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“Ladder to the Sky,” 2014, Mie Olise
“Ladder to the Sky,” 2014, Mie Olise, Acrylic on canvas, 47 1⁄4" x 43 1⁄4" Photo: courtesy Samuel Freeman Gallery

TOP TEN 2014: LOS ANGELES EXHIBITIONS

“Ladder to the Sky,” 2014, Mie Olise
“Ladder to the Sky,” 2014, Mie Olise, Acrylic on canvas, 47 1⁄4″ x 43 1⁄4″
Photo: courtesy Samuel Freeman Gallery

1) LACMA:
#ChinesePaintings #Expressionism #Variations #KoreanTreasures #Fútbol #Calder #Pashgian #Hartley #Altoon #AGreatYear

2) Samuel Freeman Gallery: Mie Olise “Noplacia”
Dilapidated structures, built from architectonic gestural brushwork, melancholy yet seductive.

3) Jack Rutberg Fine Arts: Jerome and Joel-Peter Witkin: “Twin Visions”
Two roads diverged and briefly reunite: subliminal and sublime, haunted and haunting.

4) Louis Stern Fine Arts: Karl Benjamin “The Late Paintings”
Muted tones found new rhythms under the direction of the renowned master of color harmonies.

5) Blum & Poe: “From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction”
A retrospective of 1960s-70s Korean painting: hypnotic scrawls, repetitive hatching, torn patterns, and all of it powerful.

6) Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects: Sean Duffy/Shannon Finley
A striking dichotomy: Duffy’s bullet-hole Barnett-zipped minimalism juxtaposed with Finley’s exuberant overlapping geometric abstractions.

7) ACME: Aaron Morse “Cloud World”
Expansive landscapes under electric Dixonesque-cloud filled skies stole the show.

8) USC Pacific Asia Museum: “The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America”
Artists tackle immigration and identity, starring Hung Liu and Tony de los Reyes.

9) Charlie James Gallery: Eske Kath “Arena”
Little boxes on the hillside, engulfed in forests, and set adrift in outer space.

10) Garboushian Gallery: Yvette Gellis: “1,000 Ways to See It”
Three-dimensional rifts on previous work, seemingly on the brink of new discoveries.