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Erika Rothenberg   


House of Cards
October 22 - December 3, 2016

Artist's Reception: October 22, 2016, 6-9pm


Show Catalog (pdf, 7.21 Mb)

Charlie James Gallery is proud to present Los Angeles-based artist Erika Rothenberg in her first solo show with the gallery. In House of Cards, Rothenberg reinstalls her 1992 Museum of Modern Art New York exhibition of ninety satirical greeting cards. House of Cards premiered at MoMA right before a presidential election, and here it is again, right before another. First time this work will be exhibited in LA!

Rothenberg has been creating satirical greeting cards since 1991 that address what she describes as “every awful, ignorant thing we do to one another.” Like a traditional Hallmark store, the greeting cards in this exhibition are arranged in sections – except Rothenberg’s cards tackle themes like politics, the economy, racism, religion, etc., and push the envelope of acceptability and taste. Also included in the exhibition will be new cards, with themes such as misogyny vs feminism, that meld into the older cards with ease – perhaps a statement on how little we have progressed as a society since the original installation.

… SHE IS A HARSH SOCIAL CRITIC WITH A FACILITY FOR IMAGE-MAKING, LANGUAGE AND DESIGN. — Michelle Grabner, Artforum 2015
 
[Her} real subject is America [with] a bleakness that suggests the view of America in the best works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joan Didion — Michael Brenson, New York Times

Erika Rothenberg is a conceptual artist whose provocative and humorous work about social and political issues takes many forms, from paintings and photographs to museum installations and large-scale  outdoor works. Rothenberg’s work has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums including the MoMA, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the MCA Chicago, and Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany. She have taught at CalArts, UCLA and Otis and received grants from the Getty and Norton Foundations. Her work is in many private and public collections, including MOMA; LACMA; MOCA Los Angeles; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the MCA Chicago.

From “House of Cards” installation
Gouache and ink on paper 
9x12 inches
1992

From “House of Cards” installation Gouache and ink on paper 9x12 inches 1992

Erika Rothenberg   


House of Cards
October 22 - December 3, 2016

From “House of Cards” installation
Gouache and ink on paper 
9x12 inches
1992

From “House of Cards” installation Gouache and ink on paper 9x12 inches 1992