Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dirk Hagner's Woodcuts & Screen Prints

This printmaking exhibition will be at the Rivera & Rivera Gallery, 1100 South Hope Street, Los Angeles. The reception/opening is on 4/22/2010 (Thursday) and will run from 7 - 10 PM.

While I think that Julie Mehretu's richly complex & layered work is among the best I've ever seen, it dismayed me to learn that she had taken a major commission from this financial giant at the heart of our current economic debacle. (See the New Yorker article titled: "Big Art, Big Money" from 3/29 for further info.) True to the populist foundations of printmaking, Dirk Hagner offers a visual critique on the mess, rather than profiting considerably from it. In the words of Joe Matunis, Director of Los Muralistas de El Puente in Brooklyn, NYC: "It's a pity that an artist as talented as Julie Mehretu cannot imagine other possibilities for herself as an artist than to take millions from Goldman Sachs and 'just hope it will feel O.K. over time."'

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