Tony Berlant - Architectural Digest

Tony Berlant - Architectural Digest

For anyone interested in the long arc of art history, the contemporary art world’s obsession with youth, novelty, and spectacle can be exhausting. A welcome tonic has arrived in the form of a dazzling new show at Los Angeles’s Kohn Gallery that is dedicated to recent work by Tony Berlant.

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Jess - Riot Material

Jess - Riot Material

A lifetime-spanning survey of works by Jess (1923-2004) is bound to be a bit meta — because the work that Jess produced across his long career was itself always already a survey of his own life and times. From his earliest paintings in the 1950s to his latter-day collage-based compositions made well into the 1990s, with drawing, sculpture, and video collaborations along the way, Jess was at every moment consciously assembling an archive of his own obsessions.

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Jess - KCRW

Jess - KCRW

The Bay Area of the 1950s was the West Coast epicenter for poetry, jazz and art. Part of the excitement came from the close connections between those three art forms. This was especially true in collage, art composed from fragments of photographs, advertisements or newspaper articles, elements brought together in unexpected ways to tell new stories.

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Jess - Los Angeles Times

Jess - Los Angeles Times

To visit “Jess — Secret Compartments” at Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles is to glimpse a soul who couldn’t care less about stylistic consistency (or establishing his brand as an artist). Instead, Jess did what he did because it seemed right at the time.

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Lita Albuquerque - Transparent Earth Part I & II

Lita Albuquerque - Transparent Earth Part I & II

This first part of Transparent Earth is a blue female form, situated on top of Tenner Kreuz in Tenna, Switzerland, I have been interested in the horizontal-vertical from a larger, more cosmic scale for quite some time. This sculpture is based on a character I have been developing since 2003 through writing, sculpture and also film.  Weaving through all these works is the story of a 25th century female astronaut whose mission is to seed interstellar consciousness on our planet.

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Bruce Conner @ The Carnegie Museum of Art

Bruce Conner @ The Carnegie Museum of Art

The museum dove into its huge collection of art created since World War II and emerged with Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now. The museum’s re-installed contemporary galleries will include about 150 paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, and films, organized not chronologically, but under eight themes (or “chapters”). And the focus is on works that are either new to the museum or have not been shown in decades.

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Rosa Loy - The New York Times

Rosa Loy - The New York Times

This summer, some of Germany’s most noted artists are lending their talents to two high-profile productions at prestigious music festivals. In late June, Georg Baselitz furnished somber and mournful sets for Pierre Audi’s production of “Parsifal” at the Munich Opera Festival. Meanwhile, in Bayreuth, the husband-and-wife artist duo, Neo Rauch and Rosa Loy, are working on the new “Lohengrin” overseen by the American director Yuval Sharon, which is set to open the annual Wagner Festival on July 25.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - The Pride

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - The Pride

But if you do miss it, at least give Jonathan Lyndon Chase a chance. Entitled Sheets, the show (up from July 4 -14) is the artist’s first solo foray in the realm of L.A galleries. With work that highlights the sort of distortions and abstractions of form that Francis Bacon would approve of, Chase’s emphasis is on the day-to-day existence of queer black men, and the obvious complications that come with declaring oneself to be in the forever oppressed and unforgiving mores of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Artnet

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Artnet

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, a young Philadelphia-based painter who inventively tackles issues of race, gender, and sexuality in dexterous mixed-media works, has recently achieved rising-star status due to his sensational Los Angeles debut at Kohn Gallery. Collectors can’t seem to get enough of his work.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - LA Weekly

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - LA Weekly

Jonathan Lyndon Chase does not paint self-portraits. But in every stroke and atom of his prismatic, distressed and lyrically visceral mixed-media portraits, the artist embodies his own sense of self, both literally and figuratively constructing complex aspects of personal identity right before your eyes.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Out

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Out

Coinciding with his new exhibition, Sheets, at Los Angeles’ Kohn Gallery, queer artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase has shared some of his evocative pieces with Out. Using base sheets as a canvas for many of the show’s works, Chase explains how our beds are central to our lives in that we begin and end our day in them, and how they act as a play on words for him representing the fabric of society and spatial reality.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Los Angeles Times

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Los Angeles Times

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, “Sheets,” at Kohn Gallery. In ebullient works that meld painting, drawing and collage, Chase explores quotidian moments in the lives of queer black men — sculpturally contorted figures shown in repose, in heated moments of desire and in balletic occasions of joy.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Office

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Office

The figures of Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s pictures have prepared a performance for us — but we’ve stumbled upon them during rehearsal. Theirs is a dance of shapeshifting voyeurism — they’re not quite ready to be seen but relish in our gaze nonetheless. Caught in a moment of nudity between costume changes, they cast coy glances that are accusatory and inviting at the same time.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Whitehot Magazine

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Whitehot Magazine

28-year old, Philadelphia-based artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase is everywhere this past year. His mixed media portraits of contorted, sexually-explicit figures drawn from Chase's day-to-day experiences as a queer, non-binary, black artist have made their way into numerous museums and gallery exhibitions across the country.

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