Filed under: Los Angeles | Tags: Alexandra Grant, Allison Miller, Britton Tolliver, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Jason Ramos, Julian Hoeber, LAND, Mark Hagen, Mattias Faldbakken, Monique Van Genderen, Olga Koumoundouros, Painting in Place, Sara Cain
Site-specificity in art, as a term, claims some heritage from the specific site of Los Angeles itself. Robert Irwin was one of the main proponents of the idea in his own writing, and one the earliest mentions of it apparently comes from a 1975 Art News article by Peter Frank. The term is modern in the general sense, post-minimal (and therefore postmodern) in the terminology of contemporary art. However the idea is as old as art itself – page one of art history often describes the site-specific cave painting of early humanity. Art, it would seem, began with the intersection of painting and site-specificity, and everything else follows. An exhibition of contemporary painting by an organization that is “committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond,” has sought to bring these two not-so-estranged notions together again, and the results offer much to ponder. Painting In Place is a group exhibition curated by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), an organization directed by curator Shamim M. Momim, and takes place inside the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank in downtown LA. – Jason Ramos, Los Angeles Contributor
Installation view, A LAND Exhibition: Painting in Place, 2013. Farmers and Merchants Bank, Downtown Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Robert Wedemeyer.
Filed under: Art World, Curator Watch List, Pacific Coast | Tags: 97, Allison Miller, Anne Ellegood, Dianna Molzan, Hammer Museum, Jay Stuckey, John McAllister, Jonas Wood, Kim Fisher, Lesley Vance, Mary Corse, NAP, Pacific Coast, Ruby Neri, Tom Lawson
We are currently putting together the Pacific Coast issue (NAP #97). Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, did a terrific job selected 40 artists from over 1,000 that applied to the competition. You’ll have to wait to find out who she selected from the region. But, when we asked her what other painters she would recommend to our readers, she names quite a few. So, check them out after the jump! And look for the Pacific Coast issue on the newsstands in December.