María Berrío - Interview

María Berrío - Interview

To glance at a María Berrío work is to immerse oneself in a multi-textural wonderland, a vivid colorscape where women reign eternal—with cacti around their necks, no less. Berrío’s work, which consists of dreamlike collages of Japanese paper and watercolor, retain a unique concoction of hyper-specific textures that elevate the natural world to its hallucinatory imagination.

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María Berrío - FAD

María Berrío - FAD

Based in Brooklyn, María Berrio grew up in Colombia. Her large-scale works, which are meticulously crafted from layers of Japanese paper, reflect on cross-cultural connections and global migration seen through the prism of her own history.

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Heidi Hahn - Artillery

Heidi Hahn - Artillery

Heidi Hahn‘s grandly scaled paintings lend iconic status to plain-Jane women going about quotidian routines. Breezily limned in free-flowing brushstrokes and translucent washes, her anonymous characters appear lost in dreamy, meditative worlds even as they shop, sweep, picnic and scroll through their smartphones.

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Jarvis Boyland - Out

Jarvis Boyland - Out

There’s something different about Jarvis Boyland’s work. Walking the exhibition rooms of Los Angeles’ Kohn Gallery — where Boyland’s “On Hold:” exhibit is on view through Thursday, May 23 — I was arrested by his portraits of Black queer men. Though simple and straightforward, there’s a complexity in the color story, particularly in his subject’s skin tones. They were rich and nuanced and complex, both imagined and realistic, and unlike any paintings I’ve come into contact with.

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Jarvis Boyland - Los Angeles Times

Jarvis Boyland - Los Angeles Times

Diva painting might be its own notable genre, given such exceptional practitioners as Kurt Kauper and Marilyn Minter. Their work doesn’t merely show as vivid, dramatic subject matter an array of imperious opera singers, fashion models, Hollywood icons at home or sex-tape-style celebrities-in-the-making. Instead, it forthrightly asserts that, in an era in which any form of art-making is possible, painting is a diva too.

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Heidi Hahn - Curator

Heidi Hahn - Curator

Heidi Hahn (b. 1982, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Hahn received her MFA from Yale University in 2014, and her BFA from Cooper Union in 2006. She is an acting Professor of Painting and Drawing at Alfred University, NY and has been the recipient of several awards, residencies, and fellowships, including the Jerome Foundation Grant; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency, Madison, ME; and the Fine Arts Work Center Residency, Provincetown, MA, among others.

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Jarvis Boyland - Flaunt

Jarvis Boyland - Flaunt

Boyland’s most outstanding pieces focus on intimate portraits of queer, black men in the comfort of domestic settings, free from the prejudices which follow them throughout their life. Although relaxed, by deconstructing their anxieties, the men are inherently defiant in their abode. On Saturday, April 6th, Kohn Gallery opened On Hold:, an exhibition, which, in conjunction with NY-based artist Heidi Hahn's stellar show, Burn Out in Shredded Heaven, continues on until May 23rd. Flaunt had the lovely opportunity to chat with Boyland on his experiences growing up in the South, the inspiration behind his work, and the power behind portraiture.

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Wallace Berman - Tablet Magazine

Wallace Berman - Tablet Magazine

“If you’re interested in experimental art and Jewish mysticism, you need to go out and investigate Wally Berman’s work. But you’ll have to do some digging to get to it,” said late legendary Beat poet David Meltzer, concluding what turned out to be our last conversation. The weight of that moment stayed with me for the past two years, before an opportunity to follow through presented itself: I heard about an upcoming memoir by Wallace Berman’s son, Tosh, and arranged a meeting. Before long, I’ve come to realize just how right Meltzer was. As it happens, I now also understand the mischievous smirk that accompanied his comment.

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Jarvis Boyland - Chicago Magazine

Jarvis Boyland - Chicago Magazine

Jarvis Boyland came of age in the era of marriage equality but also of tragedies like the Pulse nightclub shooting and high-profile cases of police brutality. So if you sense a certain anxiety underpinning the Memphis-born 24-year-old’s dream-like depictions of black queer home life, you aren’t imagining it. “I’m into the staging of the domestic and what these scenes of leisure can evoke,” he says. His 2017 painting Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Pulse) captures such a moment, at once quotidian and miraculous. “Pulse is me awakening to the possibilities of building a life with a queer partner in Chicago — something I couldn’t do in the South.”

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Maria Berrio - The Georgia Review

Maria Berrio - The Georgia Review

The creator of striking large-scale multimedia collages that “blur biographical memory with South American mythology,” María Berrio is a Colombian-born artist living and working in New York City. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design (BFA) and the School of Visual Art (MFA), Berrio has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, most recently at the Prospect 4 triennial in New Orleans. She has also created murals in Harlem and in Puebla, Mexico, and is currently working with NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to mount a public work titled There Is Magic Underneath It All. In the pieces included in this portfolio, Berrio’s fascinating heroines and delicate watercolor painting, as well as the lush colors and textures of the handmade Japanese papers she employs, contribute to her captivating twenty-first-century magical realism.

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Maria Berrio - Artnet News

Maria Berrio - Artnet News

Berrio has drawn inspiration from her childhood spent in the countryside surrounding Bogotá, Colombia, and much of her practice addresses immigrant experiences and identities. Her mixed-media artworks on canvas often incorporate multilayered Japanese rice paper. These collages frequently feature centralized female figures, which are painted in watercolor.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase & John Altoon - i-D

Jonathan Lyndon Chase & John Altoon - i-D

Kohn Gallery showed two artists in conversation. John Altoon was working in the 60s, and Jonathan Lyndon Chase is very much of today, but both explore the various boundaries of the body through their dynamic work. Altoon’s ink on board drawings, comprised of chaotic zig-zags, sit alongside Lyndon Chase’s color drenched studies of queer black men.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase - The Art Newspaper

Jonathan Lyndon Chase - The Art Newspaper

In keeping with the market trend of the past couple of years, there was also significant interest in works by artists of colour. Representatives of several museums rushed to Los Angeles-based Kohn Gallery’s booth to bid on Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s Dawn Embrace (2019), which sold for an undisclosed amount to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, while another of the young painter’s works went to ICA Miami. Roberts Projects sold works by Kehinde Wiley and Jeffrey Gibson ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 and notes “multiple institutional reserves”.

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Enrique Martínez Celaya - KCRW

Enrique Martínez Celaya - KCRW

I have no doubts that most of you, like me, spent Sunday evening glued to your TV screens, hoping and crossing your fingers that your favorite movies and actors would win Oscars. And, indeed, my two favorites – Roma by Alfonso Cuarón and Rami Malek, star of Bohemian Rhapsody – were winners.

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Lita Albuquerque - Los Angeles Times

Lita Albuquerque - Los Angeles Times

Lita Albuquerque knelt down to get closer to the ground. The land has long doubled as her muse and her canvas: She drew constellations into Egypt's Giza Plateau, she mimicked the night sky on a lake bed in the Mojave Desert, she aligned spheres to stars in space while in Antarctica on the summer solstice — 99 orbs in her signature ultramarine, a vibrant hue hearkening to the Tunisian skies of her childhood.

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Gonzalo Lebrija - Artnet News

Gonzalo Lebrija - Artnet News

After signing on with Kohn last fall, Mexican artist Lebrija makes his debut at the gallery this year with an ambitious exhibition. On view are paintings from the artist’s signature Veladuras series, which feature layers of muted semi-transparent paint that form prismatic abstractions, as well as a new sculptural work and film installation. Lebrija is not quite as well-known to American audiences as he is in his home country, but hat may be changing soon.

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