Downtown in the Spotlight

Cartwheel logoOn Cartwheel,  an art blog based in Los Angeles, Wendy Sherman writes about all the recent exhibits that focus on the history of artists in downtown L.A.

About the “In Your Face” exhibit now showing at the Angel City Brewery, Sherman writes: “This exhibition is for anyone interested in finding out more about the rich history of the artists who made the arts district the thriving, creative environment it is today.”

signs of the times poster for web“In Your Face,” sponsored by the District Gallery, is a collection of works by Carlton Davis, Ed Glendenning, Irving Greines, and “Young Turks” filmmakers Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson. The “three movements,” as Sherman calls them, each document an aspect of Downtown history from the Art Dock to Al’s Bar.

Sherman goes on to discuss Seemayer’s solo exhibit at the District Gallery, “Signs of the Times,” which continues through May 26. It is a group of pieces inspired by Occupy L.A.

Read Sherman’s full article here.

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LA Rising: Art Encyclopedia

I feel very honored to be among the artists included in the new book “L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980,” published in late 2010 by the California/International Arts Foundation and edited by Lyn Kienholz. Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times called it an “instantly indispensable ‘encyclopedia’ of more than 500 artists who worked and showed in L.A. before the city emerged as an international powerhouse.” HuffPost Books reviewer Jane Chafin said, “Besides finding ‘L.A. Rising’ an invaluable reference tool that every visual arts professional should have, it is also a lush and highly entertaining stroll down memory lane for anyone who has watched the L.A. art scene.” I agree, and reinforcing the nostalgia aspect of the book, many of the artists still alive and working gathered at the Getty Museum for a book launch party in December 2010. It was an amazing evening, as we all got to set eyes on the book for the first time. The cover photo by Joe Morgenstern is beautiful, and Lyn did a Herculean job rounding up reproductions of all the artists’ work, as well as reviews and excerpts of essays from the period in which the work was exhibited.

California/International Arts Foundation

LA Times Review

HuffPost Book Review

Getty Museum

Captions: (Below L-R) 1.Artists assemble at the Getty Museum for the LA Rising Publication pary. 2. Artist Jon Peterson and Stephen Seemayer. 3. Artist Jeffery Vallance with a bust of J. Paul Getty. 4. Artist Michael Davis, art writer Peter Frank and Stephen Seemayer. 5. Stephen Seemayer with featured artist Jerry Brane. 6. Center- Featured Artists Gary Lloyd and Vic Henderson. 7. Artists Dark Bob and Light Bob with Stephen Seemayer.

   

Stephen Seemayer, Coleen Sterritt, Mary Jones and Jon Peterson at the LA Rising Launch Party hosted at the Getty.