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Petzel Gallery
Homer Simpson by Joyce Pensato

Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce castaway, a solo
exhibition by New York based artist Joyce Pensato. This is her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

For this exhibition, Pensato will present a new series of paintings and drawings, as well as premiere digital c-prints of her studio taken by the artist and predominantly comprised of collages on her studio walls.

The paintings and drawings will reprise her cast of familiar cartoon and comic book characters, including Batman, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Homer Simpson, among others. In the new paintings we see he continued exploration of sporadic leaps into color, especially gold and copper, which represent a departure from what has historically been a strictly black and white painting palette. Whereas colorful pastels have surfaced in Pensato's charcoal drawings over the years, the introduction of color in her paintings is a more recent development and denotes an additional layer within, simultaneously erased and darkened by the profuse and continual saturation of the canvas.
c-prints by Joyce Pensato

The digital c-prints, exhibited for the very first time to the public, are of the artist's Brooklyn studio walls, showing juxtapositions of collages that inform her practice and surround her daily working conditions. Historically, Pensato has imported these various collages and other ephemera-figurines and stuffed animals - into the gallery space to an assemblage effect. However on this occasion these objects will be left behind, allowing the photographs to occupy the same two-dimensional spaces of those of her paintings and drawings. Through these old and new mediums, Pensato continues her baleful transmutation of American cartoon culture - employing her fast, assured, and gestural hand to shed light on the arguable darkness lurking within our familiar Pop iconography.

Joyce Pensato was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to live and work. Her touring solo show, i Killed Kenny, was first shown at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2013) and then traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum of St Louis (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Empire State, curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Sir Norman Rosenthal, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2013); Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection by Alex Katz at the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville (2012); and A Painting Show at The Speed Museum of Art, Louisville (2011). Pensato's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMoMa, San Francisco; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art; St Louis Art Museum and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire. She has won numerous awards including the Robert de Niro, Sr Prize (2013), the Award of Merit Medal for Painting, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2012), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1997) and the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996). 

Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.



Alice Neel

     Opening reception: Thursday, February 19, 6 - 8 PM

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings and watercolors by Alice Neel (1900-1984). On view at 537 West 20th Street in New York, the works are selected from throughout her career and span five decades. A fully illustrated catalogue by David Zwirner Books, featuring essays by the independent curator and writer Jeremy Lewison and award-winning novelist Claire Messud, is published to coincide with the show.

Drawing was a fundamental, stand-alone component of Neel's practice, persistently pursued alongside painting, for which she is primarily known. As a medium, it enabled her to capture the immediacy of her visual experience-whether in front of her sitters or on the city streets-while also affording her a greater sense of experimentation and informality. As an exercise, it frequently made its way into her canvases in the form of outlines and delicately sketched backgrounds.

Neel chose the subjects for both her paintings and drawings from her family, friends and broad variety of fellow New Yorkers: writers, poets, artists, students, textile salesmen, cabaret singers and homeless bohemians. Through her penetrative, forthright, and at times humorous touch, her work subtly engaged with political and social issues, including gender, racial inequality and labor struggles. Not initially intended for public view, her drawings reveal a more private and intimate nature than her paintings and us such reflect her deep sensitivity to those subjects. Yet they are far from sentimental and she readily stripped her sitters of their masks, foregrounding rather the incongruous, the awkward and, at times, the comical - Neel was a self-proclaimed admirer of Honoré Daumier. As Jeremy Lewison notes in his essay for the accompanying catalogue,"Unlike many of her social realist contemporaries...Neel skillfully avoided lachrymose sentiment and political hysteria...She could always find a way to get under the skin, to penetrate through to the psychological strengths and frailties of her sitters. Neel took an interest in the human condition and was as much recorder of the contemporary American people as the celebrated photographers of the era, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank and Helen Levitt.

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OCCULTO Issue pi

Released in May 2014
96 glossy color pages
cm  16,5 x 23,5
ISSN 2196-5781

TEXTS: Massimo Sandal, Roberto Lalli, Alice Cannava, Russ Hodge, Krzysztof J. Pelc, Babsi Urbanic

ILLUSTRATIONS/ARTWORKS: David Moertl, Pep Vidal, Alice Cannava 

Pep Vidal

Occulto explores new possibilities in popularisation of science in connection to other fields such as the visual arts, parascientific theories and history of ideas. Occulto affirms the cultural value to scientific knowledge and the potential of an interdisciplinary approach opened to deviance and irony.

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 Printed Matter

Printed Matter's 

January 29 - February 1, 2015
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA

Printed Matter presents the third annual LA Art Book Fair, from January 29 through February 1, 2015, at the Geffen Contemporary At MOCA Downtown LA.

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 250 presses, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over 20 countries.

The LA Art Book Fair is the companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair, held every fall in New York City. Over 35,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers and other enthusiasts attended the NY Art book Fair in 2014.

Join us on Thursday, January 29, from 6 to 9pm, at the Greffen Contemporary for a three-hour opening night preview, with special musical performances by NO AGE and PRINCE RAMA.

Entry to the Preview is 10$, proceeds going to support LAABF15. The first 2,000 visitors to pre-pay online or to pay at the door (while supplies last) will receive a Ticket Edition by artist Edie Fake. Tickets available here.

For a full exhibitor list and featured programs please visit the fair site here.


Allen Ruppersberg's TOO MANY BOOKS is a 4.5 ft photo block mounted on MDF featuring a color image (from 1972) of the artist standing beside a towering stack of books. Cali Thornhill Dewitt's Adult Books, 2015 features a black and white vinyl work on corrugated plastic. Edie Fake presents a new 3-color screenprint, Passageway (Black Lives Matter), which also serves as a Ticket Edition to the opening Preview.

Hours and Locations 
The LA Art Book Fair is free and open to the public:

Friday, January 30, 12 pm7 pm
Saturday, January 31, 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday, February 1, 11 am - 6 pm

Special Events 
The LA Art Book Fair preview and reception:
Thursday, January 29, 6-9 pm
$10 Entry, proceeds going to support LAABF15