Art Platform Raises the Art Bar at Barker Hangar

Say Los Angeles, and people think traffic and celebrities. This weekend screw Carmageddon with its closure of the 405 Freeway–Art Platform is here bringing in stars and ingenues of the art world. Some of the biggest, established names in art along with exciting newer artists, emerging artists, alternative artists, and up-and-comers are on exhibit at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar.

If one gallery at Art Platform had to sum up the trajectory of avant-garde art over the past century, that would be Denis Bloch where Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauchenberg and Andy Warhol share space with Mr. Brainwash and Speedy Graphito. Plus Bloch’ s got some Keith Haring and Damien Hirst thrown up for good measure. Very all star.

Frank Lloyd hung a large, pale pink sparkling luminescent acrylic dome from the late Cool School artist Craig Kauffman, whose last shows were at that gallery, with a posthumous exhibition on the way, juxtaposing Cindy Kolodziejski‘s mixed media installation of dozens of small pieces which included ceramic breasts, drawings on velum, hand-painted children’s games, clowns, devils, insects and chickens.

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