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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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    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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    Sandow Birk - Photo By John Gilhooley (City Beat Long Beach)

    City Beat Long Beach Feature Story By Theo Douglas

    “I wanted to live near the beach, but I didn’t really know where I wanted to live,” artist Sandow Birk says over sandwiches and a glass of Chardonnay at George’s Greek Café. “So I ended up in Long Beach.”

    Of course, that’s more than faint praise.

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    Einar and Jamex de la Torre (Photo by Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

    Los Angeles Times - The hybrid art of Einar and Jamex de la Torre
    November 07, 2010|By Scarlet Cheng

    The brothers' work is a Baroque mix of the high and the low, the sacred and the profane, Mexico and America. They're the focus of a retrospective at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

    High and low culture, the sacred and the profane, the esoteric and the pop collide in the works of Einar and Jamex de la Torre, brothers who have collaborated closely as artists for 20 years.

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    "Pool Witch", 2009, oil on canvas, 60" x 60"

    Posted by Naomi Pfefferman
    www.jewishjournal.com

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    "Smile", 2008, oil on canvas, 60" x 72"

    By Patricia Ciaffa Peyser, Huffington Post
    January 11, 2011

    Barbie's slight but potent form carries five decades of heavy cultural associations on its diminutive shoulders. In her riveting new body of work Drown the Dolls, Daena Title mines that iconic ground for fresh and provocative meaning. Barbie's creator Ruth Handler once commented that she "designed Barbie with a blank face, so that the child could project her own dreams" onto the doll -- and Title's Barbies are captivating vehicles for the projection of her trenchant personal vision.

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    "American Qur'an: Sura 87 and 88", 2009, ink, acrylic and gouache on paper, 16" x 24"

    We are pleased to announce Sandow Birk's "The Word of God: American Qur'an" opening at The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh February 26 - May 1, 2011.

    View available works:
    http://www.koplindelrio.com/content/sandow-birk

    The Warhol Museum info:
    http://www.warhol.org/webcalendar/event.aspx?id=2625


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    Mineko Grimmer's "The Dialogue."

    By Leah Ollman, March 31, 2011 | Los Angeles Times
    To anyone familiar with Mineko Grimmer’s work, her two new installations at Koplin Del Rio will come as no surprise. The L.A.-based artist hasn’t had a solo show locally since 1999, but the general form and premise of her work have remained consistent since the 1980s. In Grimmer’s case, more of the same is a good thing. A very good thing.

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  • 04/16/11--05:56: Robert Schultz
  • April 16 - May 28, 2011
    Artists surname: 
    Schultz Robert
    "Luchador: Light", 2009, graphite on paper, 12 7/8 x 8 1/2 im., 20 7/8 x 16 1/2"

    EDUCATION:
    1981 MFA, University of Wisconsin,
    Madison, WI
    1976 BA, University of Wisconsin,
    Madison, WI

    www.schultzdrawings.com

    Robert Schultz
    "Luchador: Light", 2009, graphite on paper, 12 7/8 x 8 1/2 im., 20 7/8 x 16 1/2" fr.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
    2011 "New Drawings", Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City CA
    2009 Print Works Gallery, Chicago IL
    2008 “New Drawings”, Koplin Del Rio Gallery Culver City, CA
    “Robert Schultz”, Drawings 1990-2007, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison WI
    2006 “New Drawings”, Printworks, Chicago, IL
    2005 “New Drawings”, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles CA
    2004 Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2003 Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, WI

    Additional Media: 
    "Aphrodite 2", 2010, silverpoint on panel, 21"x18"
    "Eros", 2010, silverpoint on panel, 21"x18"
    "Counterpoise", 2011, graphite on paper, 23 1/2" x 29 1/2" fr.
    "Luchador: Light", 2009, graphite on paper, 12 7/8 x 8 1/2 im., 20 7/8 x 16 1/2"
    "Luchador: Shadow", 2009, graphite on paper, 12 7/8 x 8 1/2 im., 20 7/8 x 16 1/2
    "Back Shadow", 2011, graphite on paper, 12 3/4 x 8 3/8" im., 21 1/4 x 16 3/8" fr
    "Anders", 2011, graphite on paper, 13 1/4 x 8 3/4" im., 21 3/4 x 16 3/4" fr.
    "Sphere", 2011, graphite on paper, 16 12 x 7 3/8" im., 25 x 15 3/8" fr.
    "Across the Floor II", 2008, graphite on paper, 17" x 32" fr.
    "Abyss", 2007, graphite on paper, 24" x 21" fr.
    "Back-25", 2008, silverpoint on panel, 22 1/2" x 19 1/2" fr., SOLD
    "Tattooed Back", 2008, silverpoint on panel, 22" x 19" fr., SOLD
     "Dresser II", 2008, graphite on paper, 23" x 28" fr.
    "Dresser III", 2008, silverpoint on panel, 20 1/4" x 18 1/4" fr.
    "Hallway", 2008, graphite on paper, 24" x 18 1/2" fr.
    "Black Shawl" 2008, graphite on paper, 22 1/2" x 18" fr.
    "Up From the Beach", 2008, graphite on paper, 12 1/4" x 14" fr.
    "Across The Floor", 2004, graphite on paper, 15 5/8" x 29" fr.,SOLD
    "Airplane", 2007, graphite on paper, 13 1/4" x 26 1/4" fr.
    "Summit", 2007, graphite on paper, 34" x 21 3/4" fr.
    “Guarded Space”, 2007, lithograph Ed. 37/50 18” x 15” unframed
    "Insouciance", 2011, graphite on paper, 24 x 31" fr.,  SOLD
    "Lucia", 2011, graphite on paper, 34" x 20 3/4" fr.,SOLD
    "Coastline", 2011, graphite on paper, 18" x 16" fr.,SOLD
    "Woven Rug", 2009, graphite on paper, 6 3/4 x 16 3/4" im., 14 3/4 x 24 3/4" fr.
    "Three Graces" 2011, graphite on paper, 16.25"x13.25",SOLD
    "Illustrated Man", 2011, graphite on paper, 17 1/4" x 17" fr.,SOLD
    "Diver", 2011, graphite on paper, 8 1/8 x 4 x 1/4" im., 16 1/8 x 14 1/4" fr.

    March 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Robert Schultz: New Drawings
    April 16 – May 28, 2011
    Opening Reception: Saturday, April 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Artist Remarks: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00am - 5:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 5:30pm
    Public Contact: 310-836-9055

    Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce its seventh exhibition of new work by Wisconsin based artist, Robert Schultz. Solely a draftsman, the figure continues to be the main compositional focus for Schultz in this new group of drawings.

    His father a gymnast and grandfather a circus acrobat, Robert Schultz’ interest in the physical form is surely tied to his ancestral lineage. An avid proponent of exercise and athleticism, Schultz keeps regular gym hours working around his daily studio schedule. His fascination with the body as an instrument is evident in his approach to the figure, often nude and clearly focused on muscle, tendon, arch and flex. To Schultz, the body in and of itself is a work of art; his drawings serve to expose that intrinsic beauty. Employing the same models over many years, Schultz has the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of their physicality. In an austere setting with minimal props, each drawing is homage to the human form, both in its imperfection and transcendence.

    Known for his deliberate and exacting precision, Schultz pays painstaking attention to every composition detail, both overall and in the minutia of each fold of skin, hair, shadow, highlight and pattern. In Schultz’ most recent body of work, the artist pushes himself even further to explore the very fabric of the details themselves reaching a near abstract view of his subject - the figure falls away leaving a maze of texture, light and line to explore. The result is artwork that astonishes both for its technical skill and for the evocative narrative it presents, stripped down to its barest elements of emotion and line. Working from live models with whom the artist has established a deep connection, the compelling humanity of each subject is wholly on display and lies in contrast to Schultz’ quiet execution.

    Robert Schultz received his B.A and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Schultz is included in several public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago and The Arkansas Art Center.
    
For further information or photos, please contact the gallery at (310) 836-9055

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    "Vacuum #5", 2008, graphite on paper, 50" x 38"

    By Peggy Sue Dunigan May 31,2011 | expressmilwaukeedotcom

    Melissa Cooke's eight drawings on display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) may send a shiver down the viewer's spine, but the exquisite graphite renderings also invite a closer look. Cooke juxtaposes technical elegance with terrifying images in the "Vacuum" series on display in MWA's One From Wisconsin gallery (through July 10).

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    Robert Pruitt, "Dreaming Celestial."

    By -- Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times | August 19, 2011 | 6:45 am

    The figures in Robert Pruitt’s engrossing drawings at Koplin Del Rio are individuals that he knows, transformed through costumes and props into characters within a larger narrative of cultural, historical, ethnic self-realization. Pruitt folds a panoply of disparate ingredients into the mix — comic book graphics, hip-hop style, science fiction futurism, ‘60s-era black power activism, a romanticized vision of precolonial Africa — and delivers a jarring kind of symbolic realism, equal parts heat, humor and humanism.

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    Shay Bredimus, "Sayagata", 2011, tattoo ink on drafting film, 60" x 40"

    November 30, 2011 10:32 PM
    By Donald Munro | fresnobeehive.com

    I knew I wanted to write a piece about Shay Bredimus, who has a buzzworthy show continuing through Dec. 8 at the Fresno City College Art Space Gallery. (My story in Thursday's Life section features Bredimus as my lead ArtHop pick for the month.) But when it came to weaving the tale of an artist, there are so many tantalizing threads to his story that it was hard for me to know where to begin.

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    "Self-Portrait as a Masterpiece of Creation."

    By Leah Ollman , Los Angeles Times | November 10, 2011 | 4:00 pm

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    "American Qur'an: Sura 87 & 88", 2009, ink, acrylic & gouache on paper, 16" x 24"

    Feb. 10, 2012 | Des Moines Register | Written by MICHAEL MORAIN

    Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk has spent a good chunk of the last six years hand-writing an English translation of the Quran and illustrating it with scenes of modern American life.

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  • 05/31/12--08:57: Art LTD reviews Sandow Birk
  • “American Qur’an: Sura 55,” 2012 , Acrylic and mixed media on paper, 16" x 24"

    May 2012 by SHANA NYS DAMBROT , Los Angeles

    “New Suras” is the second installment of three in painter Sandow
    Birk’s ambitious project, American Qur’an. Although a continuation of
    the same body of work, in this middle part his comfort level with the
    material and confidence in its rendering have noticeably increased.
    Birk’s precisely rendered, filigree-bordered panels are more than
    merely a modernized illustration of this major text, of which little is
    really understood in the West, but neither is he attempting a serious

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    "Experience in Landscape" 2011, casein and graphite on clay panel, 49 x 49”

    By Holly Myers | May 31, 2012 | LA Times

    Edmund Burke, the 18th century philosopher best known in an art context for his writings on the sublime, is not a name that generally comes to mind when thinking about Home Depot. Cleveland-based painter Michelle Muldrow draws a plausible connection, however, in her second solo show at Koplin Del Rio, transposing the tenets of western landscape painting — a tradition heavily influenced by Burke’s concept of the sublime as that aspect of nature that inspires terror and awe — to the banal terrain of the big-box store.

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    "Little Babel", 2012, mixed media on panel, 18" x 17 3/4"

    Los Angeles Times, Friday, July 20, 2012
    “Try reading between lines”, by Leah Ollman

    Side-by-side solo shows by Josh Dorman and David Bailin at Koplin Del Rio make terrific neighbors. The artists have nothing in common in terms of methods, materials or imagery, but both are storytellers at heart, using accessible and familiar
    visual vocabularies toward evocative, metaphoric ends.

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    Elizabeth Ockwell, "West Elevation Paris Opera 2", 2010, pencil, ink, watercolor on paper, 19.75" x 28"

    I-5 Connects
    Prographica at Koplin Del Rio: A Seattle Exchange
    January 12 – February 9, 2013

    Koplin Del Rio is pleased to introduce a gallery exchange program with Prographica in Seattle, WA. A fifteen year professional relationship between directors, Eleana Del Rio and Norman Lundin has resulted in a collaborative exhibition venture between their two galleries.

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    Cheech to Moderate Artifex Panel Discussion 5/29/13

    Panel Discussion: Artifex: Art Effects Beyond Identity
    Wednesday May 29, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Panel Moderator: Cheech Marin, Entertainer & Chicano Art Advocate
    Panelists: Susana Smith Bautista, PhD., Art Historian & Latino/Chicano Arts Expert
    Artists: Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Harry Gamboa Jr., Shizu Saldamando and John Valadez
    Please RSVP as seating is limited

    Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
    Public Contact: 310-836-9055

    ARTIFEX- New Work by Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Harry Gamboa Jr., Shizu Saldamando and John Valadez

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    "Tyla",2012, archival inkjet print, Ed. of 6, 31 x 23"

    In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall
    June 28 – December 07, 2013
    East Building Tower
    Exhibtion: Kerry James Marshall @ The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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    "Dreaming Celestial", 2011, conte, charcoal & silver leaf on hand dyed paper, 50 x 38" unframed

    The Huffington Post | By Priscilla Frank

    Is it possible to be a shape-shifter while remaining strongly grounded at the same time? Robert Pruitt's crayon series, simply entitled "Women," shows such an existence is not just possible -- it is everywhere.

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    "Diasporic Leaps and Bounds", 2012, mixed media on hand dyed paper , 59" x 49"

    By KAREN ROSENBERG , New York Times
    Published: August 8, 2013

    The subjects of “Robert Pruitt: Women,” his playful solo show at the Studio Museum in Harlem, look as if they’ve walked out of a street-style blog from a distant galaxy. One wears a track jacket, a feathered skirt and a Rubix cube perched on her head like a pillbox hat; another sports a tunic emblazoned with stars and planets and a spiraling headdress in the shape of Tatlin’s Constructivist “Monument to the Third International.”

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    F. Scott Hess, "The Wave", 2010, oil on aluminum panel, 36" x 48"

    F. Scott Hess
    Words by Mike McGee, Gallery Director, CA State University, Fullerton
    Bliss Magazine, pp. 72 – 77

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    Kerry James Marshall, Lost Boys AKA Black, Johnny, 1993

    ARTslant , “Filling in a Blank in the Image Bank” by Edo Dijksterhuis

    “Painting and Other Stuff ... Kerry James Marshall”
    MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
    Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
    October 4, 2013 - February 2, 2014

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    "Self Portrait with Upturned Collar", 2011, oil on aluminum, 24 x 18"

    “F. Scott Hess”- Interview by Greg Escalante
    Juxtapose Magazine, February 2014

    “F. Scott Hess claims to have a bad memory, but don’t believe it. Who could keep track of such a miasmatic mélange of fantasy, exotic travel and Civil War ancestry? Keep Reading because Greg Escalante got a peek into the mind of this self-described twisted Romantic Realist.”
    To read more, visit:
    http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/february-2014-issue-preview-mel-kadel-f-...


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    F. Scott Hess at Barnsdall Art Park on 2/2/2014 with 32 Portraits from 1991 Photo by Ron De Angelis

    “F. Scott Hess: The Perfect Hess-Storm” by John Seed
    Huffington Post, February 10, 2014

    “What a year Los Angeles artist F. Scott Hess is having: his works are simultaneously on view in a two-part retrospective, and a one-man gallery show. His deadpan historically-themed mockmentary and curio cabinet The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation is gradually making its way from the deep South to the West Coast.

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    Kerry James Marshall, Nude (Spotlight), 2009; Courtesy of the Defares Collection, The Netherlands

    Kerry James Marshall: “Painting and Other Stuff”
    @ The Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
    February 27 – May 4, 2014

    South Galleries
    Kunsthal Charlottenborg proudly presents the first solo exhibition in Denmark by the renowned and iconic painter Kerry James Marshall. The exhibition centers on historiography, identity politics and the history and construction of art. The exhibition is the result of the cooperation with three other acknowledged European art institutions: M HKA (Antwerp), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid) and Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona)

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    "Light," a 2003 oil by F. Scott Hess. Courtesy of Begovich Gallery and LAMAG

    Realistic paintings by Laguna professor on view in O.C. and L.A.
    Review: Retrospective of F. Scott Hess’ cinematic oil paintings aims to make viewers think.

    BY RICHARD CHANG / VISUAL ART CRITIC
    Published: Feb. 19, 2014 Updated: Feb. 20, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    When we talk about Southern California artist F. Scott Hess, we are talking about someone who’s regarded as one of the best realist, figurative painters of his generation.

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    David Bailin, "Ladders", 2013, charcoal, pastel & coffee on prepared paper, 73 x 91"

    By Leah Ollman
    Los Angesles Times, March 21, 2014

    Those absurd working conditions we associate with the Kafkaesque -- bureaucratic cul-desacs, depersonalizing cubicles, psychic suffocation -- have been brilliantly visualized in recent years in the drawings of David Bailin.

    Scenes by the Little Rock, Ark.-based artist star a lone everyman uniformed in suit and tie, confronting his unsettling fate. Grimness and humor chase each other's tails.

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    "Embarcadero", 2014, oil on panel, 22 x 28" im., 24.5 x 31" fr.

    Review: “Deep sense of mystery pervades Peter Zokosky's paintings”

    By David Pagel
    Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2014

    Peter Zokosky’s portraits of puppets, babies and fish get visitors involved with creatures we would ordinarily overlook or go out of our way to avoid. At Koplin Del Rio Gallery, the L.A. artist’s 18 paintings, each neatly set in a handmade frame, invite us to extend our sympathies beyond the bounds of familiarity, not to mention comfort and complacency.

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