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The Mistake Room at LA><ART Annex
Apr 19, 2011


Artist & Curator Anonymous

8-10pm Tuesday, April 19th,  2011
With a performance experiment by Magician Derek DelGaudio

LA><ART ANNEX is located at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles 90028


Hollywood, CA—The Mistake Room is pleased to announce its Spring 2011 season that will inaugurate with one of the most comprehensive evenings of contemporary art works to date. The lots assembled for this evening offer some of the most iconic and art historically important contemporary works by some the most renowned artists from around the world. Executed between 1945-present, these works were recently re-discovered and recuperated by the seller who then treated and restored them to pristine condition. Despite excessive relocations, extreme exposure to light and flash photography, and several storage periods in flattening vaults, The Mistake Room is proud to be able to guarantee each work with a satisfactory condition report and a certificate of authenticity. Through sharp and rigorous engagement with the works, the seller was capable of identifying the works and their relationship prior to consigning them to The Mistake Room. Such is the importance of these works to our understanding of the current landscape of art production, circulation, and presentation, that editions of them can be found in the collections of some of the world’s most prominent contemporary art institutions. Never before offered in a single event, these works visualize one of the most coveted and rarely articulated art historical narratives—unearthing the desires that underpin our yearning for such timeless treasures.
The Curator of Mistake Room 001: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to premiere these works at The Mistake Room. After weeks of intense negotiations with the seller, our team was able to reach an agreement that will allow these never before seen works to be offered for the very first time. Most of the works offer critical insight into the history of art's circulation in other spheres of cultural production and they undoubtedly will advance our collective understanding of the value of contemporary art." 
The exhibition will be on view starting Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 8 PM.  A magic performance experiment by Derek Delgaudio will be presented at 8pm. The event is expected to last two hours.

The Mistake Room is a spatialized curatorial and artistic experiment that manifests through the realization of exhibition projects that consider the process of exhibition-making as an epistemic and dialogic center. Acknowledging that in our hyper-relativistic environment of the archival the identity of the author is a key tool in the interpretive apparatus of cultural production, and that as such, the identity of the author is by necessity of the critical process an inextricable component in the construction of meaning and historical signification through the author’s produced work, The Mistake Room generates a radical space in which the relationships between authorship, cultural production, meaning-making, representation, and reception violently collapse; exposing the political implications that underpin the insular domain of museological representation that for too long has hidden under the veil of objectivity. Curators and artists are invited to create and activate the space of The Mistake Room, exposing their process of collaboration as crystalized in the exhibition context, but while remaining anonymous to the public. Anonymity here is both strategy and tactic—a conceptual methodology that allows for the creative process to be redefined, re-interpreted, and if necessary, to fail. While the public is invited to witness the morphing exhibition as negotiations are made between our invited curators and artists, the resolved or ‘finished exhibition’ in this contexts functions as the culmination of this experiment. The Mistake Room is organized by A.Bandit (Glenn Kaino and Derek DelGaudio) and Cesar Garcia with support from Urban Outfitters and LA><ART. 

Celebrating its 5th Anniversary in 2010, LA><ART is the leading independent nonprofit contemporary art space in Los Angeles, committed to the production of experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives. Responding to Los Angeles' cultural climate, LA><ART produces and presents new work for all audiences and offers the public access to the next generation of artists and curators. LA><ART supports challenging work, reflecting the diversity of the city and stimulates conversations on contemporary art in Los Angeles, fostering dynamic relationships between art, artists and their audiences. LA><ART has produced and commissioned over 100 projects in five years.

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