Tuesday, April 26, 2016

AFTERMATH at the Robert Graham Studios

 L to R Jim McHugh, Angela Fujita, Gajin Fujita and Big Sleeps planning Aftermath - painting by Prime.

55" x 44" Innova canvas print of Prime, using Impossible Project color 8x10 instant film

Defer and Heaven

-an exhibition of works by Robert Graham, Jim McHugh, Gajin Fujita, Alex Kizu aka “Defer”, Juan Carlos Munoz  aka “Heaven”, Joe Reza aka “Prime”, and Big Sleeps.

(right) Robert Graham, 1992 on vintage Type 55 Polaroid film
(left) Steven Graham, 2016,  curator of AFTERMATH, on The New55 Film

Robert and his son, Steven, are photographed at the same age by Jim McHugh

In the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, many the City felt the need to DO SOMETHING.  Robert Graham, a sculptor who lived and worked in Venice, was one, and he had a thought.  What if I teach some youth, to redirect all that energy to something creative and productive?  Teach them the art of making multiples and casting in bronze?   At the time, Robert Graham was an artist trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and he proposed set up a foundry workshop, and hire, pay and teach a group of at-risk youth to produce a series of small bronze work to be sold to raise money for the museum.  The resulting work became known as the MOCA TORSO (1992-95), and over the three-year period, the studio produced over 3500 individual works, and it remains one of the most iconic works by the artist, who passed away in 2008.  

Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez "Heaven" photographed on Impossible Project 8x10 film by Jim McHugh
This exhibition, AFTERMATH, brings together, works by Robert Graham, Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez, Gajin Fujita, Alex Kizu aka “Defer”, Joe Reza aka “Prime”, and Big Sleeps, along with Jim McHugh's large format portraits of the above mentioned artists on Impossible Project film. Also on display are McHugh's photographs of Robert Graham’s MOCA Torso project in 1992 that were published in numerous magazines.

Big Sleeps
Juan Carlos Munoz "Heaven"

The exhibition runs through April 29, 2016 as part of the Month of Photography Los Angeles.
Robert Graham Studio Gallery 
5856 Adams Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232.   
(310) 399-5374

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Downtown LA: The Container Yard's first Art Show

The Container Yard © 2015 Jim McHugh
The Container Yard, LA's ground zero for graffiti artists, muralists and historians of  graffiti lettering, is celebrating their second anniversary by hosting their first real Art Show, which opens tonight, Feb. 27.  Art Show is curated by Vyal Reyes, artist and creator of the magnificent Wall of Eyes featured above. For their first public exhibition, Vyal was tasked with selecting a handful of new works from a variety of  Los Angeles street artists and photographers who have collaborated and contributed to the evolution of the space over the past two years.   
Artist and curator of Art Show, Vyal Reyes Impossible - Project 8x10 Instant Film 
© 2015 Jim McHugh
ART SHOW, the exhibition, offers a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the graffiti painted walls of TCY, to see the work of my good friends, artists Prime, Heaven, ShanduOne and many others. For me it's exciting to be a part of this diverse LA artistic undertaking, but what is far more satisfying personally is seeing this art work so justifiably honored. To anyone in LA or visiting, please give yourself a gift, see this show.
http://www.thecontaineryard.com/    @thecontaineryard   #ARTSHOWTCY

(from top to bottom) Installation views of new works by Prime, Heaven, Sek, and photographs by Jim McHugh All imagery © Jim McHugh

Opening tonight, Saturday Feb. 27 - 7/11PM... probably up for a month, its just that kinda dope place, Dawg.

800 East 4th St. 4th and Alameda entrance on Seaton St.

Check our this recent write up on Polaroid's blog about Art Show and Jim McHugh!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Jim McHugh's Portraits of Famous People and Familiar Places | Los Angeles | Artbound | KCET

KCRW Link Liz Ohanesian
Artist Patssi Valdez in Los Angeles © 2001 Jim McHugh        http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/jim-mchugh-portraits-los-angeles-artists-landmarks.html
Jim McHugh's Portraits of Famous People and Familiar Places | Los Angeles | Artbound | KCET

Norms Restaurant © 2001Jim McHugh

David Hockney Hollywood Hills © 1984 Jim McHugh

The Bryson Apts. Los Angeles © 1997 Jim McHugh

Monday, October 26, 2015

Artists Portraits Museum Exhibition

ESMoA: Artist Portraits by photographer 
Jim McHugh 
with original artworks by the artists.

Experience 19: TOUCH
  October 11, 2015 | Jan. 31, 2016 - 

Curated by Edward Goldman

Main hall at the El Segundo Museum of Art, four decades of artists portraits by Jim McHugh with original artworks by the artists. Sculptures by Peter Shelton and Allison Saar.

Installing one of the larger  portraits on canvas, a 5x7 foot image of German artist Thomas Demand. Innova Archival Mat canvas  gives a visual feel more like paper. Allison Saar's canvas print was the first use of this material and very quickly many more were printed. 

A 25 x 25 foot photograph of The Bryson Apts. in Los Angeles fills one whole wall of the exhibit. From a Type 55 Polaroid

Left to Right KCRW's Edward Goldman, Jim McHugh and ESMoA Director Bernhard Zuenkeler with David Hockney's 2005 painting "The Photographer and His Daughter. "

Thomas Demand photographed with a Deardorff 8x10 camera and Impossible Project 8x10 Instant Film

Above: Artworks by Ed Ruscha, Mike Kelley, Michael McMillen, John Baldessari, Mary Corse and John Nava

Thank you to those who contributed to the production of this exhibition


Monday, September 21, 2015

Experience 19: TOUCH

Experience 19: TOUCH
Opening: October 11, 2015 | 10am - 5pm
Edward Goldman PBS interviewDavid Hockney painting "The Photographer and his Daughter" | 2005 | Los Angeles
The LA Art Scene: Original Artworks Paired with
Photographic Portraits of Artists by Jim McHugh
Curated by Edward Goldman Host of KCRW’s “Art Talk”

The archives of renowned photographer Jim McHugh hold nearly four decades of rare images chronicling the city and the diversity of artists working there. TOUCH ventures to pair Jim McHugh’s photographic portraits of L.A. artists - including rarely seen vintage Polaroids and original 8x10 transparencies - with original works by many of the artists who have posed for McHugh.
Portrait Photography and Artworks
Lisa Adams | Lita Albuquerque | Peter Alexander | Martha Alf | Carlos Almaraz | Robert Ameson | Chuck Arnoldi | Axis | Don Bachardy | John Baldessari | Larry Bell | Billy Al Bengston | Karl Benjamin | Fletcher Benton | Tony Berlant | Tony Bevan | Big Sleeps | Howard Bingham | Elmer Bischoff | Mark Bradford | William Brice | Joan Brown | Hans Burkhardt | Alberto Burri | Cale | Robbie Canal | Squeak Carnwath | Karen Carson | Judy Chicago | Mary Corse | Ron Davis | Roy De Forest | Jay DeFeo | Defer | Thomas Demand | Valentine DeWain | Richard Diebenkorn | Laddie John Dill | Guy Dill | Jim Dine | Sharon Ellis Joe Fay | Keith Finch | Jud Fine | Fishe | Gordon Onslow Ford | Llyn Foulkes | Sam Francis | Viola Frey | Gajin Fujita | Cornelia Funke | Charles Garabedian | Margaret Garcia | Cheri Gaulke | Henry Geldzahler | Jill Giegerich | Piero Golia | Joe Goode | Robert Graham | Alexandra Grant | Alexandra Grant | Mineko Grimmer | Gronk | James Hayward | Roger Herman | George Herms | David Hockney | Patrick Hogan | Tom Holland | Henry Hopkins | Dennis Hopper | Pontus Hutton | Robert Irwin | Jim Isermann | Richard Jackson | “Mike” Matsumi Kanemitsu | Craig Kauffman | Mike Kelley | Ellsworth Kelly | King Cre8 | Ron Kitaj | Rachel Lachowicz | Won Ju Lim | Galia Linn | Helen Lundeberg | Sam Maloof | Heather Gwen Martin | Enrique Martinez Celaya | John Mason | John McCracken | DeLoss McGraw | Michael McMillan | Andy Moses | Ed Moses | Manfred Muller | Lee Mullican | Gwynn Murrill | Bruce Nauman | John Nava | Jayme Odgers | Eric Orr | Sabina Ott | John Otterbridge | Ann Page | Marc Pally | Maurice Payne | Rene Petroplis | Raymond Pettibon | Phantom | Rusty Powell | Kenn Price | Prime | Noah Purifoy | Mel Ramos | Roland Reiss | Frank Romero | Rachel Rosenthal | Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin | Ed Ruscha | Betye Saar | Alison Saar | Italo Scanga | Kenny Scharf | Jon Serl | Richard Serra | Joel Shapiro | Peter Shelton | Jungran Shin | Peter Shire | Julius Shulman | Alexis Smith | John Sonsini | Frank Stella | Coleen Sterritt | Mitchel Syrop | Mark Tansey | Masami Teraoka | Ann Thorneycroft | Simon Toparovsky | Joyce Treiman | James Turrell | Richard Tuttle | Kent Twitchell | John Valadez | Patssi Valdez | Vale | Bill Viola | Peter Voulkos | Matt Wedel | Doug Wheeler | Nick Wilder | Emerson Woelffer | Beatrice Wood | Davy Woods | Miriam Wosk | Bruce & Norman Yonemoto | and more...
Patssi Valdez is a Los Angeles artist whose work represents some of the finest Chicana avant-garde expressionism.

"The El Segundo Museum of Art has become an essential meeting place for curators and museum professionals."
~ Justinian Jampol, Wende Museum executive director
Cool School LA artists Larry Bell & Kenny Price in Taos, N.M. (1993)
Curatorial Remarks: October 11, 2015 | 2pm
Edward Goldman Host of KCRW’s “Art Talk”