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Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on March 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Agnes Martin (March 22, 1912 – December 16, 2004) was an American painter whose work is considered minimalist.


Homage to Life, 2003

Gratitude, 2001


Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on March 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is a Mexican Artist most famous for her self-portraits as well as her dramatic relationship with fellow artist Diego Rivera.

Her self-portraits became a dominant part of her life when she was immobile for three months after her accident. Kahlo once said, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Drawing on personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo’s works often are characterized by their stark portrayals of pain.

Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds.

The Two Frida, 1939







Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego in My Thoughts), 1943

Roadtrip Wishlist.

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I’m looking forward to roadtripping this year. Here are some destinations on my roadtrip wishlist:

The Museum of Modern Art – New York, New York

Julie Mehretu. Rising Down. Ink and acrylic on canvas.

There’s no way in hell I’ll be able to make it here, but maybe someone with a more abundant cashflow will see this and become inspired to travel to the Big Apple. There is always a plethora of exhibitions going on in NYC, but there are shows at the MoMA that I’m especially disappointed about missing, specifically Abstract Expressionist New York (tons of AbEx prints, photos, paintings, drawings, and films are featured) and On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, of which the above work is part of. Also, from February 13-June 6 Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 will bring together some seventy closely connected collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs assembled from over thirty public and private collections worldwide, offering fresh insight into Picasso’s cross-disciplinary process in the years immediately preceding World War I.

The Museum of Bad Art – Boston, Massachusetts


Charlie and Sheba

Straight from their website: “The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush.” In other words, artwork that is extraordinarily bad to the point of it being entertaining.

Mütter Museum – Philadelphia Pennsylvania

This museum doesn’t have anything to do with art per se, but who knows what sort of inspiration could come from looking at medical anomalies such as preserved fetuses, a 50-pound colon, the tallest skeleton on display in North America, and severed body parts…

The Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

On your way to the Philadelphia, you might as well stop by the Andy Warhol Museum too. Located in the artist’s hometown, this museum showcases approximately 900 paintings, 2,000 paperworks, 1,000 prints, 80 sculptures, and 4,000 photographs. The AWM is the largest museum in the country dedicated to a single artist. Special exhibits include a showing of David Wojnarowicz’s film, A Fire in My Belly, which was was recently removed from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. after complaints from William Donahue of the Catholic League and Representative John Boehner.


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Richmond, Virginia

La Celestina

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts proudly announces a landmark exhibition in honor of its 75th anniversary, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition’s seven-city international tour. This must-see exhibition, which will be on view from February 19 through May 15, 2011, is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.



Tall Painting by Holton Rower

In Videos on March 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Call to Artists: More is More

In Call to Artists on March 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

More is More examines a common tendency towards multiples and repetition in contemporary art. Our love and worship of multiples takes on many forms, including both repeating objects and images. Are we responding to an influence from industry, technology, materialism and consumerism? Or is this exponential growth from a more abstract desire or compulsion? Regardless where the pattern originated, these serial acts have profound implications about the society that created them. This national juried exhibition offers artists’ exploring the concept of multiples, repetition or abundance, in any media, a chance to exhibit the results. LAL invites artists to openly and creatively interpret this theme.

Artists may submit images and/or videos of their work along with an entry form, exhibition statement, and resume for consideration.  All media will be considered.

Eligibility and Media
All artists and designers, age 18 and older, are eligible to enter More Is More. All media and styles will be considered. No reproductions will be accepted.  All works must have been completed since 2005 and not previously shown in any LAL gallery.

For more information, click here.