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Roberts Projects
5801 Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles (Culver City), CA 90232
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Established in 1999, Roberts Projects aims to foster diverse perspectives within a broader context of contemporary artistic practices through its exhibitions and programs, with a focus on artists with challenging, critical voices. The gallery represents multiple generations of internationally recognized, established artists as well as emerging artists. The gallery commissions projects in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and film, and programming emphasizing museum-quality, installation-based exhibitions, specifically provocative interventions and expansive surveys of historical significance. The gallery's publication division specializes in exhibition catalogues, contemporary artists' texts, and art historical monographs.
Artists Represented:
Amoako Boafo
Dominic Chambers
Daniel Crews-Chubb
Michael Dopp
Egan Frantz
Lenz Geerk
Jeffrey Gibson
Eberhard Havekost
James Hayward
Wangari Mathenge
Evan Nesbit
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Betye Saar
Ed Templeton
Evan Trine
Kehinde Wiley
Brenna Youngblood
Zhao Zhao

 
Online Programming

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson: It Can Be Said of Them



Jeffrey Gibson’s exhibition will feature new work exploring themes of identity, as it relates to diversity and inclusivity, to uplift unique experiences, struggles and personal victories shaping the fight for LGBTQIA visibility. Taking its title from a print produced by Sister Corita Kent in 1969 of the same name, It Can Be Said of Them will be Gibson’s second show with the gallery.

 
Current Exhibition

Brenna Youngblood

Brenna Youngblood: the LIGHT and the DARK



March 20, 2021 - May 15, 2021
the LIGHT and the DARK, Brenna Youngblood’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery, takes as its genesis the artist's experience navigating the difficulties of last year and applying her lived experiences – endured as two separate but simultaneous realities – to her practice. From a deadly pandemic to a global movement for equitable racial justice, 2020 was defined by its world-shifting events. The works on view hold space for light and dark, and the material representation of both by taking into account their own considerations and possibly different ideas surrounding each, but as a whole the show is committed to Youngblood’s highly personal response to her particular memories and experiences addressing the events and issues we have seen unfold so far. the LIGHT and the DARK brings together twelve energy-filled mixed-media collages on canvas and board.

 
Upcoming Exhibitions

Daniel Crews-Chubb

Solitary Us: Couples paintings



July 8, 2021 - August 14, 2021
The Couples paintings are a new series produced during the lockdown period in the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They explore relationships and human interactions, and are self-reflective and reactionary to the sense of isolation and solitude the artist was feeling at the time. This follows “Chariots, Beasts, and Belfies,” the gallery’s inaugural presentation with the artist in 2018.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe



June 5, 2021 - July 3, 2021
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’s second solo show with the gallery opens Summer 2021 with a presentation of new works continuing his idiosyncratic perspective on Diasporic culture through the celebrated form of Black portraiture.

 
Past Exhibitions

Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal: Thanks Collage Works from the 1970's



October 24, 2020 - December 12, 2020
Roberts Projects is delighted to announce Thanks: Collage Works from the 1970’s, an exhibition of works on paper by Rachel Rosenthal (1926-2015). Organized in collaboration with the Rachel Rosenthal Estate, the exhibition features never before exhibited collage works from the 1970's documenting Rosenthal’s autobiographical reflection of a pivotal time in her early artistic development. The show takes its title after the artist’s second performance at Wilshire Plaza West, Westwood, California (1975), in which she thanked those who had actively done something important for her, with the audience participating in the familiar roles of “father,” “mother” and “friend.” The performance marked the year of her mother’s death, twenty years after her father’s. At the end of performance, each of the participants received a small box containing a unique miniature collage work from the artist.

Amoako Boafo, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Lenz Geerk, Jeffrey Gibson, Wangari Mathenge, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Betye Saar, Kehinde Wiley, Ardeshir Tabrizi

Synchronicity



September 19, 2020 - December 5, 2020
The Dalai Lama once said, “I am open to the guidance of synchronicity and I do not let expectations hinder my path,” meaning he allows himself the intervention of the unknown rather than being tied to any predetermined notions of what could or should be. Synchronicity, as it relates to the creation of art, follows the same principles in that all great art allows for the possibility of improvisation, chance or the “divine accident,” wherein the artist discovers inspiration in a place they might never have thought to look initially. In any circumstance, the improbable always yields more gold than the obvious. But how do artists recognize not only the importance of improbability, but foster this kind of high level receptivity? How do you find something by deliberately not seeking it out, knowing that in this ineffable gesture is the most powerful kind of artistic expression? It requires an understanding of the laws that govern the universe, or as Einstein once said, “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources, even from yourself,” that is, to have faith that what we are seeking in the living world is also seeking us; to receive everything, all we need do is to be open to it. This exhibition takes as its subject the nebulous, syncretic moment, celebrates the ambiguous gesture and expounds on the improbable instance where magical thinking occurs without our knowledge or awareness. For example, the paintings of Lenz Geerk investigate the strange and luminous distance between figures and objects, creating a force-field of psychologically charged spaces. Brenna Youngblood explores the boundaries between language and abstraction, investigating the nuances and complexities of words and how meanings can be subverted and reinterpreted, whereas Kehinde Wiley employs a more traditional painterly approach, using the visual language of old master portraiture to subvert myth and symbol alike. Beyte Saar’s sculptural investigations continue to compel and surprise while raising important questions about identity, as do Jeffrey Gibson’s contemporary sculptural figures. All the artists in this exhibition are not only imaginative and curious about the world around them, but also bring to their work a level of inquisitiveness that supersedes cognition - instead, privileging instinct - and both a playfulness and a willingness to commit to the improbable and the ambiguous to allow life’s riddles to remain unsolved. To continue the works’ challenge of conventional categories and their relationship to one another, this exhibition will open in phases, with individual pieces introduced throughout the duration of the exhibition.