Category Archives: Artfairs

Art Busan & Design

Art Basel OVR 2020

For over a week now, the California sky has been glowing a putrid yellow-gray. Ash occasionally rains on parked cars and front lawns outside tightly closed doors and windows. In 2020, there have been nearly 7,500 wildfires in the “Golden State” alone while the world surpasses 27.3 million cases of people infected by COVID-19 – […]

Independent New York 2020 – Jessie Homer French

A longtime contemporary of the historic Ferus Gallery artists of Los Angeles and a resident of California for the past four decades, Jessie Homer French (b. 1940) has painted distinctly intimate relationships between natural life cycles and human intervention. As a self-taught and self-described “regional narrative painter,” her pastoral scenes constantly ruminate mortality. Emphasizing the […]

Frieze Los Angeles 2020

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.” -Toni Morrison   VSF is pleased to the gallery’s first fair presentation with Calida Rawles. This fair presentation runs concurrently with Rawles’ solo exhibition at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. As part of Frieze Talks, Calida Rawles will […]

ART021 Shanghai 2019 – Joshua Nathanson

Various Small Fires is pleased to present a solo presentation by Los Angeles-based artist, Joshua Nathanson for Art021’s Detour section.   In his newest paintings, Nathanson continues to explore many of the sentiments that run through his recent work – anxieties surrounding a rapidly changing, intensifying world and a sense of isolation from community and […]

Frieze New York 2019-Diedrick Brackens

  For Frieze New York 2019, Various Small Fires will debut a solo presentation of works by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX). Brackens uses woven algorithms stemming from the cultural histories of African, American, and European textiles to generate thoughtful, intricate figurative tapestries. Using his own silhouette as a template for […]

Frieze London 2018-Mane

  VSF is pleased to present Mane, a selection of works by Julie Curtiss, Robin F. Williams and Amy Yao, three female artists whose studio practices redefine femininity by turning the traditional male gaze on its head (of hair).   Elucidating the patriarchal capitalization and sexualization of female hair, Curtiss, Williams and Yao will each […]

Art Basel Hong Kong – Jessie Homer French

  Jessie Homer French, The Sunken Grave, 2017, oil on canvas. JESSIE HOMER FRENCH DISCOVERIES BOOTH 1C39   Various Small Fires (VSF) is pleased to present a solo presentation of recent works by the 77-year-old Californian painter, Jessie Homer French (b. 1940, New York City, New York; lives and works in Palm Desert, California). A […]

Billy Al Bengston – Frieze NY 2018

  Billy Al Bengston, Didoufri, 1989, Acrylic on canvas     For Frieze NY 2018, Various Small Fires presents a selection of Billy Al Bengston’s (b.1934) “moon paintings”, the first grouped exhibition of this series outside of California since their debut at James Corcoran Gallery (Santa Monica) in 1990.   A pioneer of the 1960s […]

Frieze London 2017: Harrisons

The Harrisons, Survival Piece V: Portable Orchard, 1972. Installation view at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2015.   Various Small Fires (VSF) is pleased to present Survival Piece V Part II: Lemon Orchard Fragment, a variation of the historic 1972 installation by Helen Mayer Harrison (1929–2018) and Newton Harrison (b. 1932) – the husband and […]

Frieze New York 2017

Frieze New York 2017 Booth A18 May 5 – 7, 2017 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY   For Frieze New York 2017, Various Small Fires is pleased to present a curated booth of works by American artists spanning several generations that employ sardonic humor to wrestle with the cognitive dissonance of the United States’ seemingly […]

Art Basel Miami: Amy Yao

    Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 Amy Yao Booth P13 December 1 – 4, 2016 Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida   For Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 Various Small Fires will present a solo exhibition by gallery artist Amy Yao. The stand will contain both wall-based works and a floor installation centered around the […]

Frieze London 2016

Frieze London 2016 October 6 – 9, 2016 Regent’s Park, London   LIZ MAGIC LASER: PRIMAL SPEECH BOOTH G15   Liz Magic Laser, Primal Speech, 2016. Single-channel video installation, LED display, polyurethane foam, vinyl, thread and Velcro 72 x 72 x 2 inches, Duration: 16 minutes   For Frieze 2016, Various Small Fires presents “Primal Speech”, an […]

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017: Joshua Nathanson

  Art Basel Hong Kong   Joshua Nathanson Booth IC41 March 23 – 25, 2017   VSF is pleased to present for the 2017 Art Basel Hong Kong Positions sector a composed presentation of new paintings and sculptures by Los Angeles based artist Joshua Nathanson. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation in Hong […]

Dallas Art Fair

Dallas Art Fair 2016 April 14 – 17, 2016 Fashion Industry Gallery 1807 Ross Ave, Dallas, Texas   Various Small Fires is pleased to present works by Sean Shim-Boyle, Lena Daly, Mernet Larsen, Amir Nikravan and Amy Yao.  

The Armory Show: Mernet Larsen

  The Armory Show   Mernet Larson Booth P25 March 2 – 5, 2017 Piers 92 & 94, New York, New York   For The Armory Show, VSF presents a selection of Mernet Larsen’s (b.1940) most iconic works on paper to date. Larsen’s “paintings on paper” are essential roadmaps to the artist’s painting practice, whereby her distinctive […]

Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016 January 28 – 31, 2016 Opening Night Thursday January 28, 7–9 p.m. The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405   Various Small Fires is pleased to present works by: BRACE BRACE (Annika Kuhlmann & Christopher Kulendroan Thomas) | Lena Daly | Andrea Longacre-White | Samuel Kenswil | Joshua Nathanson | Amir Nikravan | Anna Sew […]

Expo Chicago 2015

Expo Chicago 2015 Chicago, Navy Pier VSF, Main Section Booth 735 September 17 – 20, 2015 Vernissage: Thursday, September 17 | 6:00pm–9:00pm Mernet Larsen | Joshua Nathanson | Amir Nikravan | Amy Yao | Jim Drain | April Street | Jeff Zilm  

Dallas Art Fair 2015

    Dallas Art Fair 2015 Booth D9 Apr 9th – 12th, 2015 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas

The Armory Show 2015

      The Armory Show Amir Nikravan Booth 776 March 5 – 8, 2015 Pier 94, New York, NY   Despite their impasto appearance, the compositions depicted in Nikravan’s paintings are completely flat optical mirages. Nikravan’s paintings subtly critique abstract paintings’ charismatic appeal, and play with the paradox of abstract painting as a three-dimensional […]