Kim Abeles | Amy Gerstler | Benjamin Weissman | Carol Treadwell | Jason Smith
Part artist/activist/sleuth, Kim Abeles explores a diversity of disciplines--biology, biography, history, philosophy--and tackles such contemporary social issues as AIDS, ecology, labor relations, and women's identity to create works that balance form with content, metaphor with fact.
"Kim Abeles: Encyclopedia Persona, A Fifteen Year Survey" opens at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile (March 1996) to begin its tour of South America funded by the United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.). Initiated and sponsored by the Fellows of Contemporary Art, this mid-career survey exhibition was curated by Karen Moss and organized by the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The U.S. tour of the exhibition was also supported by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.; the Peter Norton Family Foundation; and the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for Visual Arts, a fund of the California Community Foundation. Its encyclopedic-style catalogue has been published in English and Spanish editions.
Abeles' artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as galleries and museums in Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Czechoslovakia. Her work was selected to represent the United States in both "Fotografie Biennale," Rotterdam (1992) and "Cultural Centre of Berchem," Antwerp (1993). Her work is included in the recently published book by Paul Von Blum, "Other Visions, Other Voices--Women Political Artists in Greater Los Angeles".
She is a recipient of the Fellowship Award from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts (1993), and grants from the California Arts Council, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. She has received commissions from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project and the California Bureau of Automotive Repair for her environmental artwork. She has also received commissions for the Panorama City Public Library, the Secretary of State/State Archives in Sacramento, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Art for Rail Transit in Los Angeles.
Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California Afro-American Museum, City of Santa Monica, and library collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Publication Design Collection of the Smithsonian. Abeles teaches Sculpture at the University of Southern California. She is represented by the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, California, and decompression Gallery in Phoenix.