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Variations: Conversations with LA artists

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Insights from Los Angeles-based artists on abstraction and related ideas that guide them in their own art making practice. Featured artists: Mark Grotjahn, Anthony Pearson, Analia Saban, and Lisa Williamson.

Richard J. Powell, Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University and curator of this exhibition, describes and contextualizes Archibald Motley's distinct voice in portraying Chicago's burgeoning African-American culture around the 1930s. 


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This video, narrated by CCH Pounder, explores the themes of the exhibition, including the connection between earth and sky in the art and culture of many African peoples.


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Judith Baca, professor at UCLA and founder of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), talks about the history of mural painting in Venice, California, her own work, and the ongoing legacy of Edward Biberman. Edward Biberman, Abbott Kinney and the Story of Venice is on view in the Art of the Americas building at LACMA through November 16, 2014. SPARC is hosting a related exhibition, Lost Horizons: Mural Dreams of Edward Biberman through July 31, 2014. 


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View a clip from the piece Hassan Hajjaj, My Rock Stars Experimental Volume 1, 2012, on view in the Ahmanson Building.

Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY.


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