Special Exhibitions & Programming 2012


Art Platform Projection Series

Sponsored by Epson America | Curated by Paul Young

Placed at key points throughout the venue, the Art Platform Projection Series features a number of interactive and generative works by some of today's most exciting contemporary digital artists. Each work uses the latest state-of-the art technology by Epson America. Works by Brandon Morse, Camille Utterback, John Carpenter and others have been included. For more information on the Epson PowerLite ProZ series professional projectors, visit www.epson.com/ProZ and YoungProjectsGallery.com.


art weekend LA | a biannual art exploration of art fairs, galleries & museums in Los Angeles | September 28-30, 2012

Offering discounts, giveaways, notifications, and access to VIP events, art fairs, artist talks, and panel discussions art weekend LA is the quintessential requisite for any discriminating art aficionado. Exceptional galleries and partnering museums are destinations, such as Cherry & Martin, George Billis Gallery, Kopeikin Gallery, Luis De Jesus, Mark Moore Gallery, Roberts & Tilton, Samuel Freeman, Ambach & Rice, Angles Gallery, Bleicher Gallery La Brea, Fahey/Klein, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Patrick Painter Inc. WEST Gallery, Robert Berman Gallery, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, L&M Arts, LA Louver, Marine Contemporary, M+B, Michael Kohn Gallery, New Image Art Gallery & more.

*art weekend LA is an off-site event

For more information on art weekend LA, please click here.



ARTBOOK | D.A.P. is America’s premier source for books on contemporary art, photography, design, architecture and visual culture. At Art Platform - Los Angeles, ARTBOOK | D.A.P.’s booth features new releases from The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Guggenheim Museum, the Walker Art Center, Aperture, Hatje Cantz, JRP|Ringier and Walther König, among other renowned art publishers. ARTBOOK | D.A.P. is proud to showcase Gerhard Richter’s newly released artist’s book, Patterns: Divided, Mirrored, Repeated, alongside Uta Barth’s To Draw with Light, as well as The Art of William S. Burroughs: Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs, On Kawara: Date Paintings in New York and 136 Other Cities and Ménage à Trois: Warhol, Basquiat, Clemente.



Founded in 2004 and based in New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, Artis is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports and promotes contemporary artists from Israel internationally. Artis advances opportunities for cultural understanding and dialogue through artist commissions, lectures and events; exhibition and professional development grants; research trips to Israel for arts professionals and collectors; professional development initiatives; and its online resource, www.artiscontemporary.org. Artis will present works by Gilad Ratman, who will represent Israel at the 2013 Venice Biennale; Ofri Cnaani, whose exhibition The Sota Project opens at the USC Fisher Museum of Art on October 7, 2012 and runs through December 1, 2012; as well as recent works by Adam Berg, Dor Guez, Reuven Israel, and Rona Yefman. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Artis Grant Program, which awards over $125,000 annually to artists and nonprofit institutions.


Clayton Campbell, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11, 2004-present, photography | Special Project at Art Platform – Los Angeles

In 2004 Campbell began one of his most important photographic projects, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11. It is an interactive project, which has grown to include over 900 portraits of persons holding on a sheet of paper new words they have learned, or words they knew but had taken on new meaning since September 11, 2001. At Art Platform - Los Angeles, Campbell presents for the first time, a selection of large-scale portraits from the Wordsproject. From here, the entire project will be on exhibit in Beijing, China, this October, at the prestigious Three Shadows Photography Art Center.


Alejandro Diaz, Artist Rising Above it All, 2012, letter banner and aircraft | aerial text piece / performance | Courtesy of royale projects: contemporary art (booth 727) | September 27, 2012 6:00pm

Alejandro Diaz was promised total artistic freedom when he was invited to create a series of public works for the 2011 St. Moritz Art Masters festival in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Imagine his surprise and frustration when his first dozen concepts were rejected for being too provocative. In response to this experience, Diaz focused on his inner strength and fantasized his airplane piece. This work expresses a sentiment shared by many artists as contemporary art becomes a more mainstream, sanitized and institutionalized commodity. The piece also demonstrates Diaz’s Zen approach to the notion of giving in but not giving up, infused with his trademark humor and theatrics. The seemingly light-hearted undertakings of Alejandro Diaz are informed by his serious engagement with the legacy of text-based art, conceptualism, and pop and by his current critical thinking around the art object and its cultural frameworks. Diaz has exhibited at the Jersey City Museum, NJ; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The Los Angeles County Museum, CA; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; and the Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum, CT. Diaz will open a solo exhibition at RISD Museum of Art in November 2012.


Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Collecting Fine Art Photography

Gallerist Peter Fetterman will discuss the fundamentals of fine art photography such as the differences of printing types, the facts about editioning, the history of the photography market, what creates the value of a photograph and the current “blue chip” photographers, in a special panel discussion.


A Special Exhibition for Gutai Art Collective Founding Member, Chiyu Uemae by Whitestone Gallery

Gutai is everywhere. This July saw a Gutai Group exhibition at the Tokyo National Art Center; the Los Angeles MOCA's Painting the Void/Destroying the Picture will open this October, an exhibition which heavily emphasizes Gutai; and not long after, in February, the Guggenheim will hold the first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted exclusively to the Gutai art collective. This September 2012, Art Platform – Los Angeles will share in the fervor with a special exhibition of works by Chiyu Uemae, a founding member of the Gutai art collective. Whitestone Gallery is proud to begin a re-examination of the Gutai group by presenting these unseen artworks and introducing Chiyu Uemae to the world stage.


Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Café, 2012, Mixed media installation

In the interactive installation/ performance piece, Cafe, 2012, Hovnanian presents a small neighborhood cafe in Texas. Or is it? There is what seems to be an authentic cafe aroma, but the fare is decidedly untraditional. The milky white liquid posing as coffee smells and tastes real, but it is actually a chemical substance created in a lab. BBQ, lemonade, and pie grace the menu, however “Food Bytes” or synthetically modified food is served in the cafe. Look out the window: there is a view of a barn – a video projection entitled, Outside Nacogdoches. The apparent customer at the counter, who is replaced with an LCD panel affixed to a chair, is preoccupied by angry birds and text messaging. @CafeWaitress (the waitress) oozes southern charm and sugars up every sentence; another ersatz reality, she's an actress from New York City with a Twitter account.


Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

LACE presents a new installation of Steve Roden’s Shells, Bells, Steps And Silences. Originally commissioned and presented at LACE, this multichannel audio and video work incorporated three research projects conducted by Roden over the past year: a collection of sea shells acquired from the estate of modern dancer Martha Graham, notes from a recent residency at the Walter Benjamin archive in Berlin, and John Cage’s seminal 4’33”, a work that Roden performed daily over the course of an entire year. Shells, Bells, Steps And Silences was made possible with the generous support of the Pasadena Art Alliance.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): Art Rental and Sales Gallery

The Art Rental and Sales Gallery at LACMA represents a select group of Southern California artists who explore a wide range of styles in paintings, prints, and photographs. At present, more than seventy-five artists are represented in the gallery. Proceeds support LACMA acquisitions, programs, and special exhibitions.


LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is a non-profit public art organization committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects in Los Angeles and beyond. In conjunction with Art Platform - Los Angeles, LAND is hosting its 3rd Annual Benefit Gala at the home of Catharine and Jeffrey Soros on September 29, 2012. A curated online auction will be powered by Paddle8 (www.paddle8.com/forgood/landgala) and LAND’s booth at Art Platform - Los Angeles will allow guests the exclusive opportunity to view a selection of the auction items, place bids, and purchase tickets to the Gala. Auction artists include Hernan Bas, Joe Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, George Herms, Alex Hubbard, Terence Koh, Amanda Ross- Ho, Garth Weiser, and Jonas Wood, among others. LAND will also display a selection of its limited edition artist multiples by artists such as Olaf Breuning, Sue de Beer, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, Rob Pruitt, and Mungo Thomson, among others.


Ping Pong 2012

Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present Ping Pong 2012. Ping Pong is a multi- destination, cross-cultural collaboration featuring artists from Los Angeles, Miami and Basel. Ping Pong 2012 debuted at Projektraum M54 during Art Basel and now moves to Art Platform - Los Angeles before completing its exhibition schedule in Miami in December. LAAA has secured scholar/critic Alpesh Kantilal Patel as the curator for this Art Platform - Los Angeles iteration. Featured artists include: York Chang, Mei Xian Qiu, Dmitry Kmelnitsky, Susan Sironi, Mette Tommerup, Robert Chambers, Walter Robinson, Jacek Kolasinski, Franziska Furter and Sue Irion. LAAA has been providing opportunities, resources and services for emerging artists since 1925.


Steve Roden, flight patterns, 2012 | Commissioned by XOJET

XOJET, the San Francisco-based private aviation company has commissioned visual and sound artist Steve Roden to create a soundwork for one of their customized Challenger 300 jets. While aircraft are not a typical environment for a sound installation, the XOJET Challenger 300 has a unique sound system where the walls of the plane act as speakers and extensive sound insulation to block out outside engine noise. The combination creates a completely immersive aural environment for the eight passengers.  LA-based Roden uses singular source materials such as objects, architectural spaces, and field recordings, abstracted through electronic processes to create new audio spaces. Roden has performed his soundworks at various arts spaces and experimental music festivals worldwide including the Serpentine Gallery in London , The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He also has created numerous site-specific sound works for spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center, the Henry Art Gallery’s James Turrell Skyspace, and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.

Roden’s XOJET Challenger 300 soundwork will be at Art Platform – Los Angeles for only opening day, September 27, and will be a private event for invited guests.


Santa Monica Museum of Art 

Visit the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s booth for an inside look at SMMoA’s new season of groundbreaking exhibitions and inventive programs. Positioned at the center of the Bergamot Station Arts Center, the largest arts complex in Southern California, SMMoA is located just 2 miles away from Art Platform - Los Angeles. Currently on view at SMMoA: Michael Queenland: Rudy’s Ramp of Remainders features the work of this acclaimed conceptual artist; Kianja Strobert: Nothing to Do but Keep Going is the first solo museum exhibition for this mixed-media and sculptural artist; and Agnes Denes: Body Prints, Philosophical Drawings, and Map Projections, 1969–1978 is a presentation of work by this seminal artist, a pioneer of the Environmental and Conceptual Art movements.