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Ann Mitchell at Pyo Gallery (Downtown closing).
Ann Mitchell is a professor at Long Beach City College.  She got her BFA at Art Center and MFA at
Claremont (1997).  She uses the computer to seamlessly collage photographs into believable images of
the make-believe.  She is a surrealist and follows the conceptual path of Jerry Uelsmann.
Kenneth Tam at Night Gallery (Downtown closing).
Making the effort to get to Night Gallery has again paid off.  The exhibition (which includes Katie Herzog
in addition to Tam) is very engaging artistically even when it gets carried away when talking about
“itself”.  In particular, Kenneth Tam’s free standing sculptures remind me of Andy Wilf in their visceral
presence.  The pictured work is made of aqua resin, steel, paint, dog food, and urethane resin.
Emily Davis Adams
Emily Davis Adams and Jaime Scholnik at CB1 (downtown through Aug. 18).
It is summer-time and the smattering of group shows about town means there are more artists than
usual on view.  In addition to
her colorful presence at CB1, Jaime Scholnik has a couple big color-slab
sculptures at the Palos Verdes Art Center. I am going to keep my eyes open for work by Emily Davis
Adams.  Hers is unusual and unique work.
Jaime Scholnik
Nayland Blake at Matthew Marks (Hollywood through Sept. 21).
There are 5 artists in this abstraction oriented show.  I remember seeing Nayland Blake’s work when he
was a “youngster” artist.  Then the work seemed naughtily provocative.  The couple (very effective)
sculptures in this exhibition demonstrate the artist’s successful scavenging amongst everyday objects.  
The work rises above being inanimate to seemingly breathe, as if alive.
Robert Russell at Francois Ghebaly (Culver City through Aug. 10).
Robert Russell, artist (MFA Cal Arts), has researched images of people named Robert Russell on
Google.  He then has painted their portrait in a style that varies according to the information he finds
and/or the technique he at that moment is favoring.  I am fascinated by the different styles.  It draws to
mind the Dutch artist, Philip Akkerman, who has only painted his self-portrait since 1981.  It is
fascinating to see the different styles that can be produced by one artist.
Kenny Scharf at Honor Fraser (Culver City through Aug. 24).
I walked into the middle of hanging the Scharf show.  Kenny Scharf’s signature style is solely his.  
Sometimes, Scharf seems like a parody of himself.  These works seem more cinematic and engaging.  
When the installation is done and the gallery room is fully enveloped, I suspect this will be an engaging
experience.
Tim Forcum at Western Project (Culver City through Aug. 30).
Forcum’s abstractions are freely and expressively executed.  The hand of the artist is witnessed along
the less than precise outline of forms.  The works are honest - displaying integrity in responding to
landscape and figuration.  The press release discusses Gordon Onslow Ford and Frederick Wight to
whom Forcum seems legitimately compared.
Helmut Newton at Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City through Sept. 8).
The twenty-odd-minute video that is prominently featured in this exhibition presents Helmut Newton
seemingly completely. Newton may have been the ultimate marketing tool.  But his virtuosity in female
glamour photography elevated the power and status of women in the guise of sex-ploitation.  This
exhibition looks at Newton quite squarely as the enigma he may seem.
Kayne Griffen Corcoran Gallery (La Brea).
KGC’s new space at 1201 South La Brea is WOW. I did not see any signage other than the address to
encourage me to push the doorbell.  Walking into the court of the walled enclave right off a busy
boulevard is an experience that seems more European than LA.  But its done at a scale that is LA.  
When they have some good art on view in the large galleries - it wil be a double WOW experience.
Jessica Stockholder at 1301PE (mid Wilshire through Aug. 31).
Jessica Stockholder has reconfigured junk into playful sculptures.  But more than assemblaged forms in
space, the colorful works can be seen as three dimensional paintings.  In either case they are engaging
and fun.
Stef Driesen at Marc Foxx (mid Wilshire closing).
I do not doubt that these paintings by the Belgian artist, Stef Driesen, are completely rooted in
abstraction.  However, since I am currently thinking a lot about contemporary landscape painting, I see
references to form and figure in Driesen’s painting.
Brion Nuda Rosch at ACME (mid Wilshire through Aug. 17).
Individually, the sculptural pieces by Brion Nuda Rosch seem self-absorbed-precious.  But, seen in
summation, they offer a portrait of sorts. Audacity - when it walks a finely balanced line - makes for
good art.
Barry Le Va at Marc Selwyn (mid Wilshire through Aug. 17).
This exhibition of large scale collages, offers insight into the almost mathematical approach that Le Va
uses in constructing his sculptures (or should I say “non-sculptures”).  Le Va is considered a New York
artist.  But he was raised in Long Beach, went to Long Beach State and received his MFA at Otis in
1967.
Phil Frost at ACE Wilshire (mid Wilshire through Sept.).
Frost is a self taught New York artist.  That is not to say he is naive.  He has extensively studied Francis
Bacon (also self taught) and Alberto Giacometti.  The gallery’s east wing is densely hung with Frost’s
works.  They are fresh, energetic and painterly.  These works do not attempt to be intellectual - they
are emotion laden.
Bernar Venet at ACE Wilshire (mid Wilshire through Sept.).
ACE-Beverly Hills is showing Venet’s wall “drawings”.  But it is his familiar Corten steel, spiral sculptures
that are installed in ACE-Wilshire that drives my interest.  This work installed in this space is perfect
harmony.  Seen out in the commercial world Venet’s work at times seems “art consultant correct”.  But
installed inside ACE’s heroic spaces, the work is art.
Gary Lang at ACE Wilshire
There are two mid-sized tondos and this really large one by Gary Lang hanging in the cavernous
ACE-Wilshire.  What a view turning the corner and then walking the long corridor towards this painting.
Richard Artschwager at the Hammer (Westwood through Sept. 1).
The Hammer gets another big star for bringing this exhibition to LA (it was organized by the Whitney
and Yale).  The visitor is led on an interpreted wander displaying the history of Artschwager’s oeuvre.  
Richard Artschwager is the real deal, a true master; an unwavering iconoclast.  This exhibition presents
all these facets admirably.  
Asad Faulwell

Rogue Wave 2013 at LA Louver (Venice through Aug. 23).
This is another terrific summer production by LA Louver.  Consisting of 15 LA artists, it is a pleasure
to see the artists presented across “party lines“.  So we can see Heather Gwen Martin at the same
time as Laura Krifka.  Of note were work by Asad Faulwell, Eric Yahnker, Christopher Miles, and
Sherin Guirguis.
Ed Moses at Leslie Sacks (Bergamot through Aug. 31).
Ed Moses walked into the gallery just as I was finishing viewing this most recent exhibition.  He had
brought in another couple paintings and behaved like a hard-working artist - lacking any hubris.  At 87
years old his output is beyond impressive.  
Sebastian Salgado at Peter Fetterman (Bergamot through Oct. 19).
Sebastian Salgado is a terrific photographer and has ventured into some of the most remote regions
of this world.  The photographs in this exhibition are from a project called “Genesis”.  In this project
Salgado hopes to document the natural elements, animals, and peoples from which the world as we
know it evolved.  This exhibition is a beautiful and comfortable way to “travel” amongst wonders.
David Fobes at Palos Verdes Art Center (Palos Verdes through Sept. 29). The Palos Verdes Art
Center has been remodeled.  Scott Canty is its Exhibitions Director.  There are 9 artists in this
exhibition.  While I enjoyed the presentation of sculpture by
Jaime Scholnick, the colored tape work
and new paintings by David Fobes steal the show.  My bias towards Dave is born from experience and
matured by education.  A master of color theory, his lessons are clothed as beautiful paintings.
Get out, look at art, have fun.
Doug Simay     August 2013
doug@simayspace.com