Suzanne Hudson

  • James Turrell, Missed Approach, 1990, plaster, wood, 15 1⁄2 × 33 3⁄4 × 33 3⁄4".

    James Turrell

    It was in Los Angeles that James Turrell first recognized the kinds of perceptual acuity possible in smoggy, irradiated air. His first light projects—experiments with incandescence filtering through jerry-rigged apertures in his Santa Monica studio in 1966—were harbingers of his subsequent tests of the fugitive, natural environment in increasingly architectural terms. His long-standing embrace by the city is understandable, but his apotheosis will unfold elsewhere: in an extinct volcano in the Painted Desert northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, for the forty-year project of Roden Crater,

  • View of “Susan Cianciolo,” 2018. Photo: Brian Forrest.

    Susan Cianciolo

    “RUN 12: God is a Jacket” was Susan Cianciolo’s first exhibition in Los Angeles since her 2016 survey of works from the 1990s to the then present at 356 S. Mission Rd. There, her kits—Fluxus-inspired cardboard boxes packed with handmade clothing and ephemera—featured prominently. Here, Cianciolo offered another means of retrospection in framing the show through RUN, the label she managed between 1995 and 2001. A willfully inefficient production system, predicated on improvisatory and seemingly ludic collaborations involving friends and family members with varying technical skills, it yielded


    Long-admired stateside for her deft, often euphoric take on the vivid and irrevocably desublimated legacy of the New York School, Amy Sillman is being given free rein over all three gallery spaces at Camden Arts Centre for her first institutional exhibition in the United Kingdom. This show—gathering a career-spanning selection of her defiantly feminist paintings, gestural drawings, digital and silk-screen prints, video animations, and incisive, gallows-humor-ridden publications—will feature thirty new works on canvas as well as a zine created especially for the CAC, which

  • View of “Alison Saar,” 2018. Photo: Jeff McLane.

    Alison Saar

    For Alison Saar’s most recent show at L.A. Louver, “Topsy Turvy,” she took as her muse the character of Topsy from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, recasting the slave girl of the Civil War–era novel as a figure for our time. The “wooly hair . . . braided in sundry little tails” remained, but here became an emblem of implacable defiance. In ten new sculptures and six related paintings on variegated supports pieced together from indigo-dyed seed sacks, vintage linens, denim, and one found trunk, Saar rendered Topsy with dark and sometimes patinated skin (the sculptures comprise admixtures

  • “Ellen Gallagher: Nu-Nile”

    For more than two decades, Ellen Gallagher has navigated the fluid geographies of realms both imagined and terrifically real. This exhibition, her Canadian debut, encompasses drawings (from earlier works featuring midcentury glamour shots peddling pomade to new creations populated with coral spawn and seagrass) and paintings, including selections from her recent “Sea Bed” canvases, conjuring the Middle Passage and the wide, watery grave across which slave ships ferried human cargo. Films will also be on view, chief among them her and Edgar Cleijne’s

  • Mary Corse

    Given Mary Corse’s consistent, multi-decade creative output, this museum survey, the artist’s first, is “long overdue”—really a tired euphemism for the consequences of exclusionary gender politics (and a belated apotheosis of art from the Southland, and not just, though especially, for women). The exhibition promises to assemble exemplars from her early shaped canvases, freestanding sculptures, and light encasements made with Tesla-coil-based generators of Corse’s own design, as well as of the nontechnological but still perceptually fugitive White Light paintings, begun

  • Vija Celmins, Blackboard Tableau #9, 2007–15, wire, alkyd oil, acrylic, and pastel, wood, found blackboard, each 15 x 10".

    Vija Celmins

    Vija Celmins’s show at Matthew Marks Gallery was her first exhibition of new work in Los Angeles in more than forty years. It represented a kind of homecoming for an artist once closely identified with the University of California, Los Angeles, and the beaches of Venice, which she perennially alludes to in her transcriptions of water into the surface tension of untitled, placeless waves. All eighteen of the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in the show were made in the past decade, and seven of them were also shown at the New York gallery last spring for her first presentation of new

  • Frederick Hammersley, JELLY CENTERS, #31, 1969, computergenerated drawing on paper, 11 x 15". © Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

    Frederick Hammersley

    Frederick Hammersley epitomizes hard-edge midcentury Los Angeles painting, his reputation having been established in Jules Langsner’s legendary 1959 show “Four Abstract Classicists.” Hammersley lived in LA until 1968, when he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The following year he learned Art1, a new computer program written for artists by Katherine Nash and Richard Williams at the University of New Mexico. Hammersley used the program—entering designs in early IBM computers via punch cards—to make what he dubbed “computer drawings,” which were realized with line printers. Often consisting

  • Shana Lutker, a.k.a Public Opinion, 2017, leather, ink. From the series “Le ‘NEW’ Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists,” 2012–. Installation view. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

    Shana Lutker

    On a low, mirrored tabletop reflecting the ceiling, Shana Lutker set out more than three hundred leather gloves that, despite their superficial anonymity, constitute something like a group portrait. Each glove in a.k.a. Public Opinion (all works 2017)—the fifth installment of her ongoing series “Le ‘NEW’ Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists,” begun in 2012—represents, in a winking metonymic sleight, a Los Angeles–based artist. The contributors sent Lutker a tracing of their nondominant hands, and Lutker then transformed the drawings’ contours into oversize gloves

  • Ruth Root, Untitled, 2017, fabric, Plexiglas, enamel paint, water-soluble crayon, 46 1/2 × 72".

    Ruth Root

    In a press release for a 2008 show at Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York that transcended the largely gratuitous genre, Ruth Root offered a page of source images absent of any explanative text. She instead arranged thumbnails in gridded rows, their tidiness belying a capaciousness of interest, showing beachy toilet-encircling bath mats and forlorn-looking ski socks interspersed with exemplary works by Josef Albers, Lygia Clark, and Blinky Palermo, among others. All added up to her eccentrically shaped paintings: wafer-thin enamel-on-aluminum compositions of shifting color planes within extruding

  • Kiki Smith, Sky, 2011, jacquard tapestry, 113 × 75".

    “Kiki Smith: Procession”

    The first major European survey of the German-born artist’s oeuvre, this show promises a capacious and medium-traversing exhibition spanning three decades of work in sculpture, drawing, etching, lithography, bookmaking, photography, and video. Illuminating Smith’s trajectory from her emergence amid the aids crisis to her more recent sympathy for nature, narrative, and myth in the contemporary world, the selection of works frames Smith’s deft evocation of the necessarily transitory experience of the somatic through material means: bronze and plaster, glass and beeswax.