MAN RAY, Igor Stravinsky with Juliet and Selma Browner, 1945; © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS)/ADAGP, Paris 2018. Image courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Man Ray’s LA at Gagosian Gallery

Man Ray’s LA through February 17 Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills By Shana Nys Dambrot Upstairs at Gagosian Gallery’s Beverly Hills location is a charming and eccentric collection of black and white photographs made by American artistic polymath Man Ray between 1940-1951, during his Los Angeles sojourn. A time in which he also explored painting and…

Debra Scacco at Klowden Mann

Debra Scacco: The Narrows through February 17 Klowden Mann, Culver City   By Shana Nys Dambrot Debra Scacco is a rare presence in contemporary art — a mindfully reductive conceptualist with the emotional soul of a storyteller. As schematic abstraction goes, Scacco’s work is warm, evocative, and unusually lyrical. Her previous work has often included…

Review: Laurie Simmons’ My Art

FILM REVIEW: My Art Written, directed by and starring Laurie Simmons Opens in LA January 19 Laemmle Ahyra Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills By Shana Nys Dambrot Laurie Simmons basically plays herself in this wry, pensive narrative about a woman artist in her 60s who is moved to confront metrics of success, agencies of authorship,…

Jane Callister at Royale Projects

Jane Callister: Baroco-pop through March 4 Royale Projects, Los Angeles By Shana Nys Dambrot Somehow both sparse and lush, Jane Callister’s new paintings manifest an array of engaging dualities. The Royale Projects show consists of about a dozen works, half of which are richly hued, half rendered in grey-scale. Within that, each individual work enacts…

Anna Maria Maiolino at MOCA

Anna Maria Maiolino  through January 22 MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles in participation with Pacific Standard Time: La/LA By Shana Nys Dambrot There is a current of low-key, abstractly conceptual, occasionally intimate, corporeal and performative energy that runs throughout MOCA’s PST LA|LA offering, the first major museum survey spanning roughly 60 years of Brazilian artist…

Three Solo Shows at DENK

Helen Rebekah Garber: Thaumaturgy Ichiro Irie: Garmonbozia Sagrada David DiMichele: Real and Unreal extended through January 13 DENK Gallery, Los Angeles By Shana Nys Dambrot Creation, destruction, renewal; threat, protection, materialism; reality, illusion, and all manner of Utopias (including the ironic) are the order of the day with three concurrent solo shows on view at DENK.…