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Artist Conversation: Peter Zokosky & John Seed Saturday, July 26, 4pm John Seed's new book will be available for purchase Please RSVP by Wed., July 23rd.

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  • 08/10/09--11:02: Kerry James Marshall
  • SFMoMA Murals

    Koplin Del Rio Gallery congratulates Kerry James Marshall on the outstanding reception and success of his mural project at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art.

    Los Angeles Times

    Kerry James Marshall at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    'Art in the Atrium' features the artist's murals and revealing perspectives on George Washington through Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson via Monticello.

    Published: February 22, 2009

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    "Untitled (Pin-Up), 2008, acrylic on PVC panel, 29" x 24"

    New York Times
    Street Art Comes in From the Cold
    Published: March 4, 2009

    KERRY JAMES MARSHALL stands before a canvas the size of a movie screen. The milky greens, blues and pinks, rendered in pa int-by-number patterns and connect-the-dots figures, seem as if they might swallow him
    and his id whole. But Mr. Marshall and, he hopes, visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art can hold the Crayola madness in check by studying silhouettes embedded in the landscape.

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  • 08/10/09--11:21: art ltd Nov/Dec 08 Review
  • “Vignette 13” 2008 Marshall Acrylic on PVC panel


    Kerry James Marshall:
    “Portraits, Pin-Ups, and Wistful Romantic Idylls”
    at Koplin del Rio Gallery

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    A portrait of artist Manuel Palacio painted by Masterworks Artist-in-Residence

    Bermuda, Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    One of my favorite art museums is the National Portrait Gallery in London. People are endlessly fascinating and everyone has a story. Even though the artists featured in the London National Portrait Gallery deal primarily with the
    human head, and despite differences in human features, the diversity in styles and manner of depicting humanity is striking.

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  • 08/11/09--05:16: Sandow Birk, Bedlammagazine
  • Sandow Birk, American Qur’an, Sura 76, 2009, acrylic, gouache and ink on paper, 19 x 27” fr.

    A 21st Century Illustrated American Koran at Koplin Del Rio Gallery

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    Michelle Muldrow, "Convergence", 2009, gouache on paper, 16 1/2" x 26 1/3"

    A recent transplant from San Francisco, Michelle Muldrow has already established herself as one of Cleveland's most outstanding painters. Earlier this summer, she was chosen by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture as one of only 20 local artists to receive a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship.

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    American Craft Magazine, September 2009: Einar and Jamex de la Torre

    American Craft Magazine September 2009
    De La Torre Brothers and Borderless Baroque
    Story by Gussie Fauntleroy

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    "American Qur'an: Sura 36a", suite of 6, 2009

    The New York Times. By Jori Finkel

    THE last time that the artist Sandow Birk found himself concerned about responses from Muslims was in 2006. He was developing a film using puppets, inspired by his illustrations for a three-volume English-language version of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” when riots broke out over the Danish newspaper cartoons representing Muhammad.

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    September 12- October 24, 2009

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    Friday, September 4th

    From the Aztecs and Spaniards to the prevalence of dollar stores and Mexican food, this new mixed media installation simultaneously explores historical and contemporary ideas of conquest...

    See attached PDF for more info

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    Kerry James Marshall

    Artillery Magazine September/October Issue. (See attached PDF).

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    PULSE New York

    Koplin Del Rio Installation at Pulse New York, 2010
    March 4-7, 2010
    PULSE New York Announces International List of Exhibitors
    Fifth Edition to Take Place at New Downtown Venue

    Koplin Installation Space 1
    Koplin Installation  Space 2
    Koplin Installation Space 3

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    Koplin @ NY Pulse Fair

    A Hummer Stage Coach, Chaotic Egg Pendulum, and Everything in Between
    by Michelle Levy

    Pulse NY 2010
    Pulse New York
    330 West Street, West Side Highway and West Houston St., New York, NY 10014

    March 4, 2010 - March 7, 2010

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  • 04/30/10--09:41: Bill Vuksanovich
  • April 17 – May 29, 2010
    Artists surname: 
    Vuksanovich Bill
    "Abstract #32", 2011, oil on canvas, 26" x 40"

    Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1938

    American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
    School of Professional Art, Chicago, IL

    Artist image
    "Abstract #32", 2011, oil on canvas, 26" x 40"

    1994 “Paintings and Drawings”, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    1993 “Beyond the Mirror’s Reflection”, University of Akron, Akron, OH
    1990 "Bill Vusanovich and Kathryn Myers", Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Two Side of the Same Coin , 2001 , pencil on paper, 30" x 44"
    Red and Pink, 2002, pencil on paper, 38.125" x 30"
    Stones, 2007, mixed media pencils on paper, 45” x 45” fr.
    Untitled, 2009, pencil on paper, 48” x 38”
    “Young Student”, 2010, oil on canvas, 38” x 28”
    Sisters II, 2007, color pencil, 41" x 32.5"
    "Abstract #32", 2011, oil on canvas, 26" x 40"
    "Painting #31", 2010, oil on canvas, 30" x 22"
    "Abstract #33", 2011, oil on canvas, 22" x 36"
    Rose II, 2001 watercolor, pencil, and color pencil, 30" x 22.5"


    Bill Vuksanovich: A Pairing of Circumstance
    Exhibition Dates: April 17 – May 29, 2010
    Opening Reception: Saturday, April 17, 6 – 8pm
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00am - 5:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 5:30pm

    Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Chicago artist Bill Vuksanovich. The show is entitled, “A Pairing of Circumstance” and features two arresting portraits executed in Vuksanovich’s characteristic hyper-real technique. At first glance the mesmerizing degree of draftsmanship might appear to be an end in itself but it is not about detail alone. These figures, though ordinary, have been elevated to the extraordinary through discipline, diligence and honesty. The nuance of detail has been so faithfully and completely rendered that the figures seem to be almost sealed beneath the strokes of the brush or the marks of the pencil.

    In a stunning double portrait in graphite on paper, we are confronted with a married couple, a soldier in his camouflaged attire ready for deployment and his pregnant wife, their hands firmly clutched, they stand united in quiet stoicism – he with the knowledge of precarious times ahead and she with resignation and expectation, fully prepared for participation in their continuing future. Even with his looming presence she becomes the stabilizing element at this moment in their journey.

    “I can still see this Marine as a small boy, running on the field when he played Park District Soccer with my son. I saw him in high school and college and fed him at my home. When he went off to war I sent him food in heavy boxes. I held my breath until he was safely home. It’s not every man who will put himself in harm’s way for what he believes but when he does it is truly heroic.”- Vuksanovich

    Although primarily known as a draftsman, we are given the rare opportunity to see what an artist of Vuksanovich’s caliber is capable of in oil on canvas with his portrait titled “Young Student”. In this powerful depiction the young subject faces us with innocence. Self-protective reserve, combined with puzzlement reflecting his future challenges.

    “When this student came to pose for me I met a young man with a very positive nature and a good sense of communication. We made a quick connection. I asked him to dress in the clothes he liked and would wear to school. His choices spoke for him - he liked sports, he took school seriously and was conscious of his appearance. For me it was a wonderful mix of color, texture and tone. Incongruous as it was, it worked.”

    For Vuksanovich, turning subject into object is a product of continuous visual investigation. Light is the main factor in this search if realism is to be established. Containing its own mystery as it flows across the figure, light invites ever-deeper probing into detail. It is also an active contributor in directing unbiased, descriptive documentation taken beyond the subject into the realm of the object. Objectivity is an emotion unto itself. Vuksanovich’s aim is to wrap the object in the skin of realism. With photography as a tool he is able to make the correct choices in the psychological transference, avoid any sentimentality and make the most objective analysis of fact.

    Bill Vuksanovich was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and earned his Bachelors degree at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. His work is included in many prominent Corporate and public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, The Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MA, The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago IL, AT&T and the McDonald’s Corporation. His work has been featured at the Long Beach Museum of Art, The Arkansas Art Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, The Frye Museum of Art, Seattle, WA, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, and the Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee, FL.

    For further information or photos, please contact Ronald De Angelis at (310) 836-9055.

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    "Land Reform", 2009, oil on wood block with gold leaf, 8" x 12"

    Los Angeles Times | ARTS
    Art review: Darlene Campbell at Koplin Del Rio
    May 6, 2010 | 9:30 pm
    Darlene Campbell takes on a familiar theme in her small, safe and lovely paintings at Koplin Del Rio. Her subject — development’s encroachment on the Southern California landscape — is charged, discomfiting even, but she keeps the political, environmental and social heat on low, so that the work barely simmers.

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    Robert Pruitt,"Cosmic Starry Dimensions", 2009, charcoal, conte, mixed media, 48" x 36"

    August 6, 2010 | LA Times | Leah Ollman

    Kerry James Marshall titled the group show he guest-curated for Koplin Del Rio “Hangin’ Together” to suggest the mood of an end-of-summer reverie, a “relaxed, easygoing social gathering.” He invited six artists to the conversation, making sure the mix was aesthetically and generationally diverse, “unburdened by a weighty theme.” The exhibition isn’t all small talk, however, more like a sequence of brief, variably engaging monologues, touching on a range of concerns, among them sex, religion, race and the beauty of nature.

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    Arts Month: Brothers find inspiration on both sides of border

    Arts Month: Brothers find inspiration on both sides of border
    By James Chute, UNION-TRIBUNE
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 11:26 p.m.

    Einar de la Torre was trying to find a way to describe what he and his brother do.“We wear a lot of hats,” he finally said.
    Einar and his brother, Jamex de la Torre, typically use a lot of humor, but in this instance they weren’t kidding.If you had
    to label them, you’d probably call them sculptors — and glass blowers, craftsmen, painters, folk artists and conceptual artists,
    and that’s just for starters. Then there’s the Mexican and American element.

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    Robert Pruitt,"Tesla Coil", 2009, charcoal, conte, mixed media, 48" x 36

    ARTnews Review By Sharon Mizota | October 2010

    Curated by artist Kerry James Marshall, this group exhibition dispensed with a unifying theme in favor of thought provoking connections. Featuring 32 works by six artists of varying ages and backgrounds, the show proceeded in two main directions:
    An exploration of the sensual side of abstraction and a sampling of contemporary approaches to figuration.

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    "Mitosis", 2008, hand blown glass and mixed media, 48" x 48" x 5"

    LA Times review by David Pagel
    September 23, 2010

    "Animexican," Einar and Jamex de la Torre’s third solo show at Koplin del Rio Gallery, is a raucous parade of unlikely icons, sabotaged masterpieces, reconstituted artifacts and cock-eyed renditions of just about anything you can think of.

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