Jonathan Lyndon Chase - Los Angeles Times

Datebook: Intimate paintings of queer men, African blacksmiths' ironworks and an indispensable assistant's exhibit

By Caroline A. Miranda


Paintings that reveal the inner lives of gay black men and a show devoted to a studio assistant who has made iconic works for big-name artists. Plus: the work of African blacksmiths and the luscious colors of Ellsworth Kelly. Here are nine exhibitions and events to check out in the coming week.

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. He also plays with the signifiers of gender identity, showing men wearing makeup and other supposedly feminine things — men, ultimately, who embrace all aspects of who they are.