, Joey Castor, FreddyΖBrewer, Nyame Brown, Brian Caraway, Carolyn Casta Chandra, Chenhung Chen, Modesto Covarrubias, Yvette Daes, Rick Dallago, Bibi Davidson, Ray DiCapua, Diane Ding, Colin Doherty, Tim Doud, David Estrada, Diane-Sofia Estrada, Rodney Ewing, Susan Feldman, Chris Finley, John Fischer, Erik Flores, Gwen Freeman, Dwora Fried-Dreilinger, Mira Gerard, Dorothy Goode, Leonard Greco, Joshua Hagler, Michael Hall, Adrienne Heloise, Sarah Hirneisen, David Hollier, Andrea Hornick , Phillip Hua, Cynthia Ona Innis, Marlene Iyemura, Cassandra C. Jones, Kevin Jones, Soad Kader, Mark Kang-O’Higgins, Amy Kaps, Virginia Katz, Veda B. Kaya, Michael Khoele, Melanie Lacy Kusters, Danielle Lawrence, Carrie Lederer, Joshua Levine, Hung Liu, Sandra Low, Kija Lucas, Monica Lundy, Walter Maciel, Aline Mare, Kara Maria, Catherine Martini, Michael Massenburg ,Randi Matushevitz, Kelvin Ming Young, Geri Montano, Paul Mullins, Antonio Múniz, Chris Natrop, Rikki Niehaus, Damien O’Brien, Tim eres, Yulia Pinkusevich, AmyΖOkamura, Paul Paiment, Maria E. Pi Pleasant, Mel Prest, Linda Sue Price, Calida Rawles, Kate Rhoades, Karrie Ross, Ann Marie Rousseau, Maja Ruznic, Sonja Schenk, Nike Schröder, Annie Seaton, Steve Seleska, Christine Shields, Cindy Shih, Sheli Silverio, Jessica Snow, Lisa Solomon, Tamara Stephas, Mike Street, William Swanson, Camilla Taylor, Jessie Thatcher, Lava Thomas, Lien Truong, Gina Tuzzi, Linda Vallejo, Davin Watne, Lin Wei, Dana Weiser, Rhonda Wheatley, Stephen Whistler, Diane Williams, Andrew Witrak, Sandra Yagi, and Andre Yi.

The portraits as displayed make a quilt of faces; a pattern that compels viewers to confront just who we are both individually and collectively. It’s emotional to see the proud self-portraits of artists personally known alongside figures famous for their message of tolerance, inclusiveness, and environmental legacy. The paintings, and who they depict, make up a landscape not just on the Walter Maciel Gallery walls, but of America. Or the America we have believed ourselves to be. Consider: if so many of those faces were not here, immigrants banned or vetted out of this nation, would there be blank white canvases in their place?

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Some of these portraits dance with color and fierceness, like Bibi Davidson’s portrait of artist and friend Dwora Fried, making solid use of the artist’s signature color, red. Others exhibit a glowing inner strength, such as Chenhung Chen’s self-portrait, the calm blue background belying the fierce gaze. The portraits may be diminutive in size, but they are anything but that in spirit. We see grace, anguish, poise, power, hope, transcendence, anxiety. We see people on the line for their beliefs, their dreams. There’s a perfect, jewel-like quality to these works, the way in which they fill their canvasses, the spark they ignite in the viewer.

Maciel and Lundy hope the idea of this type of expressive resistance art will spread to other parts of the country. Proceeds from the sale of the portraits are shared with the artists and these charities: the ACLU, The Trevor Project, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, LA LGBT Center, and SF LGBT Center.

Walter Maciel Gallery is located at 2642 S. La Cienega.


Artist’s Mobilize: With Liberty and Justice for Some ... An Exhibition Honoring Immigrants

Image courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery

By Amy Pleasant

Since the election, social media has been flooded with angst about the new political reality of a Trump administration. In light of this new climate, many artists are grappling with the same question artists have answered through the ages. What is their duty? Literally, the definition of art history is the study of objects within their historical context. History is calling, and the question is how best to engage their art with the world in a meaningful way.

Artist, Monica Lundy introduced this very conversation to her peers. Many artists, their families or friends were feeling a part of an increasingly disenfranchised community. A desire to lend their voices, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation was the sentiment that bound them together. Monica noticed there was a great deal of talk among artists about mobilizing, but no definite plans. In listening to her own calling she set out to give life to this vague notion of doing something to make a difference. Monica recalls,

My head began swimming with ideas, and while I wasn’t sure what the final vision would be I knew I wanted to do a project and rally as many artists as possible to participate. All my colleagues and peers felt the same urgency, and discussions began with fellow artists about what this collaborative project could potentially look like. After many conversations, I arrived at the idea that I wanted the project to celebrate and honor one of the communities under attack by this incoming administration. The notion that our country would threaten mass deportation of immigrants is absurd to me, and hypocritical. After all, this country is a nation of immigrants.

Monica found a kindred spirit in Los Angeles gallerist and friend, Walter Maciel. In his own words, I feel it is my obligation to use my public space and voice to bring attention to the issues that threaten our basic human rights. After the election wore off a bit, I realized I was having the same conversations with friends, family, colleagues and random visitors to my gallery, about our fears and concerns and what could be done to help make a difference. Monica approached me with her idea for the show and I immediately knew I wanted to collaborate.

Image courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery

Co-curators Monica Lundy and Walter Maciel with Chinese born American contemporary painter, Hung Liu.

Together, Monica and Walter co-curated, With Liberty and Justice for Some, an exhibition honoring individual immigrants and their important contributions to American society. The exhibition opened January 7th at Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles. Mounting an exhibition of this scope is usually takes several months of work and planning. The invited artists from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York and beyond responded overwhelmingly with artwork and within six weeks, over 100 artists sent their work for installation. Each artist contributed an 8”x 8” portrait of an immigrant. This exhibition became a very personal issue for many, reflected in the portraits of family members and friends, each with a narrative of the hard working and generous spirits found in the immigrant community. Some artists chose to feature well known immigrants who have made some significant contribution to American culture.

These included civil rights activist, Stokely Carmichael, tennis player, Martina Navratilova, actor, Bela Lugosi, architect, I.M. Pei, artists, David Hockney, Nam June Paik, Hung Liu and Marcel Duchamp, musician, Eddie Van Halen, rapper, Wyclef Jean, former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, Industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, poet Kahlil Gibran , and father of National Park System, John Muir. Also, with a touch of irony, the portraits of mother of President-elect, Mary Anne McLeod Trump, and Great Grandfather of President-Elect, Frederick Trump (Trumpf) were included.

Image courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery

Opening Night, January 7th.

The opening on January 7th, provided artists, subjects of the portraits and the public an opportunity to celebrate the “melting pot” that is America. Co-curator and gallery director, Maciel was amazed at the response and noted the synergy created by this very special exhibition.

I was completely overwhelmed with the attendance at the opening and estimated about 1,000 guests throughout the evening. I expected a big turnout with so many artists involved and it was so nice to meet many artists who were not familiar to me. Many artists came from out of town to be part of the celebration, which was heartfelt. I received many comments about how important the show is to our community.

This is only the beginning. Maciel and Lundy hope that this idea will also spread to other parts of the country. As Maciel states, I think it is important to work together as a community to voice our opinions and try to maintain the legal rights and the fairness we have fought so hard for. Hopefully, artists throughout the country will follow their own vision and continue the nearly sacred tradition among artists of reflecting those values which make for a better union. For the arts community this is no time to remain silent.

The exhibition continues through Saturday, March 4th. Proceeds from the sale of the portraits will be shared with the artist’s and the following charities: ACLU, The Trevor Project, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, LA LGBT Center, and SF LGBT Center.

For more information see: waltermacielgallery.com