LOS ANGELES — The Swiss-born and Paris-based curatorMarc-Olivier Wahler, previously director of Palais de Tokyo, has been spending much of his time in Los Angeles these days. His latest exhibition “LOST (in LA)” opened at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park on December 1 and, after a quick trip to Miami to host a yodeling contest for Art Basel Miami Beach, he has returned to L.A. to prepare for “From Triple X to Birdsong (In Search of the Schizophrenic Quotient),” a group show opening at Kayne Griffin Corcoran on January 12. The curator is also developing the L.A. chapter of his Parisian experimental art space Chalet Society. Wahler sat down with ARTINFO’s Yasmine Mohseni at the “LOST (in LA)” exhibition to discuss L.A., Paris and taco trucks.
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Last week, the international art crowd arrived from near and far for Paris’ Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC). Art fairs can often be a rather dull enterprise with long days spent inside window-less convention halls and a steady stream of mostly average and sometimes engaging art. But this fair was pulsing with energy and – according to many dealers – actual sales. Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach and Frieze London are arguably the most important art fairs in the world but it seems Paris is carving out a place for itself in the contemporary art arena. The city of lights isn’t just about dead artists anymore.
In Sarah Cain’s As You Continue to Walk Forward, her 2008 site-specific installation at the Orange County Museum of Art, fluorescent colors and patterns crawl up and dripped down walls, ceilings, and floors. The geometric composition in Midnight Mission, from 2009, begins on a canvas and extends beyond its edge and onto the adjacent walls and floor. In Santa Barbara 2, 2011, a deconstructed canvas reveals the architecture of its stretcher bars, an integral component of the work. So, is Cain a painter, a sculptor, or an installation artist? ”I’m a painters,” she says. ”I think of it all as painting. Great painting should expand what painting can be.”
I stopped by Rosson Crow’s studio a few weeks ago as she put the finishing touches on a new series of paintings for her upcoming solo show at Honor Fraser.