ANGE January 2016 : Page 100

BEST OF THE CITY THE CREATIVE CONSCIENCE Like his epic paintings—made by stacking various layers of newsprint, paint, photographs and found texts atop canvases that are then sanded into topographical abstractions evoking everything from race riots to politics to heath epidemics— Mark Bradford has many dimensions to his South L.A.-based artistic practice. Last fall, one of his Constitution panels (constructed of archival paper with text from the constitution stenciled into the work) fetched $5.7 million at Sotheby’s just two weeks prior to his massive solo debut at Hauser & Wirth’s New York gallery. at show, which investigated a wide range of topics, like ’70s and ’80s roller discos and AIDS cells, grew out of his summer exhibition at the Hammer Museum, where he excavated a giant U.S. map on the lobby wall with each state bearing statistics of HIV diagnoses. Since last February, the museum has been helping Bradford’s nonpro t, Art + Practice Foundation (artandpractice.org), deliver creative programming, educational initiatives and exhibitions to the culturally underserved neighborhood of Leimert Park with artists like Charles Gaines, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and John Outterbridge. “When you grow up in a local working-class community, you understand high culture is outside your neighborhood, and it reinforces that hierarchical relationship of privilege and nonprivilege,” says Bradford, who is currently working on solo shows for Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum, Bu alo, N.Y.’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery and CAM St. Louis’ 2016 programs. “But what if you turned the corner and you saw the Hammer with Art + Practice in Leimert Park? It’s very di erent than Art + Practice at the Hammer. As a kid I would have grabbed onto that slice of untraditional life so fast—I would have been there every night.” Art & Culture RE A DERS’ CHOICE Favorite Gallery Space The L.A. art scene grew exponentially over the past year. Here are your top spots to take in the city’s most exciting cultural offerings. 1. Anat Ebgi The popular gallery prides itself on displaying the works of local up-and-comers. Don’t miss Ebgi’s year of women showcasing all female artists. 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.838.2770, anatebgi.com 2. Blum & Poe This January, the contemporary spot will display Bessone. N. 1034 Highland Ave., L.A., 323.467.5700, gavlakgallery.com 4. Kohn Gallery After debuting in 2014, Michael Kohn’s eponymous space has taken off. Be sure to see Lita Albuquerque’s Embodiment this season. 1227 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.461.3311, kohngallery.com 5. Taschen Gallery Opening just over a year ago, the gallery highlights art from some of the esteemed publisher’s most stunning books. Hurry in to see photography from Michael O’Neill’s On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace (through Jan. 7). 8070 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.852.9098, taschen.com Dansaekhwa and Minimalism, mixing the popular Korean style with American minimalists. 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.836.2062, blumandpoe.com 3. Gavlak The Hollywood art hub doubled in size in 2015 to allow for more ambitious exhibits. Look out for solo shows by Bovey Lee and Amy ART TO ART Lisa Anne Auerbach’s “Living Loving Party Going” (2015) from Gavlak Gallery’s Ten Year Anniversary exhibition 10 0 A N G EL EN O J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 MARK BRADFORD PHOTO BY FREDRIK NILSEN; “LIVING LOVING PARTY GOING” (205) BY LISA ANNE AUERBACH, MERINO WOOL STITCHED ONTO STRECHED LINEN, 80 INCHES BY 63 INCHES, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND GAVLAK LOS ANGELES, PHOTO BY JEFF MCLANE

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