Recommended Shows at LACMA

Take a look at three interesting exhibitions on prints at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Location: 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90036

Hours: 12-8 M/T/Th • Closed Wednesday • 12-9 F • 11-8 S/S

* Steve Wolfe on Paper

_• Co-organized by Carter E Foster and _Franklin Sirmans of the Whitney Museum and Menil Collection, respectively.
_• November 20, 2010–February 20, 2011

For the last twenty years, Steve Wolfe has created objects and drawings that investigate intersections among material culture, intellectual history, and personal and collective memory. Wolfe’s art represents objects of cultural mass dissemination—books and records. His painted objects employ the tradition of trompe l’oeil, and often literally fool the eye on first inspection.

Indebted to Pop Art, Wolfe’s work manifests an updated approach to craft. and an almost erotic representation of the fact that one can fall in love with that which is ephemeral (ideas, music). His carefully considered subjects include reproductions of books by Gertude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Raymond Chandler, Frank O’Hara, Marcel Duchamp, and James Joyce, thus creating a portrait of the artist as a perpetual student.

This exhibition focuses on the artist’s works on paper, many of which combine aspects of drawing, collage and printmaking.

* Japanese Expressionist Prints

_• Organized by LACMA

_• at Japanese Pavillion
_• October 28, 2010–February 15, 2011

Thirty prints on view in the Pavilion for Japanese Art represent the Abstract Expressionist movement in Japan. Artists include heroes of the movement, such as Onchi Koshiro, Hagiwara Hideo, Hoshi Joichi and many others. Onchi, the leader of the Creative Print Movement in the post-war era, began producing work in a non-objective style around 1913. His influence, and that of artists such as Michel Tapié in Paris, where Japanese artists preferred to do their study abroad, helped the Abstract Expressionist style take hold in Japan, as did the presence of Americans in Japan during the Occupation. Abstract Expressionism remained popular in Japan into the 1980s.

* R.B. Kitaj’s Covers for a Small Library

_• Organized by LACMA

_• at Art of the Americas Building
_• December 18, 2010–July 4, 2011

The artist R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007) was a self-professed bibliomaniac. In 1969 his love of books provided the inspiration for In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part—a portfolio of 50 screenprints depicting the covers of select books from the artist’s library. Made from enlarged photographic facsimiles of the actual covers, the prints replicate evidence of each book’s handling and use, such as torn bookjackets, stained pages, and worn bindings. Kitaj’s selections include books of significance to the artist (like Ezra Pound’s How to Read), as well as apparently random books or leaflets (like the city of Burbank’s annual budget for 1968–69) that reflect the idiosyncratic nature of Kitaj’s book collection, and of book collections in general. The portfolio—which will be displayed in its entirety—also speaks to connections between the visual arts and literature, as well as Kitaj’s and other artists’ perception of book as object.

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