Ed Moses' 90th birthday dinner, a private party for close friends and family at the William Turner Gallery on Thursday night, was a festive affair -- though one tinged with concern: Moses himself was missing. The artist fell in his living room a few days earlier and injured his leg. His son Andy, a painter who also shows at the gallery, said his father is expected to be released from Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Saturday. Still, the tone of the evening was upbeat. More than 50 years of the artist's abstract paintings and works on paper livened the gallery's walls as his friends, some going back six decades, mingled over cocktails and affectionately ribbed one another.
Alongside Turner's pieces in "A Matter of Course," the exhibition features a dozen artists who incorporate natural forces into their creative processes. These include Cole Sternberg's paintings that are washed by waves, and Candice Lin's live koji mold sculptural piece. John Knuth's "Flyspeck" paintings "confront the false binary of nature and culture, sharing agency with thousands of flies in the process," Turner says. Knuth attaches a mesh-walled enclosure, filled with many thousands of flies, to the canvas. The flies ingest a diet of sugar water and acrylic paint, and over a two-week period, regurgitate the unusual brew onto the canvasses.
It was once the domain of outrageous young artists. But this year the Turner Prize has grown up, shining a light on overlooked older artists, unsensational subject matter and traditional methods. The exhibition of the four shortlisted artists opens in Hull on Tuesday. After a rule change, Hurvin Anderson and Lubaina Himid are the first ever over-50s to be nominated, while Andrea Buttner and Rosalind Nashashibi are both in their 40s. In the past, the Turner Prize has been famed for works like Damien Hirst, with his cow in formaldehyde, Tracey Emin's unmade bed, and Martin Creed's The Lights Going On and Off.
A photographer takes on teen girls. And a longtime Los Angeles artist shows that creativity still flows at 90. Plus: A show about boundary-pushing prints and a screening about labor in Tijuana. Deanna Templeton, "What She Said," at Little Big Man Gallery. The Huntington Beach photographer has a one-woman show that explores the nature of moody female adolescence -- gathering works that show images of teens looking both demure and defiant. Says Templeton in her exhibition statement: "I see my own struggles, disappointments and bravery in these girls."