Saturday, October 19, 2019

Brittany Howard's Tiny Desk concert



Alabama Shake's Brittany Howard's gritty storytelling is in full force in her Tiny Desk concert.

SET LIST "Stay High" "Georgia" "Baby" "Goat Head"
MUSICIANS Brittany Howard: vocals, guitar; Nate Smith: drums; Alex Chakour: guitar; Brad Allen Williams: guitar; Zac Cockrell: bass; Lloyd Buchanan: keys; Paul Horton: keys; Shanay Johnson: vocals; Karita Law: vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Beck Harlan, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Lari Pittman



Wonderful podcast by Tyler Green featuring artist Lari Pittman.
The Hammer Museum at UCLA is featuring the exhibition “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence,” a retrospective of Pittman’s nearly forty-year career. 

Tyler writes:
The exhibition reveals Pittman’s engagements with America’s history and with issues and subjects that have been core to our history and identity, including landscape, violence, citizenship, belonging and more. The exhibition was curated by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler. It is on view through January 5, 2020. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $51.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bruce Springsteen discusses the films that had a big influence on his music

John Mayer covers ‘Tougher than the rest’ - Bruce Springsteen

Rest In Power Elijah Cummings




Please read Barack Obama's thoughts on the passing of Elijah Cummings:




Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Happy International Pronouns Day!



Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Trans People Belong

Friday, October 04, 2019

Bruce Springsteen - Sundown (Film Version)





On my recent road trip across the American West, I often listened to Springsteen's haunting Americana soaked "Western Stars". 2500 miles from where I want to be indeed. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Ghost Rider



Memory coats the American West like photographic silver. It only takes a bit of light to bring out the past hiding in the shadows. Driving across the vast landscape, I am conscious of the countless Native American souls that inhabit the land. Many are living and many have passed on.  
There is a presence in the red dust and auburn rocks that speaks beyond time. I am humbled. My painting "Ghost Rider" is inspired by these shadows of memory. In my work a modern, hat wearing person seems to nod to the ghostly apparition of a Native American rider in the middle ground. I can hear Robbie Robertson's plaintive voice in the distance:

Crow has brought the message
to the children of the sun
for the return of the buffalo
and for a better day to come
You can kill my body
You can damn my soul
for not believing in your god
and some world down below
You don't stand a chance
against my prayers
You don't stand a chance
against my love
They outlawed the Ghost Dance
but we shall live again,
we shall live again
My sister above
She has red paint
She died at Wounded Knee
like a later day saint
You got the big drum in the distance
blackbird in the sky
That's the sound that you hear
when the buffalo cry
You don't stand a chance
against my prayers
You don't stand a chance
against my love
They outlawed the Ghost Dance
but we shall live again,
we shall live again
Crazy Horse was a mystic
He knew the secret of the trance
And Sitting Bull the great apostle
of the Ghost Dance
Come on Comanche
Come on Blackfoot
Come on Shoshone
Come on Cheyenne
We shall live again
Come on Arapaho
Come on Cherokee
Come on Paiute
Come on Sioux
We shall live again

Ghost Dance
Robbie Robertson, Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Songwriters: Robbie Robertson / William James Wilson
Ghost Dance lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Ghosteen – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Global Premiere)

Lana Del Rey - For Free (Joni Mitchell Cover) (Full Performance)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Western Stars - Official Trailer

Einstein's Dreams


Gregg Chadwick
Einstein's Dreams
48"x36" oil on linen 2019 


Good Morning! Things move at the speed of light in my studio. Getting ready for my next exhibition. Excited to let you know that I will have a booth at The Other Art Fair September 5-8, 2019 in Santa Monica at Barker Hangar. 
And I will be exhibiting at the inaugural 
The Other Art Fair in Dallas September 19-22, 2019.

My new painting “Einstein’s Dreams” shifts the focus to the nature of time itself. 





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#art #categoricallynot#kccole #greggchadwick

Friday, August 02, 2019

Please Join Gregg Chadwick For An Artist Talk At Castelli Art Space

 





Surf & Turf Artist Talk and Tour at Castelli Art Space
August 10, 2019

Please join us at Castelli Art Space on Saturday, August 10th, 3-6pm for the Surf & Turf Artist Talk & Tour -

LA as Muse: How the city and it's diverse neighborhoods and cultures influence art today

Open 3-6, Curator and Artist Talk and Walkabout, 3:30-4:30

(In Conjunction with the Culver City Art Walk)

 

Featuring New Paintings About Los Angeles by Gregg Chadwick,
 Brooke Harker, Gay Summer Rick, Teale Hatheway,  Alex Schaefer, and John Kilduff


Castelli Art Space 
5428 West Washington Blvd,
Los Angeles CA, 90016
Please RSVP here for your free tickets.


 


About Gregg Chadwick's L.A. Inspired Art

“Tonight the riders on Sunset are smothered in the Santa Ana winds
And the western stars are shining bright again”
- Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars


My new paintings in Surf & Turf at Castelli Art Space are crafted as magic lenses that combine the past, present, and future of Los Angeles. The clear daylight of Los Angeles brought the movie studios out west. And the neon soaked nocturnal light lured writers into the shadows of L.A. As a 17 year old art student at UCLA, I embraced the flickering cinematic light of Hollywood and the poetic light of night and day in the City of Angels.  I am continuously inspired by the diversity, history, and beauty of greater Los Angeles.
 

Gregg Chadwick
Los Angeles Inspired Artwork at Castelli Art Space




Castelli Art Space
5428 West Washington Blvd,
Los Angeles CA, 90016

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 10-5

https://www.greggchadwick.com/Gregg_Chadwick/index.html
 

“Surf & Turf “ 

Saturday August 10th, 3-6 pm  Artists Walk & Talk:
LA as Muse: How the city and it's diverse neighborhoods and cultures influence art today

Closing Reception - Saturday, August 17th, 5-8 pm



More on Gregg Chadwick's Artwork.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Opening Tonight: New Paintings About Los Angeles by Gregg Chadwick

 

Gregg Chadwick
The Space Age (LAX)
40"x30" oil on linen 2019


I am pleased to invite you to my latest art exhibition:

Surf & Turf at Castelli Fine Arts in Culver City, California -
Opening July 27, 2019


Surf & Turf

Featuring New Paintings About Los Angeles by Gregg Chadwick, 
 Brooke Harker, Gay Summer Rick, Teale Hatheway,  Alex Schaefer, and John Kilduff


A new group exhibition at Castelli Art Space in Culver City. 
Opening Reception - July 27, 2019
6-9 pm 
Castelli Art Space 
5428 West Washington Blvd,
Los Angeles CA, 90016
RSVP dale@castelliartspace.com



Gregg Chadwick
L.A. Noire (Formosa Cafe)

24"x36" oil on linen 2019


About Gregg Chadwick's L.A. Inspired Art

“Tonight the riders on Sunset are smothered in the Santa Ana winds
And the western stars are shining bright again”
- Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars


My new paintings in Surf & Turf at Castelli Art Space are crafted as magic lenses that combine the past, present, and future of Los Angeles. The clear daylight of Los Angeles brought the movie studios out west. And the neon soaked nocturnal light lured writers into the shadows of L.A. As a 17 year old art student at UCLA, I embraced the flickering cinematic light of Hollywood and the poetic light of night and day in the City of Angels.  I am continuously inspired by the diversity, history, and beauty of greater Los Angeles.


Gregg Chadwick
Santa Monica Nocturne

24"x36" oil on linen 2019


Castelli Art Space 
5428 West Washington Blvd,
Los Angeles CA, 90016

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 10-5

https://www.greggchadwick.com/Gregg_Chadwick/index.html


Gregg Chadwick
Los Angeles Theatre 
30"x24" oil on linen 2019

“Surf & Turf “  Opens at Castelli Art Space on July 27th,
with an Artist Reception from 6-9 pm.
 
Saturday August 10th, 3-5 pm  Artists Walk & Talk:
LA as Muse: How the city and it's diverse neighborhoods and cultures influence art today

Closing Reception - Saturday, August 17th, 5-8 pm



More on Gregg Chadwick's Artwork.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Close The Camps




Karina Perez, a artist in residence, created a powerful series of illustrations on family separations at the border.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

Their names were Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and Angie Valeria.

From the front page of Backstreets -

We encourage readers to contact their representatives and senators to demand a humane border and immigration policy that protects children, values human life, and allows unrestrained access to detention facilities by aid agencies and human service organizations. We also encourage you to visit these sites for more information and ways you can help:


Friday, June 07, 2019

Charles Leslie's Queer Art Collection




Thursday, June 06, 2019

History is a Weapon - Alison Saar's "Grow'd"

by Gregg Chadwick

“I spect I grow’d. Don’t think nobody ever made me.” 
- Topsy from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin


Alison Saar's Grow’d sits majestically in L.A. Louver’s open-air Skyroom. Last night, I was privileged to chat with Ms. Saar about her life and work in front of her haunting bronze sculpture. Saar has reimagined Topsy as a strong, fully aware woman. The cotton bale that she sits on has become a throne. And the sickle in her hand has become a harbinger of justice to come. Cotton stalks tied to her hair float like a firmament of earthly stars. 



Alison Saar
Grow'd
2019 / cast bronze / 78 1/2 x 39 x 38 3/4 in. (199.4 x 99.1 x 98.4 cm)
L.A. Louver - June 5, 2019
(photo by Gregg Chadwick)

In 2017-18, Saar created a body of artwork featured in a 2018 solo show at L.A. Louver centered around the character of Topsy. Saar's exhibition entitled Topsy Turvy dove headfirst into the legacy of slavery in America. Douglas Messerli wrote, " Topsy becomes a black heroine threatening patriarchal ideas and seriously challenging male privilege—in short setting the world, as the show’s title suggests, Topsy Turvy." 

Saar said to us last night at L.A. Louver that she considers Topsy Turvy an angry show. 
I replied - echoing Spike Lee's 1619 hat - "400 years of built up anger." In 1619 the first enslaved people stolen from Africa were brought to colonial Virginia. Saar's artwork digs into this painful American origin story and brings to light the literal skeletons buried in our soil. For Saar, her artwork summons the collected rage and frustration of our current time. Saar references poet and activist Audre Lorde

“For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time… I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.”


1619

Saar said that she sees her latest sculpture Grow'd as a hopeful artwork that takes Topsy to a new place. The naĂŻve enslaved girl has grown into a regal presence. She is now in control of her own destiny. Looking at Grow'd I am reminded of Tomi Adeyemi's recent novel Children of Blood and Bone. Shammara Lawrence in Teen Vogue describes Adeyemi's book as a "tale of triumph, that chronicles the journey of ZĂ©lie Adebola, a powerful young woman fighting to return magic to her people in the land of OrĂŻsha after it was eradicated by a ruthless king, hell-bent on wiping them out completely." Both ZĂ©lie and Topsy fight back against injustice.  




Alison Saar
Grow'd
2019 / cast bronze / 78 1/2 x 39 x 38 3/4 in. (199.4 x 99.1 x 98.4 cm)
L.A. Louver - June 5, 2019
(photo by Gregg Chadwick)


Saar in her artwork takes back forms and stories from African art that were appropriated by Picasso and his circle as they attempted to find a new path but remained trapped in their colonial history. In 2016, Saar's solo exhibit at L.A. Louver Silt, Soot and Smut struck a deep chord with art writer Christopher Knight. He wrote Saar "reminds us that European Modern art in the early 20th century is unthinkable without its profound, complex relationship to Africa. She brings artistic diaspora into play." 

I agree with Christopher Knight that "Saar has been making exceptional work for quite some time. A full museum retrospective is overdue."

Alison Saar's Grow'd is on exhibit at L.A. Louver through June 8, 2019.

L.A. Louver
45 North Venice Boulevard
Venice, California 90291
T: 310.822.4955
F: 310.821.7529
info@lalouver.com




Alison Saar
L.A. Louver - June 5, 2019
(photo by Gregg Chadwick)






Tuesday, June 04, 2019

19th Amendment at 100

100 years ago today: the U.S. Senate in 56-25 vote adopted what would become the 19th amendment “The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”