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This look “back to the sixties” reassesses the works of Hard-Edge painter and Southern California Abstractionist June Harwood. The decade was characterized by a sculptural manipulation of geometric forms – horizontal, vertical, diagonal shapes presented in angular and jagged iterations that feel like they are carved and coaxed from the perimeters of the canvas. Harwood’s [...]

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Robin Leach coined the catchphrase that toasted viewers to “Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams” at the conclusion of each episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” a syndicated T.V. program that chronicled the opulence and glory of celebrities. Painter Sean Cheetham borrows the tagline for his current solo exhibition with a series of portrait [...]

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Beneath the ferocity of Hans Burkhardt’s exacting brushwork and application of oil paint there is an undeniable remnant of hope that appears consistently throughout the works in “Within and Beyond the Mainstream.” Burkhardt’s bold moves on the canvas are akin to the call of the Sirens, luring the viewer into the field of vision so [...]

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Frederick Wight (1902-1986) first established himself as a fixture in the California art scene not as a painter, but during his two-decade tenure as a museum curator and director of the UCLA Art Gallery.  Located on the North Campus before the development of the UCLA Hammer Museum, Wight championed the careers of artists who had [...]

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For his fourth solo exhibition here, “Beyond the Pink,” street artist Buff Monster renders his colorful cast of amorphous characters in tie-dye camouflage. Alternately sporting fangs or dimples in lieu of mouths, he places them in meticulous 2D patterned landscapes that allude to analogue video game technology, and accessorizes his creatures with the symbol of [...]

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On May 1, 1994 famed Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna lost control of his car on the seventh lap of the San Marino Grand Prix at the Imola Circuit, 25 miles south of Bologna. Senna’s multi-million dollar Formula 1 race car reached speeds of 190 miles per hour as he approached the Tamburello turn, and [...]

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The subject found in the photographic works of both Richard Gilles and Bernadette DiPietro is the object- the object as the billboard that frequently crosses the path of the motorist, and the clothesline, which is rarely seen in metropolitan cities.  Aside from this shared fascination, Gilles and DiPietro present two diametric worldviews. DiPietro sees cultures [...]

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Libby Black’s sixth solo show Timeless at Charles James Gallery demonstrates the artist’s savoir faire of constructing and reproducing exclusive commodities using only acrylic paper and a hot glue gun.  Her eye is both masterful and deceptive when it comes to mimicking the aesthetic of luggage pieces and hatboxes of brand names that include Prada, [...]

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