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From Mark Bradford's sprawling campus to a roaming art-filled cookout, take an insider tour of the city's unorthodox galleries and exhibition spaces.Read More
The Hammer Museum has announced the four winners of its second “Made in LA” biennial, which runs through September 17. Taking on what artnet Newscontributor Yasmine Mohseni called, “the daunting task of presenting the achievements of the city’s vast and heterogeneous contemporary arts landscape,” the exhibition features work by 35 Los Angeles-based artists. It also showcases a selection of performance pieces from over 100 other artists, creating “not a cohesive exhibition but an assortment of shows within one large exhibition.” It’s a huge undertaking, and the jury is still out on how successfully it has been realized. But there’s no doubt about the difference the three awards, which are funded by philanthropists Jarl and Pamela Mohn, will make on the lives and careers of four exceptional LA artists. Chosen by jurors Jack Bankowsky of Artforum, Naomi Beckwith of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and Apsara DiQuinzio of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive, the top prize is the Mohn Award, which grants the winner $100,000. This year’s winner is Alice Könitz, whose micro-gallery and installationthe “Los Angeles Museum of Art” is both a work of art itself and a home for artists hoping to break away from traditional modes of display. The jurors said, “As the art market increasingly dominates the contemporary art world, artists such as Könitz are inventing new ways of operating and creating their own contexts.” The Career Achievement Award, which includes a $25,000 prize, was given to Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess, who have been collaborating on painstakingly detailed pottery since 1963, with Michael throwing the pots and Magdalena painting. “Their fifty-year body of collaborative work engages many genres—pottery, outsider art, mythology, pop—all of which fail to quantify its beautiful urgency and unique renewal of the ceramic tradition,” the judges said. Despite the fact that the married couple has been working under the radar for the majority of their careers, their commitment to their craft has been a continual inspiration to younger artists. Finally, the Public Recognition Award, which was voted on by the general public and comes with a $25,000 prize, has been awarded to Jennifer Moon. Moon’s installation of photographs, sculpture, and text-based works are a fantastical, multimedia experience that hints often at autobiography, and clearly made an impression on visitors. Of this year’s award selections, Hammer chief curator Connie Butler told the Los Angeles Times, “The Frimkesses represent a long history of the ceramics tradition here. Jennifer Moon is a product of the great and rich art schools here, and Alice is an immigrant, which is an important part of the Los Angeles experience in the contemporary art world.”Read More
Serious art collectors can spend weeks at a time chasing the ever present art fair or biennial around the globe in order to catch the latest and greatest in the art world. Obsessed fans should head to Germany next for the 8th rendition of the Berlin Biennale, which is spread across three venues throughout the historic city. This year’s biennial is curated by Colombian/Canadian...Read More
Like the courtyard houses of Marrakesh, Los Angeles’s residential architecture turns inward, away from the busy boulevards. The result is a lot ofRead More
Alice Könitz (b. 1970 Essen, Germany) received an MFA from the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in 1996 and an MFA the California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, California, in 1999. Selected exhibitions include the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and the 2014 Made in LA show at the UCLA Hammer Museum where she received the $100,000 Mohn award which honors artistic excellence. Recent and upcoming shows include solo exhibitions at Nächst St Stephan (Vienna), Commonwealth and Council(Los Angeles) and the Museum of the City of Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany). Alice Könitz lives and works in Los Angeles.
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