Mary Weatherford

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Weatherford’s work grows from her understanding of a particular site. Working in a subjective manner, Weatherford transforms her experiential knowledge into intuitive expressions of color and light. Bakersfield Paintings were inspired by the city, past and present: California Water Wars, The Grapes of Wrath, the Bakersfield Sound, Tule Fog, the Killer Kern, and big oil all served as points of departure for her most recent work. Weatherford’s seven large Bakersfield Paintings are named for the streets there. Each is streaked with custom strips of neon light. Born in Ojai, California, the artist graduated from Princeton University in Art History/Visual Arts, was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program and earned her MFA from Bard College. Weatherford has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Solo exhibitions include Manhattan at Brennan & Griffin, New York (2012), The Cave at John Tevis Gallery, Paris (2010), and Brick Walls and Sealife at Cottage Home, Los Angeles (2008) with recent group exhibitions: A Painting Show at Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, These are a Few at JGM Galerie, Paris, and the 2008 California Biennial held at the Orange County Museum of Art. Mary Weatherford lives and works in Los Angeles. Link here.

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Firelei Baez

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” In documenting the daily changes to my hair, a natural hygrometer, this ongoing piece brings up two absurd tests used for racial stratification, the ‘brown paperbag’ and ‘fan’ tests, of the American South and the Dominican Republic, which informed social interactions during my upbringing in these sites. ” – Firelei Baez

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Greg Allen-Müller

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Greg Allen-Müller <-- born in San Marcos, Texas, in 1973, and received his BFA from Southwest Texas State University in 1997. He moved to New York soon after and from 1999–2004 acted as assistant to Tom Wesselmann. He continues to work with the artist's estate today, where he is involved with many museum expositions. He has had solo shows in Germany and Spain. He is currently collaborating with Galerie Stefan Ropke on a group show opening in September at Lower East Side gallery, Site 109, as he continues to live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

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Charlie Roberts

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There is something about these watercolor illustrations that works. They’re quite lovely. Thank you, Charlie Roberts.

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Alexandra Wiesenfeld

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Alexandra Wiesenfeld is a German-born, Los Angeles-based artist who works primarily in oil paint on canvas and mixed-media on paper. Wiesenfeld draws and paints in layers, allowing the history of ideas to overtly inform her final choice of imagery. Temporality, choice, and an insistent dialogue between reason and emotion (which Wiesenfeld presents as two parts of the same whole) are frequent themes in her practice, along with a consistent use of multi-imagery—often involving a juxtaposition of human and animal forms—and a visceral use of color. ‘

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Laddie John Dill

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A central figure in the California Light and Space movement, Laddie John Dill has been crafting light and earthy materials like concrete, glass, sand, and metal into luminous sculptures, wall pieces, and installations since the 1970s. Referring to his choice of materials, Dill explains: “I was influenced by [Robert] Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Irwin, who were working with earth materials, light, and space as an alternative to easel painting.” Among his most celebrated works is an untitled installation from 1971, for which Dill filled a gallery with mounds of pale sand, topped with precisely arranged glass panels illuminated by the soft, green glow of argon lighting set just beneath the surface. When he does use canvas, he paints with pigments derived from cement and natural oxides. (via Artsy)

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Hideaki Kawashima

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Japanese painter Hideaki Kawashima is ‘currently one of Japan’s rising art stars. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions around the world, among them “Little Boy” curated by Takashi Murakami in New York.’

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Alphonse Maria Mucha

Alphonse Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939) was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, most well known for his images of women. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements and designs. Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in the town of Ivancice, Moravia (today’s region of Czech Republic). His singing abilities allowed him to continue his education through high school in the Moravian capital of Brünn (today Brno), even though drawing had been his first love since childhood. He worked at decorative painting jobs in Moravia, mostly painting theatrical scenery, then in 1879 moved to Vienna to work for a leading Viennese theatrical design company, while informally furthering his artistic education.”

Tohmei Yamashita

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Very cool handmade dolls created by Japanese artist Tohmei Yamashita.

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Mike Kelley

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Mike Kelley explodes the mind of the American culture with a vision so clear and incisive, he stands as one of the most relevant and influential artists of his time. Springing out of the traditions of pop, Mike Kelley transcends the mere representation and visual exploration of contemporary cultural objects and their iconography, and brings the viewer into the existential space of a culturally created landscape that challenges the veracity of our collective perceived reality.

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