The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. —
Song Kun at the Hammer Museum
Painting by Song Kun
It’s My Life 05-08-31
Oil on canvas. 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 35 cm)
Courtesy of UniversalStudios-Beijing, Beijing, China
Several great exhibits at the Hammer Museum
Today, our final day in LA, we headed over to the Hammer Museum to see Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists: Ginny Bishton, Mark Bradford, Liz Craft, Sharon Ellis, Matt Greene, Elliott Hundley, Stanya Kahn & Harry Dodge, Monica Majoli, Matthew Monahan, Rebecca Morales, Lari Pittman, Ken Price, Jason Rhoades, Anna Sew Hoy, and Jim Shaw.
“Death Rider (Virgo)” by Liz Craft
On our way out, we almost missed a small show by emerging Chinese painter Song Kun, who filled a small gallery with 97 daily paintings of her life…fabulous! Her work ranges from part drawn, part painted canvases to fully realized and very well-done representational works to a number of blank canvases. At first, I took one quick pass through the gallery, intending that to be it; then went back and looked at each painting more closely, then went back again, by this time fully drawn into her mesmerizing paintings. This was my favorite art of all that I’ve seen on this coastal trip!
“New Moon and Palm Trees” by Sharon Ellis.