George Tice, “Jimmy’s Bar and Grill,” 1983, vintage gelatin silver print, 11 x 14”.

September 10 - October 28, 2016 at Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla#mce_temp_url#

by Diane Calder

Doze off during the limo ride out of Newark airport and you heedlessly lose an opportunity to scan, one after another, living examples of the type of ordinary urban landscape in decline that inspires photographer George Tice to transform selected components of aging hometowns into arresting imagery.


Danielle Eubank, “Mozambique II,” 2016, oil on canvas, 5 x 5”.

September 4 - 25, 2016 at bG Gallery, Santa Monica#mce_temp_url#

by Suvan Geer

Travel, the saying goes, is broadening. Playfully letting the Metroline expansion, now inclusive of that Bergamot Station compound which the host gallery calls home, become a conceptual muse, this exhibition presents the work of four artists who roam.


Raksha Parekh, “Two Pillars”

September 9 - 30, 2016 at L.A. Artcore, Downtown#mce_temp_url#

by Kathy Zimmerer

Closely intertwined with racial politics, the production of cotton and the history of slavery are encapsulated in the potent exhibit "Made in Cotton," featuring the edgy work of Mark Steven Greenfield, Karen Hampton and Raksha Parekh. Each artist utilizes cotton in variegated ways, sometimes as powerful imagery as in Greenfield’s delicate linear abstractions of cotton fields, or as actual media as in Parekh’s layered cotton constructions tied to her South African heritage.  Hampton also appropriates cotton as the material for the passionate exploration of her heritage in images of powerful matriarchs holding court on her suspended textiles.


Cannon Bernáldez, untitled from the “Miedos” series


September 10 - December 9, 2016 at Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont#mce_temp_url#

by Michael Shaw

With this introduction to Mexico City-based photographer Cannon Bernáldez, two primary questions arise: First, are documentary photography and fine art photography mutually inclusive? And second, how much does context factor into a viewer's interpretation of what the genre name implies is pure fact? Bernáldez's photographic evolution has been a transition from photographic research and photojournalism to fictional work over the past decade or so, in and around the potentially dangerous and violent omnipresence of Mexico's drug cartel culture.


Peter Krasnow, “Edward Henry Weston”

June 26 - September 25, 2016 at Laguna Art Museum, Orange County#mce_temp_url#

by Daniella Walsh



“Peter Krasnow: Maverick Modernist” is a retrospective exhibition comprised, for the most part, of works from the host Museum’s permanent collection. Looking at its variety, intriguing content and consistent quality, it’s overdue that Krasnow receive this fresh consideration. Curated by Michael Duncan, the project suggests that extensive schooling does not an artist make, but willingness to experiment and to grow, even if it means ripping up geographic roots, enduring material privations and starting several times anew to conquer uncharted creative frontiers.


Dong Qichang, “Landscape in the style of Mi Youren's [1074–1151] Mist and Rain on Summer Mountains,” from the album Landscapes and Calligraphies (detail), c. 1620s–early 1630s, is currently on view at LACMA. Courtesy the Tsao Family Collection.

In 17th century China, the Ming dynasty fell to the Qing, a Manchurian tribe. That time of turmoil and transition produced some great Chinese artists, artists now considered masters of the brush. In the early 20th century one Bay area dealer, Jung Yin Tsao (1923-2011), was able to put together a collection that included representative selections by most of these leading artists, and his collection forms the bulk of a truly stellar Chinese painting show, “Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection.”





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Here are our Previews and Recommendations for July/August, 2016.



Juan de Flandes, (Spanish, ca. 1460–1519), "Portrait of an Infanta", front and verso

June 25 - August 14, 2016 at UC Santa Barbara, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara

by A. Moret

When exploring the halls of a museum and viewing the works of Old Master painters in person for the very first time, rather than projected in dark art history lecture halls or reproduced in glistening color on glossy pages of an art history book, it is easy to forget that we are only privy to one side of the painting’s story. While we can gather fragments of the painting’s history when looking at the painted image, we are limited to viewing the work from a single vantage point. What if we could turn the painting over to reveal its entire history?



Jana Cruder, still from “The Way of Modern Man,” 2016, photograph from video.

June 25 - August 6, 2016 at PYO Gallery LA, Downtown

at Liz Goldner

How far we’ve come since the first Homo sapiens grunted and then hesitatingly formed words to communicate with one another! The spoken word eventually led to writing, printing, recording, broadcasting and finally to today’s multi-media environment, with so many different methods of conversing. The latter is the message of “Text,” an off-the-grid exhibition exploring the ways we use the written, printed, spoken, sung and texted word.



Shirley Tse, “Bamboo Extension”

July 9 - September 3, 2016 at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica

by Jody Zellen

Shirley Tse is a Los Angeles based sculptor well known for her floor and wall pieces made from polystyrene and plastic. In earlier works she was concerned with the inherent properties of her materials, their malleability and their plasticity as signifiers. These pieces explored ideas of fluidity, often addressing social and political issues of transport, migration and waste associated with packing materials like styrofoam and bubblewrap.

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