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MOCA  The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Agnes Martin: “You see, the artist lives by perception. So that what we make, is what we feel. The making of something is not just construction. it’s all about feeling . . . everything, everything is about feeling . . . feeling and recognition!” [Agnes Martin, Untitled #2, 1977, India ink, graphite and gesso on canvas, Frame: 73 1/8 x 73 1/8 x 2 in. (185.8 x 185.7 x 5.1 cm) 72 x 72 x 2 in. (182.88 x 182.88 x 5.08 cm)]

Peter Fischli: “I think ideas have a tendency to be a little bit fascistic at first, because they hate all things that don't belong to the idea. But the process of making is ongoing, and then things sneak in. New arguments come up. It's the ambiguity from two poles, like a rope where something is pulling both ends.” Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s work Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go), currently on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center, closes tomorrow!

Jean Fautrier (b. 1898) was a French painter well known for his involvement in the Art Informel movement in French painting between the 1940s and 50s. In the early 1940s, Fautrier bore witness to the terror and brutality perpetrated by the Nazis during their occupation of France. His Hostage Series is an abstract document of the atrocities committed against random civilians in the woods, just beyond his residence. [Jean Fautrier, Head of a Hostage, No. 14, 1944, Oil on paperwood frame: 15 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 2 in. (39.37 x 31.12 x 5.08 cm) Image: 14 x 10 3/4 x 1 in. (35.56 x 27.31 x 2.54 cm)]

Now on view at MOCA Grand is Laughing on the Outside: Selections from the Permanent Collection! The works exhibited, while belonging to different historical periods and national origins, all orient toward play, often via absurdity and ridiculousness, in ways that deflate the grandiosity that sometimes accompanies the word “art”. [Gabriel Orozco, Ping Pond Table (Mesa de ping-pong con estanque), 1998, Mixed media, 30 x 167 3/4 x 167 3/4 in. (76.2 x 426.1 x 426.1 cm)]

Wolfgang Tillmans: “The constant question is, ‘Can I make a picture of this? Can I make something new?’ And sometimes I fail, but I can handle the failures. I even show them sometimes.” Today is photographer Wolfgang Tillmans’ birthday–happy birthday Wolfgang! [Wolfgang Tillmans, Concorde L 449-17, 1997/1998, Chromogenic dye coupler print, Image: 12 x 8 in. (30.5 x 20.3 cm) Paper: 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (31.8 x 21.6 cm)]

Liz Larner: “The physical is important to me. It has been perceived as the lesser of the experiences. In many belief systems, the physical is considered the basest way of experiencing. To me it’s interesting, because it affects us so directly, literally structures our space.” [Liz Larner, Used to Do the Job, 1987, Steel, aluminum, coal, copper, iron, zinc, copper carbonate, brass, bronze, saltpeter, bursera gummfera, glass, iron oxide, santalum album, bluestone, sulfur, tar, rubber, volcanic ash, lodestones, trinitrotoluene (TNT), ammonium nitrate and other natural, 48 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (123.2 x 65.4 x 62.9 cm)]

Charles Gaines: “There aren’t too many dos and don’ts in my [art] classes, but at the same time art is not exempt from moral responsibility. Don’t do anything illegal or that can hurt someone. Don’t use your art to exploit or as a tool to advance racism, homophobia, or sexism.” [Charles Gaines, Incomplete Text: Set 15, "N" Blue Letters, 1979, Mixed media on paper, Frame: 26 1/2 x 57 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (67.31 x 146.05 x 3.81 cm) Paper: 22 x 17 in. (55.88 x 43.18 cm)]

John Divola: “I like to think of myself as this physical specter that’s present in the background of some of [my] images. It’s somehow metaphoric for the kind revisiting and haunting of a kind of procedure that I’m doing.” [John Divola, Wolf, 1983, Cibachrome print, Frame: 50 x 49 x 2 in. (127 x 124.46 x 5.08 cm) Image: 37 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (95.25 x 95.25 cm)]

Analia Saban: “I find pictures to be endless, at a micro- and macro-cosmic level. Sounds like a never-ending project, for me at least. My share of exploration will probably only end when my end arrives.” Tomorrow at 3PM: MOCA presents Artists on Artists: Analia Saban on Anna Maria Maiolino at MOCA Grand! Analia Saban is a Los Angeles–based painter who seeks to reconfigure traditional notions of the medium, often using paint itself as the subject. Saban will discuss the work of Anna Maria Maiolino through the lens of their shared affinity for material and process, as well as gendered issues of the domestic.​

[Alessandro Pessoli, Little Happiness, 2004, Enamel and oil on paper, Image: 39 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (99.7 x 69.85 cm) Frame (Dark Wood): 44 1/8 x 32 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (112.08 x 81.6 x 4.45 cm)]

Check out this exhibition walkthrough of Rick Owens Furniture with @sciarc, which was on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center from December 17, 2016–April 3, 2017! Exhibition Curator Rebecca Matalon @rmmatalon and SCI-Arc faculty Marcelyn Gow discuss the architectural and artistic influences in @rickowensonline's furniture designs. (Link in bio)

Theaster Gates: “I've always been fascinated and enamored with Brancusi, and have been thinking about people like Josephine Baker and how black folk complicate modernism and the modernist moment, because they were also in Paris, Belgium, Germany, and the Americas… In the same way that the Christ story is also an Egyptian story, and a Confucian story, there should be multiple narratives that at least allow you a series of viewpoints.” [Installation view of Theaster Gates: An Epitaph for Civil Rights, Oct 1, 2011 – Feb 13, 2012 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles]

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