Artillery Magazine: Chimento Contemporary Phyllis Green by Annabel Osberg

Spiritual aspirations present this fundamental dilemma: we exist as physical beings in a material world of far more palpable empirical reality than anything incorporeal, with pragmatic demands inevitably more urgent than intangibles. Without surplus resources, how does one afford the time to meditate, the money for yoga classes, or the peace of mind to entertain any such immaterial considerations?  Phyllis Green’s work evokes this timeless tug-of-war between concrete and supernatural. Sidestepping cynicism and camp, Green creates objects appearing evenly suspended at the fortuitous fulcrum where material luxury meets spiritual fulfillment.

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Art and Cake: Phyllis Green at Chimento Contemporary by Jody Zellen


In “Life after Life after Life” Phillis Green presents an array of objects —some are wearable, suspended from the ceiling on hand crafted wooden supports that look like walking sticks— others are sculptures on casters that can be repositioned and moved around the gallery space alluding the the idea that nothing is static or stationary. Even an image of a cloud filled sky, entitled “Sky Shade,” 2016 has moving parts. That these objects are in flux challenges the traditional notion of a static exhibition and this is exactly Green’s intention. In this body of work, she is suggesting things change and has fashioned an exhibition that connects the material and spiritual worlds.

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Los Angeles Times: When clothes are more than clothes: Phyllis Green's designs are journeys, hung on a hangar by Leah Ollman


Form and function are familiar enough allies. Phyllis Green pairs function and fuel in her subtly provocative show at Chimento Contemporary. Her clothing and furnishings provide ignition for the spirit.

A dark khaki raincoat hanging in a far corner of the gallery is the most resonant example. Beltless and buttonless, the stripped-down garment is all business on the outside. Inside, it is lined with white feathers that peek out of the bottom of both sleeves and along the hem. The feathers sound a lyrical note, and they invite the wearer to think metaphorically about loft, buoyancy, elevation. Green's title: "Close your eyes and feel peace. Open them and ask what can I do to make this world better." The coat is nothing less than a uniform for transformation, outerwear to encourage inner growth.

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A Performance
by Phyllis Green and Friends

Saturday, November 18, 2017
2 - 4 p.m.

Afternoon tea will be served


Los angeles times: Datebook: California's mythical roots, layered histories of the slave trade, machines for enlightenment by Carolina A. Miranda

Phyllis Green, “Life after Life after Life,” at Chimento Contemporary. The L.A.-based artist has created a series of “machines for enlightenment” designed to help with the search for truth. This includes a series of furniture-like sculptures, as well as simple sheaths that are intended to be worn during such a journey — their colors inspired by Hindu thought;

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Washington City Paper: How the National Museum of Women in the Arts Assembled Nearly 500 Women Artists For a Historic Photo; Kim Schoenstadt's "Now Be Here" project comes to D.C. by Jeanine Santucci

Kim Schoenstadt began the Now Be Here project in her home city of Los Angeles in August of 2016. She got the idea to showcase the number of women artists living and working in cities where they are not equally represented in museums and galleries. Since then, Now Be Here has been replicated in three cities—New York City, Miami, and now D.C.—with a total of 2,070 artists participating.

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Delicious Line: Julie Weitz: The Hand Network, HUMDOG a prelude, Chimento Contemporary by Jeff Hansen

Julie Weitz's The Hand Network, HUMDOG a prelude, a multimedia video project involving choreographed sculpture, cinematography, and a scored soundtrack. The work gives voice to the writings of Carmen "humdog" Hermosillo, a controversial Cuban-American essayist and important figure of cybernetic history and internet subculture.

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Stand up and be counted: Hundreds of contemporary female artists participate in historic photo

Hoping to bring attention to the region’s vibrant arts scene, almost 500 female contemporary artists gathered at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Wednesday night for a historic group photograph.

Conceived by Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt in collaboration with D.C. artist Linn Meyers, “Now Be Here #4″ is the latest in gatherings of “female and female-identifying visual artists in the local community,” according to the project’s website. Previous gatherings occurred in L.A., New York and Miami last year.

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Not Just A City Of Art Museums: Women Artists Gather To Highlight D.C. Art Scene

The two projects are a collaboration between Meyers, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and L.A.-based artist Kim Schoenstadt. The photos are part of Schoenstadt’s series called “Now Be Here.” She worked with locals in three cities — New York, Miami and L.A. — to bring hundreds of women artists together for group photos. Schoenstadt said she wanted to bring attention to the lack of representation of women in the arts.

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Wall Street International Magazine: Julie Weitz at Chimento Contemporary

Julie Weitz casts original sculptures and employs practical film effects to construct a virtual world devoid of bodies but filled with the desire for touch in her highly sensualized aesthetic. A network of phantom limbs made from molds of the artist’s hands are linked together by metal chains, a mouth emerges from darkness oozing white foam; a phallus made of wax rotates in blinking neon and a plaster bust of the goddess Athena radiates pink light from her eyes: the imagery permeates a palpable, erotic terror.

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Image courtesy of Julie Weitz and Chimento Contemporary

Image courtesy of Julie Weitz and Chimento Contemporary


IMAGES (L–R): Now Be Here #1, LA, 2016, Photo by Isabel Avila, Courtesy Kim Schoenstadt and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Now Be Here #2, NYC, 2016, Photo by Paola Kudacki, courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Shinique Smith, and The Brooklyn Museum Now Be Here #3, South Florida, Miami, 2016; Photo by Gesi Schilling, courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Jane Hart, Girls' Club, and Pérez Art Museum Miami


Now Be Here #1, LA, 2016, Photo by Isabel Avila, Courtesy Kim Schoenstadt and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Now Be Here #2, NYC, 2016, Photo by Paola Kudacki, courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Shinique Smith, and The Brooklyn Museum

Now Be Here #3, South Florida, Miami, 2016; Photo by Gesi Schilling, courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Jane Hart, Girls' Club, and Pérez Art Museum Miami

Hundreds of Female and Female-Identifying Artists Gather at National Museum of Women in the Arts for Historic Photo Shoot on Oct. 25, 2017

D.C., Maryland and Virginia arts organizations host programs highlighting women in the arts during October.

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

(NMWA), hundreds of female and female-identifying contemporary artists will gather for the fourth and final U.S. iteration of Now Be Here in its most community-focused format yet. In partnership with Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt, and co-organized by D.C.-based artist Linn Meyers, Now Be Here #4, DC/MD/VA will feature a historic group photograph taken by D.C. photographer Kim Johnson. An artist resource fair with representatives from 19 local arts organizations will follow.

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In the center of the gallery, Phyllis Green’s Veil, stands like an exotic sentinel. In fact it is a costume draped over an armature on wheels, allowing a participant to don the elaborate veil while remaining mobile.  A Sanskrit Vedic text used in teaching Hindu spiritual knowledge inspired Veil.  Specifically it refers to the advice to approach one’s guru with wood on your head.  Green’s sculpture aids the individual who is seeking detachment and her performance, Detachment, demonstrates its use in a series of actions within the gallery.

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Monique Prieto‘s new paintings radiate magnetic simplicity. The abstractions in her elegantly spare show, “Luster,” glow as though lit from within. Each of the four diptychs currently on view at Chimento Contemporary features a pair of organic shapes, one on each panel.

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McCaslin Art Advisory: World Premiere in Berlin Art Week

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Abstract paintings draw viewers’ attention to the surface, gleaning content and narrative not from representation, but from the exchange between color, brushstroke, and texture. In “Luster”, Monique Prieto’s current solo exhibition at Chimento Contemporary, these essential ingredients coalesce to generate pleasing and layered pieces, but pieces that are nonetheless susceptible to both benefit and suffer from the ambiguity of abstraction.

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LA Times, "Monique Prieto at Chimento Contemporary: Finding a Face in the Clouds" by David Pagel

Last year, Monique Prieto exhibited six pairs of little paintings, each resembling an abstract ear and all brought together under the title “Good Listening.” The intimate diptychs suggested an artist listening to her inner rumblings while she let the world around her become the background music to her musings.

This year, it’s clear that those exploratory abstractions were also seeds. They have sprouted and blossomed into the four diptychs that make up the L.A. painter’s current exhibition at Chimento Contemporary in Boyle Heights.

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Art News: Monique Prieto at Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles

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Julie Weitz, The Hand Network: Humdog, a prelude, HD video, 6:20, 2017 

Julie Weitz, The Hand Network: Humdog, a prelude, HD video, 6:20, 2017 Julie Weitz The Hand Network: Humdog a prelude & Monique Prieto: Luster

Julie Weitz casts original sculptures and employs practical film effects to construct a virtual world devoid of bodies but filled with the desire for touch in her highly sensualized aesthetic. A network of phantom limbs made from molds of the artist’s hands are linked together by metal chains, a mouth emerges from darkness oozing white foam; a phallus made of wax rotates in blinking neon and a plaster bust of the goddess Athena radiates pink light from her eyes: the imagery permeates a palpable, erotic terror.II For Luster, Prieto has shifted key elements of her formal lexicon of shape, line, and color into new structural configurations that represent both a break from and direct evolution of her signature style of figurative abstraction.

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ARTILLERY MAG: Decoder: Penises: 1850 - 2017 by Zak Smith

“Regrettably, the provocative nature of your content is likely unsuitable for our audience at this time.” It may shock you to discover that artists still get told this. It may shock you to discover that—in the fine arts, in Los Angeles, California, in 2017—shock still exists. After all the slutwalking and Vagina Monologuing and pussy-grabbing, pointing the public’s antenna toward the thing their parents did to make them is still, for the individual artist, a gamble. Not a disqualifier, but one more reason the check might not come through.

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Sandeep Mukherjee "Molting the Fractured", 68 Projects, Berlin

Fellow of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House

September 9 - November 4, 2017

Opening reception September 9, 2017, 6 - 9pm

Kim Schoenstadt's Now Be Here #4

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday October 25, 2017, 6:30pm

National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Phyllis Green in Conduction: An exhibition curated by Lynne Berman at FOCA 

"Phyllis Green’s sculptures derive from a line in the Upanishards, “walking with wood on the head,” to approach a guru (teacher) on the first stage towards enlightenment.  She crafts devices to assist in the walk that are both objects of contemplation and props for performing."

August 26 – October 27, 2017

Opening Reception Saturday, August 26, 2017, 5-8 pm

Fellows of Contemporary Art, 970 North Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sandeep Mukherjee in Elemental | Marking Time at Descanso Gardens

August 14 - December 3, 2017
Opening Reception Sunday August 13, 2017, 4 - 6pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañado Flintridge, CA, 91011 |

Sandeep Mukherjee, Friction Flow 1, 2017, Acrylic on duralene, 5 x 8 feet

Sandeep Mukherjee, Friction Flow 1, 2017, Acrylic on duralene, 5 x 8 feet

Sandeep Mukherjee recipient of Villa Aurora's Berlin Fellowship, 2017

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Sandeep Mukherjee on view at Descanso's Sturt Haaga Gallery

From August 14 – December 3, 2017

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Image courtesy of Sandeep Mukerhjee

Image courtesy of Sandeep Mukerhjee

Chris Finley included in Doug Simay's Best Picks

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Contemporary Art Review LA: The Dick Pic Show at Chimento Contemporary by Angella d'Avignon

Foucault’s “repressive hypothesis” supposes forbidden pleasure makes sex feel transgressive and taboo. So it’s appropriate that The Dick Pic Show, curated by Katie Bode and Kenton Parker, is installed in Chimento Gallery’s small, brick-walled bathroom—a fun, lewd locale that suggests a type of kinky voyeurism or public sexual activity. Hung salon-style, the show is neither overwhelming nor precious, despite its long roster of 37 artists. The contemporary dick pic—solicitous, intimate, warranted or unwarranted—is the pariah of online dating, just as the symbol of the phallus is ubiquitous and omnipotent in art historical contexts. From subtle innuendos to brazen representations, each artist’s perspective on the trope of the dick pic reflects the notion that sexuality is fluid, subjective, and highly personal.

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KCRW: Chris Finley, Benjamin Weissman and Cindy Bernard by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

One of the many downsides to a market-driven contemporary art scene is the shortage of options for mid-career, middle-aged artists. Artists who had a burst of support when first out of art schools can fade from view for any number of personal reasons: teaching, raising a family, moving away from the big city, shifts in priorities and focus. Three shows in L.A. give such artists another chance and in every case, it proves a good gamble.

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LA Times: The stomach-churning, visceral power of Chris Finley's weightlifter portraits by David Pagel

Artists do all sorts of heavy lifting, often in ways that we least expect.

That’s what happens in Chris Finley’s “Drool, Snatch, Clean and Jerk,” an exhibition of seven oddly powerful paintings at Chimento Contemporary in Boyle Heights. At once unsettling and engaging — ugly and beautiful — Finley’s pictures bring us face to face with weightlifters as they do some real heavy lifting.

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Mens Health: How Does Your ‘Gym Face’ Match Up To These Crazy Portraits? by Alisa Hrustic  

Your body reacts in all sorts of strange and complicated ways when you’re lifting heavy—and your face is no exception. The “gym face” is never really pleasant to look at or experience: Your forehead is dripping sweat, your mouth is pulled into a tight grimace, lips snarling, as if you’re ready to implode.

So naturally, an artist in California decided to take your ugly gym face and transform it into art, reports the Los Angeles Times. Chris Finely’s exhibit of seven paintings titled “Drool, Snatch, Clean and Jerk” in Chimento Contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles zooms in on weightlifters as they perform the snatch, in which you would lift your barbell overhead from the ground in one continuous move, and the clean and jerk, which involves lifting your barbell from the floor, to your shoulders, and then overhead.

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ArtScene: Chris Finley Review by Genie Davis

Chris Finley’s "Drool, Snatch, Clean and Jerk" presents fractured faces — and some not so fractured — evocative of Picasso, the subject of which is weightlifting. Distorted and visceral, Finley focuses our visual attention on Olympic weightlifters poised in intense moments of exertion, performing the snatch as well as the clean and jerk. For those not versed in lifting terminology, the snatch is a continuous motion event involving lifting the barbell; the clean and jerk creates two lifting movements.

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Paper Magazine: NSFW The Art of The Dick Pic by Eva Sealove

Consider the penis. It's a highly-charged, highly-fraught, highly-symbolic, highly-sexy (to some people, at least) and sometimes a very silly thing to have. Don't freak out, but with the advance of smartphones we are living in the age of, as Dan Savage puts it, the "portable porn factory" in our pocket. A dick, if you've got one or are in the presence of one, has become infinitely replicable in cyberspace. Snap a pic, send it. Solicited or unsolicited (seriously, don't), the ether is swimming in phalluses.

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Art ltd: May/June 2017 – In the News; congratulating Sandeep Mukherjee on his Guggenheim Fellowship by M. Enholm

The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the recipients of the 93rd annual Guggenheim Fellowship awards. Selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants 173 awards were given to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Established in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $350 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals. The 2017 recipients in the Creative Arts/Fine Art include: Derek Boshier, Burkhart Cassils, Mahwish Chishty, Joseph DeLappe, Lesley Dill, Harry Dodge, Eugenio Espinoza, Elana Herzog, Nicholas A. Hill, Byron Kim, Kathe Kim, Jennie Jieun Lee, John W. Love, James Luna, Shari Mendelson, Sandeep Mukherjee (seen above), Paul O’Keeffe, Jefferson Pinder, Hunter Reynolds, Kay Rosen, Paul Rucker, Zinadu Saro-Wiwa, Jeanne Silverthorne, Roy Thurston and Leslie Wayne.

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Architectural Digest: Sandeep Mukherjee receives the prestigious 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship by Nilofar Haja

Selected among a pool of 3,000 applicants, the Pune-born, Los Angeles-based artist—known for his abstract landscape paintings using acrylic inks and paints on textured surfaces and materials—was selected in the fine arts category.

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CHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY at Art Market San Francisco, April 26 - 29, 2017


Huffington Post: ADAM ROSS: Until the end of the world by Shana Nys Dambrot

Wim Wenders’ 1991 avant-garde epic Until the End of the World was a globe-spanning tech-infused romance in which a major plot point was the invention of a headset that could record memories in such a way as to then be able to show them to others, bypassing the viewer’s optic nerve and transmitting them whole, complete with images, like films beamed directly into the viewer’s neocortex, such that even a blind person could, in neurological terms, see them. So that happened.

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Sandeep Mukherjee Awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship

On April 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition. 

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Art and Cake: Cole Case’s Poetic Vision at Chimento Contemporary by Genie Davis 

“Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt” Cole Case. Chimento Contemporary. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker.

“Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt” Cole Case. Chimento Contemporary. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker.

At Chimento Contemporary through March 25th, Cole Case’s “Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt” is a beautiful, poetic exhibition of luminous but empty landscapes, Los Angeles scenes that seem to come out of a dream but are created from meticulous observation.

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Artillery Magazine: CHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY: Cole Case by Eve Wood

Cole Case is a man obsessed with: airplanes, the night sky, palm trees, runways, depopulated public spaces and his own private plethora of nostalgic memorabilia. Armed with these iconographic signifiers, Case, in his second solo exhibition with Chimento Contemporary, has painted a series of eight gorgeously rendered oil paintings that both commemorate and celebrate the oft ignored public arenas where people conduct the business of their lives. 

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ARTSCENE: Recommendations: Cole Case Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, California by Genie Davis

“Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt” is a finely wrought example of Cole Case's delicate, terse style. The exhibition’s title is as poetic as the works themselves, taken from a drawing in Kurt Vonnegut’s book "Slaughterhouse 5." Working with landscapes that are primarily desolate, Case’s subjects include beaches, harbors, neighborhoods under flight paths, and seascapes that are barren except for an evocatively-placed palm, a lone freighter, towering airplanes. Eight evocative paintings are joined by a series of works on paper. Viewers see elements of realism and the surreal, a naturalistic style contrasting with a subject matter that is often hauntingly skewed. The ghost of Rousseau inhabits these works. 

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HAMPTONS ARTHUB: CRITIC’S VIEW: Five Booths Not to Miss at Volta NY This Year by Charles A. Riley

"Mutual Reentanglements 2" by Sandeep Mukherjee. Courtesy of Chimento Contemporary.

"Mutual Reentanglements 2" by Sandeep Mukherjee. Courtesy of Chimento Contemporary.

Two roads diverged at Volta NY this year, and I took the one less traveled by. Parting ways with the raucous laughter in the crowded curated section of the fair—and granting that caricature has its place in art history—I avoided politics in preference for aesthetics.

The invitational fair of artist projects that emphasizes solo presentations, Volta has earned its reputation over the past decade for serious art drawn from an admirably global range of sources, exactly the strength displayed by the work in the five booths I believe ought not to be missed.

Sandeep Mukherjee at Chimento Contemporary (Los Angeles)

It was not just the massive scale of the 10-part (each section 5 by 7 feet), immersive project Mutual Entanglements by Sandeep Mukherjee that wraps the viewer in its flowing tresses (like the giant weeds of the Sargasso Sea that can bring huge ships to a halt). It was the extraordinary virtuosity of the painting itself that was inescapable. The artist uses acrylic applied by brush, concrete broom, roller and spray bottle to big sheets of Duralene, a slick polymer film.

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artnet®news: Catch These Breakout Stars at the VOLTA Fair by Sarah Cascone

Sandeep Mukherjee, Mutual Reentanglement 2 (2017). Installation view at VOLTA NY. Courtesy of Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles.

Sandeep Mukherjee, Mutual Reentanglement 2 (2017). Installation view at VOLTA NY. Courtesy of Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles.

At the 10th anniversary of VOLTA NY, which kicked off on Wednesday, up-and-coming artists dig into subjects like cultural diversity and immigration, and even Donald Trump’s supposed sex practices, keeping the messages up to the moment. As per the norm, all 96 exhibitors were asked to showcase the work of just one or two artists, making it all the easier to cherrypick the fair’s break-out stars.

Sandeep MukherjeeMutual Reentanglement 2, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles

Making its New York fair debut is Los Angeles’s Chimento Contemporary, whose founder, Eva Chimento, says that she “always wanted to do something crazy at an art fair.” That’s what she’s aiming for with her mural installation by Sandeep Mukherjee, who has developed a fascinating technique working with Duralene. This thin polymer, which the artist likens to a “synthetic paper,” hangs on the booth wall in ten five-by-seven-foot sheets, each painted in countless layers of acrylic paint.


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Sandeep Mukherjee: Mutual Entanglements at VOLTA NY 2017, March 1 - 5, 2017

Mutual Entanglement, 2015. Installation view Chimento Contemporary. Photo, Ruben Diaz

Mutual Entanglement, 2015. Installation view Chimento Contemporary. Photo, Ruben Diaz

Chimento Contemporary is pleased to present the third iteration of artist Sandeep Mukherjee’s project Mutual Entanglements, all ten 5 x 7 foot panels will be used and re-configured to fit the space.



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LA Times: Datebook: A Frank Romero retrospective, Moholy-Nagy at LACMA, Ulay at the Depart Foundation by Carolina A. Miranda

This exhibition — the first solo exhibition by the artist at Chimento — brings together eight new oils paintings by an artist who is obsessed with landscape of the decidedly non-pastoral kind — airport flight paths, harbors or sporting arenas.

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Art and Cake: What’s Hot in L.A.? Art Events You Should Check Out 

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Kim Schoenstadt, Sightline Construction No.12, 2015 at The Lapis Press.  Reception, Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4pm - 7pm

Kim Schoenstadt, Sightline Construction No.12, 2015, Vinyl and metal bench installation. Bench: 71 x 23 x 19 ½ inches. Vinyl: 69 ½ x 39 ½ inches

Kim Schoenstadt, Sightline Construction No.12, 2015, Vinyl and metal bench installation.

Bench: 71 x 23 x 19 ½ inches. Vinyl: 69 ½ x 39 ½ inches

The Huffington Post: photo l.a. and MOPLA Unite January 12 - 15, 2017 by Kathy Leonardo

Laura London, Rockstar Moment Series: Rock Star Moment 5, 2000, Color Photograph, 30” x 30”, Edition of 3

Laura London, Rockstar Moment Series: Rock Star Moment 5, 2000, Color Photograph, 30” x 30”, Edition of 3

Photography has become one of the most popular forms of art. Now with photography driven websites such as Instagram, Facebook, etc., the medium has attracted a multitude of new fans, students, and users. photo l.a. has been celebrating the art of photography for the past twenty-six years.

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Los Angeles Times: Datebook: Objects that remix African and American, paintings of Shangri-La, Peter Saul before he was pop by Carolina A. Miranda

“Straight Outta Bushwick,” at Chimento Contemporary. Organized by Patricia Hamilton, who used to run New York’s Hamilton Gallery of Contemporary Art, this exhibition brings together a selection of works by artists from the Schweitzer/David Gallery in Brooklyn, from a neighborhood that has been a hotbed of arts activity for just over six years. 

... Read more here. Pérez Art Museum Miami celebrated Feminism with largest photograph of South Florida female artists 

305 artists braved the inclement weather to make history. Photo: Amanda Bradley.

305 artists braved the inclement weather to make history. Photo: Amanda Bradley.

MIAMI, FLA.- On the morning of December 10, 2016, Pérez Art Museum Miami partnered with Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt to organize a historic event – Now Be Here #3 – a gathering and photograph of South Florida female and female identifying contemporary artists. 305 artists braved the inclement weather to make history. This community gathering comes at a time when issues of gender equality and identity are at the forefront of cultural discourse in the United States.

... Read more here. South Florida female artists to unite for group portrait and to make a feminist statement by Phillip Valys

On Saturday, Dec. 10, more than 400 female artists will huddle in front of the Perez Art Museum Miami to shoot a group portrait and celebrate gender equality in the art world. The project, titled "Now Be Here #3," is the brainchild of Los Angeles conceptual artist Kim Schoenstadt, who aims to draw attention to underpaid and underrepresented female artists.

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Huffington Post: CRITIC’S PICK: The Power of Intimacy in Enoc Perez’ and Carlos Rolon/Dzine’s collaboration at Chimento Contemporary by Lita Barrie

Bigger is not always better, although large scale artwork is more attention-grabbing in a fiercely competitive, commercialized art universe. Enormous art fairs, expansive architectural white cube galleries and monumental fabricated art works made in factory-like studios take center stage today. So it is refreshing to find a gem which goes against the trend.

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LA Weekly: 5 Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week by Catherine Wagley

Dream house
Artists Enoc Perez and Carlos Rolón, both of whom have roots in Puerto Rico, made each object in their current show at Chimento Contemporary together, although not while in the same place. 

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LA Weekly: 11 Things to Do When You're in Downtown L.A. by Catherine Wagley

Back in October we published our 2016 Best of L.A. issue, our annual roundup of everything we love the most in Los Angeles (and there's a lot). Certain neighborhoods have a tendency to perform better than others, and downtown just happens to be brimming with some of the coolest, most award-worthy stuff in the city. Whether you're killing time before a show or making a special trip to sightsee in your own city, here are 11 things to make sure to check out downtown.

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Now be here #3 at Pérez Museum Miami (PAMM) on December 10, 2016

©Paola Kudacki

©Paola Kudacki

On December 10, 2016, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will partner with Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt to organize a historic event – Now Be Here #3 – a gathering and photograph of South Florida female and female identifying contemporary artists. This community gathering comes at a time when issues of gender equality and identity are at the forefront of cultural discourse in the United States.

“This event is about showing up and being accounted for as a working artist in the South Florida arts community,” said artist and curator Jane Hart, who is working with Schoenstadt to serve as the local artist invited, helping to engage South Florida’s broad and diverse artist population. “It is an idea realized upon the notion of our collective diversity and the inclusiveness of our community. Let’s be together and fully present with one another.”

Schoenstadt launched the Now Be Here series this August at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles, which inspired 733 artists to come together and connect for a historic group photograph documenting their presence. The second gathering, Now Be Here #2, welcomed 600 participants at the Brooklyn Museum. Now Be Here #3, hosted by PAMM in partnership with Girls’ Club, marks the third iteration of this project and will bring together artists from throughout the region. 

Now Be Here is organized by Kim Schoenstadt along with Jane Hart, Sarah Michelle Rupert of Girls’ Club and Diana Nawi. The group photograph will be shot by Gesi Schilling. Each participating artist will receive a link to the photograph for her archive and the project website* will list the participants.

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LA TIMES - Culture: High & Low with Carolina A. Miranda: “Carlos Rolón/Dzine and Enoc Perez,” at Chimento Contemporary

Rolón, better know as Dzine, and Perez have teamed up for a show that explores immigration, aspiration and identity (partly inspired by the artist's shard roots in Puerto Rico.) 

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HYBERALLERGIC: In Brooklyn, 600 Women Artists Unite for a Photograph by Christen Clifford

A group of 600 female artists convened at the Brooklyn Museum for "Now Be Here #2," which has be called the largest group portrait and female-identifying artist in New York.

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artnet®news: 600 Female Artists Took the Brooklyn Museum by Storm This Weekend by Rain Embuscado

On Sunday morning, at the invitation of the artist Shinique Smith, 600 female and female-identifying artists converged at the Brooklyn Museum for a group photograph.

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Now Be Here — Female Artist Portrait Project Heads to Brooklyn

Kim Schoenstadt, the artist responsible for "Now Be Here #1," in which she brought together 733 female artists for a portrait at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles in August, is reprising the project, this time at the Brooklyn Museum. "Now Be Here #2" is set to take place the morning of Sunday October 23, in the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court.

This event will take place at the Brooklyn Musuem of Art
Organized by Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum and artist Kim Schoenstadt

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Like most galleries, Chimento Contemporary has a main room and a smaller space for projects. Unlike most, however, it also has a "Curated Loo" - or art shows in the bathroom. 

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ART AND CAKE: Sally Bruno: “SURF SKATE SNOW” at Chimento Contemporary by Jacqueline Bell Johnson

Sally Bruno's solo show SURF SKATE SNOW is up right now at Chimento Contemporary. The show consists of six oil paintings in a whiter than white gallery space. 

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Sandeep Mukherjee / Rentanglement at The Art Gallery @ Gendale Community College 

The Art Gallery at Glendale Community College
is pleased to announce our fall exhibition:  
REENTANGLEMENT • Sandeep Mukherjee

Mukherjee presents his monumental installation Reentanglement, comprised of 10 life-sized painted on duralene panels, installed in a 21-foot vertical site specific installation. This is a re-presentation of his Mutual Entanglements that debuted at Chimento Contemporary in the fall of 2015.  Mukherjee uses the possibility of reconfiguration to explore how painting alters our perception of location and psychological stability. The panels appear almost as a cryptic tower or gateway as the paintings seem to warp into the interior space of the gallery, creating the simultaneous sensations of grandeur and void. The meticulously painted abstract panels - images of  "entanglements" produced with non traditional painting implements including brooms and squeegees- seem to move forward and back as the viewer experiences the piece from multiple perspectives in the gallery. 
Artist Reception and Roundtable

Join us for a very special event on Thursday, November 17th, when The Art Gallery @ GCC hosts Leslie Jones, Prints and Drawing Curator at LACMA.  Ms. Jones joins artists Stas Orlovski and Sandeep Mukherjee for a discussion about psychology, perception and experience as it pertains to our current exhibition.  

Thursday, November 17th
5:30 pm - Artist Reception
7:30 pm - Roundtable Discussion
Library Foyer

Reserved seating with your RSVP Here

The New York Times: ‘Now Be Here’ Takes a Portrait and Makes a Gender Statement by Jori Finkel

LOS ANGELES — A group of 733 female artists gathered on Sunday in the sunny courtyard of the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery for “Now Be Here,” which its organizers call the largest group portrait of working artists taken in this city’s history.

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[ZITININE] BETA: LA's 9 Best Female Gallerist via Allie Pohl by Adren Shore

LA-based conceptual artist Allie Pohl has had it with society’s unrealistic beauty and body standards—for XX and XY chromosome holders and beyond. 

... Read more here. 

Huffington Post: Marc Fichou's Playful Installation At Chimento Contemporary by Lita Barrie

Marc Fichou is a French-born, L.A. based artist who consciously defies categorization. This playful defiance makes Fichou a free spirit in the art world who refuses to be limited by restrictive definitions of what it means to be an artist. 

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ArtNews: Pictures at an Exhibition

Marc Fichou: Outside-In” is on view at Chimento Contemporary in Los Angeles through Saturday, July 9. The solo exhibition presents

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Marc Fichou "Outside In", Huffington Post

Inter medial artist Marc Fichou’s new installation OUTSIDE-IN at Chimento Contemporary offers the closest thing you can get to a look ...

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Design Miami Blog: "Marc Fichou: OUTSIDE-IN at Chimento Contemporary"

Fichou seeks to achieve a paradoxically solid expression of the fluid mental, creative, neurological process of unending in-between that is human consciousness, using finite tangible forms and imagery.

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Artillery Magazine, Marc Fichou

Imagine being able to chart the interior of someone’s brain—to witness ideas as they begin to take shape between ecstatically

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French Morning, Los Angeles, Marc Fichou 

Marc Fichou se considère comme un artiste « intermédia » – un terme hérité du mouvement d’art contemporain ...

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cordially invites you to attend: 

A Special: 'In Conversation' – Marc Fichou & Larry Bell

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 4pm.

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Artillery: CHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY - Laura London by Annabel Osberg

Like fairy tales about to reach sinister climaxes, Laura London’s new photographs present spuriously romanticized views of female youth. Each portrait’s idealized setup is tempered by a portentous feeling that something is amiss.

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Artillery: GIRL POWER AT CHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY - Laura London, Cole Case at Chimento Contemporary by Beverly Western

Last night found us in Downtown LA at Chimento Contemporary for Laura London’s show. We’ve been following London’s “girls” for quite some time, so we were anxious to see the newest crop of female adolescents usually featured in her work. 

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Huffington Post: Laura London: Relocation at Chimento Contemporary by Shana Nys Dambrot

Photographer Laura London has a mantra. “Personal, universal; observation, imagination.” Her most indelible images are animated by the meticulous and intuitive calibration of these dynamic dualities.

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Los Angeles Times: What exactly am I looking at? The intriguing work of artist Roy Thurston by Christopher Knight

Roy Thurston traffics in perceptual ambiguities at the busy intersection of painting and sculpture. The sensation of being in a gallery yet not being quite sure what you’re looking at is strange but rewarding.

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cordially invites you to attend: 

In Conversation

Linda Besemer and Roy Thurston will discuss Thurston's
current exhibition See Through

Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

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visual art source: Roy Thurston and Monique Prieto, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles Preview by Andy Brumer

It wasn’t until last month that scientists finally “heard,” then graphed the presence of the those remarkably enduring “gravitational waves” which resulted from the collision of two massive black holes in space some 1.3 billion light years away.

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Artillery: Kim Schoenstadt by Peter Frank

Kim Schoenstadt’s approach to visual art conflates two and three dimensions, crawling up the wall and on the floor, gelling into freestanding objects even as it elaborates on a kind of drawing-in-space that seems at once to leak from and to enmesh the sculptural, even functional, constructions. 

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Wallpaper* Magazine - Off the wall: Kim Schoenstadt's new work mashes up 2D and 3D representations by Charlotte Jansen

Kim Schoenstadt’s research into architecture began almost by accident, waiting for buses in lobbies in Chicago.

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be-Art magazine: Established Artist Selection: LA artist, Kim Schoenstadt

"We take the opportunity of that wonderful exhibition at Chimento Contemporary to highlight excellent Venice-based artist, Kim Schoenstadt."

"Because of the consistency and singularity of her work with a constant evolution to it, Kim Schoenstadt is now part of our Selection of Best Ultimate artists."

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Huffington PostKim Schoenstadt’s Architecture of the Mind by Shana Nys Dambrot

Kim Schoenstadt’sabiding interest in architecture skews toward the interpretive, allegorical, palimpsestically repurposed, aspirational, never-built, and even fictional edifices of the last century.  

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A Conversation: Kim Schoenstadt and Jori Finkle will discuss Schoenstadt's current exhibition Sightline Construction Series and Book Truck, No.1

Saturday, February 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

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Jori Finkel is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the West Coast correspondent for The Art Newspaper. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 from New York, where had been a senior editor at Art+Auction magazine. 

LA Weekly: 5 Free Art Shows You Should See in L.A. this Week by Catherine Wagley

Everything in Chris Finley’s exhibition at Chimento Contemporary can be touched and moved. Some things can even be thrown. This is particularly surprising given how delicate and carefully arranged the work looks at first glance. Piles of paper balance on white plastic balls near the back wall, and a small black bouncy ball balances atop a leaning sculpture assembled from bits of whittled pencils.

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The Hollywood Reporter: An Insider's Guide to L.A.'s Downtown Galleries

Check us out on this great list! Read more here.

Art ltd. Critics Pics: Los Angeles

We made it! Read more here.

Los Angeles Times: In Sandeep Mukherjee's mural, a modular approach to nature by Christopher Knight

A seductive 50-foot mural by Sandeep Mukherjee is composed from 10 modular units, each painted in a lush abstraction that suggests the moist environs of a tropical jungle.

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A Conversation with Sandeep Mukherjee and Lari Pittman

Saturday October 17, 2015, 2:00pm  4:00pm

Sandeep Mukherjee and Lari Pittman will discuss Mukherjee's current exhibition Mutual Entanglements
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

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notes on looking: Sandeep Mukherjee: Mutual Entanglements by David Bell

As I sat staring at the pattern on the back of the seat in front of me during a three-hour flight from Houston to Los Angeles, I contemplated Sandeep Mukherjee’s impressive painting installation,Mutual Entanglements, at Chimento Contemporary, the last art exhibition I saw before leaving on a four-day trip to Florida to visit my family. I was without a book or a pen during the flight; all I had was the back of the seat and my mind’s wanderings.

 ... Read more here. Chimento Contemporary opens with inaugural exhibition of Sandeep Mukherjee's work

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Chimento Contemporary announce their inaugural exhibition “Mutual Entanglements” with new work by Los Angeles-based artist Sandeep Mukherjee. For over a decade Mukherjee’s work has considered the notion of abstraction as a method to make moving pictures of thought. Pursuing multiple paths via portraiture, the performing body, architecture as folding, and erasure as abstraction, the work continues to explore the tension between process, affect and representation.

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ARTILIKELA: Sandeep Mukherjee Just Is by Moto Okawa

At newly opened Chimento Contemporary, Sandeep Mukherjee’s panoramic paintings just are. Spanning across the two jointed walls, these ten paintings, collectively titled as Mutual Entanglements, quietly float in the space, seemingly hovering over the white floor. The sight offers neither an excitement nor a disappointment. It just is. As a result, a meditative engagement transpires.

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