Gavlak Los Angeles: Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.)

Gavlak Los Angeles: Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.)

Artillery Magazine

August 7, 2019

Detention, deportation, refugee, criminal, other: these are terms that have blanketed the news in the last few years, and are thematically central to a solo exhibition by Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) at Gavlak Los Angeles. Alvarez, who lives in South Florida, came to the United States from Venezuela in the 1980s to escape persecution as a gay man. 

Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition pushes viewers to new vantage points

Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition pushes viewers to new vantage points

The Desert Sun

July 31, 2019

A museum exhibition title like "Brave New Worlds: Explorations of Space" probably brings to mind images of abstracted nebulae and galaxies. But this new contemporary art exhibition, currently on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum, has nothing to do with astronauts or NASA.

If the Shoe Fits

If the Shoe Fits

Office Magazine

June 21, 2019

Willie Cole’s shoe sculptures are like warped, grinning Rubik’s cubes, complex goblins that feel like guardians of a wizardly secret—a password lies on the tips of their tongues, one that could open a gateway to a fabulous realm or, conversely, a trapdoor to a chamber deep below the gallery floor, where they keep curious gawkers who ask too many questions.

This artist’s portrait subjects: Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center

This artist’s portrait subjects: Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center

Los Angeles Times

June 22, 2019

If you’ve ever had your portrait drawn, you know how disconcerting the experience can be. In a compelling show of 28 portrait drawings by Miami-based Venezuelan artist Jose Alvarez at Gavlak Gallery, it resonates on multiple levels.

'Boyz Keep Swinging' Bowie-Inspired Exhibit Opens At Keyes Gallery

'Boyz Keep Swinging' Bowie-Inspired Exhibit Opens At Keyes Gallery

The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

June 18, 2019

On Saturday, June 22, Keyes Gallery at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor opens “Boyz Keep Swinging,” a group exhibition curated by artist Maynard Monrow. With its title taken from David Bowie’s “Boys Keep Swinging,” the exhibition plays out in carefree spirit, emulating summer queer culture in The Hamptons.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Debuts Four Summer Exhibits

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Debuts Four Summer Exhibits

San Diego Magazine

June 11, 2019

Storied artists and up-and-comers display their pieces in time for the solstice

Impressions of ironing boards, honoring labor

Impressions of ironing boards, honoring labor

Boston Globe

May 22 2019

When he was young, Willie Cole repaired steam irons for his grandmother and great-grandmother, who were housekeepers. He honors them, and the backbreaking labor of legions of other women, in “Beauties,” his luminous show at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

A Six-Hour Performance Centered on One Kiss

A Six-Hour Performance Centered on One Kiss

Hyperallergic

MAy 15, 2019

Vanessa German and her partner, Janae Brown, present an intimate exchange between Black women, a perspective absent in mainstream depictions of African-American femininity.

Vanessa German “$lang: Short Language in Soul”

Vanessa German “$lang: Short Language in Soul”

Art and Cake

May 15, 2019

“Growing up I did not fit in. I never knew the Slang of the day. I was always ‘other’ & ‘outside of’, even in my own community I was strange. This changed for me when I had no other choice but to listen to my soul, to trust it. The parts of myself that only quake from the inside of the inside of the inside.” ~Vanessa German

Vanessa German, soft: the longest kiss

Vanessa German, soft: the longest kiss

A durational performance of exquisite tenderness. 

Vanessa German: ‘$lang: Short Language in Soul’ Modern Day Deities

Vanessa German: ‘$lang: Short Language in Soul’ Modern Day Deities

By Jody Zellen, Art Now LA

Vanessa German is a Los Angeles-raised, now Pittsburgh-based artist, poet and community activist. Though self-taught, her work is extremely savvy with just the right blend of artistic and political considerations. Her visually engaging and thought provoking installation $lang: Short Language in Soul consists of five large-scale figurative assemblages that German refers to as “Power Figures” or “Tar Babies” and fifteen mixed media portraits made from vintage tennis rackets. They are presented on walls decorated with pink, black and white geometric graphics.

Gavlak Los Angeles: Vanessa German

Gavlak Los Angeles: Vanessa German

Artillery Magazine

May 8, 2019

As noted in 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about African American History (1996) by Jeffrey Stewart, Althea Gibson received her first tennis racket in 1940, being barely a teenager. She was not only the first African American to win a women’s singles at Wimbledon; but also in 1957 and 1958, she achieved status of being ranked as number one female tennis player in the world! Moonwalking forward more than six decades later, Vanessa German uses the creative tool as a weapon of agency at Gavlak Los Angeles in her exhibition, “$LANG: Short Language in Soul.” Through found tennis rackets and figurative sculpture, German honors Black femininity while simultaneously assaulting circus-mirror distorting perceptions of beauty.

Betty Tompkins Ousted from Instagram for Posting Classic Painting of Penetration

Betty Tompkins Ousted from Instagram for Posting Classic Painting of Penetration

Art News

04/29/2019

Artist Betty Tompkins, whose work frequently explores physical intimacy through a feminist lens, told ARTnews that she has been kicked off Instagram for sharing an image of her Fuck Painting #1 (1969), which is in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The work is the first in a series of photorealistic paintings she made of sex, many of which feature genitalia.

Fall In Love with Les Amoureuses at Show Gallery

Fall In Love with Les Amoureuses at Show Gallery

LA Weekly

04/26/2019

Rollicking technicolor fauvism, intricate cut paper interiors, performance-derived photographs and flirty sculpture mix things up in the current exhibition at Hollywood’s Show Gallery. Les Amoureuses, or The Lovers, takes its title from the female form of the noun, a nod to the casual collective of female artists who have produced the installation. Works by Olivia Fougeirol, Francesca Gabbiani, Marie Peter-Toltz and Joséphine Wister Faure express ideas about love, landscape, the body, and above all, Los Angeles across mediums and styles that differ in form, but share a singular disruptive passion.

Lore Re-imagined: Shadows of our Ancestors

Lore Re-imagined: Shadows of our Ancestors

Art Asia Pacific Magazine

“Lore Re-Imagined: Shadows of Our Ancestors” focused on the preservation of cultural and personal memory. Organized by independent curator Chieko Phillips, who has a decade-long history of working both curatorially and administratively at cultural institutions in Seattle, the exhibition featured artworks by three Seattle-based artists of Asian descent: Alex Anderson, Satpreet Kahlon, and Megumi Shauna Arai.

The Future of Work: The 'Citizen Artist' Bringing Hope to Pittsburgh’s Homewood

The Future of Work: The 'Citizen Artist' Bringing Hope to Pittsburgh’s Homewood

Shondaland

04/17/2019

Vanessa German saved her own life by making art — and breathed new life into her neighborhood by inviting local kids to make it, too.

Black, female and strong: Vanessa German’s sculptures voice their power without sound

Black, female and strong: Vanessa German’s sculptures voice their power without sound

Los Angeles Times

04/13/2019

If you’ve seen “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983,” the electrifying show at the Broad museum, you may sense a vibrant, relevant thread reaching toward Gavlak gallery, where the sculptures of Vanessa German in her first L.A. show are holding forth with commanding presence.

Seeing Beauty in the Mundane

Seeing Beauty in the Mundane

The Harvard Gazette

Artist Willie Cole uses everyday objects like ironing boards to ‘reveal the spirit’ within.

 

Contemporary sculptor, printer, and visual artist Willie Cole’s haunting works blend the familiar with the unexpected. Now that striking creative tension is on view at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in “Willie Cole: Beauties.”

Marnie Weber at Pasadena City College

Marnie Weber at Pasadena City College

Art Talk, KCRW

“Send in the clowns… Don’t bother, they’re here.” Nodding to Sondheim, clowns abound in Marnie Weber’s art, most recently in her exhibition as artist-in-residence at Pasadena City College. Clowns are mostly appealing and Weber uses that appeal in complex, absurd and emotionally-involving sculpture and painted collages.

Shunned, Seized, and Now Celebrated: the Porn Paintings of Betty Tompkins

Shunned, Seized, and Now Celebrated: the Porn Paintings of Betty Tompkins

The Guardian

March 6th, 2019

Inspired by her husband’s porn stash, the artist’s explicit work horrified galleries and customs officials. Now the world can’t get enough. 

What do these books on a shelf say about their owner? And what does your answer say about you?

What do these books on a shelf say about their owner? And what does your answer say about you?

The Los Angeles Times

February 23, 2019

If you can’t judge a book by its cover, what can you learn about people from the books on their shelves? Quite a lot, Lisa Anne Auerbach’s calmly enthralling exhibition suggests. More important, the L.A. artist’s second solo show at Gavlak gallery asks: What do we learn about ourselves when we discover what other people are reading?

Glass Intrusions: Rob Wynne at the Brooklyn Museum

Glass Intrusions: Rob Wynne at the Brooklyn Museum

Art Critical

February 22, 2019

Pools of shimmering silver, flies alighted on walls, golden snakes slithering through museum cases: Rob Wynne’s ethereal work makes a point of being impossible to pin down. His exhibition, Float, is placed as a critical counterpoint to objects on permanent display in the Brooklyn Museum’s fifth floor American galleries. Wynne’s pieces interact well with their surroundings but would resonate on their own, thus making this a strong exhibition on many levels. The intellectual agility of the poured glass wall installations offers at times biting critique of the stodgy portraits and history paintings of the new American republic with their traditional European aspirations, but Wynne’s glass intrusions can by turns be tender and empathetic as well.

It’s All in the Cards: Lisa Anne Auerbach Offers Psychic Advisory at Frieze Los Angeles

It’s All in the Cards: Lisa Anne Auerbach Offers Psychic Advisory at Frieze Los Angeles

February 15, 2019

by Janelle Zara

As with an answer on Jeopardy!, a tarot reading must be phrased in the form of a question. At Frieze Los Angeles, the fair’s resident medium, Alpine Moon, asked me: “Are your actions in your best and highest interest?”

 

 

Where Art meets Astrology

Where Art meets Astrology

Lisa Anne Auerbach reads the future at Frieze LA

February 11, 2019

Cultured Magazine

As Frieze LA takes over Paramount Studios in February, Conceptual Artist, Lisa Anne AUerbach Presents "Psychic Art Advisor", an interactive performance offering visitors guidance, both creative and commercial. Executive Director of Frieze LA, Bettina Korek checks in with Auerbach in advance of the persentation. 

 

Maynard Monrow & William J. Simmons in Conversation

Maynard Monrow & William J. Simmons in Conversation

Gavlak Los Angeles

January 12, 2019 at 5:00pm

Please join us at Gavlak Los Angeles (1034 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038) on Saturday, January 12, at 5:00pm for a conversation between Maynard Monrow & William J. Simmons regarding Monrow's solo exhibition on view.

 

William J. Simmons is Provost Fellow in the Humanities in the art history PhD program of the University of Southern California. He received his BA from Harvard University and taught art history for three years at the City College of New York. His research and writing have appeared in numerous international books, journals, monographs, and magazines.

Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German Wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German Wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

December 18, 2018

THE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM of American Art announced the 2018 Don Tyson Prize has been awarded to visual and performance artist Vanessa L. German. The $200,000 biannual prize recognizes an individual artist or organization for exceptional achievement in American art. German was selected for “pushing boundaries and taking risks in the field of American art, as well as positively impacting her community through art experiences.” 

Beverly Fishman and Betty Tompkins Receive Award

Beverly Fishman and Betty Tompkins Receive Award

Anonymous Was A Women Award

December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018—Anonymous Was a Woman today announced the ten recipients of its 2018 awards, which recognize women artists over 40 years of age who have made significant contributions in their fields to date, while continuing to create new work. Each recipient receives an unrestricted grant of $25,000.

In the Studio with Nir Hod

In the Studio with Nir Hod

artnet News

December 6, 2018

See a 360-degree video of the Israeli, New York-based artist Nir Hod at work as part of artnet's "In the Studio" series.

 

Mar-a-Lago Is Synonymous With Trump. Can Palm Beach’s Progressive Art World Rebrand Itself as a Creative Destination, Too?

Mar-a-Lago Is Synonymous With Trump. Can Palm Beach’s Progressive Art World Rebrand Itself as a Creative Destination, Too?

Artnet

December 3, 2018

New Art Event Spotlights Palm Beach’s Flourishing Creative Community

New Art Event Spotlights Palm Beach’s Flourishing Creative Community

Galerie

November 30, 2018

While Art Basel makes a splash in Miami, gallery owner Sarah Gavlak is shining a light on Palm Beach's thriving arts scene

Francesca Gabbiani at Hauser & Wirth Holiday Market

Francesca Gabbiani at Hauser & Wirth Holiday Market

Performance by Francesca Gabbiani, Dimitri Chamblas, & Eddie Ruscha

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
Holiday Market
December 1-2, 2018

Rob Wynne: FLOAT

Rob Wynne: FLOAT

Brooklyn Rail

July 11, 2018

In his intriguing, often provocative, interpolated show at the Brooklyn Museum, Rob Wynne builds, reflects, and—more literally—reflects on connections in American art. In doing so he manages to intervene in the course of art history itself. He pulls at the museum's paintings and sculptures and activates them through light and language, transmuting the collection by means of his signature hand-poured, mirrored glass.

Rainbow Furniture, Nighties and More Things T Editors Like Right Now

Rainbow Furniture, Nighties and More Things T Editors Like Right Now

New York Times Style Magazine

July 14, 2018

Witty Watercolors by Konstantin Kakanias

 

In 2012, Deborah Needleman, then the editor of T magazine, approached the artist Konstantin Kakanias for a special commission to illustrate the standout heels of the season, from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior. The sketch he delivered, called “The Cat’s Meow” — in which a black cat delicately paws past a lineup of black stiletto pumps, gazing at them with bemusement — perfectly embodied Kakanias’s playful view of the fashion world.

The Disturbing Meets the Sweet in Alex Anderson’s New Sculptures at Gavlak

The Disturbing Meets the Sweet in Alex Anderson’s New Sculptures at Gavlak

L.A. Times

July 4, 2018

by Leah Ollman

 

Alex Anderson has tremendous material wisdom in his hands and a penchant for barbed beauty. The ceramic sculptures in his intriguing show "Wonderland" at the L.A. gallery Gavlak slip in and out of familiar categories, settling uneasily in memory and enduring as strong, ambivalent impressions.

SEEN: Rob Wynne activates Brooklyn Museum's period collection with dynamic mirrored-glass wall works

SEEN: Rob Wynne activates Brooklyn Museum's period collection with dynamic mirrored-glass wall works

Urban Glass

June 19, 2018

Entering the Luce Center for American Art on the Brooklyn Museum's fifth floor, one immediately encounters Rob Wynne’s ethereal glass works that activate the adjacent nineteenth-century neoclassical marble statues of Pandora, Nydia, The Lost Pleiad, and Bacchante. Rob Wynne’s work re-contextualize viewer perceptions of the historic sculptures perched atop black granite pedestals, enveloping them in a swirling timelessness of hand-poured mirrored-glass wall reliefs. On view through January 6, 2019, Wynne's 16 ephemeral glass works force a reexamination of historic American artworks and are presented in an exhibition entitled “Rob Wynne: FLOAT” curated by Brooklyn Museum chief curator Jennifer Y. Chi and assistant curator Margarita Karasoulas.

Zoe Buckman Sends Hollywood a Message With Her Public Sculpture of a Boxing Uterus

Zoe Buckman Sends Hollywood a Message With Her Public Sculpture of a Boxing Uterus

Artnet

February 27, 2018

By Sarah Cascone

 

An in-your-face reminder of the women’s movement and its newfound ability to topple men in positions of power has risen in Los Angeles. Zoe Buckman’s Champ, a glowing neon pair of ovaries clad in boxing gloves, stands 43 feet tall outside of the Standard, Hollywood, overlooking Sunset Boulevard.

 

Organized by Art Production Fund, the British artist’s first public sculpture will debut today, just ahead of the Academy Awards, and will remain on view for a year.

Zoë Buckman Packs a Punch in “Let Her Rave” at Gavlak

Zoë Buckman Packs a Punch in “Let Her Rave” at Gavlak

Art & Cake

March 26, 2018

By Lara Salmon


Zoë Buckman’s show “Let Her Rave” opened at Gavlak on March 3 to an excited crowd of Angelino feminists. The show is characteristic of Buckman’s familiar tropes: emboldened female empowerment, a battle cry against the patriarchy and celebration of femme aesthetics.


Hanging from the ceiling of the gallery are clusters of white boxing gloves, stitched over with fragments of wedding dresses. These sculptures combine two gendered archetypes, recalling the woman on her wedding day and a male-dominated sport based on punching.

Andrew Brischler

Andrew Brischler

Wall Street International Magazine

December 7, 2017

Gavlak is proud to present Lonely Planet, a major exhibition of new work by Andrew Brischler that will take place simultaneously at both the Los Angeles and Palm Beach galleries. This is the artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery.

 

Andrew Brischler creates bold, energetic works on paper and panel using almost exclusively colored pencil. Richly colored and laboriously hand drawn, Brischler’s work investigates the intersection of graphic design and abstraction through his devotion to drawing.

Worth Avenue art dealer launches new Palm Beach Art Weekend

Worth Avenue art dealer launches new Palm Beach Art Weekend

Palm Beach Daily News

November 30, 2017

Thanks to a quirk of the calendar, the Palm Beach Art Weekend will debut Friday through Sunday in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.

 

The concept has been on Palm Beach gallery owner Sarah Gavlak’s to-do list for some time. Gavlak, who also operates a gallery in Los Angeles, has attended similar art weekends in Berlin and Brussels as well as ArtCrush, a multi-day fundraiser for the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.

Andrew Brischler: Lonely Planet

Andrew Brischler: Lonely Planet

Front Runner Magazine

November 16, 2017

He’s disarmingly genteel, light, an effortless conversationalist, and endearingly candid. Like if Katy Perry and Prince Eric (from The Little Mermaid) had a lovechild. It’s official. Andrew Brischler is the closest thing you get to saccharine with a pulse. Yet, with razor-sharp execution, his paintings and color-pencil drawings are raw, undulating, boldly unflinching glimpses into the visual modalities with which we process words and shapes: loud colors, geometric tessellations, and surreal motion.

Andrew Brischler’s ‘Lonely Planet’ at Gavlak, Los Angeles

Andrew Brischler’s ‘Lonely Planet’ at Gavlak, Los Angeles

Blouin Artinfo

November 30, 2017

Gavlak is hosting Andrew Brischler’s exhibition titled “Lonely Planet” at its Los Angeles venue.

 

This major exhibition of new works by Brischler will take place simultaneously at both the Los Angeles and Palm Beach, Florida, galleries. This is the artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery. For this series, Andrew Brischler creates bold, energetic works on paper and panel using almost exclusively colored pencils.

New Mural by Beverly Fishman

New Mural by Beverly Fishman

Juxtapoz

May 22, 2018

BEVERLY FISHMAN'S ELECTRIFYING NEW MURAL IN DETROIT

Critic's Picks Los Angeles

Critic's Picks Los Angeles

Artforum

October 12, 2017

by Andy Campbell

 

The duo made confounding, earworm pop at a moment when executives in the record industry were seemingly wringing their hands (but secretly filling their pockets) over the “crossover” successes of Latin American singers such as Ricky Martin and Shakira.

No wallflowers here: Sparks fly when art  mingles on the walls of 'Flaming June VII'

No wallflowers here: Sparks fly when art mingles on the walls of 'Flaming June VII'

LA Times

June 27, 2017

by David Pagel

If you’ve even been to a dinner party with great food and even better conversation, you’ll know what it’s like to visit “Flaming June VII: Flaming Creatures” at Gavlak in Los Angeles. The exhibition of 34 pieces by 27 artists mixes art of all shapes and stripes to form a freewheeling feast. Lively back-and-forths take on lives of their own as they inspire, challenge and satisfy — often deeply and dramatically.

Activist Sweater Art Knits Truth to Power

Activist Sweater Art Knits Truth to Power

Vice

June 16, 2017

The sixth floor of the Beverly Center shopping mall in LA might seem like a weird spot for smart art with an activist edge, but artist Lisa Anne Auerbach is used to making powerful statements in unexpected places. She's known for knitting protest sweaters with slogans like "Keep Abortion Legal" and "My favorite thing about the war on terror is the language of the war on terror—exaggeration, obfuscation, hyperbole, sound byte, doublespeak, nonsense, bad grammar."

Text-based artist serves food for thought at Gavlak Gallery

Text-based artist serves food for thought at Gavlak Gallery

Palm Beach Daily News

There are no pictures in “Under the Influence,” Maynard Monrow’s exhibition at Gavlak Gallery.

 

Monrow works exclusively with words.

 

His pithy sayings are displayed in standardized white letters on black, grey or pink cafe boards. (Cafe boards are those black signs with white letters that communicate information such as “wait to be seated” at restaurants or room schedules at convention centers.)

Beverly Center as art gallery?

Beverly Center as art gallery?

LA Times

Stitched into the Macy’s wing of the Beverly Center — now an eyesore of construction scaffolding and detour signage due to a massive renovation — is recently installed art by Lisa Anne Auerbach to temper the clutter. The temporary, site-specific work, “Strik Strikke, 2017,” is a mural more than 1,000 feet long depicting intricate knitting patterns rendered in candy-colored hues and a pixelated effect.

Rob Wynne's Mirror Images Are A Glass Act

Rob Wynne's Mirror Images Are A Glass Act

West Palm Beach Magazine

February 25, 2017

I wanted to try it so they suited me up and I held a ladle and scooped some molten glass that was really heavy and promptly flipped it over and dropped it on the floor. They were all explaining to me what I had done wrong but I was mesmerized by the piece I dropped as it started to cool and form and had this nice dimpling texture to it. I saved this, and it became my first piece.”

 
Spiritual Revival: Marnie Weber Casts A Perverse Spell

Spiritual Revival: Marnie Weber Casts A Perverse Spell

Modern Painters

"Try it again without the death metal voice, Doug!" I'm inside a bulky latex ram-horned devil mask, wearing a swaky maroon dinner jacket and cravat, tending bar for a coven of witches in a ruinous hut in a crumbling bohemian campground in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, and Lee Lynch is getting sarcastic. Five hours earlier I'd cought a ride with my bandmate, the sculptor Daniel Hawkins, up the winding precipitous incline to Zorthian Ranch, a definitively unfurnished art environment dating from the antebellum heyday of West Coast Assemblage. Daniel was multitasking various production duties on artist Marnie Weber's first full-length feature film, which I'd been recruited to do a cameo.

"What Have You Heard?"

"What Have You Heard?"

Feminist Friday at GAVLAK Los Angeles

Friday, October 14
7 - 9 pm

Feminist Friday is a casual but directed conversation about contemporary issues related to feminism. This intersectional conversation is open to any and all community members. The purpose of Feminist Friday is to create a safe environment in which people can share questions, concerns, resources, and experiences pertaining to feminism. The ‘unofficial’ motto of Feminist Friday is “Cocktails, Conversation, and Consciousness-raising”. 

Marnie Weber: Send in the Clowns

Marnie Weber: Send in the Clowns

Juxtapoz Magazine

It's a bit of a struggle to analyze the meaning behind the work of Marnie Weber. But then, that might be the point - there is no concrete explanation. Her work is full of dazzlingly profound imagery, teetering on the brink of reality and fantasy. She has created her won world in which the viewers are invited into that void, where at times, they can lose themselves in the mystery of the subconscious.

Marnie Weber on Fairy Tales, Performance Art and Edward Kienholz

Marnie Weber on Fairy Tales, Performance Art and Edward Kienholz

Art and Cake

Entering through a white picket fence that surrounded a lush spirited garden, Ms. Weber’s studio and home are clearly an extension of her work.

We began the interview by talking about her music background and how it has influenced her work.

Review: Betty Tompkins at Gavlak

Review: Betty Tompkins at Gavlak

Artforum

Two thick brown, purple, and green globs of oil paint are dolloped onto the top half of a small white canvas—the word “erotic” is outlined in red below. Next to it are similarly sized paintings emblazoned with the words “seiki” (“genitals” in Japanese), “weich” (“soft” in German) and “fanny flange” (British slang for “clitoris”), each painted with a different treatment. 

Review: How would you describe women? Betty Tompkins asked, then painted 1,000 answers

Review: How would you describe women? Betty Tompkins asked, then painted 1,000 answers

Los Angeles Times

Since the 1970s, New York artist Betty Tompkins has created frank, unvarnished paintings and drawings of female genitalia and explicit sex acts. These, on view at Gavlak Gallery with paintings of words used to describe women, form a potent examination of our culture’s attitudes toward women and sex.

Girl talk: Betty Tompkins unveils 1,000 text-based paintings at Gavlak LA

Girl talk: Betty Tompkins unveils 1,000 text-based paintings at Gavlak LA

Wallpaper Magazine

There’s plenty of porn in Betty Tompkins’ solo exhibition, which is newly open at Gavlak’s Los Angeles gallery. But that’s the least provocative part of it.

Dean Sameshima: 647(d)

Dean Sameshima: 647(d)

LA Weekly

Artist Dean Sameshima worked in MOCA’s bookstore in 1992, when he was arrested for lewd conduct. A cop had “caught” him in a public restroom, during a sting operation (some LAPD officers had heard certain restrooms were playgrounds for pleasure seekers). For his show at Gavlak Gallery, Sameshima, who now lives in Berlin, hand painted the pages of his arrest report across five canvases

Review: Lecia Dole-Recio

Review: Lecia Dole-Recio

Art Scene

Indeed, the paintings are all about their process, they’re overflowing with it: the layering, the configuring, the re-configuring. The residual components of her paint sprayings and splatterings take center stage, and this fusion of the residual and the primary into the same field appears to provide her with a process that’s eternally rewarding, though certainly not easy to execute. 

Flower beds? Body parts? The compelling abstract paintings of Lily Stockman

Flower beds? Body parts? The compelling abstract paintings of Lily Stockman

Los Angeles Times

April 5, 2016

Lily Stockman’s strikingly simple geometric abstractions at Gavlak gallery possess a mysterious confidence. Her softly curved lozenges, U-shapes and circles, rendered in a mostly muted palette of grays, yellows and pinks, refer to 1970s feminist abstraction, but also feel strangely unique.

Lily Stockman - Studio Visit

Lily Stockman - Studio Visit

Curate Joshua Tree

Lily Stockman speaks about the work in her show "Pollinator" and how her home in Joshua Tree inspires her practice

 

"I made this series of work over the past six months while working on my desert garden, so the botanical and structural shapes – cactus pads, rock perimeters of garden beds, etc.– come through subconsciously, not because I set out to paint plants but because that’s the shape language I’ve immersed myself in."

Listen to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/curate-joshua-tree/sets/curatejoshuatree

Cut Rice Paper Sculptures of Twisting Rollercoasters by Bovey Lee

Cut Rice Paper Sculptures of Twisting Rollercoasters by Bovey Lee

Review by Colossal.com

January 3, 2016

Christopher Jobson reviews Bovey Lee's new show Divertical

Divertical by Bovey Lee: Finding Balance in Ornate Hand-Cut Paper Works

Divertical by Bovey Lee: Finding Balance in Ornate Hand-Cut Paper Works

Gestalten review

January 12, 2016

Review of Bovey Lee's new exhibition Divertical

Gavlak Gallery show reveals the many faces of Gloria Swanson

Gavlak Gallery show reveals the many faces of Gloria Swanson

Palm Beach Daily News Review

January 5, 2016

Jan Sjostrom reviews Judith Eisler's solo exhbition 

The Most Powerful Women In LA's Arts Scene

The Most Powerful Women In LA's Arts Scene

Los Angeles Confidential

July 7, 2015