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Weekend Gallery Report: Cut-Ups, Abstraction and the Quran Illuminated

originally posted on: Los Angeles times by Carolina A. Miranda
September 29, 2014

GOING HARD-EDGE. I started in Venice: a lousy place to park, but the perfect destination for anyone seeking to procure art and patchouli in a single outing. My first stop was L.A. Louver, which in its upstairs space has a small exhibition of work by Frederick Hammersley, a painter associated with hard-edge abstraction in Los Angeles in the late 1950s and ’60s. (This clean, almost graphic, style of painting stood in opposition to the abstract expressionists, whose works were all about capturing gritty emotion.)

The show has a number of pieces that Hammersley produced in the 1960s, when he still lived in Los Angeles (he moved to New Mexico at the end of that decade). In these works, amoebic forms in shades of lavender, mustard, blue, green and Pepto pink intersect with each other on flat backgrounds. There is something wonderfully good-natured about them.

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Photo: I saw a veritable avalanche of art this past weekend. Starting with this very black, very viscous-looking bronze by Sui Jianguo titled “Schwarzwald” at L.A. Louver. (Carolina A. Miranda / Los Angeles Times)

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