Los Angeles

Los Angeles

“Tony Greene: Room of Advances”

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Mackey Apartments
1137 South Cochran Avenue
June 19–September 7, 2014

Curated by Judie Bamber and Monica Majoli

With AIDS hard on his heels, Los Angeles–based artist Tony Greene completed a prodigious amount of work before his death at age thirty-five, in 1990. But though cherished by his colleagues and the object of a posthumous cult of young artists transfixed by his legend, he fell into critical limbo in the confusing decades that ensued. The tide, however, is turning. Just this spring, fellow CalArts students Catherine Opie and Richard Hawkins shepherded their friend’s art into the Whitney Biennial; in Chicago, a concurrent show at Iceberg Projects pairs Greene’s finely worked mixed-media objects with new pieces from contemporary artists attuned to his precedent; and now, at the MAK Center’s ultramodernist Schindler House, two more friends of the artist—painters Bamber and Majoli—will organize the most comprehensive display of Greene’s work to date. All artists should be so well served by their survivors.