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William Christenberry at Marc Selwyn and “Shared Women” at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Wednesday, Mar 7 2007
William Christenberry at Marc Selwyn

William Christenberry befriended Walker Evans in the 1960s and continued to photograph in Hale County, Alabama (the source for Evans and James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men). Unlike many photographers who take pictures of life across the country, Christenberry, as seen in this impressive selection of photographs of Tennessee and Alabama taken from 1966–1984, documents the places he has considered home. Oftentimes he shoots the same locations to show how they’ve changed over the years, becoming relics of the past. His color images of hand-painted business signs, decaying warehouses, small general stores, houses and churches depict the rich and complex histories of these small towns.

6222 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. | | (323) 933-9911 | Through March 24

William Christenberry, Do You Believe in Jesus, I Do (1966)

“Shared Women” at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Curated by A.L. Steiner, Emily Roysdon and Eve Fowler

as part of the feminist art takeover in Los Angles, these three women have curated a group show that focuses on queer female contemporary artists. This community can be rather incestuous, and that is the crux of their curatorial concept. One might find it strange to find the curators on the list of artists, but when the press release reads, “Maybe some artists in this show have slept their way to the middle,” it might not be a self-aggrandizing move. Some of the work can be too self-referential but most of it successfully reaches outside “the box.” The list of participants is extensive and the approaches diverse. Included are some knockout pieces by Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge, Kathe Burkhart, Nicole Eisenman and Goody B. Wiseman. There are also a slew of artists’ multiples for sale.

6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. | | (323) 957-1777 | Through April 8

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