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Corey Helford Gallery's 5th Anniversary Show, Culver City

by Suzanne on July 5th, 2011


One Day I Made A Great Find by Kazuki Takamatsu, acrylic, acrylic gouache, giclee on tarpaulin - click to enlarge

Not much to say about this one other than:

Yes, there are a few sweet gems in this show (Kazuki Takamatsu, Korin Faught, Van Arno, Ray Caesar, Tom Bagshaw, Billy Norrby, and maybe a few others) but I will honestly never understand why already successful galleries can't see that trying to gain an ever bigger audience by adding random overhyped and undertalented street "artists" (oh, smart move, I see you went for the save-cause-inoffensive Brit quartet D*Face/Eine/Pure Evil/Hush) is not in ANY WAY a curatorial achievement, but, let's be frank here, a wee bit embarrassing.

From the statement:

The common thread between these artists is that they are living contemporary artists whose work is hot and populist, rejecting the elitism that created the cold, sterile art and unapproachable galleries that dominated the late twentieth century. This is your art and these are your artists.

Okay, I am relieved to hear they're not the undead and kudos for being so brave as to call your artists "populist" - that takes guts as it's not very flattering and I wonder whether they'd all agree. From a curatorial point of view, however, the street "art" in your group show - which is all far from being STREET art and that's the point! - does mainly one thing to the rest of the featured artists: It devalues their artistic efforts.

And Luke Chueh? I'm not even starting this discussion.

Also, it's actually called "tarpaulin", thanks. These things matter. Being a gallery, this is your field of expertise.

Yes, I could go on.

Happy 5th birthday, Corey Helford - from your elitist friends across the pond (who are really just art historically aware art lovers).

Details below.


Untitled by Korin Faught, oil on panel - click to enlarge

On show: July 1 - 13, 2011

Address: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 310-287-2340

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Featuring: Basically everyone. Plus so-called "street art". In a gallery context. Ha, the irony!

Preview show


Harma Heikens, Ray Caesar et al. at Corey Helford, Culver City

by Suzanne on January 20th, 2011


Death and a nine-year-old by Harma Heikens, mixed media, 2008 - click to enlarge

And... yet another show announcement for the Culver City area and it seems that Ray Caesar (previously featured here, here, here, here, here, here and everywhere) is a busy man this month.

In the Nursery is a "contemporary interpretation of classic American nursery art" and has a very interesting line-up of artists including Chris Anthony, Tom Bagshaw, Shawn Barber, Scott G. Brooks, Ray Caesar (image below), Sas & Colin Christian, Korin Faught, Harma Heikens (image above), Liz McGrath and Martin Wittfooth. So this should be rather sweet.

I find it particularly interesting to see Liz McGrath rise from the interweb grave. I haven't really seen any new works since 2009 when she started using her mailing list contacts to regularly inform everyone what her husband Morgan Slade's been up to. Something I'm really not that interested in. But OH WELL.

Details below. Please note that the reception starts at 8 PM, not as 7 PM as listed on the website and that the Harma Heikens image only serves illustrative purposes as I'm not sure which of her works will be on show.


Beloved by Ray Caesar - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 8 - 10 PM

On show: January 29 - February 9, 2011

Address: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 310-287-2340

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Featuring: Chris Anthony, Tom Bagshaw, Shawn Barber, Scott G. Brooks, Ray Caesar, Sas & Colin Christian, Korin Faught, Harma Heikens, Liz McGrath, Martin Wittfooth, and many others