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Gusmano Cesaretti @ Roberts and Tilton (1.7)

Gusmano Cesaretti, from the East Los Angeles Series. 1974. Black and white silver gelatin print, 24 x 36 inches.

Gusmano Cesaretti, from the East Los Angeles Series. 1974. Black and white silver gelatin print, 24 x 36 inches.

Roberts and Tilton will present a solo exhibition of Gusmano Cesaretti’s celebrated photography, opening on Saturday (1.7).  Curator Aaron Rose has focused both on Cesaretti’s past and present work.  The photographer’s honest portrayal of East LA in the 70’s will fill the main gallery in the form twenty-four vintage prints.  His recent (2008) work in Colón, Panama focusing on the lives of impoverished children will be presented in the gallery’s project room.

From his images of street artists featured in MoCA’s milestone ‘Art in the Streets’ exhibit to the work featured in this upcoming exhibition, Cesaretti has shed light on the margins of society. In doing so he has expanded our understanding of the people and cultures often ignored by the mainstream.

Gusmano Cesaretti
Opening: Saturday January 7th 2012 (6-8 PM)

Roberts and Tilton
5801 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

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‘Art in the Streets’ @ MOCA (4.17)


Ever since the initial announcement back in September, collectors, followers and practitioners  of Graffiti and Street Art have been looking forward to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s bound to be seminal ‘Art in the Streets’ expansive exhibition.   Today, the museum announced a tantalizing high-level overview of the show which opens on Saturday, April 17th @ the Geffen Contemporary in downtown Los Angeles and runs through August 8th.  After its initial LA run, the exhibition will travel to the Brooklyn Museum (March 30th – July 8th 2012).  ‘Art in the Streets’ is the first museum show to chronicle the explosive history of Graffiti and Street Art.

Organized by MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch and co-curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose,  Art in the Streets offers several interrelated sections designed to deliver the multiple facets, milestones and nuances  of these two emergent art forms.  Installations of 50 influential graffiti and street artists including Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos and JR, will anchor the exhibition.   The LA exhibition will highlight the city’s contribution to both graffiti and street art with sections for cholo graffiti as well as  the ‘Dogtown’ skateboard scene.  Several local artists will be featured including Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, and RISK.

Focused sections will  highlight specific seminal developments in graffiti  including Patti Astor’s Fun Gallery which introduced seminal artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat to the broader art community in the 80’s.  Additional sections will reflect on the highly influential ‘Wild Style’ film, offer a rare look at Battle Station created by the late artist and gothic futurism theorist Rammellzee,  present the ‘Martin Wong Collection’which includes ‘black books’ and other noted works, and finally revisit ‘Street Market’ with a special LA edition of the urban street installation from Todd James, Barry McGee and Steve Powers, complete with overturned trucks.

In keeping with the goal of presenting a history of graffiti and street art, Art in the Streets will also highlight the contributions of photographers and filmmakers who documented both genres including Martha Cooper, Estevan Oriol, Gusmano Cesaretti, Terry Richardson, and Spike Jonze.

The exhibition will also feature an extensive catalog published by Skira Rizzoli and edited by Nikki Columbus.  Beyond chronicling the exhibition, the catalog will include interviews and discussions about several key historical developments including wild style, cholo graffiti and the influence of skate and punk subcultures.

It goes without saying, but for emphasis – this is a must see for anyone remotely interested in Graffiti and Street Art.

Art in the Streets
Opening: Saturday, April 17th 2011

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Street Art Panel @ Fowler (1.13)


In light of both the recent MOCA-Blu faceoff and an episode in which New York street artists tagged a Kenny Scharf mural, this Thursday, UCLA’s Fowler Museum of Cultural History will host “How Does Street Art Humanize Cities?”, a panel exploring the concept of propriety in street art and its effect on the city in which it is placed.

The panel will coincide with the closing week of the museum’s exhibition of Larry Yust’s photographs of metropolitan street art. Moderated by LA Times arts writer Jori Finkel, the panel will feature Fowler curator Patrick Polk, who organized the Yust show; independent curator Aaron Rose, who is helping organize the upcoming MOCA street art survey; and two of Los Angeles’s best-known muralists: Man One and Retna.

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How Does Street Art Humanize Cities?
Thursday, 1.13, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
North Campus, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Shows: Projections @ Roberts and Tilton LA

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Roberts & Tilton will kick off their 2010 schedule with “Projections,” a festival of rare and hard to see films organized by Aaron Rose. Opening on Saturday, January 16th and running through February 20, 2010, Projections will feature short and feature length films by 31 filmmakers. Filmmakers included are: Bruce laBruce, Chris Johansson, Aaron Rose, Tobin Yelland, Roman Coppola, Jo Jackson, Thomas Campbell and more.

This show looks to be a collection of who’s cool in skate art/culture so expect a large contingent of hipsters at the opening. Check the Gallery website for a schedule of film screenings as well.

Projections: A Festival of Rare and Hard To See Films
Roberts and Tilton
5801 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
Opening Reception Saturday, January 16th, 6 – 9pm

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Shows: Self-Portrait @ Circleculture in Berlin

Circleculture Gallery in Berlin opens a group show of self-portraits from a fantastic line-up of artists. Artists are an international group including D-Face, Charlie Isoe, Aaron Rose, Jeff Soto, Kill Pixie, JR and Judith Supine.

According to CC, “the idea of this exhibition is to approach the historical theme of self-portraits and to bring it into a contemporary art context. A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid 1400s that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture… In this respect it will be an interesting and new experience to show the vision of the “self-portrait” by contemporary urban artists from all over the world.”

Opening reception: Friday June 5th, 7-10 pm
Circleculture Gallery
Gipsstrasse 11
Berlin Mitte / Germany

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Los Angeles Recomended Openings This Weekend (1.15)

Not quite as many openings this weekend, but here are a few worth dropping in on.

Aaron Rose
Sat, Jan. 17th 7-10pm
Hope Gallery
1547 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles / 323.782.9221

Cleon Peterson
Sat, Jan. 17th 7-10pm
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192

“Fairytale of Berlin” Group Show
Sat, Jan. 17th 7-10PM
SCION Gallery
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840

…and if you missed the Richard Prince opening last night, go stop by Michael Kohn Gallery.

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