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Keith Haring’s Solo Show “Art Is for Everybody” in The Broad

Keith Haring, ‘Red Room,’ 1988. Acrylic on canvas, 243.8 x 454.7 cm. The Broad Art Foundation © Keith Haring Foundation

The Broad, contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, presents Keith Haring’s (1958-1990) solo show “Art Is for Everybody” through October 8.

The exhibition features more than 120 works created by the artist from his time as a student at New York’s School of Visual Arts in the late 1970s through 1988, two years before his death from AIDS. The works include videos, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and graphic works, as well as reproductions of graffiti (wall art) from subway stations.

Haring was active in the New York Pop Art scene from the late 1970s until 1990, alongside Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Under his belief in “Art for everybody,” he sought to blur the boundaries between art and everyday life. His work is characterized by vivid colors, simple lines, and recurring cartoonish figures, such as barking dogs or radiant bodies.

Haring actively addressed the social issues of his time, such as the development of nuclear weapons, racism, and the deadly AIDS epidemic. The exhibition highlights the socially engaged nature of Haring’s work and introduces his thoughts on art and life through references from his diaries.

Currently on view at the Museum are works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), and Yayoi Kusama (1929-) alongside the Keith Haring special exhibition.

USA_Los Angeles

Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Solo Exhibition Celebrates David Zwirner Gallery’s New LA Location

Njideka Akunyili Crosby. ‘Blend In - Stand Out,’ 2019. Acrylic, colored pencil, charcoal, and photographic transfers on paper, 243.2 x 314.3 cm. Collection of the artist. Courtesy David Zwirner and Victoria Miro. © Njideka Akunyili Crosby

On May 23, David Zwirner Gallery opened its Los Angeles location. Its inaugural show is by celebrated artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983), “Coming Back to See Through, Again.”

The exhibition runs through July 29 and then will travel to David Zwirner New York. Akunyili Crosby, a 2017 MacArthur Prize winner whose work is in the collections of leading institutions, has been represented by David Zwirner Gallery since 2018. In addition to older works, the exhibition presents two new paintings from the artist’s seminal series ‘The Beautiful Ones (2012-).’

Born in Nigeria, Akunyili Crosby came to the United States in 1999 as a teenager. Her works reflect the hybrid culture she experienced and her African heritage. Akunyili Crosby weaves together images of people, places, and objects from Nigerian magazines and her personal archives to depict scenes of contemporary life that reveal the complexity of African diasporic identity. This complexity is also reflected in her technique, as she builds up sections of the canvas in layers, using acrylic paint, pastels, colored pencil, and photo-transfer (the technique of applying heat to a scanned photograph to transfer the image to the canvas).

USA_San Francisco

Sculptor Known for Using Clay, Anna Sew Hoy’s SFMOMA Solo Show

Anna Sew Hoy, ‘A Dark Drying Scent,’ 2023. Courtesy the artist.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) presents “New Work: Anna Sew Hoy” through July 16. Anna Sew Hoy (b. 1976) is a Los Angeles-based artist who creates abstract three-dimensional works using ceramics, textiles, and everyday objects. She is known for utilizing clay, traditionally related to craftwork, as her primary material to question the relationship between contemporary art and manual labor.

In this exhibition, Sew Hoy presents a series of works titled ‘Growing Ruins.’ The works on the floor give the impression of growing out of the ground with their intertwined forms of hand-made clay arches, metal cages, charging wires, and pieces of jeans. The exhibition likens the works to shelters made from electronic components scavenged from ruined cities or destroyed land, and describes her interest in turning things upside down to create a spatial representation of an individual’s inner relationship with the outside world.

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