Shepard Fairey: Damaged

Shepard Fairey: Damaged Presented by Obey Giant and Library Street Collective at Werkartz Through December 17th By Shana Nys Dambrot Photos by Stephen Levey, Shana Nys Dambrot and Werkartz   Each one of the big, bigger, and biggest new paintings in this sprawling exhibition is in itself animated by the same layer upon layer, peeling,…

Cristobal Valecillos at Timothy Yarger Fine Art

Cristobal Valecillos Yare: One More Dance Timothy Yarger Fine Art By Shana Nys Dambrot Through November 30th   A profusion of threads converge in this passionate, intelligent, and timely interdisciplinary project from Cristobal Valecillos. Issues of cultural identity, tradition, history, religion, ritual, metaphor, performance, sculpture, photography, architecture, the power of color, and the narrative potential…

Kimberly Brooks: Brazen at Zevitas Marcus

Kimberly Brooks: Brazen Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles By Shana Nys Dambrot Through October 28th   Choreographing abstraction and figuration to operate within a single image is always really a balancing act. A purportedly non-figurative composition can, by design or by neurological/optic impulse, seem to be tugging at, or flirting with imagery, like a mystery wanting…

Martin Ramirez at ICA LA

Martin Ramirez Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles Through December 31, 2017 Robert Berman Gallery Through October 14, 2017 By Shana Nys Dambrot   It’s all about context. Already one of the most anticipated venue debuts in recent memory, the new ICALA (Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles) was never going to want for attention.…

Loving Vincent: Film Review

Loving Vincent: Film Review Opens in Los Angeles September 29, 2017  By Shana Nys Dambrot   Imagine a whole universe of people, places, and things made entirely from the paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Now imagine being immersed in that world, where an emotional story of a genius’ troubled life and tragic final days unravels…

Mark Steven Greenfield: Mantras & Musings

Mark Steven Greenfield: Mantras & Musings Lora Schlesinger Gallery By Shana Nys Dambrot Through October 14th   Cotton is a strange plant, a mallow. A spiked armor cracks into spears, revealing how a soft cloud of white fiber densely billow-blooms, wooden stalks rise and curve like the thinnest of neck napes to hold aloft the sticky…

Ann Hamilton at Gemini G.E.L.

Ann Hamilton at Gemini G.E.L. By Shana Nys Dambrot July 10 – September 19, 2017* (see note at the end about dates)     Qualities of tactility and physicality are not typically primary in considering print editions. But in ways both literal and illusionistic, that is exactly what’s called for — both in imagery and objecthood…