John Baldessari was born in National City, California. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 - 1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 - 2007. Baldessari's artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. His awards and honors include memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the BACA International 2008, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and California College of the Arts. Recent projects include exhibitions in New York, Europe, and Los Angeles; installations at the Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld, Germany), the Temporary Stedelijk 2 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and the Manchester International Festival (Manchester, United Kingdom); an exhibition with the Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy; and the traveling retrospective "John Baldessari: Pure Beauty." John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples 1971-2007 was published in December 2009 by Hudson Hills Press. Upcoming projects include exhibitions at Marian Goodman Gallery Paris and Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
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David Korty (born 1971, California) makes work that explores the everyday objects, scenes, and terrain of his living environment. His distinct geometric visual language takes this quotidian subject matter and pushes it towards abstraction, flattening it into a complex depiction of commonplace geometry. Korty’s paintings oscillate between these abstractions and their identifiable subjects. What results is a sophisticated dialogue between the nonobjective and the representational, a way of seeing the surrounding world and reinventing it. Korty earned his B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. Solo exhibitions include Night Gallery, Los Angeles in 2013, Kimmerich, New York in 2012, China Art Objects, Los Angeles in 2011; Kimmerich, New York; Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin and Sadie Coles HQ, London all 2010. His exhibition with Marieta Chirulescu at Mary Mary, Glasgow was part of the 2012 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. Selected group exhibitions include ‘Permanent Incandescent’, Elephant, Los Angeles (2012), ‘On Forgery: Is One Thing Better Than Another?’, LAxART, Los Angeles (2011); ‘Painting Codes,’ Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Italy (2006); ‘Landscape Confection,’ Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio (2005). More info on David Korty can be found here.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte
The American luxury label Rodarte was founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. A conceptual and innovative brand, Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, modern femininity, and California influences. For their intricately crafted, multi-layered garments and explorations into other art forms, Kate and Laura Mulleavy have won numerous awards and accolades, including the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, United States Artists Grant, and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion in 2009; the National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts in 2010; and most recently, the Legend of Fashion Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. In 2010, the 16th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Awards nominated Kate and Laura for the ballet costumes they designed and produced for Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan. In 2011, their first solo show Rodarte: States of Matter, opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and later that year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection, a collection of ten couture gowns. The designers have collaborated on special projects with Frank Gehry and Gustavo Dudamel on the LA Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni; Benjamin Millepied on costumes for the New York City Ballet’s Two Hearts and L.A. Dance Project’s Moving Parts; and Catherine Opie and Alec Soth on Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth, their first monograph. Rodarte’s works are featured in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Brian Roettinger is a Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer. The majority of his work is in the form of printed media (books and ephemera) for cultural institutions, artists, and architects. He has gained notoriety for his music packaging and album covers, most notably with bands: No Age, Liars, and Beach House. He recently art directed Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail album and campaign, and the forth coming Childish Gambino album, because the internet. He currently acts as the creative director for LA based fashion magazine JUNK whos diverse content bridges the divide between fashion, art, music, design and concept. Roettinger was chosen as Rolling Stone’s Album Designer of the Year (2009) and was nominated for a Album Packaging Grammy for No Age,Nouns(2010). As an artist, Roettinger has managed to find a unique take on the mediums of art and design that blend high-concept thinking with a strong D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) ethos. He recently contributed a series of paintings to be used by Hedi Slimane directed fashion brand Saint Laurent as textiles, T-Shirts and graphic branding. Bringing a sense of sophistication to an underground aesthetic in a distinctly honest application is testament to Roettinger's creative character as a whole and something to be fiercely applauded. His work has been exhibited at Colette in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic, and at the now defunct Hope Gallery in Los Angeles.
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