• Mark Bradford, Ghost and Stooges, 2011, mixed-media collage on canvas, 8' 6" x 12'. From “The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol.”

    “The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol”

    Various Venues

    April 29–August 20, 2012

    Curated by Jeffrey Deitch

    If for a long while abstract painting was regarded as a cul-de-sac, seemingly foreclosed to advanced practice, things have certainly turned around in the past decade, and abstraction now characterizes much of the most popular (and marketable) new painting. With “The Painting Factory,” LA MoCA’s trend-spotting director, Jeffrey Deitch, situates the varied practices of Tauba Auerbach, Mark Bradford, DAS INSTITUT, Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Seth Price, Sterling Ruby, and Kelley Walker in a family tree running back through Rudolf Stingel and Christopher Wool to the master of mediated, mechanized painting himself—Andy Warhol. Whether this curatorial conceit illuminates the artists’ practices or masks vital differences remains to be seen, but the endeavor—and its catalogue, which features a text on, or interview with, each artist and a discussion between Johanna Burton, Scott Rothkopf, and James Meyer—promises to stake out contentious territory in this ongoing conversation about painting.

  • Koki Tanka, Beholding Performer, Performing Beholder, 2012, video installation, two channel HD videos, three drawings, ten round acrylic mirrors, twenty chairs, dimensions variable.

    Made in L.A. 2012

    Hammer Museum
    10899 Wilshire Boulevard
    June 2–September 2, 2012

    Curated by Anne Ellegood, Lauri Firstenberg, Malik Gaines, Cesar Garcia, and Ali Subotnick

    If you thought the biennial map had reached its saturation point, think again. This summer, the Hammer Museum, in collaboration with nonprofit powerhouse LAXART, will inaugurate a new regional biennial, replacing the Hammer Invitational with a survey of new art created in Los Angeles, emphasizing emerging and underrecognized practitioners. Made in L.A. 2012 will feature sixty artists, from historical figures such as Morgan Fisher, Simone Forti, and Channa Horwitz to a bevy of newer lights, including Dan Finsel, Nicole Miller, Alex Olson, and Karthik Pandian. In conjunction with the exhibition, Ali Subotnick has also organized the Venice Beach Biennial, which will populate the boardwalk with collaborative sculptures, installations, and performances by nearly forty artists for one weekend in July. A full catalogue accompanies Made in L.A., as does the newly established Mohn Prize of $100,000, to be awarded to one of the participating artists.