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Titled after a 1988 photo assemblage of Greene's that conjoins a male nude with images of a domestic space, "Tony Greene: Room of Advances" was beautifully situated in the intimately scaled, materially spare MAK Center, the former home and studio of architect Rudolph M. Schindler.
High atop Los Angeles at the Sheats-Goldstein residence, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture hosted its second-annual MAK Games tennis tournament.
The art world loves a work of art that requires trekking to a remote location. There's "Spiral Jetty," one of the most iconic pieces of land art in existence, on the northern shores of the Great Salt Lake. New Mexico has "Lightning Field," Walter de Maria's installation of 400 stainless-steel poles that serves as minimal sculpture at most times, and a veritable light show during lightning storms.
Now there's another piece to add to this list: "Social Pool," by Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia.
Tony Greene’s paintings look not so much painted as extruded. Impasto doesn’t even begin to describe the raised filigrees of flowers and other motifs layered over tinted photographs of tender young men, taxidermy stags and barren landscapes. Reminiscent of Victorian ironwork — a form that emulated nature even as the Industrial Revolution swept it away — Greene's paintings possess the same sense of nostalgia for a vanished world.
Outside the sliding doors and concrete walls of West Hollywood’s MAK Center at the Schindler House, the rumbling drone of an 8-channel audio installation, mounted and hostilely invitational, spills onto the otherwise serene Chace Courtyard. The interior, despoiled of all objects–furniture, books, cooking utensil, exhibition documentation–houses AV, a series of two sound installations by artists Andrea Fraser and Vanessa Place.
Andrea Fraser and Vanessa Place have filled the Schindler House, a landmark of 20th century modernism, with nothing but sound. Emptied of all but a few pieces of furniture, the house becomes both a setting and a listening device: an echo chamber reverberating with history and ideology.
“City in a City”, an exhibition that concentrates on Steven Holl's large-scale urban projects and answers to problems of overpopulation, finds itself at ease sitting in the Schindler House, an environment that would seem its antithesis.
Sizzling crosscourt forehands, Martin Margiela togs, barbecued ribs, fruit-infused Austrian beer, and oh so much avant-garde concrete. This was the delightfully offbeat scene at the first annual MAK Games, an invitational tennis tournament and cocktail party benefiting Los Angeles’s MAK Center for Art and Architecture.
The Oct. 26 event raised funds for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, drawing Will Ferrell's auctioneer wife Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and LACMA curator Franklin Sirmans, among other gallerists and artists.