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Last week, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened Jason Rhoades’ first major survey in Los Angeles, “Installations, 1994-2006.” Before his untimely passing at 41 in 2006, Rhoades established a successful career first in L.A., before gaining great recognition in Europe and New York. Rhoades’ Maximalist works brought on conversation about impolite and sometimes culturally frowned-upon subject matter, making him a both a controversial and moving creator. With this exhibition, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel carries on the artist’s message that the world is a lustful universe, and an infinite place for expressive opportunity.
Organized by Paul Schimmel, the exhibition focuses on the artists’ politically-charged work through six installations. Spread throughout the large space are a few of the artist’s most monumental works: Swedish Erotica and Fiero Parts (1994); My Brother/Brancuzi (1995); The Creation Myth (1998); My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… (2004); The Black Pussy… and the Pagan Idol Workshop (2005); and Tijuanatanjierchangelier (2006).
“Jason Rhoades. Installations, 1994-2006” is on view through May 21.