Low Brow Artist & Juxtapoz Founder Robert Williams takes over Los Angeles Barnsdall Art Park
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine in association with Thinkspace Gallery and Copro Gallery are pleased to present new works by Robert Williams. SLANG Aesthetics! is on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 22nd to April 19th, 2015. The exhibition is Robert Williams’ first major body of work to make its debut in Los Angeles in well over a decade, and will feature 25 new oil paintings by the artist alongside a suite of drawings, and a series of large-scale sculptures fabricated with the assistance of Gentle Giant Studios. Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’, an award winning documentary about the work of Robert Williams, will be screening at The Barnsdall Gallery February 22nd to help kick off the exhibition.
The feature documentary was directed and edited by Mary C. Reese and co-directed by Nancye Ferguson (Flying with the Angels), Doug Blake, Stephen Nemeth and Michael LaFetra. Ferguson Blake (The Sessions) and LaFetra (Night Train) also served as producers and Nemeth (The Sessions, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) executive produced with Charles Solomon Jr. (Nate & Margaret) co-executive producing. An official selection at the Big Sky Film Festival, it has also screened at MoMA, MOCA, OCMA, LACMA and Art Miami-Basel. It was also award Best Documentary at the San Diego Comic Con International Film Festival in 2013.
“There’s pop art and then there’s art that makes your eyeballs pop out and scream—that’s where Robert Williams comes in… After forty-some years, they finally made a movie about this true-blue American ass-kicker.” – Chris Ziegler, OC Weekly
“His significant contribution to fine art was rediscovering classical figurative painting techniques and reintroducing them to an American audience with a revolutionary twist – it came to be called “Low-Brow”… Derided and degraded for decades by the contemporary art establishment, he rose to the top with a commitment to using the visual vocabulary of the cartoon as a realistic painting, rendered with precision and unlimited imagination.”– Mat Gleason in Juxtapoz Magazine (2009)
Whether you are a fine art fanatic or a low brow luddite, ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN’ is one hell of a ride into the evolution of contemporary art. Including archival footage by friend and famed photographer CR Stecyk the film features: Suzanne Williams, Don Ed Hardy, Debbie Harry, Anthony Kiedis, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Slash, George DiCaprio, Mat Gleason, Axl Rose, Tony Shafrazi and Artie Shaw.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at email@example.com or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.firstname.lastname@example.org – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org