La Luz de Jesus Gallery Director Matt Kennedy will be out of office and unreachable from September 13 through 26, back in the gallery on Monday September 27th. If you are attempting an art purchase, redirect your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are emailing a submission, no further action need be taken. Matt will be reviewing submissions when he returns.
If you have a delivery, pick-up or general information question, please email email@example.com or call (323) 666-7667 and ask for Billy Shire. Thanks –Matt will be back in touch with you soon!
Above is the out-of-office message that responded last night to pretty much every email that has been sent to the gallery in the last year and a half. My apologies that my auto-responder went cuckoo. It has been disabled and our I.T. guy will have a sensible replacement on Monday. So if you don't get a swift reply to your email, it's because I'm not here, and won't be back until we start hanging the October shows on Monday, September 27th.
I'll be gallery hopping in China.
The 2011 schedule is already pretty full, so the impact of this trip won't be readily visible (if at all) until we post the 2012 schedule. I don't think that means that the Gao Brothers will be showing at La Luz de Jesus, but I'm very interested in what's happening over there right now, and I'll be introducing many of our artists to galleries in Shanghai and Beijing as I discuss the possibilities of introducing the next wave of Chinese artists to Los Angeles. In other words, I'm hoping to open up the trade routes like that other Californian did forty years ago –but please don't call me Tricky Dick!
Thursday night's Brian McCarty book signing turned into an impromptu gallery exhibition, so head in and check out a collection of signed and numbered prints (editions of only 10 each!) featured in his incredible photo book ART-TOYS. This special exhibition will be on the L-wall in the rear gallery until this Friday. On Saturday, they'll come down off the walls to make room for the first ever gallery exhibition of Punk Rock Icon Dee Dee Ramone's lowbrow art.
This special birthday memorial show (Dee Dee would have been 59) has the largest collection of Dee Dee's paintings ever assembled at once. These pieces are not for sale, so we've collaborated with the Dee Dee Ramone estate and produced a special screen-printed commemorative event poster (limited to only 150 editions). This item is fully sanctioned by the band, and will be released on the night of the show (Saturday, September 18th) at 7 PM. The poster features Dee Dee's signature self portrait "The Blue Demon," alongside the band's logo. Designer Alexia Pellegrini has hand screened each poster, and they will be signed and numbered. We'll also have a limited edition (21!) of six great archival photos from the Jenny Lens Photo Archive which will also be signed and numbered. The exhibition will be displayed through September 26th.
Gabba Gabba Hey!
The complete preview of the Art of the Lowbrow Tarot Exhibition is posted, as are sneak previews of Christine Wu's Romancing the Looky-Loos and Matt Wood's Mom's in Prison, and Karen Hsiao's Between the Surfaces. All shows open on October 1st, and the opening is going to be insane, with fetish models, a cash Absinthe bar, and free spirits from our new sponsor Bear Flag Wine.
Dave Cooper makes his return on Thursday, September 30th, too, and I suspect he'll bring more than his latest book, Bent, so be sure to cruise in for these incredible events!
Meanwhile, check out the coverage we received in this month's GQ –on newsstands now!