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Art, Art, Everywhere

Mar 01, 2019 10:04PM ● By Dawn Garcia
If These Walls Could Talk
Charlie James Gallery // Now through March 2
Puerto Rican artist Lee Quiñones launched a graffiti movement in New York in the late 1970's that influenced an entire generation of artists, transforming the way people would view street art. With a visual vernacular for change, justice, thought, and contemporary influence, his work spanned four decades preceding the walls in which he canvased. Though his work had largely disappeared, leaving a gap in graffiti art’s history, the Charlie James Gallery has put together a series titled If These Walls Could Talk exploring the juxtaposition of imposing foundations and urban landscapes showcased by Quiñones. Created on wood paneling and slabs of dry wall, this curated exhibition shows Quiñones’ experimentation with spray bomb color tests. The show offers a far more intrinsic look into the internalizing thought that found its voice in his work.
CJAMESGALLERY.COM // 969 Chung King Road // Los Angeles

The Universe is in Us
Sp[a]ce Gallery at Ayzenberg, Pasadena // Now through March 31
Mark Todd’s curated The Universe is in Us features eight artists exploring mixed mediums. Each artist utilizes raw materials as they relate to the compounds of the universe and life. From drawings to sculptures, Todd begs the question, “What are we made of?” Works from artists Abira Ali, Anita Kunz, Saiman Chow, Seonna Hong, Shannon Freshwater, Somsara Rielly, Souther Salazar, and Sung Jik Yang comprise a powerful collaboration to expose the complexities enveloping the physical being, our spirit, and the impacts contemporary society has on them.
SPACE.AYZENBERG.COM // 49 E. Walnut Street // Pasadena

Annie Liebovitz, the Early Years
Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles // February 16 through April 14
Annie Liebovitz is a photography icon who has shot some of the most influential people in pop culture. The Early Years exhibition cataloging her photographic journey from 1970 to 1983 includes more than 5,000 photographs that capture the dynamic political and cultural shifts of the 1970's. From her recognizable Rolling Stones covers to her views on photohumanism and photojournalism, this is a rare glimpse into unique images that are an extension of Liebovitz’s work presented in the 2017 LUMA Foundation at the festival Rencontres d’Arles, France. The exhibition also includes Leibovitz’s photographs of Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.