April 8, 2013

Openings: Kim McCarty and Marilyn Minter


If you made it out to both Kim McCarty's opening at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and Marilyn Minter's opening at Regen Projects Saturday night, you proved your resolve as a true lover of figurative painting.  Traversing the 10 miles between shows during Los Angeles rush hour is no small feat, nor is finding parking at Bergamot Station on a Saturday night during gallery season.  At least Regen Projects had a valet.

Paintings by Kim McCarty at Santa Monica Museum of Art

Kim McCarty Paints! at SMMoA, primarily an art sale intended to raise funds for the museum, turned out to be a very engaging exhibition.  McCarty's watercolor paintings, most of them unframed, were installed salon-style by clips, tacks and wires in an intimately sized room.  The choice was probably more practical than curatorial but the informality suited them nicely.  The painting's surfaces - textured, raw and slightly warped from the wet media - revealed more depth when viewed at close range than one might expect from works on paper.  The show is on view through April 20, 2013 after which time the works will head home with their lucky new owners.

Painting by Kim McCarty at Santa Monica Museum of Art

Painting by Kim McCarty at Santa Monica Museum of Art

Paintings by Kim McCarty at Santa Monica Museum of Art

Paintings by Kim McCarty at Santa Monica Museum of Art

Paintings by Kim McCarty at Santa Monica Museum of Art

Across town, Marilyn Minter's show at Regen Projects was made up of five new paintings by the artist, as well as an early series of black and white photographs exhibited in a separate room.  The paintings are huge, skillfully crafted, and on view until May 11, 2013.

Marilyn Minter, Last Splash, 2012, enamel on aluminum, 108 x180 inches at Regen Projects

Marilyn Minter, Big Bang, 2012, enamel on metal, 96 x 144 inches at Regen Projects

Marilyn Minter, Public Eye, 2013, enamel on Aluminum, 120 x 189 inches at Regen Projects

Marilyn Minter, Public Eye, detail

Marilyn Minter, Private Eye, 2013, enamel on aluminum, 120 x 72 inches at Regen Projects

Opening night at Regen Projects

(Image at top: Painting by Kim McCarty at Santa Monica Museum of Art)

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