Nina Johnson presents Nevine Mahmou’s Bella donna

November 9th - January 4th

Taking place in the downstairs gallery and courtyard, the intimate exhibition is centered around a major outdoor sculpture: a 300-pound cherry made of hand-polished Portuguese marble. Topped with a 10 foot-tall stem springing into the sky, the gleaming fruit holds court like an impossible detail of a Renaissance still life. 

Inside the gallery are a series of wall-mounted sculptures of blown glass. These fragments of the female figure’s erogenous zones—a breast, a bust, a leg—entice the viewer into standing close, beckoning on the precipice of touch. And yet they are not without violence and abstraction. They evoke classical statuary, abstracted by the ages.

Nevine received her BA from Goldsmiths, University of London and MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her work was recently on view in The Artist is Present, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. Recent group exhibitions include Dreamers Awake: Women Artists After Surrealism at White Cube, London; The Poet, the Critic and the Missing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Mahmoud lives and works in Los Angeles.

Opening Reception, Saturday, November 9th from 7-9pm

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