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Enchanting LAM Gallery

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It doesn’t rain much in SoCal. But it did when LAM Gallery, located on Highland just a few blocks south of Santa Monica Boulevard, opened its door for the first time. I was going to catch the inaugural show featuring a long-time Los Angeles painter Monique Prieto. The rain was not kind to my plan, however. Soaked and late to …

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Here Now at Wilding Cran in DTLA

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Looking up at the wooden beam-filled ceiling, you notice the age of the building in which Wilding Cran, a compact DTLA Santa Fe gallery, is housed. The art on display is what should matter first and foremost, but still, you get the sense that the space is comfortably different than those of pristine, spotless blue chip galleries. You almost feel …

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Bitchin Be Fringing: Robert Williams

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Categorically and as an easy comparative measure, I still find myself at times conversing about art in terms of its high and low stature. Not to say that I hand down the value judgement on one over the other, however, since the only adjudication I dish out is whether or not what I’m seeing is pleasurable and provokes any kind …

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Bold and Colorful Scott Anderson

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Quickly scanning the walls of the modest room, you might be initially tempted to utter the word “dated” to hurriedly pass judgment on Scott Anderson’s paintings. You wouldn’t be entirely wrong. If Cubists, Expressionists, and Surrealists all drove a pickup truck in their cowboy getup and moved to New Mexico, one of their offsprings might just grow up to become …

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More Than Its Parts: Carlson Hatton

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To say that Carlson Hatton’s work is mixed media feels as though we are missing the juicy meat. The totality of his visual language is far more sumptuous than the sum of all its parts. His solo appearance at Patrick Painter, inside Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is a pleasurable bombardment of myriad images created by the artist adeptly dabbling …

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Stitching Peculiar History: Sabrina Gschwandtner

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With players like Rosamund Felsen moving out of Bergamot Station and into Santa Fe neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles, I wonder the fate of the Santa Monica art scene. I’ve frequented the borough back in the days when galleries like Mark Moore were running programs and I feel nostalgic. Be that as it may, seeing visual and brainy intelligence like …

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I Think I’m in Love: Annelie McKenzie

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I can potentially start and end this BL(og)T entry with just the following line: Annelie McKenzie has won my heart. I don’t intend to throw around the word “love” casually but I think I’m in love with her new paintings at CB1. Her first solo appearance at this Downtown Los Angeles gallery, titled the Enthusiast, is gorgeously delightful. Drawing from seemingly …