White-Hot L.A. Art School Scene

July 3rd, 2005 · No Comments · Los Angeles

One of the most talked-about phenomena right now among L.A. artists is the extreme heat that area MFA grads are generating, even while still in school. The art world is looking like professional sports, scouts nosing around for promising talent at younger and younger ages. The New York Times explores further.

Mr. Dodge, 30, recalled being signed up last year by ACME in Los Angeles and CRG in New York, which lured him away from Taxter & Spengemann. “The timing was great in one way,” he said. “My studio was so full of paintings back then that I didn’t have enough room to work. Then ACME took 10 paintings.” At the same time, he said, the attention was overwhelming: “It was crazy. Everything happened at once, and I was still going to classes.”

Matt Johnson, 26, who will have his second show this fall with Taxter & Spengemann in New York (his first solo show in Los Angeles, at Blum & Poe, is not scheduled until next year), described the first as fraught with anxiety. “There is definitely the most pressure on the first show,” he said. “If that bombs, it’s a really tough place to climb out of.”

Perhaps that’s one reason why Mr. Hundley, 30, is taking his time committing to a gallery. “When I was at school, I didn’t want to be distracted by the question,” he said in an interview in late June. “And I just graduated last week, so I don’t feel any urgency to make the decision right now.”

Read the rest here: First Come the Dealers, and Then the Diplomas.

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