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January 11, 2017

Brenna Youngblood


The Future is Abstract
Exhibition: January 28 – July 8, 2017
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Gantt Center

November 12, 2016

Glenn Kaino, Kaz Oshiro, Ry Rocklen, Mario Ybarra Jr., Brenna Youngblood


Vanity Fair
A New Crop of Artists Re-create
a Famed 1968 LACMA Photograph
By Bob Colacello
December 2016

Vanity Fair

September 22, 2016

Glenn Kaino, Ry Rocklen, Mario Ybarra Jr., Brenna Youngblood


L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists
Exhibition: October 30, 2016–April 2, 2017
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA

September 15, 2016

Brenna Youngblood


AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life
Exhibition: September 15–December 3, 2016
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

January 26, 2016

Brenna Youngblood


A Shape That Stands Up
Exhibition: March 19-June 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 3-5pm
Art + Practice

Art + Practice

January 22, 2016

Brenna Youngblood


KCRW's Art Talk
Black Art Reigns
Hosted by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
January 21, 2016

Art Talk

January 15, 2016

Ry Rocklen, Brenna Youngblood


Wasteland
Exhibition: March 12-July 17, 2016
Los Angeles Nomadic Division at
Mona Bismarck American Center &
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

LAND

October 30, 2015

Brenna Youngblood


Brenna Youngblood: abstracted realities
Exhibition: November 13, 2015-April 17, 2016
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

October 29, 2015

Brenna Youngblood


In conversation: Brenna Youngblood &
Sandra Jackson-Dumont
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7-8pm
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

July 08, 2015

Brenna Youngblood


Sleek Magazine
By Lanka Tattersall
Summer 2015

Sleek

March 13, 2015

Brenna Youngblood


KCRW's Art Talk
Brenna Youngblood at Pomona College Museum of Art
Hosted by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
March 12, 2015

Art Talk

January 13, 2015

Brenna Youngblood


The Rema Hort Mann Foundation
20th Anniversary Gala & Art Auction
Participating artists include Brenna Youngblood
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:30pm
Tribeca Rooftop

Rema Hort Mann Foundation

January 07, 2015

Brenna Youngblood


Brenna Youngblood featured on KCRW's Art Talk
Hosted by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
January 1, 2015

Art Talk

December 17, 2014

Brenna Youngblood


Project Series 50: Brenna Youngblood
Exhibition: January 20-May 17, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24, 5-7pm
Pomona College Museum of Art

Pomona College Museum of Art

May 09, 2014

Brenna Youngblood: Loss Prevention at CAM St. Louis


The first Midwestern solo museum exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Brenna Youngblood, Loss Prevention features a selection of new and earlier multimedia works. Often combining paper and acrylic collage with images of everyday objects, Youngblood juxtaposes the figure with the abstract, raising questions of what is familiar versus what is unknown.

CAM St. Louis

October 03, 2013

Benefit & Launch Party for The Mistake Room


Works by Brenna Youngblood, Meleko Mokgosi, Glenn Kaino and Sarah Cain will be included in The Mistake Room's benefit auction and launch party, Friday, October 13th.

The Mistake Room

October 03, 2013

Brenna Youngblood in I Call It ORANGES


Could it be that certain works by Brenna Youngblood offer just such metaphysical reports from the softer sides of our memory? Youngblood's work, when it's good, is not expressive but coded and hidden, not proclaiming anything other than the lived-in nature of life.

I Call It ORANGES

September 28, 2013

Book Release: Brenna Youngblood: The Mathematics of Individual Achievement


Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to host a book release for Brenna Youngblood: The Mathematics of Individual Achievement. This book marks Brenna Youngblood's first monograph and the launch of the Monograph Series of MISPRINT Press, the publishing component of The Mistake Room--a new international independent non-profit cultural institution opening in Los Angeles in January 2014. Join us for the release of this highly anticipated volume and a talk with artist Brenna Youngblood and Cesar Garcia, Founding Director and Chief Curator of The Mistake Room.

Saturday, September 28, 6:00pm

Book Presentation with Brenna Youngblood and Cesar Garcia at 6:30pm

September 26, 2013

Brenna Youngblood on KCRW's ART TALK


On the subject of assemblage, there is a young artist, Brenna Youngblood, who has been incorporating signs and elements of domestic life into her sculptures or paintings for some time though she did her MFA in photography at UCLA with James Welling, whose retrospective is opening this weekend at the Hammer. In Activision, on view through October 26 at Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City, Youngblood scaled back the assemblage and pumped up the atmosphere.

KCRW's ART TALK

June 01, 2013

Brenna Youngblood in Art + Auction


50 Under 50: The Next Most Collectible Artists
By Deborah Wilk
June 2013

Reluctant rising star Brenna Youngblood caused some commotion when the acronym that followed from the title of her 2012 debut at L.A.'s Honor Fraser, "The Mathematics of Individual Achievement," was discovered. Noticed when toiling for her MFA at UCLA for the clever compositions of her photo collages, Youngblood has shifted gears in the ensuing six years to experiment with formalism, material, and process, proving herself to be as deft a practitioner as her original supporters first observed. But the slickness that marks her early work is now not so much missing in action as abandoned in the course of the artist's new pursuits. Holding her oeuvre together is an unerring, wry humor that gives even questionable compositions credibility.

Art + Auction

April 17, 2013

Brenna Youngblood in Los Angeles Magazine


Art of the City
The Artist: Brenna Youngblood
By Doug Harvey
April 2013

The painterly wall pieces of Youngblood are rooted in photomontage. As a UCLA grad student in the mid-'00s, she would arrange snapshots into stuttering, prismatic reconfigurations of domestic objects like bathroom fixtures, brown vinyl furniture, portable televisions, and bare lightbulbs. Disorienting and deliriously beautiful, they also provoked subtle class (and race) discomfort. Lately her color palette has exploded, and her picture making has crossed over into pure abstraction. On occasion it's even become explicitly political, as in www.Alphabetboys.com (2012), a grid of institutional acronyms from IRS to FEMA. Which is a good thing because, whether it's politics or beautiful painting, plausible deniability can sustain you for only so long.

Los Angeles Magazine

April 12, 2013

Brenna Youngblood at Andrew Rafacz Gallery


Psychosexual explores the constructed, yet unconscious meaning of the physical gesture in contemporary art making, and its intimacy and eroticism. The gesture, across mediums, is first and foremost taken as a representation of the artist's underlying self, as it is envisioned, fabricated, and then executed. As such, it holds in its execution a projection of the artist's desires and assertions. Its consequent evocation, in the mind of the viewer of the work, is a representation of the artist's self; a projective identification by the viewer that is considered, taken in and incubated as memory, and which is then explored, challenged, or discharged.

Andrew Rafacz Gallery
April 6 - May 25, 2013
835 W. Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

March 07, 2013

Brenna Youngblood in Discussion at The Studio Museum


The Artist's Voice: Franklin Sirmans in conversation with Sadie Barnette, Noah Davis and Brenna Youngblood
March 7, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

The Studio Museum

December 21, 2012

Vote for Brenna!


Cast your vote for 2012 Noteworthy artist in New American Paintings!

December 18, 2012

Brenna Youngblood in New American Paintings #103


Juror's Pick: Brenna Youngblood
By Monica Ramirez-Montagut
December/January

Brenna Youngblood's paintings function like visual poems that bring to mind Magritte's surrealism. Seemingly quiet and succinct, Youngblood's paintings reveal their content in a measured and paced fashion. Just as suggestive verses can open up a world of emotions with few words, works by Youngblood slowly unfold, their tactile qualities and recognizable collaged images prompting psychological journeys and ethereal visions. Her work has been described as bridging the historical, biographical, and the imaginary to construct (and question) issues of identity and difference.

New American Paintings #103
December/January

November 29, 2012

Brenna Youngblood in NY Times


Racial Redefinition in Progress: 'Fore' at Studio Museum in Harlem
By Holland Cotter
November 29, 2012

Ms. Youngblood looks particularly impressive here. She has, however temporarily, exchanged her complicated, object-laden painting mode of a few years ago for a near-Minimalist austerity. But nothing she does is simple. One 2012 picture in the show consists primarily of a plain white unmarked panel, yet the addition of a small scrap of stuck-on signage keeps her art in painting-plus-something-else terrain.

NY Times
November 29, 2012

November 15, 2012

Brenna Youngblood at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium


A solo exhibition of works by Brenna Youngblood will open at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, in early 2013. The exhibition will open January 17, remaining on view through March 9, 2013.

Galerie Nathalie Obadia
8 rue Charles Decoster
1050 - Ixelles-Brussels - Belgium

November 07, 2012

Brenna Youngblood at David Castillo Gallery


The artists in Dark Flow Lurking are dogged by their art historical reflections, reencountering the Mirror Stage on every surface and in every critical conversation. They understand ontology is its extrapolation and annihilation as a transfer of gravity. For Bataille as well as Dark Flow Lurking, "it is possible to assume that the object of any affective reaction is necessarily heterogeneous." Dark Flow Lurking digests both the picture plane and liminal shuttle as windows into outer spaces. The artists point to new bodies of work like black holes rendered visible by the spiraling gas of a neighboring star.

David Castillo Gallery
November 16 - December 31, 2012
2234 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33127

October 11, 2012

Brenna Youngblood at The Studio Museum in Harlem


Fore is the highly anticipated fourth installment of the Studio Museum's "F" series, which includes Freestyle (2001), Frequency (2005–06) and Flow (2008). Like its popular and critically acclaimed predecessors, Fore is a non-thematic group presentation reflecting a multitude of ideas, approaches and processes. Featuring twenty-nine emerging artists of African descent living and working in the United States, the exhibition brings a new generation into the forefront of visual and critical dialogue.

Fore
The Studio Museum in Harlem
November 8, 2012 - March 10, 2013

October 06, 2012

Brenna Youngblood Malcom X Tee at Hammer Museum Bookstore


American Apparel, in support of Made in L.A. 2012, has collaborated with Brenna Youngblood to produce a unisex screen printed tee shirt featuring Youngblood's Malcolm X design. The shirt is available for sale through American Apparel and the Hammer Museum bookstore.

Malcolm X Tee

July 31, 2012

Brenna Youngblood included in LACMA Art Here and Now Collection


Since 1963, LACMA has been supporting young and emerging Los Angeles artists through an annual acquisitions program, originally known as the Young Talent Award and now called Art Here and Now.

This year, five artists have had works acquired by LACMA through AHAN: Studio Forum—Mark Hagen, William E. Jones, Sanya Kantarovsky, Dianna Molzan, and Brenna Youngblood.

LACMA: Art Here and Now

June 12, 2012

Brenna Youngblood at The Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI


Brenna Youngblood is included in the exhibition What We Do for Fun: Kristin Calabrese with Caitlin Lonegan and Brenna Youngblood at the Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI. Stemming from Calabrese's interest in the incidental paint marks found in her friends' studios, the paintings in this exhibition are directly linked to one another and provide a fresh perspective on collaboration. The exhibition opens June 16, 2012, with an opening reception from 6:00-9:00PM.

The Green Gallery East
1500 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

March 23, 2012

Brenna Youngblood performance in Bilbao with OJO


Brenna Youngblood and OJO will be performing on March 23 as part of "Going Public - Telling is as it is?", a three-day symposium aimed at exploring storytelling as a mode for the production and reception of public art.

ENPAP
March 23

March 14, 2012

Sarah Cain and Brenna Youngblood in Made in L.A. 2012


Sarah Cain and Brenna Youngblood have been selected to participate in Made in L.A. 2012, the first Los Angeles Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART. The exhibition is slated for June 3 - September 2, 2012 at the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, and LAXART, Los Angeles.

Made in L.A. 2012

January 14, 2012

Gustavo Godoy and Brenna Youngblood at Royal/T


Gustavo Godoy and Brenna Youngblood have work in TAG! you're it, a group exhibition curated by Amber Noland and opening January 14 from 4 to 8pm at Royal/T. TAG! you're it focuses on the next generation's view of art, both literally and figuratively.

Royal/T
8910 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
10am - 6pm daily

December 03, 2011

Brenna Youngblood in California Home+Design


Brenna Youngblood's work, Chuck Brown BC/AD, appears in the Cultural Studies section of California Home+Design's November/December 2011 issue.

November 12, 2011

Brenna Youngblood in G.L.O.W. Match Three at Commonwealth and Council

Commonwealth & Council continues its season of G.L.O.W. exhibitions with Match Three. This series of artist match-ups pays homage to GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling while expanding on the trademarked acronym with possibilities for other meanings in the midst of our shifting realities and narratives of difference. As a code of conduct, our G.L.O.W. encourages teamwork and positions its participants as co-conspirators rather than adversaries.

Match Three teams up Kelly Cline and Brenna Youngblood in the exhibition, Gathering Lots of Wood. This permutation of the acronym exemplifies the curatorial framework of G.L.O.W. by connoting an action that rebuilds a community through shared responsibility. Utilizing physical, textual, and symbolic stratagems, Cline and Youngblood dismantle shoddy infrastructures of knowledge and social order by regenerating an open system for collectivity.

Commonwealth and Council is located at 3006 W 7th St #220 Los Angeles CA 90005 and is open weekdays 6 to 9pm and weekends 1 to 6pm.

November 10, 2011

Brenna Youngblood in The Bearden Project at The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Bearden Project brings together work by contemporary artists who have all been influenced by this twentieth-century master. Bearden was born in North Carolina and then spent much of his life in New York—Harlem in particular. Some of the artists in the exhibition, a sampling of the generations he affected, knew him personally. Others attended lectures and talks given by him when they were young artists just beginning their careers, and still others never met him in person, but flocked to exhibitions featuring his artworks when they were students. For many of the younger artists in this exhibition, Bearden was one of the first black artists they ever encountered.

The Bearden Project was organized by Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and will run through March 12, 2012. For more information about the Romare Bearden centennial celebration, please visit www.beardencentennial.org.

June 15, 2011

Brenna Youngblood, Annie Lapin and Kenny Scharf at LACE

Unfinished Paintings

16 June – 28 August, 2011
Opening reception 16 June, 8-10pm

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) is proud to present Unfinished Paintings, a provocative curatorial project organized by Los Angeles artists Kristin Calabrese and Joshua Aster. The headlining exhibition for our 2011 summer season, Unfinished Paintings is an exhibition of 38 medium sized paintings by 38 artists, hung alphabetically by the artist's first name. This show is meant to dissect and turn contemporary painting in-side-out. Works-in-progress will be put on view and offered as a point of entry into each painter's respective creative world.

May 07, 2011

Brenna Youngblood at La Central

Curated by: Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Adrian Rivas

In reference to a direct quote from American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had a long history with Los Angeles, Suelto features a focused sampling of multi-disciplinary works, including sculpture, photography, painting and video, being produced by artists whose practices move in and out of the specificities of the city. While Wright's engagement with L.A. began almost a century ago when the city was a bourgeoning destination of promise, today his statement reflects its contemporary configuration as a global Mecca. Herein, the built environment may either prompt artists to respond or to retreat from its form and function, transnational culture intersects with globally marketed media imagery creating a generous overlap of content and meaning, and the natural beauty of the region persists offering windows towards the poetic and introspective.

May 06, 2011

Alexandra Grant and Brenna Youngblood at Harris Lieberman

Harris Lieberman is thrilled to announce the opening of \"A Painting Show\" in a temporary location on the ground floor of 508 West 26th Street. This group exhibition includes 33 artists and charts spheres of influence among a group of painters with diverse artistic approaches. All the artists share a rigorous conceptual grounding and an interest in the act and materiality of painting. They translate and transform art historical, philosophical, and lyrical ideas into works that invite both analytic and sensory consideration, while requiring our utmost engagement.

January 28, 2011

Alexandra Grant and Brenna Youngblood in X-tra's 1 minute 1 image event

50 Artists, Curators, and members of the art community each present a significant photograph of their choosing for 1 minute. Participants from all over Los Angeles will come together for this live presentation of ideas and anecdotes inspired by images. Ranging from funny to poignant to historically iconic, the presentations will surprise, delight, and inspire.

January 27, 2011

Honor Fraser is pleased to announce Brenna Youngblood has joined the gallery.

We are delighted to offer a solo presentation of new work by Youngblood in our booth at Art Los Angeles Contemporary from January 27-30, 2011.

Youngblood's work fuses painting and photography into a densely layered collages and examines ideas of perspective and depth, as well as figuration and abstraction. She studied under John Baldessari at UCLA where she earned an MFA and has shown both nationally and internationally with noted exhibitions at the Hammer Museum and Jack Tilton Gallery in New York, and an upcoming exhibition at Honor Fraser in November 2011.

November 10, 2010

Brenna Youngblood in The Bearden Project at The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Bearden Project brings together work by contemporary artists who have all been influenced by this twentieth-century master. Bearden was born in North Carolina and then spent much of his life in New York—Harlem in particular. Some of the artists in the exhibition, a sampling of the generations he affected, knew him personally. Others attended lectures and talks given by him when they were young artists just beginning their careers, and still others never met him in person, but flocked to exhibitions featuring his artworks when they were students. For many of the younger artists in this exhibition, Bearden was one of the first black artists they ever encountered.

The Bearden Project was organized by Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and will run through March 11, 2012. For more information about the Romare Bearden centennial celebration, please visit www.beardencentennial.org.

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