PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ART, Forum on Race and Gender, February

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PAFA’s Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
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Panelists:
Ken Johnson,The New York Times, Art Critic
Kimberly Brooks, Artist and Founding Editor of Huffington Post Arts
Njideka Akunyili, Artist
Joyce Kozloff, Artist
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw (moderator), University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of American Art

A New York Times preview of PAFA’s current exhibition The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, written by art critic Ken Johnson, sparked a debate around gender and race in regards to art criticism. An open letter, which focuses on this preview, as well as Johnson’s article about the exhibition Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 (at MoMA PS1), was signed by many artists, art historians, curators and others.

PAFA’s forum brings together members of the art community and the public for a lively debate around these questions:

What role does identity politics play in the contemporary art world?

How do gender and race play into the art we make, the art we collect and exhibit, and the way we talk about the merits of a work of art?

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NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS Must-See Painting Exhibitions

The art world comes alive again in September, as galleries reopen and collectors return from far flung locations. We reviewed upcoming September exhibitions at more than 400 galleries around the country, and there will be a lot of painting on view.

As is typical, many galleries are bringing out the big guns for the new season – from Agnes Martin at The Pace Gallery in New York to a well structured survey of Bay Area figurative painter, Nathan Oliveira, at John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. Among the shows opening by emerging artists, it is hard to ignore the trend towards abstract painting that has swept over the art world.

Kimberly Brooks | “The Passage”  40 x 30 in. Oil on Linen 2011

Kimberly Brooks “Thread” * Editors Pick
Taylor De Cordoba Sept 10 – Oct 22
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LACMA “Art, Fame & Fashion” Presentation

photo by Aleji Tenutta

Art Bistro- Review
by Emily Waldorf

The Stylist Project Asks, “Is Fashion Art?”

On Wednesday, April 21, LACMA’s Costume Council featured a brilliant presentation by artist Kimberly Brooks, “Art, Fame, and Fashion.” Brooks recently completed the Los Angeles component of the The Stylist Project, a series of oil paintings that will eventually be turned into a book. The Stylist Project hones in on today’s fashion influences and explores the delicate question of whether fashion is art and whether stylists are artists.

Brooks is represented by Taylor de Cordoba Gallery and her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Art Ltd., The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Elle, C Magazine, as well as at juried shows at the Whitney and MoMA. For The Stylist Project, Brooks researched who today’s top trendsetters are, and asked them to sit for her in her studio in their own clothes. Her creative process includes taking hundreds of images of her subjects and then creating a maquette to work from. She lists the work of Henri Matisse and David Hockney as inspiration, which is clear through the sun-drenched colors and formal composition of her gorgeous paintings.

Brooks’ subjects include bold-faced L.A. fashion luminary names including Elizabeth Stewart, Liz Goldywn, Katherine Ross, Jeremy Scott, Jeanne Yang, Andrea Lieberman, and Rachel Zoe, among others. Part 2 of The Stylist Project is focused on New York’s haute fashionistas and will debut in Spring 2011. During her presentation, Brooks challenged the hierarchy of fine art versus applied arts and asked why hanging something on your wall is different than hanging something in your closet. She concluded that paintings can last hundreds of years but fashion is ephemeral by nature, so stylists are “artists of the everyday.”

Brooks’ presentation concluded with a roundtable discussion with two fashion stylistswho posed for her for The Stylist Project, Jeanne Yang and Elizabeth Stewart.

“Coming Together”: Group Show

KIMBERLY BROOKS
ANDREW FOSTER
RIVES GRANADE
SYDNEY LITTENBERG
SEAN P. MCGAUGHERTY
ANNE-ELIZABETH SOBIESKI

COMING TOGETHER
A POP UP PAINTING EXHIBITION

FEBRUARY 3 – 18, 2012
OPENING: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 7 – 10 PM

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