Monday, September 21, 2015

Experience 19: TOUCH

Experience 19: TOUCH
Opening: October 11, 2015 | 10am - 5pm
David 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”


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Jim McHugh: Just One More : Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada

Jim McHugh: Just One More : Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada

Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada

Welcoming entrance to Noah's Mojave installations
Noah Puifoy with his sculpture "The Bridge" - 2000 - Polaroid T-55 Film ©2000 Jim McHugh
Thanks to my friend Joe Lewis, artist and educator,  I was able to photograph Noah Purifoy at his open air studio /museum in the desert in 2000. I also acquired a piece of sculpture from Noah personally, which has remained in the Mojave until a few weeks ago. After he was gone, perhaps I was uncomfortable disturbing what Noah had created. What a pleasure it was seeing the beautiful exhibit at LACMA, celebrating his life and work. Up thru September 2015.

Noah Purifoy (1917-2004) lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California. A founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center, his earliest body of sculpture, constructed out of charred debris from the 1965 Watts Rebellion, was the basis for 66 Signs of Neon, a landmark group exhibition about the riots that traveled to nine venues between 1966 and 1969. LACMA
In the late 1980’s, after eleven years of public policy work for the California Arts Council, where Purifoy initiated programs such as Artists in Social Institutions, bringing art into the state prison system, Purifoy moved his practice to the Mojave desert. He lived there for the last fifteen years of his life, creating ten acres of large-scale sculpture constructed entirely from junked materials. LACMA 
"Heavy Metal" is an apt title for this 9' lead and wood sculpture which I brought to Los Angeles a few weeks ago. "Heavy Metal" exudes a powerful presence which I was completely overtaken with the first time I saw it.