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Contemporary Los Angeles Art: First Itinerary

Instructor Brenda Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students often wonder what kind of galleries, artists and museums they’ll be visiting in Contemporary Los Angeles Art. Instructor Brenda Williams has shared the first class itinerary with us. Of her inspiration for the class, Brenda says:

“The unique thing LA has to offer art lovers right now is an overwhelming amount of resources to find new, emerging and established artists, galleries and museums. The city has exploded in art work over the past 5 years and you get to see work from local and world renown artists in under a 25 mile radius. There are also new museums to explore like The Underground Museum, The El Segundo Museum and the Marciano Museum.”

Saturday, April 7, 11am

THE WENDE MUSEUM

10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

A collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present.

Armory

The Wende Museum

LUNCH: Mexican Restaurant on Washington

SUSANNE VIELMETTER GALLERY

Nicole Eisenman, Dark Light

6006 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Artist: Nicole Eisenman)

ROBERTS PROJECTS

5801 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Artists: Daniel Crews Chubb and Ed Templeton)

Crews Chubb Lion

Daniel Crews-Chubb, Lion

 

BLUM & POE

2727 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Artist: Robert Colescott)

Go Behind the Scenes of the LA Art World with Brenda Williams

 

This spring, we’re looking forward to working once again with Brenda Williams to offer Contemporary Los Angeles Art. Brenda is a local art adviser and independent curator specializing in emerging contemporary artists. Her class will meet over five Saturdays, and explore areas in the Los Angeles art world not usually accessible to the public. Visits will focus on private home collections, artists studios, and curator-led gallery tours. Each six-hour meeting will include multiple location visits.

To read more about the class, and register for spring, click here.

We spoke with Brenda about her background, and what artists she’s watching now.

How did you get interested in art collecting, and what were your first experiences in the art world?

My first collecting experiences were record albums by cutting edge artists like New Birth, Mandrill, Parliament Funkadelic and Betty Davis.

After college I moved to Italy where I worked for Marilena Bonomo and honed my taste for contemporary art. I worked with many emrging artists during my tenure at the gallery; Julio Paolini, Sol Lewitt, David Tremlett to name a few.

Upon my return to the states I became interested in and began collecting African Art and textiles. I fell in love with the masks of the various tribes of west Africa. The techniques of textile makers from around the world were so amazing like ikat and embroidery I couldn’t resist their beauty. I had to have as many textiles as my walls could hold. I’ve also collected tea services porcelain, tin, and glass: pots, sugar/cream receptacles and trays.

What artists or galleries are you excited about right now?

There are so many new galleries that have opened downtownsince I first started teaching this class. Right now two of my newer favorite galleries are Wilding Cran who show artists Karon Davis and Hap Tivey; and Commonwealth and Council who is currently showing an extraordinary work by Rafa Esparza.

What do you feel is something unique Los Angeles has to offer art lovers?

The unique thing LA has to offer art lovers right now is an overwhelming amount of resources to find new, emerging and established artists, galleries and museums. The city has exploded in art work over the past 5 years and you get to see work from local and world renown artists in under a 25 mile radius. There are also new museums to explore like The Underground Museum, The El Segundo Museum and the Marciano Museum.

Which collections or works are you looking forward to sharing with your students?

The Wende Museum has recently opened their new space in Culver City and it’s a wonderful and amazing museum of post-cold war ephemera mixed with today’s artists who riff off of that early material. I’m also very excited to see the upcoming Robert Colescott show at Blum and Poe.

For those who are interested in learning more about the art world in Los Angeles, how would you recommend getting started?

Visit as many museums and galleries as you can. Ask a lot of questions. Read art based publications like CARLA and Artillery. And if that leaves you wanting more, take my class Contemporary Los Angeles Art this spring.

Course Spotlight: Michelangelo and the Dawn of Modern Art

Michelangelo’s David

Breaking many of the rules of Renaissance art in his struggle to express his inner experience of the divine, Michelangelo gave artists a new artistic vocabulary that moved past the Renaissance and toward a profoundly relevant style that ultimately is called Modern art.

In the upcoming course, Michelangelo and the Dawn of Modern Art, the artist’s legacy will be explored through three lectures and a field trip to the Getty Villa.

Instructor Rebbeca Ginnings tells us a bit more about it:

Why is this course important for my understanding of art?

In terms of technique, Michelangelo seems to turn stone to flesh. Design-wise, he translates antiquity into a more modern statement, providing a bridge or transition to modern art. A better understanding of Michelangelo and his work leads us to understand how his work has influenced both European and American artists.

What will the course consist of?

We will meet for three lectures on Michelangelo’s work followed by a field trip to the Getty Villa to look at prototypes of Michelangelo’s designs, to see how the originals related to the designs he ended up making.

What will I take away from this course?

Students will gain a better understanding of the influence of antiquity on Western art.

Enroll in Michelangelo and the Dawn of Modern Art today!

Sample Itinerary for Contemporary Los Angeles Art

Image via The Underground Museum

We’ve been getting questions about the types of excursions students will be going on in Contemporary Los Angeles Art, so instructor Brenda Williams has provided us with the itinerary for the first meeting. Take a look to see the first class adventure!

Our first stop will be to visit the Underground Museum in Mid-City. The two year old museum was the brilliant idea of the late Noah Davis, his wife Karon and his brother Kahlil Joseph. As artists they decided to create a neighborhood museum for people who may be too intimidated to visit the established museums, to view works of art by major contemporary artists. Most folks can walk here. There are late night movies, artists talks, star gazing and a really nice garden to sit in and contemplate life.

We’ll get acquainted in their garden, followed by a walkthrough of the current exhibition: Non-Fiction: William Kentridge and Karon Davis.

Lunch at Juicy’s (Naturaliart) Jamaican Restaurant. This is as traditional as you can get this far away from the Caribbean.

After we’ll visit a few west side galleries.

To read more about the class, and enroll, click here. For questions, call (310) 206-1422.

Exploring Street Art in Venice

Street Art

Instructor Lizy Dastin took a few photos during this weekend’s meeting of Exploring Street Art. Via Lizy:

“In last Saturday’s Exploring Street Art class, we met with local public artist and teacher Robin Murez to discuss her practice and the meaning behind her works throughout Venice. Next, we embarked on our walking tour of Abbot Kinney, stopping to discuss the installations by Murez as well as murals, wheatpastes, stencils and carvings, by some of Los Angeles’ most prominent street artists.”

Sounds like a great tour!

Street Art 2

City Series: Rome

We are excited to announce a new art history course, with instructor Mary Beth Carosello. City Series: Rome is a unique blend of art history and cultural history. Topics covered will include urban design, architecture, artistic movements, and each culture’s impact on today’s world. Classes will also include museum field trips to view key works.

Often in a survey course, the amount of material to be covered means that each topic is dealt with quickly. This class will delve deeply into the rich history of the city, from a variety of different angles.  The first part of the class will look at the city of Rome from its earliest incarnation as an ancient Republic to its development into the capital of a far-reaching empire and its subsequent fall. The second half will explore the “rebirth” of the city in the 1500s looking particularly at the work of Michelangelo and Raphael. The class will conclude with a look at Rome in the 1600s and the dynamic art and architecture created in service of the Counter Reformation.

 

Mary Beth Carosello

Mary Beth Carosello

Mary Beth is one of our most popular instructors. One recent student commented that “As usual, Mary Beth brought enthusiasm and deep knowledge to her subject. I always feel as if I’m living in the time period we discuss…she brings it to life!”

We hope you’ll join instructor Carosello for a fresh look at this historic city!

To enroll: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/Course.aspx?reg=258556&qe=true.’

Unknown, Head of Hippokrates, Roman, 2nd century

Unknown, Head of Hippokrates, Roman, 2nd century

Unknown, Statue of Hercules, Roman, 100 - 199

Unknown, Statue of Hercules, Roman, 100 – 199

Western Art Survey Series, Part I starting in Fall

For those interested in joining our Western Art Survey, Fall is the perfect time to start! Part I covers the early periods of art history–from the dawn of the great civilizations in the Near East through the Middle Ages.  It’s rare that students are able to delve into this early time period over the course of 12 weeks. Plus, class includes a trip to LACMA as well as the Getty Villa, to see the works in question close up.

This survey has been one of our most popular and enduring offerings, due to its wonderful instructor Mary Beth Carosello. Students rave about her, and take as many classes as she is able to offer. As one student wrote:

“Mary Beth is just extraordinary. Her teaching style is so open and enthusiastic that you kind of get mesmerized: it’s contagious. She is incredibly knowledgeable about art from all ages and loves comments and questions from the class. The visits to the museums were a treat as well. I am only sorry that we have now done all three classes in the series.”

To read more about the class and enroll, click here.

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Two Chains, 250 – 400, Gold The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

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Head Flask, 4th – 5th century, Glass The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

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Portrait Head of Julia Titi, about 90, Marble with polychromy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

 

 

 

 

 

LACMA’s Four Abstract Classicists

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Frederick Hammersley, Around a round, 1959. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 37 x 1 3/4 in. LACMA.

This two Saturday workshop takes the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition Four Abstract Classicists as its focus, examining the 2 primary directions that emerged as alternatives to Abstract Expressionism in New York and California in the late 1950s: Assemblage Art on one hand and hard-edge and Post-Painterly abstraction on the other.  It was in the late 50s that Jasper Johns, Red Grooms, Agnes Martin, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin, and Billy Al Bengston had their first solo shows, the 4 latter being presented at the historic Ferus Gallery, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1957.

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Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, 1962. Alkyd on canvas, 85 1/2 x 85 1/2 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

It was also at this time that Robert Rauschenberg unveiled a large group of Combines, John Chamberlain showed sculptures made of automobile parts, Louise Nevelson exhibited her first environment, and Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, and Robert Ryman turned their attention to painting stripes, targets, and monochromes, respectively.  This short course examines the various manifestations of these tendencies and traces their evolution into Fluxus, Pop Art, and Minimalism by the early 1960s.

To enroll or learn more, please see here.

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Lorser Feitelson, Hard Edge Line Painting, 1963. 72 x 60in. LACMA.

 

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