The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) has partnered with MuzeuMM to present Abstract Never Is, a presentation of contemporary and historical abstract photography. After a wonderfully successful preview at Photo LA in January, the show expands with many more works by each artist - and artists to be announced - at MuzeuMM in Los Angeles opening from 7-11pm on March 5 and shows through April 9. MuzeuMM is located at 4817 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016. There will be a panel discussion on April 9 with special guests to be announced.

As co-curator Juri Koll says, “This show intends to place contemporary photographers who practice abstraction as an important way of seeing the world in the pantheon of well known artists such as Edmund Teske and Man Ray. After Photo LA, we’re proud to be able to bring the show to MuzeuMM, to curate with Mishelle Moross, and will be producing a catalog for the show. We’re excited to have essays written by Arthur Ollman, Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank included, along with special guests to be announced.”

As the opening essay for the catalog states:
Abstract Photography has a long, illustrious, inspiring tradition, which extends to contemporary photographers’ work. Abstract Never Is means to convey the concept that an abstract photographic image never truly escapes the process of putting the lens in front of the eye and clicking the shutter. The moment of conception of an abstract photograph requires intention, place, surface, object, and time, to mention a few aspects. If it is successful, it thrives on the border of the known and the unknown. The moment and the timeless. A successful abstract photograph requires both - and balances on the heft of each.

The following artists are a part of this traveling exhibition: Fatemeh Burnes, Sasha vom Dorp, Kio Griffith, Diane Holland, Suda House, Juri Koll, KuBO, Maria Larsson, Lawrie Margrave, Stefanie Nafé, Kirk Pedersen, Osceola Refetoff, Lisa Rosel, Edmund Teske, and others TBA.

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