LOS ANGELES– On Saturday, January 25th, 2014, CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES will debut with over 70 globally recognized artists, including Tracey Emin, Gary Baseman, FAILE, Shepard Fairey and Ray Caesar.
Opening Reception on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, 7-10pm
101/exhibit, 6205 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038
CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES is a both a meditation and a celebration of the feline form. This exhibition goes beyond heralding felines as domesticated companion, and instead explores their role as muse and inspiration.
Aloof one moment and adoring the next, their behavior alone is a constant source of artistic fodder destined for reinterpretation. Then there is their adroit physicality; be it lounging languorously across our still unread newspaper, or their instinctive predatory sensibilities.
Cats have been part of our lexicon (not to mention our home life) for thousands of years. The Egyptians frequently aligned them with the gods, like Bastet, the goddess of warfare. Later, great artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Pablo Picasso all created masterpieces centered around cats, sometimes showcasing them as companion, sometimes around something much deeper symbolically.
Unified in subject matter, this group exhibition features the interpretations of cats by artists Alan Aldridge, Anita Kunz, Antony Micallef, Bovey Lee, Brandon Boyd, Britt Ehringer, Buff Monster, Christian Guémy (C215), Charlotte Dumas, Christian Furr, Clayton Brothers, Dana Veraldi, Daniel Maidman, Dean Russo, Diane Hoeptner, FAILE, Fedele Spadafora, Frank Stefanko, Gary Baseman, Guy Denning, Heather Mattoon, Ingrid Allen, Jamie Fales, Jason Shawn Alexander, Jay Batlle, Jenny Parks, Jill Greenberg, Joann Biondi, Jonathan Gent, Jonathan Yeo, Joshua Petker, JOW, Justin Bower, Katherine Streeter, Kathleen Melian, Ken Solomon, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kimberly Brooks, Langley Fox, Larissa Bates, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, Liz Markus, Luke Chueh, Ly Quan, Marc Dennis, Marion Peck, Martin Eder, Mattia Biagi, Melinda Lerner, Mercedes Helnwein, Michael Wolf, Misako Inaoka, Natalia Fabia, Nicholas Bowers, Nicholas Chistiakov, Noel Fielding, Rachel Schlueter, Ramsey Dau, Ray Caesar, Rebecca Urias, Rob Reger, Robert Standish, Ryan Metke, Sage Vaughn, Scott Stulen, Shepard Fairey, Steve Schapiro, Tim Biskup, Tracey Emin, Vera Iliatova.
Many of the artists, like Mercedes Helnwein, Jonathan Gent and FAILE, have never created a cat-themed work of art. Further, a number of the artists involved have readily admitted they are ‘dog’ people, and even allergic to cats, yet they cannot negate the fact that the feline form is a beautiful one that deserves to be heralded artistically.
All in all, art featured in Cat Art Show Los Angeles is a contemporary examination of the psychology, inspiration, and physical impact of cats in our lives.
All artwork will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Stray Cat Alliance of Los Angeles.
Admission is Free.
Hours of Cat Art Show Los Angeles:
Saturday, January 25th: 7pm – 10pm
Sunday, January 26th: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday, February 1st: 12pm – 5pm
Sunday, February 2nd: 12pm – 5pm
SUSAN MICHALS, CURATOR
Susan Michals has written about art and culture in such publications Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. She is an art consultant for clients in North America and Europe. She owns one cat, a Maine Coon, named, Miss Kitty Pretty Girl.