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Ward of the State: Book ~ Rivera & Rivera

Come out and join artists Patrick Hoelck, Estevan Oriol, Robert Standish, Patrick Martinez and Michael Gregg Michaud for Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse book signing this Saturday, June 25 @ 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Rivera & Rivera Gallery located at 454 N. Robertson Boulevard.

Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse is a group exhibition of works centered on shared muse, Tony Ward. Curated by Robert Standish, the exhibition highlights a diverse collection of images by artists whose lives and careers have at various points been impacted by Ward, as subject, myth and muse. Called “male icon of the century” by Paris Vogue, Ward has been the subject of numerous photographers and designers; he also appeared in Madonna’s book Sex, as well as in some of her hyper-sexualized music videos. Ranging from the 1980s to the present, Ward of the State features paintings, photographs, and works in other media based on Tony Ward’s role as a visual icon. As a collective work of art, Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.


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A fifty-page, full-color, hardcover catalogue, enclosed in a custom Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse strait-jacket, with essays by Michael Gregg Michaud and Peter Frank accompanies the exhibition. The Ward of the State catalogue includes artwork by Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, Estevan Oriol, RETNA, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner, Maya Mercer and Tony Ward.

~ Mikaela Bender

Rivera & Rivera opens its doors on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:00am through 6:00pm as well as by appointment. For more deets on Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ oogle Shayna @ 310.713.1635 x Shayna@riveraandrivera.com

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Ray Turner: Population ~ LBMA

A solo exhibition of nearly 300 portraits by American artist Ray Turner: Population is an expanding series that invites viewers to contemplate identity – individually as well as collectively. Curated by Art Critic Peter Frank and LBMA Executive Director Ron Nelson, the exhibit also includes a selection of photographic interpretations, works on paper, and three-dimensional pieces by Turner. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 6:00pm ~to~ 9:00pm and the exhibition will continue through Sunday, September 11, 2011.

The portraits in Population, executed primarily with oil paint on glass, feature subjects painted over the last four years, including 60 new works depicting Long Beach community members. The growing cross-section of portraits also includes 150 works that Turner previously painted for the Pasadena Museum of California Art [PMCA] in 2009.

A Population is the set of beings inhabiting a location – organisms belonging to the same species and living in the same geographical area. The term refers to an objective, scientific accounting of human beings. Turner’s Population, however, does not favor representational precision over interpretation. His works search for the inner essence and character of his subjects over physical accuracy. Fluid, much like notions of identity, Turner’s textural paintings vacillate between realism and abstraction. Population entices the viewer to decipher each sitter individually – the facial features, expressions, and emotions as captured in Turner’s sculptural brushwork – as well as search for relationships across the entire group of works.

The psychologically powerful LBMA Population installation presents two interconnected series of works by Turner that function together as a conceptual whole. In the first, Turner has painted the essence of his subjects on uniform glass squares by carefully studying photographic data of his models. In the complementary Good Man/Bad Man series of works, Turner is working expressively from his imagination.

Facial topography informs our opinions of who is ‘good’ and who is bad. Co-curator Peter Frank explains, “Our prejudices, Turner deduces, derive from our facial preoccupation, our need to compare one face with another in order to determine everything from superficial beauty to the nature of the soul.”

With underpinnings in occidental art history, most notably Expressionism and Fauvism, Population’s antecedents include the tempestuous works of Georges Rouault and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the violent disfigurement of Francis Bacon.

A 168-page, full-color, hardcover monograph, with essays by Rick Gilbert, James Scarborough and Roberta Carasso [PhD] accompanies the exhibition along with an all-new, 128-page, comprehensive catalog with essays by Peter Frank and Ron Nelson.

Generously sponsored by Thrive Foundation for Youth ~ thrivefoundation.org

After Long Beach, Population travels to the Akron Art Museum [OH], Whatcom Museum [Bellingham ~ WA], Tacoma Museum of Glass [WA], Alexandria Museum of Art [VA[, Wichita Art Museum [KS], Huntington Museum of Art [WV], and Missoula Art Museum [MT]. ~ Mikaela Bender [Rivera & Rivera Gallery]

Rivera & Rivera is located at 454 N. Robertson ~ West Hollywood [California] ~ 310.713.1635.

Long Beach Museum of Art Presents
Ray Turner: Population ~ Curated by Peter Frank and Ron Nelson
Thursday, June 16 ~through~ Sunday, September 11, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 16 @ 6:00pm ~to~ 9:00pm

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Ward of the State ~ Rivera & Rivera [Gallery]

Rivera & Rivera is having a new exhibition ~ Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ with an opening reception on Saturday, May 21 @ 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Under the Robert Standish curation ~ the group exhibition of works centered on shared muse of Tony Ward ~ highlights a diverse collection of über images by artists whose lives and careers have at various points been impacted by Ward ~ as their subject, muse and evolving into a myth. Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will remain on view til Monday, June 20.


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Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will showcase artwork by Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, Estevan Oriol, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner, Maya Mercer and Tony Ward.

Bestowed the male icon of the century by French Vogue ~ Ward has been the subject of numerous artists, photographers and designers ~ including Bruce Weber, Jim French, Steven Meisel, Herb Ritts, Bruce LaBruce, Ellen Von Unwerth, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein et cetera. And Ward has also appeared in Madonna’s book ~ Sex ~ and controversial music vid ~ Justify My Love.

In the timeline of 1980s to present ~ Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will feature paintings, photographs and other media reflecting Ward’s role as an iconic figure. Through their respective mediums, each artist shall communicate a different facet of a man not easily defined. And as a collection, Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.

As striking and strongly featured as his face and physique are, Ward serves as a blank canvas for the artists to reinterpret and immortalize his essence and persona for their own artistic devices.

Rivera & Rivera opens its doors on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11am through 6pm as well as by appointment. For more deets on Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ oogle Shayna @ 310.713.1635 x Shayna@riveraandrivera.com

Show Dates ~ Saturday, May 21 through Monday, June 20
Opening Reception ~ Saturday May 21 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
RSVP ~ rsvp@riveraandrivera.com

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Ray Turner ~ Rivera & Rivera [Gallery]

Rivera & Rivera is pleased to join over 220 galleries and design firms participating in the 14th Annual Avenues Art & Design Walk on Saturday, March 26 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Rivera & Rivera will feature the works of Ray Turner. Curated by art critic Peter Frank — the exhibit includes over two hundred selected works from Turner’s perpetually-expanding portrait series ~ Population ~ which examines the subtleties of physical variation and society’s preoccupation with faces.


Ray Turner ~ curated by Peter Frank
The Avenues Art & Design Walk
Saturday, March 26 @ 3:00pm ~ 7:00pm
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So join Rivera & Rivera for a champagne reception at 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Population exhibition travels next to the Long Beach Museum of Art. In 2012, the exhibition travels to the the Wichita Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum and the Museum of Glass.

Date ~ Saturday, March 26 @ 3:00 ~ 7:00pm
Exhibition Dates ~ Saturday, March 19 through Thursday, May 19.

Rivera & Rivera is located at 454 N. Robertson ~ West Hollywood [California] ~ 310.713.1635.

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