“The Beatitudes of Malibu”

15th May 2021, 12:00 am

Date(s) - 15th May 2021 - 2nd Jul 2021
12:00 am

David Kordansky Gallery







Among the highlights in this diverse, multi-generation-spanning exhibition are new and recent paintings by Sayre Gomez, Jennifer Guidi, Angel Otero, Hilary Pecis, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood; historical paintings and drawings by Milton Avery, Charles Burchfield, Jane Freilicher, Miyoko Ito, Helen Lundeberg, Agnes Martin, and Alma Thomas; and works by Huma Bhabha, Lauren Halsey, and Sky Hopinka that transcend traditional genre distinctions. A selection of poems by Gabriela Jauregui, Bob Kaufman, Ann Lauterbach, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Cedar Sigo will be included in a complimentary booklet published as part of the exhibition.

The Beatitudes of Malibu employs a broad range of approaches to the landscape genre by bringing together artists whose paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and poems are born of divergent—and often conflicting—legacies. Freely mixed, for example, are abstract and representational depictions of the natural and urban worlds. But on an even deeper level, the totality of the works on view juxtaposes a number of entirely distinct positions vis-à-vis the environments that make up a “landscape.”

For all the many linkages that can be traced among artists and artworks in this exhibition, it is perhaps best described as a series of openings, each of which provides a view onto a different landscape with its attendant subjectivities and contradictions, its cultural antecedents and proposals for future interpretive axes, its natural features, and its all too human perplexities.

Etel Adnan • Milton Avery • Huma Bhabha • Nell Blaine • Lucy Bull • Charles Burchfield • Lois Dodd • Rackstraw Downes • Louis Eilshemius • Tom of Finland • Jane Freilicher • Charles Gaines • Sayre Gomez • Raul Guerrero • Jennifer Guidi • Lauren Halsey • David Hockney • Sky Hopinka • Shara Hughes • Miyoko Ito • Gabriela Jauregui • Scott Kahn • Bob Kaufman • Karen Kilimnik • Ann Lauterbach • Jake Longstreth • Helen Lundeberg • Agnes Martin • Richard Mayhew • JP Munro • Catherine Murphy • Angel Otero • Hilary Pecis • Rowan Ricardo Phillips • Torbjørn Rødland • Millard Sheets • Cedar Sigo • Alma Thomas • Mary Weatherford • Michael Williams • Jane Wilson • Jonas Wood • Takako Yamaguchi

Group exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery

  The Beatitudes of Malibu includes works by more than 40 artists and poets that respond to, depict, question, or are inspired by landscapes of all kinds. The exhibition borrows its title from a poem of the same name by Rowan Ricardo Phillips; in the poem’s eight parts, the poet engages in a series of encounters… View Article

Published: 15th May 2021

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