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Eric Minh Swenson

Deal With It: LA Is the New Capital of the Art World (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

The Broad Museum is about to open its doors this September, and by doing so it's going to explode a U.S. military style daisy cutter on the Los Angeles art scene. Then comes Hauser Wirth and Schimmel (HWS) a few blocks away in LA's undeniably burgeoning Arts District.

Millie Brown's Post-Abstract Expressionist "Rainbow Body" (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

Millie Brown's "Rainbow Body" presents the evolution of the artist's most recognized methods of performance-based painting.

EMS Nude Survey 1 Opens April 3: Revealing, Naked, Real

Lisa Derrick | Posted 04.02.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

While some of the images may have local bluestocking blue-hairs clutching their pearls before the scales fall from their eyes, the less provincial and parochial will be able to appreciate what Swenson calls humanity's most fundamental drive -- sexuality, seen through the eyes of over thirty artists.

Understanding Karl Haendel (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

I've photographed, surveyed, and filmed nearly a thousand art exhibitions in the past few years. Never until now, has there been an exhibition more interesting than Karl Haendel's installation at Night Gallery called "Unwinding Unboxing, Unbending Uncocking."

Llyn Foulkes 'One Man Band'

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

In the film, Foulkes has the charisma of Robin Williams, the looks of Clint Eastwood, the neurosis of Woody Allen and a singer/songwriter voice of Tom Waits. Put all these things in a meat grinder and it's a no-brainer that Foulkes stands apart from the Ferus brethren in this feature documentary film.

John Currin - No Fairy Tale (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

The Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills held its pre-Oscar exhibition with New-York-based master painter, John Currin. Currin arrived with his wife and children by his side, and although this was his night to shine, he adoringly gave his family most of his attention.

Taschen Grand Opening With David Bailey and the Rolling Stones (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

So here I am, photojournalist of LA's art scene, getting a weekend dose of Nicholson, only to see him greet Taschen's celebrated photographer, David Bailey, at the opening like two lost friends after the war.

Art Basel Miami Supercharged! (Video)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

It was full throttle at Art Basel this year in Miami. There were Lambos, Red Bull, Cuban expresso, Davidoff cigars, champagne, and Waikiki weather to keep me up.

Mark Handforth: Rough Dark Diamond

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

I recently had the opportunity to interview gallery sales associate, Ben Parsons, for a film I did on the current exhibition at Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles. My film features Miami artist, Mark Handforth's latest solo exhibition, Rough Dark Diamond.

Eric Zammitt : Unprecedented Insight into Process (video)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

Los Angeles native, Eric Zammitt, in his Altadena studio near Pasadena. Photo by EMS. Start the Hanz Zimmer soundtrack... In my latest documen...

The Hands of Wayne Thiebaud (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, on my return trip from San Francisco's Art Market to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to go to Sacremento to have lunch with legendary pop artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Surface to Air : Los Angeles Artists of the 60s (VIDEO)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

Genevieve Day, Director of Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Photo by EMS. On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 I had the great opportunity to film "Surface to Air: Los...

Mark Ryden's 'The Gay 90s West' at Michael Kohn (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

There was cake on the walls, cake in the backroom, and cake on the clothing by the patrons and adoring fans of Ryden. The room was pink, the faces in line were blushing, and the adults and kids waiting in line felt like they were at Disneyland. It was definitely Spring time in the art world.

Paris Photo LA at Paramount Studios (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

All the great international galleries filled the soundstages and open sets along the corridors and streets within Paramount.

Forget the Music, There's Art at Coachella (Photos)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

The experience of photographing these unique pieces over the few days there made the miles and miles of walking the grounds worth it.

Bound to Do It: Curating Erotic and Fetish Photos

Lisa Derrick | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

"So, wanna curate a booth with me at Photo Independent?" Of course I said yes. I love curating. Then came the kicker: My friend asking, noted SoCal art world photographer Eric Minh Swenson, dropped this on me: "It's gonna be all fetish photographers."

Jackson Pollock's Milestone Painting Mural Featured at the Getty (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

On the afternoon of Tues, April 15, 2014 I had the opportunity to meet Melissa Abraham, Getty Communications, to view the latest headlining exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Graffiti Artist RISK Promotes Aerosmith Show at Whiskey a Go Go (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

The artist RISK made a banner for the event outside of the venue. Here are a few images I took from the event as part of my N(art)ration series.

MOCA Gala 35th Anniversary (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.30.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

On Saturday March 29, 2014 I captured an art world star-studded cast of luminaries at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of my continuing N(art)r...

Helen Pashgian's "Light Invisible" at LACMA (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

On the night of March 26, 2014, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened its doors for its latest exhibition Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible (Marc...

Taryn Simon's "Bird's of the West Indies" at Gagosian Gallery (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, held a pre-Oscar exhibition of Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies (2013-14). I was only able to capture the first hour of the largely-packed opening.

Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant at MOCA Pacific Design Center (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.23.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

This is a photo essay I shot on March 20, 2014 on Jacob Hashimoto's installation at MOCA Pacific Design Center as part of my continuing survey of impo...

Gary Lang At Ace Gallery (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

This exhibit marks the first time the Words are installed along with Lang's Circles in a gallery. The Circles and the Words combine seemingly opposing elements.

Ed and Nancy Kienholz With Gajin Fujita at LA Louver (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

LA Louver held an opening reception on Thursday, March 13, 2014 with an exhibition of works by Ed and Nancy Kienholz called Berlin/Hope. The art featu...

John Tweddle and Ken Price at Kayne Griffin Corcoran (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.16.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

Kayne Griffin Corcoran held its first exhibition of work by John Tweddle on Saturday, March 15th, 2014. The exhibition is curated by Alanna Heiss. Hei...