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Marjorie Nodelman at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside through June 26).
Celebrating one of San Diego’s most colorful, prolific, and inventive artists, this exhibition tells the story of
Marjorie Nodelman (1950-2014) as a person, and discusses the nature of her painting through first person
recollections from her closest friends and family. Nodelman’s unique and distinctive paintings are
juxtaposed with wall-mounted text written by the people who were in her life at those particular moments.  
I am the curator for this exhibition.  
The exhibition text and images from the show can be found here:
Lita Albuquerque at Michael Kohn (Hollywood through Feb. 27).
I have rarely missed an exhibition of Albuquerque’s work over the last 40 years.  This exhibition of
contemporary works is perhaps her best ever.  Her refinement of execution with singularity of purpose is
visually entrapping.  She combines the fastidiousness of Anish Kapoor and Ruth Pastine.  Perhaps they
are her fans.
Rafael Rozendaal at Steve Turner (Hollywood through Feb. 6).
Rozendaal constructs his “neo-geo” sort of design using an algorithm that visually analyzes internet
webpages.  That is how he finds composition.  Translating these compositions via the Jacquard tapestry
process yields quiet, beautiful, woven (pixilated) tapestries.
Bovey Lee at Gavlak (Hollywood through March 5).
Adopting traditional Chinese cut rice-paper, Bovey Lee fashions landscapes that meld nature and human
endeavor.  Freeways become a Mobius strip that bind the composition together.  Her tableaux combine
elements of nature with features of the urban, built environment.  Having just translocated to LA from
Pittsburgh I enjoy her exuberant embrace of the Southern California visual vernacular.  LA – I love it.  So
does Bovey Lee.
Brice Marden at Matthew Marks (Hollywood througBrice Marden at Matthew Marks (Hollywood through
April 9).
Having never been a big fan of Brice Marden, I do appreciate seeing this exhibition.  It has been over 30
years since Marden has been substantively seen in LA.  It is also notable to experience his return to
monochrome painting.
Vincent Laforet at Fahey/Klein (La Brea closing).
Huge, luscious pigment prints, these photographs demand attention.  He shoots the images hanging
through a helicopter window.  Most helicopters fly in the 500 – 1500 foot “ceiling”.  Laforet gets his pilots to
climb to 5,000 – 12,000 feet.  Combine that perspective with advanced camera sensors – the result is
hyperreal.
Larry Rivers at 101/Exhibit (Hollywood through ??).
We will likely see more of River’s work in LA.  101/Exhibit represents part of the artist’s estate.  Rivers
(1923-2002) was hugely important.  Carrie Rickey writing in the New York Times in 1990 stated: “Mr.
Rivers wedded representation with abstraction, parodied art history, anticipated by a decade the concerns
of both the Pop and color-field painters and prophetically engaged in what post-modernists might call
appropriation and deconstruction.”
Gustavo Acosta at Latin American Masters (Bergamot through Feb.).
There are four paintings by the Cuban artist Acosta (born 1958) in the current gallery show.  Acosta’s
urban scenes are like memories from exile.  There are no people nor personality to enliven images of the
city that are emotionally out of reach.
Philip Argent at Shoshana Wayne (Bergamot through Feb. 20).
Argent’s paintings nervously dance between visual perception and digitized realities.  While not great
paintings, they nonetheless explore psychic relevancies between traditional painting and the digital realm.
Ryan Foster
Ryan Foster at Richard Heller (Bergamot through Feb. 13).
The narrative content of Foster’s paintings is wacky like William Wiley.  Maybe the artist is telling morality
tales – there is certainly plenty of Sturm und Drang in his panoramic dystopias.  What is also evident is the
powerful and beautiful manner in which the artist handles paint.  With an MFA from University of South
Florida, he is a painter.
Ryan Foster
Lani Emanuel at Lora Schlesinger (Bergamot through March 12).
Lani Emanuel is skilled with brush and oil paint.  Painting young women allows Emanuel to both announce
her talents as a painter and to document current fashion and feminine identity.  She is the “Franz Hals” of
the selfie-set.
The Broad
Experiencing the Broad is really fantastic.  I had low expectations after experiencing Mr. Broad’s earlier
influences at MOCA and BCAM at LACMA.  But his new museum on Bunker Hill and the collection now on
display makes for a wonderful art experience.  Just across the street and light-years away from its former
vitality, MOCA is even more dimmed by its new neighbor.  The Broad’s collection looks terrific and the
scholarship and accessibility of the curatorial writing is almost faultless.
Mark Tansey 1986  Broad Collection
Marianne Vitale at Venus (LA River through Feb. 27).
The two rooms of this 14,500 sq ft gallery are occupied by Ms. Vitale’s massive sculpture.  This detail view
of 90 used steel railroad tracks does not capture the sheer weight that 60 tons of steel suspended above
the floor engenders in the viewer.  Managed and manipulated mass – seems cosmic.  I am struck with the
quietude in her work – these sculptures share perceptual realities with Richard Serra or Charles Ray (his
recent machined solid steel sculptures).  Vitale does bring a feminine finesse to her use of massive, manly
materials.
Kim Schoenstadt at Chimento (LA River through Feb. 20).
Kim Schoenstadt is such a fan of architecture that she recombines designs elements of favorite buildings
into new forms.  If architects would like to build art and sculpture into their purposeful design, Ms.
Schoenstadt allows her architectural sculptures to be solely fanciful.  What is not evident in the above
photo is the dimensional projections; using wire to come off the wall.  Refreshing.
Marty Schnapf at MaRS (LA River through March 5).
Schnapf presents sculpture, drawings and paintings.  His paintings are wonderful – a mashup of figural
and abstract motifs.  The press release for this exhibition is impenetrable.  I can read - but I believe that a
string of words should impart meaning.  Jeez.
Steven Hull at Rosamund Felsen (LA River through Feb. 6).
Perhaps artists want to be taken seriously – so make work that delivers seriousness.  Steven Hull likes to
play.  He uses his skills as an adult “fabricator” to revel in childlike creativity.  Joy can be infectious.
David Korty at Night Gallery (LA River closing).
Korty’s works assemble prints, painting, photographs and words as a flat formalist creation that is both
cerebral and intuitive.
Devan Shimoyama at Samuel Freeman (Culver City through Feb. 20).
In the current exhibition, the pairing of Shimoyama with early work by Salomon Huerta is inspired.  
Shimoyama uses manipulated and collaged portraits of himself staging exuberant performances.  They are
shamanistic, Mardi Gras; kooky.  With nods to classicism in painting and thought, Shimoyama is an artist to
watch.
Raul Guerrero at Honor Fraser (Culver City through Feb. 27).
Raul has two paintings in this group show.  Having seen most of Raul Guerrero’s output over his career-
trajectory – these new works are his best ever.  I hope we all get a chance to continue viewing this
fortunate evolution.
Melany Dierks at Otis-Bolsky (Westside closing).
I went to Otis to see the featured exhibition (…the Grid) at the Ben Maltz Gallery.  Up for just one week in
the Bolsky, the Surrealist works by Dierks are skillful enough to put her on my “watch-list”.
Tim Hawkinson "Thumb as Astronaut" detail
T
orrance Art Museum (Torrance through March 12).
The main show here is “
Sibling Rivalries”.  New York art professionals nominated 14 emerging New York
artist to show at TAM.  These 14 New Yorkers chose 14 LA artists who affect/inspire them.  The resultant
work by 28 artists fills the space.  Curious that I have chosen two LA artists to illustrate this show.  Los
Angeles is my center in the art universe.
Dwyer Kilcollin
Steve De Groot @ TAM
In the adjoining gallery is a solo exhibition by Steve De Groot.  The press release calls his sculptures
“hyper-conscious assemblage”.

Get out, look at art; have fun.
Doug Simay 2/2/2016

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