Spotlight: An online exhibition reveals connections between dozens of works by contemporary artists from around the world

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What you need to know: A current exhibition in Los Angeles Art Exhibition International Gallery brought together works by almost 40 contemporary artists from all over the world for the wide-ranging exhibition “Art Connects”. The exhibition, which can now be explored online, aims simply to showcase the work of artists that have caught the gallery’s eye over the past year, be it landscapes, portraits or vibrant abstractions, and to see the connections that emerge between the works .

Why we like it: Among the wealth of art, we found a few favorites. Russian artist Olga Bezlepkina creates vibrant watercolor paintings, mostly of plants, while American artist Gayle Printz makes repetitive abstractions reminiscent of Jackson Pollock, but in light tones. In fact, Printz only started painting in 2020. Another specialty were Alena Fadeeva’s gestural dripped, abstract canvases, which manage to be visceral and spooky at the same time. What becomes clear through the exhibition is that working contemporary artists engage in a much broader range of styles than one would see by walking through New York’s or London’s blue-chip gallery district.

According to gallery: “From the muted remains of Cáceres cave paintings some 65,000 years ago to the rapid escalation of the ubiquitous internet, the human brain has always been connecting. Our interconnected neurons breathe life into our abstract thoughts. Above all, the connection that art creates transcends all boundaries of time and space. Look closely and you’ll see that the freshly spraypainted face of the Resistance on the war-torn streets of Kyiv was made from the same paint pot used to scrawl graffiti at a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City. The artists of the Art Show International Gallery are unique in their diversity and gather on our gallery walls from 92 countries and six continents. Art simply connects!” said gallery director Indira Das.

Browse the works in the exhibition below.

How you think #3 (2021)
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Alena Fadeeva, How you think #3 (2021). Courtesy of Art Show International.

Three. fireweed (2021)
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Olga Bezlepkina, Three.  Willowherb (2021).  Courtesy of Art Show International.

Olga Bezlepkina, Three. fireweed (2021). Courtesy of Art Show International.

Wet (2021)
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Gayle Printz, NASS (2021).  Courtesy of Art Show International.

Gayle Printz, Wet (2021). Courtesy of Art Show International.

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