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My 2012 Holiday Wish List

I will probably end up getting most of these items within the next couple of months…

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MOCA: Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962

There was so much to take in. I spent a good 3 hours just admiring not just the art, but the cohesiveness of the show. My favorite pieces on display were created by Lee Bontecou.

This will go down as one of MOCA’s better shows.

Links:
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LA Times Review: MOCA’s ‘Destroy the Picture’ boldly steps into the void by Christopher Knight
Legendary curator Paul Schimmel opens last art show before leaving MOCA by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Federico Solmi – Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth

September 10, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

Stopped by Luis de Jesus Gallery to preview Federico Solmi’s latest work, Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth. In addition to the two videos, there was a lot to see. I only took pictures of what I’d consider purchasing.

FEDERICO SOLMI, FEDERICO SOLMI PRESENTS CHINESE DEMOCRACY AND THE LAST DAY ON EARTH (VIDEO FACE), 2012, ACRYLIC, GOLD LEAF ON PAPER MOUNTED ON WOOD PANEL, VIDEO PANEL, 48 X 36 IN.

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MOCA – Red Rebel Closing Party

June 24, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

Attended the closing party for James Franco’s Rebel show. It was overall good times.

Being a bit of a rebel myself.

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LACMA Muse Artwalk Launch Event 2012

June 24, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

Invited to attend the Muse Artwalk Launch Event at the Variety building across the street from LACMA.

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MOCA – Rebel

May 31, 2012 Art, Contemporary 1 Comment

Checked out James Franco’s new show with MOCA. Despite the hype, pretty cool, actually. Went on a non-busy weekday. Spent a few hours getting my senses overloaded.

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Kaari Upson Studio Visit

May 19, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

A month ago or so, I had the pleasure to check out LA artist, Kaari Upson’s studio.  She spent an afternoon to talk about her work, upcoming exhibitions, process, inspirations, and this guy named Larry. It was pretty fun.

She had a pretty big studio.

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Cai Guo-Qiang – Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for MOCA

April 10, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

The other day, I thought I was going to die. and I was fine with that.

Standing in the front row of the viewing area, reserved for press (I’m not press by the way, just rebellious with a sense of VIP entitlement), I witnessed Cai Guo-Qiang simultaneously set off 40,000 bottle rockets off the north side of MOCA Geffen. Prior to showing up, I knew I was in for a treat. What I did not anticipate was that those bottle rockets would fly directly at me! Holy shit was that thing crazy. I thought I would be engulfed in flames.

When I got on the scene, I thought the fire people were being too cautious and that we were situated a bit far from the wall. But really, when it was all said and done, it was just perfect. The most prolific bottle rocket landed right in front of the fence that was protecting us art folks, or the press at least. A legit art souvenir was inches away for the taking! I didn’t take any by the way. Instead, after gathering my bearings, decided I needed a drink and a smoke, and so, met a friend at the Grand Havana Room, my new man cave.

Cheers!

Watching Cai Guo-Quiang work at Geffen Contemporary (MOCA)

March 6, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

Last night, I was invited to see Cai Guo-Quiang ignite his gunpowder drawing, Chaos In Nature, for his upcoming April 8th exhibition Sky Ladder at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. It was definitely a treat to see the world-renowned Chinese contemporary artist put on the final touches and see the group of volunteer assistants working together to make art.

Cai Guo-Quiang, in orange, pouring gun powder…

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Damien Hirst – The Complete Spot Paintings at Gagosian Beverly Hills

February 5, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

The Complete Spot Challenge: visit all 11 Gagosian Gallery locations during the exhibition and receive a personally dedicated and signed spot print by Damien Hirst!

The route I’d take: Beverly Hills > New York > London > Paris > Hong Kong > Rome >> Athens > Geneva.

For me, the real challenge is finding a way to clear my calendar for the next month!

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