RxArt has Landed in Los Angeles, CA!

RxArt has finally broken into the LA art scene and will be making our way into West Coast hospitals with some of our favorite artists! On April 27th I made a trip out to Los Angeles, CA to introduce our mission to the rising art community in the art world.

DAY ONE, I touched down in LA on a bright Sunday afternoon, greeted by a clear blue sky 70 degree weather…a wonderful, and welcomed, change from drawn out cold in NYC. I had a chance to take a long walk on the beach, as one of my meetings got rescheduled. I couldn’t have picked a better way to start my west coast journey!

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DAY TWO, following a visit to Gagosian LA for the Thomas Ruff show, Sam Falls gave me the tour of his new studio. I caught him at the perfect time…he had just moved in to his studio and would soon be off on a cross-country road trip, gathering inspiration for his next body of work. We are excited to announce that Sam will be working on a project with us at an LA hospital in the near future! He has also generously agreed to create a print for VIP ticket purchasers at our November 2014 PARTY.

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Sam Falls and I considering his work in his new studio space.

RxArt’s valued friend, Alexandra Gaty took me to artist, Mark Hagen’s studio (who also happens to be her lovely husband).  Cadogan Tate had already arrived and was crating work to be sent to NYC for Mark’s first solo show at Marlborough (opened May 10th).  I was fascinated by Mark’s explanation of how he achieved the gorgeous patina on the metal frames around his canvases–it includes Coca-Cola and electricity!

DAY THREE was filled with meetings and studio visits. I met with the art committee at an LA hospital to discuss the details of an upcoming RxArt project with Urs Fischer and Sam Falls…beyond exciting!

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Robert Irwin installation at Cedars Sinai Medical Center LA.

Catherine Opie showed me her fantastic new work at her studio. Later, I visited the new Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery on La Brea where I saw the exhibition of works from the 60’s and 70’s by John Tweddle, curated by Alanna Heiss. I had the rare opportunity to spend 19 minutes (yes, exactly) in Turrell’s immersive environment from his “Perceptual Cells” series.  It was completely magical.

DAY FOUR began bright and early on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, where Alex Israel works. His stuccoed and spray-painted arched paintings, in various stages of completion, as well as several completed self portraits gave me a new perspective of his work. We enthusiastically discussed working together on a future RxArt project.

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Alex Israel and I in his workspace at Warner Brothers.

DAY FIVE, my final day in the sun (and in the car), I paid Kathryn Andrews a visit at her studio.  We talked about her work as well as the exciting prospect of creating a project for a pediatric hospital in NYC.

Next studio up was Friedrich Kunath’s. His solo exhibition at Andrea Rosen had come down a couple days prior to my visit, and he was already working toward another show!

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Alexandra Gaty and Friedrich Kunath during our studio visit.

I was particularly excited for my next stop, Mary Weatherford’s show at David Kordansky. Mary’s first solo show was with me in New York City many years ago. What a beautiful show this was, everyone was thoroughly impressed.

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Mary Weatherford show at David Kordansky Gallery LA.

RxArt is filled with excitement and anticipation of relationships with new artists, projects to come, and new RxArt friends/supporters. It is time to expand and we have found just the place to do it…thanks to the enthusiastic welcome we received on the West Coast we cannot wait for what is to come, and the lives we will be able to impact.


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