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Voyage LA Magazine / LG Williams: Hollywood Hidden Gem

Check out LG Williams’s Artwork, VoyageLA Staff Writer, VoyageLA.com, June 5, 2019.

LG, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist:

I’m originally from the Ozarks. Back then, I loved crafting a bit more than bass fishing. So, after art school, I hitchhiked to Los Angeles. That decision was a no-brainer — which was good since I had little extra to spare. What I didn’t know back then was this: Every Hollywood hipster can spot poor, destitute country folk — like me — a mile away. That’s probably one reason why, after all these years, I’ve never been invited to exhibit art in Tinseltown. Another reason might be that my “story” has been anything but unique. On the contrary, it registers as irrelevant by any Southern California  metric…
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The Estate of LG Williams™ would like to extend warm gratitude to The Lodge and The Derazhne-Fridman Charitable Trust for their generous support. Esp B, P, S and Vinnie.

Los Angeles Artist LG Williams Thanks DNC Wikileaks Contributors With Artwork

Press Release — For Immediate Release
July 26, 2016

   
     

Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors! by LG Williams
LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™, Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors!, 2016, Reflective Ink on Diamond Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminium with Aluminium Backing

    “After reading through a couple of the Wikileaks DNC documents, I decided to make this heart-felt artistic gesture of appreciation. I want every Democratic donor to know that I am grateful for all their contributions,” Williams said.“LG had an artistic epiphany, there is no other way to explain it. This beautiful image came to his mind. He had to make this artwork for this generous group of people, the DNC donors, who just got rudely outed,” said the Newport Beach gallerist Jamie Brooks.

“This is me in the picture, giving my gratitude to all of the DNC donors in the country!” the artist said.

The eponymous artwork will most certainly become a major art crowd-pleaser amongst the DNC contributors and art collectors, and a permanent fixture of the national art exhibition circuit in the foreseeable future.

It is worth noting that during his prolonged emerging career, Williams has extended many thanks to his audience, colleagues, patrons, benefactors and sheer luck. Among his earlier expressions of gratitude are: Thank You For Coming! (1997), Thank God I’m Not In New York! (2002), Thank God!… (2002, 2010, 2013 and 2014), Calling All Aliens (2009), To My Benefactors and Supporters (2011), and, most recently, Thank You In Advance (2014).

MacArthur Award winning art critic and left-wing radical, Dave Hickey, the so-called “pirate of contemporary art criticism,” applauded the new artwork as “really freakin brilliant!” He continued, “Williams’ artwork strangely and simultaneously evokes all the beauty, sublimity and generosity expressed in the DNC political platform. This is indeed epic visual art free of any political ideology or jargon.”

“Ya know what I’m saying?”—Hickey concluded. “Hand it to Williams, this gesture will become the iconic image of 2016 election year, the must-have object that will unite in solidarity every democratic art collection across the country”.

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NEWPORT BEACH CAThe Los Angeles artist LG Williams has just created a new artwork celebrating the trove of 19,252 internal DNC-related emails released last week by WikiLeaks. The emails reveal how the drive for big money donors consumes the DNC.

The artwork, entitled Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors!, portrays the artist, who was included in the 2011 Venice Biennial Internet Pavilion, “signing,” or manually communicating the physical gesture of “thanks” or “thank you” in American Sign Language to the DNC contributors. More specifically, the artist is depicted with his left hand near his lips, gesturing it forward towards the different tiers of donors who recently were unexpectedly exposed for simply giving money to the Democratic National Committee.

Or, to put it more simply, imagine Williams blowing a kiss to all the monied DNC donors across the nation, and you have an accurate grasp of the artwork — which is currently for sale in a limited edition by Jamie Brooks Fine Art in Costa Mesa, CA.

 

   
Thank You 2015-16 DNC Contributors! by LG Williams
 

TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (TLS — MAY 27) REVIEWS TWO LG WILLIAMS’ (PCP PRESS) BOOKS: WASTED WORDS & DUST BUNNIES BY ART CRITIC DAVE HICKEY & ART HISTORIAN JULIA FRIEDMAN

Dave Hickey Julia Friedman PCP Press

Read the TLS review here (pdf)

Many other reviews can be found at PCP Press:  www.pcppress.com

Below: Watch Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman discuss the 2 books at UCLA The Hammer Museum.

Below: at SITE Sante Fe

More information can be found at PCP Press:  www.pcppress.com

LG Williams Responds To “The Forever Art Professors” by Laurie Fendrich in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Seriously, You Just Did What And Then Quoted Dave Hickey?!

LG Williams Responds To "The Forever Art Professors" by Laurie Fendrich in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Seriously, You Just Did What And Then Quoted Dave Hickey?!

American Artist LG Williams Defends Frieze Co-Director And Thanks 13.8 Million Millionaires At The Same Time

Wednesday 15 October 2014

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London – The American artist LG Williams has just exhibited a new artwork in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair Co-Founder Matthew Slotover’s, “impassioned defense of millionaires flooding into London this week to buy artworks by established and rising stars of the contemporary art world.” (“Frieze: Co-founder defends ‘Ikea For Millionaires,” by Nick Clark, The Independent, October 12, 2014)

The artwork portrays the artist, who was included in the 2011 Venice Biennial Internet Pavilion, “signing,” or manually communicating, the gesture of “thanks” or “thank you” in American Sign Language. The artist is depicted with his left hand near his lips, and gesturing it forward towards the 13.8 million millionaires across the world.

Imagine Williams blowing a kiss to all the millionaires across the globe, and you have an accurate grasp of the image.

“There are more millionaires in the world right now than ever before. The United States has the most millionaires of any country in the world, and California has the most millionaires of any state in the nation,” said Williams, who regularly can be found at Paradise Cove, just off The Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, shirtless, barefoot, wearing purple-tinted spectacles, a green LG baseball cap and orange Birdwell shorts.

“After reading the Independent’s article featuring Slotover’s heart-felt plea for the international art community to be grateful to all the art-buying millionaires, I instantly had the beautiful idea to make this artwork,” Williams said. “Really, I can’t think of another established artist in California, or anywhere in the world, more in debt to millionaires for their livelihood (in David Graeber’s full sense of the phrase) than me. Therefore, I should be the first American artist in the international art world to stand up and say to every millionaire in the world: “Thank You!”

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“This is my gift, my gratitude to you—all the art-collecting millionaires in the world!” Mr. Williams said.

The eponymous artwork, appropriately entitled “Thank you!” will most certainly become a major art crowd-pleaser, and a permanent fixture of the international art fair circuit in the foreseeable future.

It is worth noting that during his prolonged emerging career, Williams has extended many thanks to his audience, colleagues, patrons, benefactors and sheer luck. Among his earlier expressions of gratitude are: Thank You For Coming! (1997), Thank God I’m Not In New York! (2002), Thank God!… (2002, 2010, 2013 and 2014), Calling All Aliens (2009), To My Benefactors and Supporters (2011), and, most recently, Thank You In Advance (2014).

MacArthur Award winning art critic, Dave Hickey, the so-called “pirate of contemporary art criticism,” applauded the new artwork as “really fuckin brilliant!” He continued, “Williams’ artwork strangely and simultaneously evokes all the beauty, sublimity and generosity expressed in Frieze co-director’s recent interview. This is epic visual art free of any jargon.”

“Ya know what I’m saying?”—Hickey concluded. “Hand it to Williams, this gesture will become the iconic image of the Art-Fair Age, the must-have object that will unite in solidarity every millionaire’s art collection with every other millionaire’s art collection in the world”.

The artwork can be viewed and purchased on the artist’s website: www.lgwilliams.com

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Artist Defends Frieze Co-Founder and Thanks 13.8 Millionaires At The Same, Frieze London Installation, October 15–18, 2014

LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams, Thank You! (Center), Frieze London Installation, October 15–18, 2014

LG Williams at Frieze London 2014
October 15–18, 2014

LG Williams, Thank God! or The Dog Is Taking Things Hardest…Crying Every Night, 2014, 40 x 60″, Vinyl and Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminum

LG Williams at the Frieze London 2014 Art Fair
Thank God! or The Dog Is Taking Things Hardest…Crying Every Night, 2014
40 x 60″, Vinyl and Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminum
Photo: Linda Graham/NYTimes.com

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Book Signing Event: Art, Religion, Amnesia: The Enchantments of Credulity by Donald Preziosi — At the 102nd College Art Association annual conference in Chicago on Friday, February 14 at 2:00pm

Art, Religion, Amnesia: The Enchantments of Credulity by Donald Preziosi

 

Art, Religion, Amnesia: The Enchantments of Credulity by Donald Preziosi

LG Williams is pleased to announce that his artwork “I CAN SEE THE WHOLE ROOM!… AND THERE IS NO ART IN IT!” appeared in Donald Preziosi’s new book, Art, Religion, Amnesia: The Enchantments of Credulity, just published by Routledge. The book addresses the relationship between art and religion in contemporary culture, directly challenging contemporary notions of art and religion as distinct social phenomena and explaining how such Western terms represent alternative and even antithetical modes of world-making. Art, Religion, Amnesia is a unique re-evaluation of the essential indeterminacy of meaning-making, marking a radically new approach to understanding the inextricability of aesthetics and theology and will be of interest to students and researchers in art history, philosophy and religion and cultural theory.

Donald Preziosi is 2002 Slate Professor of Art at Oxford University, and Professor Emeritus of Art History at UCLA, where he developed the art history critical theory program as well as the UCLA museum studies program. His research, teaching, and writing link together cultural studies, intellectual history, critical theory, the arts, and museologies of various ancient and modern societies. His other recent publications include: The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford History of Art (Oxford University Press, 2009); Rethinking Art History: Meditations on a Coy, (Yale University Press, 1991); In the Aftermath of Art: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics (with Johanne Lamoureux), in Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture, (Routledge, 2005).

Professor Preziosi will be speaking at the book’s official launch during the 102nd College Art Association annual conference in Chicago on Friday, February 14 at 2:00pm.

Los Angeles, I’m Yours: The SubPrime Mortgage Crisis Bailout Coloring Book by LG Williams is “not only educational but it is artistic—and brilliant!”

Los Angeles, I’m Yours: The SubPrime Mortgage Crisis Bailout Coloring Book by LG Williams is "not only educational but it is artistic—and brilliant!"Read the full story by Kyle Fitzpatrick: Click Here

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