THR Art Issue: Top 10 L.A. Artists Coveted by Hollywood
5:12 PM PST 11/4/2013 by THR Staff
As the town experiences an influx of young artists, emerging talents are hooking Hollywood with high concepts (Sam Falls), emotional connections (Jonas Wood) and brave new worlds (Samara Golden). THR canvassed 25 curators, art advisors and collectors across L.A. for their top 10. These are the artists to watch.
Bloom (right) has been collecting Falls’ work since January 2012, when he visited the Art Los Angeles Contemporary at the Barker Hangar and gravitated toward a photo of tires, laden with thick circles of paint depicting the same tires. He bought it on the spot, explaining: “I like cars, bikes — it’s a boy thing. It was speaking to that side of me.” Later, Bloom met Falls’ wife, Erin Falls, a director of the Hannah Hoffman gallery (which represents the artist), at a dinner party, and began learning about Sam’s work.
Israel made a name with “Rough Winds,” his webisode ode to L.A. His self-portraits (pictured) also complement his sunglass line Freeway Eyewear, which has featured a design by John Baldessari and will debut a collaboration with artist Barbara Kruger in November. Israel is repped by in the U.S. by Gavin Brown's Enterprise and Reena Spaulings Fine Art.
In LACMA’s and the Hammer Museum’s permanent collections, his looping videos (Soldiers Ocean, pictured) have been described as “between the worlds of Cindy Sherman and Pee-wee Herman.” Last year’s solo show at Santa Barbara Museum of Art propelled Bess to the front of the video art scene. Bess is represented by L.A.'s Cherry & Martin.
HBO's Michael Lombardo With Artist Jonas Wood
HBO's Lombardo (right), initially drawn to Wood’s interior paintings when he became an admirer about four years ago, now recognizes the transcendent quality of his sports portraits. “I am not a sports fan,” says Lombardo, “but I think the athlete paintings are powerful and poetic. I don’t see them as art for sports fans. I see them as powerful portraits of dynamic people.”
She’s no neophyte, with works in LACMA, the Hammer and NYC’s MoMA, but her recent pieces (Neptune’s Net, pictured) are creating a second act. Artforum named her NYC show at Brennan & Griffin to its “Best of 2012” list. Next up: a 2014 show with L.A.’s David Kordansky Gallery.
Golden’s installations (Diet Piece: Moral Kinship II, pictured, at Night Gallery) are ambitious, woolly and messy. Says former music publisher and A&R executive Ron Handler: “Her pieces come from a dimension where Chucky, David Lynch and the Easter Bunny collaborate on something sincere.”
CAA's Thao Nguyen and Artist Amanda Ross-Ho
Nguyen (right) spearheads CAA’s Angel Art benefit auction, which this year raised $1.1 million for Project Angel Food, and continues to add emerging artists to her own collection, including Ross-Ho, whose pieces Nguyen has been collecting since the two met in 2006 at Ross-Ho’s MFA show at USC. “At the time, for me it was like nothing I’d ever seen,” says Nguyen.
Fowler has his hands in everything from running a music label to co-editing culture magazine ANP Quarterly to rapping under the moniker BARR. But it’s his mixed-media work that has been landing him in shows like “New Photography 2013” at MoMA and a solo show at LAXART in 2014. “[Fowler’s works are] architectural installations featuring photographs that are sculptural,” says LAXART director Lauri Firstenberg. “The work is dynamic and performative.”
Brandt’s ability to turn photography on its head has landed him in the collections of LACMA and the Hammer, and on Art and Auction’s “Next Most Collectable Artists” list this year. His first museum solo show at the Columbus Museum of Art opens on November 15th. Contemporary art collector and marketing guru Darren Romanelli notes Brandt’s combination of “innovative materials with classic techniques. He specializes in printing photos made from multiple subjects, such as lakes and candy waterfalls.” His next show opens at L.A.'s M+B Gallery on Dec. 14.
Miller’s videos have been described by The Los Angeles Times as “curiously mesmerizing,” which is putting it lightly. They’re charged and provocative, tackling subjects such as race, sexuality, and identity head on. Most recently, Miller has been commissioned by LACMA’s roving LACMA9 Art + Film Lab. “Miller thoughtfully questions our relationship to moving images, drawing our attention to our own role in the meaning-making process of film and to film's ability to re-inscribe histories and narratives, both personal and collective,” says Cesar Garcia, founder and director of independent cultural space The Mistake Room.