DAMIEN HIRST (British, b. 1965)
Damien Hirst is a leading figure in the Young British Artist (YBA) movement of the 1990s. Key themes in his art are life’s mortality and modern science’s palliative, seductive allure. The butterfly, with its ephemeral lifespan, is a frequent subject of his work. In 2012, Hirst showed what went on to be one of his most controversial work in decades, the installation In and Out of Love, which consisted of two white windowless rooms in which over 9,000 butterflies flitted around and died. His artistic practice varies wildly, from dead animals submerged in formaldehyde, to ominous medicine cabinets, to paintings of color spots with pharmaceutical names. A winner of the coveted Turner Prize in 1995, Hirst’s works are held in major collections such as the Tate Gallery in London and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
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MATTHEW BRANDT (American, 1982)
Matthew Brandt is an artist who pushes the boundaries of photography. Brandt sees his work as both photograph and “art object”. And he feels it’s important to retain the experimental nature that photography allows.
The subjects of his photographs are more than just a passive element. He often fuses the subject with its medium, using unorthodox, but pertinent, materials found on-location to produce the photograph.
His new series, “Waterfalls”, are politically charged images, calling attention to the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. After photographing Stepping Stone Falls close to Flint, the prints spend weeks exposed to a steady flow of water in the artist’s studio using the very same water he collected from the Flint River.
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ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (American, 1946-1989)
American artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s provocative and powerful photographs have established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
Two complementary museum exhibitions of Mapplethorpe’s work are on view now through July 31, 2016 in Los Angeles. One is at the J. Paul Getty Museum and another at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Each of these shows highlight different aspects of the artist’s body of work.
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ED MOSES (American, B. 1926)
American artist Ed Moses is known as an innovator, experimenting with new artistic processes and unconventional materials throughout his long career. He has been a significant figure in contemporary art in Los Angeles since his first solo exhibition at the legendary Ferus Gallery in 1958. “Aleff” is one of Ed Moses’ newest works. Copper rails bracket the sides of the colorful, rugged painting and a chain creates a graceful arc across the surface.
DOUG AITKEN (American, B.1968)
Multi-media artist Doug Aitken’s innovative artworks lead viewers into a world where time, space and memory are fluid concepts. His body of work ranges widely from photography and sculpture to video works and installations.
BETTY GOLD (American, 1935)
Geometric-abstract sculptor and painter Betty Gold is widely known for her steel sculptures, creating monumental public works and smaller-scale sculptures that have been collected globally for more than fifty years.
MARILYN MINTER, (American, 1948)
Marilyn Minter is like an alchemist who transforms grit into glamour. Her photographs and photo-realistic paintings, at once seductive, sensual and decadent, continue to be highly in demand with collectors and museums.
ANDY MOSES, (American, 1962)
California-based artist Andy Moses is interested in pushing the physical properties of paint through chemical reactions, viscosity interference, and gravity to create elaborate compositions that mimic nature and its forces. His paintings are simultaneously abstract and representational, giving perceptions of natural vistas such as distant landscapes, moving water, or aerial views.
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JAMES TURRELL, (American, 1943)
A leading artist in the “Light and Space” movement, James Turrell is best known for immersive art experiences that contemplate perception, light, color and space. The Deep Sky suite of prints represent seven vantage points of Turrell’s project at Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in northern Arizona, which for more than 30 years the artist has been transforming into a series of rooms and tunnels that open onto vistas of the desert sky as an exploration of the ways the eye perceives light.
See James Turrell: A Retrospective at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, now through April 6, 2014.
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LITA ALBUQUERQUE, (American, 1946)
“Auric Field” is a new work by internationally renowned artist Lita Albuquerque, a pioneer in Process Art, Environmental Art and Earth Art and a seminal part of the California Light and Space Movement. Her distinctive visual language brings the realities of time and space to a human scale.
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