Saturday evening marked the opening of Brett Rubbico Gallery’s Summer Group Show in Newport Beach. This well-attended opening included the work of notable artists, including sculptor Christopher Georgesco (whose quality and placement of works will make him “immortal”), Jane Bauman, Michael Maas, David Michael Lee, Tom Dowling and more. I was particularly fond of the work of Maura Williams: ink on Yupo (a manufactured material) reflecting Japanese Enso circles and extrusions. The contrasting colors, sense of blending and depth on man-made material were brilliant.
This was the last day of the exhibition of the works of Koji Enokura and Julian Hoeber at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. Koji Enokura’s work is extraordinary. Enokura is a key figure of the Mono-ha group of artists in Tokyo who redefined Japanese art in the 1960-70’s. This exhibit showed Enokura’s exploration of staining, with contrasts of smooth fields of blank paint with unpainted surfaces, drenched fabric, the mark on fabric of beams under lumber and the use of diagonally hung fabric canvases. Stunningly beautiful and powerful work that created a sense of energy in the room. Julian Hoeber’s work included some very interesting pieces which explored “geometrical compositional systems.” To learn more about these works and the artists, see www.blumandpoe.com.