Gallery News

Jorge Méndez Blake: Other Literature

1301PE is pleased to announce the arrival of Other Literature (English translation) by leading Mexican artist, Jorge Méndez Blake. Other Literature highlights the importance of libraries as structures of knowledge and as architectural entities. Exploring the theme in works by Méndez Blake, the volume includes essays by renowned art critics and architects, including Sarah Demeuse, Verónica Gerber, and Luis Felipe Fabre. Published by RM, hardcover, 6.5 x 9.5 inches, 408 pages.

Copies can be purchased for $38 by contacting the gallery at 323.938.5822 or

Jessica Stockholder: Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Jessica Stockholder: The Guests All Crowded Into the Dining Room

August 25 - October 1, 2016; Opening reception: Thursday, September 15, 6-8 pm

Mitchell-Innes & Nash: 534 W 26th Street, New York NY 10001

The Guests All Crowded Into the Dining Room will feature works from several facets of Stockholder's practice, including a large-scale site-responsive installation in addition to distinct bodies of studio works. This will be the gallery's third solo exhibition with the artist.

Diana Thater: Untitled (Butterfly Videowall #2) in Indestructible Wonder at the San Jose Museum of Art

Diana Thater, Untitled (Butterfly Videowall #2), 2008 (detail), Five flat screen LCD monitors,
Blu-ray player, Blu-ray disc, distribution amplifier, two fluorescent light fixtures, and Lee filters,
Dimensions variable

Indestructible Wonder

August 18, 2016 - January 29, 2017

On view for the first time in Indestructible Wonder is the important recent acquisition Untitled (Butterfly Videowall #2) (2008), a video installation by Diana Thater. Thater filmed monarch butterflies as they rested on the ground at El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico, where millions of monarchs hibernate after their long migration from Canada. Due, in part, to the lack of foliage in which the butterflies normally take refuge, their only option was to gather together on the forest floor—an extremely vulnerable position. By placing upturned monitors on the gallery floor, Thater created a meditative experience through which to consider the lives of other creatures who share this planet.

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Contemporary Thai Cuisine by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Dalad Kambuh at Dóttir

Courtesy of Dottir

When Pop Becomes Attitude | Dóttir Berlin

July 26 - August 6 | Tuesday till Saturday, from 6pm

New York chef Dalad Kambhu and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija will take over Dóttir in Berlin and create their own version of contemporary Thai eatery. For two weeks, from the 26th July to the 6th August, the two friends and Berlin lovers will serve authentic yet contemporary Thai cuisine. Guests can expect fresh and summery ingredients and dishes, served family style as sharing dishes. They will focus on seasonal and regional products and incorporate them in traditional and newly interpreted Thai recipes. On the long list of ideas are fresh artichoke salad, green curry beef cheeks, roasted duck with Panang Curry, fish sauce ice cream and melting salmon on garden vegetables. The food will be accompanied by special wine recommendations of Dóttir's sommelier Patrick Wentzel and Thai flavored cocktails by Pauly Bar's mixologists Bobbi Kay and Justin Powell.

The New York Times, The Professional Pop-Up Artist

ArchDaily: Rirkrit Tiravanija's Water Pavilion

Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
DCA). Image © [Rirkrit Tiravanija 2016]

wHY and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija Design "Waterfall Pavilion" for the LA Public Art Biennial by Patrick Lynch

Now on display as part of CURRENT: LA's Public Art Biennial is "The Waterfall Pavilion," designed by Los Angeles architects wHY's Objects Workshop division in coordination with contemporary artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. The temporary installation is located at the point where water from Lake Balboa flows via a waterfall into the Los Angeles River, and consists of an open pavilion and a water purification wagon, corresponding to this year's festival theme of 'Water.'

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Artillery: Current:LA Brings Art to The Valley in the Form of Tea

Current:LA Brings Art to The Valley in the Form of Tea by Beverly Western

"On Sunday we spent the later part of our afternoon trekking to the deep valley for tea. No, not the pinkies-up, triangle-sandwiches-type of tea. Instead we attended Tea Ceremony, a performance organized for Current:LA Water Public Art Biennial by Lauren W. Deutsch and Pacific Rim Arts. Here we would join Nakada Sokei, sensei, and practitioners from Urasenke Tankokai Los Angeles as they performed chado ("the way of tea") using precious water from the LA River that has been filtered and purified. Yes, the idea of anyone drinking anything from the LA river, purified or not, made us cringe…until we did it ourselves."

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Kerry Tribe: Introducing Ed Rusha's films at MOCA

Join us for a screening of the only two films ever created by iconic LA-based artist Ed Ruscha, Premium (1971, 16 mm, 24 mins.) and Miracle (1975, 16 mm, 28 mins.).

Premium, Ruscha's first film, starring artist Larry Bell and model Léon Bing, exemplifies the artist's deadpan aesthetic and his investigation of the codes of Hollywood storytelling. Miracle, a story about a curious day in the life of an auto mechanic, stars artist Jim Ganzer and actress Michelle Phillips. LA-based film, video, and installation artist Kerry Tribe introduces Ruscha's films; Tribe's work is included in LA's first public art biennial, CURRENT:LA Water, opening July 16, 2016. Felipe Lima will present Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words, a new short-length documentary film about Ruscha's extraordinary body of work written and directed by Lima.

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KCET: A Guide to Current:LA Water, the Biennial Bringing Art to 16 Locations Across the City

Kerry Tribe, "Exquisite Corpse." | Photo: Panic Studio LA.

A Guide to Current:LA Water, the Biennial Bringing Art to 16 Locations Across the City, by Carren Jao

"This summer, Los Angeles' riverbanks and water-related sites will blossom to life despite the drought... Across 16 locations (15 designated sites plus a "hub") from Bee Canyon Park in Granada Hills to Point Fermin Park in Long Beach, site-specific artwork and public programming by international and Los Angeles-artists will provoke visitors to ponder the tangled web of connections water weaves in our city's history."

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The New York Times: Current: L.A. Brings New Art Projects to the City

'Current: L.A.' Brings New Art Projects to the City, by Jori Finkel

"Lacking an organization like New York's Creative Time or Public Art Fund, Los Angeles artists have long depended on local museums and scrappy nonprofit galleries to fund of-the-moment public art. Now the city's Department of Cultural Affairs has a new biennial to help fill the gap: "Current: L.A.," which runs for a month starting on Saturday.

This year's theme is water, inspired by the record-setting drought in California as well as city ambitions to transform the Los Angeles River, which for stretches resembles a concrete trench, into a more functional, accessible and even leafy refuge for city-dwellers."

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Rirkrit Tiravanija: untitled 2016 (LA water, water pavilion) at CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial

Rirkrit Tiravanija

CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial

untitled 2016 (LA water, water pavilion)

16 July - 14 August, 2016

Lake Balboa, 6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail, Los Angeles, CA 91411

It is with great pleasure that 1301PE announces Rirkrit Tiravanija's contribution to the CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial, 'untitled 2016 (LA water, water pavilion)', a temporary public artwork that consists of an open pavilion and a water purification wagon. The work was created in collaboration between the artist, Kulapat Yantrasast from wHY and the non-profit Water One World Solutions.

Located at the very site where reclaimed water from Lake Balboa flows via a gushing waterfall into the Los Angeles River, the work offers visitors a sphere of respite and recovery as well as prompts them to reconsider their relation to water. The water purification system allows for the river's non-potable water to be reclaimed, purified and consumed by the public; the water will also be used in different performances during the opening weekend. The work can be experienced every day during the biennial from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm.

LA Weekly: A New Project Lets Viewers Explore All 51 Miles of the L.A. River in 51 Minutes

A Still of the Los Angeles River from Kerry Tribe's 'Exquisite Corpse'

A New Project Lets Viewers Explore All 51 Miles of the L.A. River in 51 Minutes, by Catherine Womack

"Artist Kerry Tribe has a deeply ingrained sense of civic duty. When she noticed that the garden at her children's public elementary school was neglected, Tribe got her hands dirty and started planting. She tackled forestry issues in her Eagle Rock neighborhood by running for elected office. And when the city of Los Angeles approached her last summer to submit a project proposal for Current:LA Water, the city's first public art biennial, Tribe developed a large-scale piece that incorporates her passion for community and ecology."

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Kerry Tribe: 'Exquisite Corpse' at CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial

Kerry Tribe

CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial

Nightly screenings of Tribe's 'Exquisite Corpse'

16 July - 14 August, 2016

1301PE is pleased to announce Kerry Tribe's participation in Los Angeles' first public art biennial, CURRENT:LA, which will take place between July 16 - August 14 exploring the theme of 'water'. Tribe's contribution, 'Exquisite Corpse', is an open-air nightly screening of a 51-minute film that traces the 51-mile Los Angeles River from its origins in the San Fernando Valley to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean.

Nightly screenings in Sunnynook River Park at 8:30 p.m. Pre-screening presentations by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants every Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Organized by Vinny Dotolo

July 7 - September 2, 2016

Participating artists include: Harold Ancart - Alex Becerra - Louise Bonnet - Derek Paul Boyle - Matthew Brandt - Greg Colson - Bjorn Copeland - Cameron Crone - Awol Erizku - Kim Fisher - Samara Golden - Rives Granade - Joel Kyack - Dwyer Kilcollin - Friedrich Kunath - Shio Kusaka - Candice Lin - Nevine Mahmoud - Josh Mannis - Calvin Marcus - Max Maslansky - Joshua Nathanson - Claire Nereim - Ariana Papademetropoulos - Ana Prvacki - Sean Raspet - Charles Ray - Fay Ray - Ed Ruscha - Adam Silverman - Marisa Takal - Kenneth Tam - Paul Pascal Theriault - Charlie White - Chase Wilson - Jonas Wood - Eric Yahnker

M+B, 612 North Almont Drive, Los Angeles, California 90069

Jorge Méndez Blake: LADERA OESTE Inaugural Exhibition

is a non-profit independent exhibition space, founded by curator Geovana Ibarra and artist Jorge Méndez Blake in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Artists: Vito Acconci, Santiago Borja, Pia Camil, Alejandro Cesarco, Edgar Cobián, Fiona Connor, Claire Fontaine, Karl Holmqvist, Runo Lagomarsino, Nicolás Lamas, Fernando Palomar, Allen Ruppersberg, Valeska Soares

Opening: Saturday, July 9, 12–15 h

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New York Times: Judy Ledgerwood, Pussy Poppin' Power

Working with spontaneous panache, the Chicago artist Judy Ledgerwood paints expansive, boldly colorful grid-based abstractions. An infectious exuberance animates her new canvases in an exhilarating exhibition at Tracy Williams on the Lower East Side.

The paintings consist mainly of rows of diamond shapes that combine into optically percussive argyle patterns. Enhancing the rhythms, thick and thin dots of paint punctuate the lozenges. In "Mountain," the show's biggest piece at 7½ feet by 12 feet, three horizontal rows of spotted diamonds in many colors fill the viewer's visual field with a strobing fabric of syncopating voluptuousness.

A distinctive feature is how Ms. Ledgerwood shapes her compositions. She leaves white borders around the edges of the canvases, as if the overall designs were tapestries or quilts pinned by the upper corners to white walls. They seem to droop and bow outward, creating paradoxical fusions of actuality and virtuality. Drips of paint falling over the white, lower edges of the canvases further confound the dichotomy of the real and the illusory.

This may sound complicated in theory, but on canvas it's perfectly clear. Painting with the carefree abandon of an improvising jazz musician, Ms. Ledgerwood makes what's hard look easy. - Ken Johnson

Hyperallergic: Sexual Abstraction: Judy Ledgerwood’s Recent Paintings

Sexual Abstraction: Judy Ledgerwood’s Recent Paintings by John Yau

If, as Amy Sillman has said, "The elephant in the room is sex," Judy Ledgerwood's paintings ask the viewer: What exactly do you think you are looking at? The viewer sees a shaped rectangle painted onto an immaculate white ground. A catenary seems to have been used to determine the rectangle's top curved edge, while both sides bow in slightly, bringing to mind textiles hanging on a laundry line. A few rivulets of paint drip down from the rectangle's uneven bottom edge. Meanwhile, the thick stretcher bars turn the painting into an object protruding from the wall, rather than a flat thing hugging it.

In a public conversation I had with the artist the day after her show, "Judy Ledgerwood: Pussy Poppin' Power," opened at Tracy Williams (May 7 – June 16, 2016), it was evident how clearly she had thought about all the issues – including the relationship between painting and architecture – that I've just described. Her paintings are what David Reed would call "bedroom paintings." In her case, this means diamond-patterned grids in which emblems of sexual desire disrupt the comforting visual rhythms we associate with modular units and repetition.

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Paul Winstanley in coonversation with Charlotte Mullins

Artist Paul Winstanley speaks to historian, writer and broadcaster Charlotte Mullins about his new body of paintings and prints that depict the interiors of British art schools in conjunction with the exhibition 'Paul Winstanley | Art School: New Prints and Panel Paintings at Alan Cristea Gallery, 17 March - 7 May 2016.

During the summer months of 2011 and 2012 Paul Winstanley traveled throughout England, Scotland and Wales photographing unpopulated art school studios, including the iconic Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art, that was later severely damaged by fire in 2014. The imagery, selected from over 200 photographs, provided the source material for this new series of work.

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SUPERFLEX participates at Emscher Kunst 2016


4 June - 18 September 2016

SUPERFLEX presents the new work Waste Water Fountain at Emscher Kunst 2016, a 50km long Art Trail that stretches between the cities of Holzwickede, Dortmund, Castrop-Rauxel, Recklinghausen and Herne in Germany. With this work, SUPERFLEX erects a temporary memorial in form of a great fountain amidst the course of a river still carrying waste water on site, at the Stadthafen in Recklinghausen. The Emscher's industrial image, an open waste water canal, reminds the artists of open intestines, our vital organ. Superflex celebrates the waste water for 100 days of Emscherkunst before it soon vanishes underground completely due to the Emscher conversion.

The Emscherkunst accompanies the development of a natural riverscape in the heart of the Ruhr area as a triennial. In a generational project, the open waste water canal Emscher is being converted to a close-to-nature river since the 1990s.The river's's waste water is conducted with pumps through the more than 4m high sculpture. It rises over the water surface and ground level and vehemently enters the observer's view, equally showing uninhibited passion for breaking taboos and also delight for the absurd. The get-together of all our waste that used to be part of us, and the participation in a universal process of degradation shall also be celebrated, according to Superflex.

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Rirkrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow is the Question at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2012 (who if not we should at least try to imagine the future, again) (remember Julius Koller). 14 mirror polished stainless steel ping pong tables, Gavin Brown Enterprise, NY. Photo: Thomas Müller

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Tomorrow is the Question

A co-production of Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

June 4–26, 2016

Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (1961) creates art that explores human social interaction. In Tomorrow is the Question, he will set up a series of stainless steel ping pong tables and invite the public to participate in his work. Tiravanija has staged exhibitions at venues throughout the world. Tomorrow is the Question (2015)—previously presented in Moscow, Arles, France, and elsewhere—marks the artist's debut in Amsterdam. Tiravanija is seen as one of the most influential multimedia artists of his generation.

With his installation on the Museumplein, Tiravanija blurs the line between art and life. The work playfully confronts traditional ways of viewing art in classic Tiravanija style, as well as the etiquette that goes with it. As an alternative, the artist offers a more theatrical and social—and more enjoyable—experience. Tiravanija sees art as something artist and viewer create together, a process where people can be social beings, preferably outside the rarified realm of the gallery space. "It is not what you see that is important, but what takes place between people," says Tiravanija.

The social interaction that Tiravanija pursues with this project has different historical references, from the ping pong matches organized at a gallery in Bratislava as a way of communicating by Slovakian artist Július Koller in the 1970s, to the Ping Pong Diplomacy of the United States during the Cold War period. In 1971, the US organized a ping pong tournament between American and Chinese players, under the motto "Friendship First, Competition Second."

The work is accessible to everyone and free of charge. Ping pong paddles and balls can be borrowed from a distribution point on Museumplein.

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Fiona Connor: Newspaper Reading Club in Routine Pleasures, MAK Schindler House

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7-9 PM

Wednesday, May 25 – Sunday, August 14, 2016   

Schindler House
835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Routine Pleasures brings together artists working in a variety of media to explore "the termite tendency," a concept introduced by artist and film critic Manny Farber (1917–2008) in his 1962 essay "White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art." Whereas the original essay applied these labels to the work of filmmakers, exhibition organizer Michael Ned Holte finds manifold parallels in contemporary art.

In today's overheated art world, it is easy to see a preponderance of "white elephant" art, defined by Farber as "yawning production of overripe technique shrieking with preciosity, fame, ambition." Routine Pleasures presents practitioners who embrace a quieter, more process-oriented approach. Like termites, these artists focus closely on what is before them, and follow the work wherever it may lead, often in diffuse directions. To locate and expand upon Farber's construct of the termite tendency, the exhibition features works by: James Benning; Jennifer Bornstein; Center for Land Use Interpretation; Harry Dodge; Manny Farber; Judy Fiskin; Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess; Galería Perdida; Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer; Simon Leung; Lucky Dragons; Roy McMakin; Carter Mull; Newspaper Reading Club; Pauline Oliveros; and Steve Roden.

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Jessica Stockholder: Colour Jam Houston

Color Jam HoustonAn urban architecture activation by Jessica Stockholder will paint the intersection and run up the walls of the buildings at Main & McKinney streets. Photo: Houston Downtown District

Color Jam Houston treats the intersection of Main and McKinney as a single public canvas. The stripes of color on the four corners seem to be woven together and present a kind of basket. The weaving of different stripes together into a single whole is resonant with the reality of different owners, jurisdictions and codes that govern this section of public space consisting of crosswalk, roadway, sidewalk, store fronts and Metro platform. The work also signifies the delicate social and political balance that exists between individual rights, freedoms, responsibilities and our collective well-being and coexistence.

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KCET: Current:LA, A New Public Art Biennial

A recent mayoral announcement officially launched the Department of Cultural Affairs’ new Current:LA initiative, an issues-driven public art biennial whose inaugural edition happens at non-traditional locations scattered across the city in July and August. The first edition, Current:LA Water, addresses the multivalent topic of water’s usage, history, and role in the city’s physical and social infrastructure. This includes the L.A. River, but as the organizers are quick to point out, it is about so much more than just the river. There's water infrastructure throughout the city from the Port of L.A. (San Pedro) to the L.A. wetlands of Ballona Creek, to Hansen Dam in the north), and of course, the coast.

The DCA’s Public Art Division is using $1 million received through a grant program of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge, plus matching funds from the city’s Arts Development Fee (ADF) program, more commonly known as the percent-for-art program that taps developers and other kinds of businesses for sustaining funds for what is usually permanent works of public art. But forget that abstract-sculpture-in-a-plaza model of public art; the Bloomberg grant specifically called for temporary public art projects and public programs at outdoor locations, and the DCA has embraced this paradigm shift with an enthusiast, open-minded can-do spirit taking full advantage of what DCA general manager Danielle Brazell calls “L.A.’s inspired moment.”  

Besides reframing the conversation on what public art can be, Current:LA is also reconfiguring assumptions about what a biennial looks like.

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Current:LA Water with Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kerry Tribe