Blum & Poe is pleased to highlight new work by six artists from our fall exhibition program. This collection of works—paintings by March Avery, Aaron Garber-Maikovska, and Eddie Martinez; a ceramic vessel by Kazunori Hamana; a sculpture by Mohamed Bourouissa; and a new lightbox by Sam Durant—offers an overview of recent and forthcoming exhibitions in the Los Angeles gallery spaces.
Together, this presentation conveys the multifaceted character of our program, including work by artists new to our roster alongside longtime contributors. With the current limitations on international travel and local restrictions imposed on these physical presentations in the gallery spaces, Blum & Poe is pleased to bring our exhibition highlights together in a focused way for Art Basel's global audience.
Blum & Poe will present a major solo exhibition in Los Angeles this fall by the octogenarian New York painter March Avery, with canvases and work on paper ranging from 1960 to 2020. Like diary entries, March Avery's paintings share personal moments and reflections—realised in still lifes, portraits, and landscape paintings that she has rendered six days a week for over sixty years. Vivid, contrasting colours yield scenes in solid planes, in turn snapshots of intimacy, objects to which we attach our sentiments, or the quiet of untouched nature.
In October, the gallery presents new work by Sam Durant—his twelfth solo show with the gallery—dealing with the tearing down of monuments across eras and nations, a new body of work speaking directly to the upcoming US presidential election. A new commercial sign by the artist was made for the occasion. Remember in November (2020) is the latest work from the artist's ongoing sign series of lightboxes that utilise appropriated language from hand-made protest signs, both historical and recent.
This month, Paris-based artist Mohamed Bourouissa has been awarded the 2020 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Bourouissa's work is a hybrid of documentation and formal composition, collaborative choreographed representations of reality on the margins, particularly focused on the representation of disenfranchised people and marginalised communities and channeling a wide range of historical precedents. The gallery recently showcased a series of watercolours from his new body of work Brutal Family Roots exhibited at the 2020 Biennale of Sydney.
Japanese artist Kazunori Hamana's handmade natural clay vessels are included in the gallery's off-site exhibition at the Eliot Noyes House in New Canaan, Connecticut, in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM and the art and design fair Object & Thing. Hamana's work will be the focus of a forthcoming solo exhibition in LA. Deeply rooted in the practices of traditional Japanese tsubo and kintsugi, Hamana's pottery methods merge a respect for lineage and nature with improvisation, experimentation, and refinement.
Recently opened in Los Angeles is the gallery's first solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Garber-Maikovska. In large-scale paintings made from homemade oil sticks on fluted poly sheets, Garber-Maikovska uses his body as a site of investigation, difference and repetition. The result is intricate compositions of abstract forms, corporal articulations yielded from mantra-like exercises in muscle memory.
The gallery is pleased to feature new work by Eddie Martinez for OVR:2020. His bold paintings are executed with rough and confident gestures which vacillate between abstract and representational—incorporating coarse brushwork and bold contours through a combination of mediums such as oil, enamel and spray paint, and often include collaged found objects. Martinez is included in the group exhibition Sympathetic Magic, organised by Bill Powers, now on view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.