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Alumnus Joe Sola's Exhibition on KCRW's Art Talk

Installation shot of "A Painted Horse by Joe Sola (with Matthew Chambers, Sayre Gomez, and Rudy K Slobeck)" Photo: Clarke Henry / Courtesy of  TIF SIGFRIDS

Alumnus Joe Sola’s (MFA ’99) recent exhibition A Painted Horse was featured on KCRW's Art Talk.

Art Talk's Hunter Drohojowska-Philp writes:

Unable to deny my passion for paintings and ponies, I was eager to see Joe Sola's exhibition at TIF SIGFRIDS in Hollywood. I was not disappointed. Sola has had the gallery decorated as the dining room of a fictional art collector with big abstract paintings by Matthew Chambers, Sayre Gomez, Ruby K. Slobeck and others hung on rather improbably painted black walls. But everything in this show is improbable. The antiqued book case contains big fat generic art books while a streamlined black dining table and chairs center the room. And walking around, looking pretty comfortable, is a minature horse named Riba.

Riba was painted by Sola in geometric patterns of magenta and orange and yellow. It's a little hard to tell the original colors now since the harmless vegetable dyes have rubbed off on the hands and clothes of Riba's many admirers. This is not a cause for alarm. Riba's handler is on hand and viewing hours are limited. Appointments are suggested. Riba was looking pretty pleased about the arrangement when I visited, especially after I gave her a few baby carrots. Even miniature horses, with adorable little hooves, need a change of pace now and then and art critics certainly do. Read and listen to the full episode here.

To learn more about the exhibit visit and read this Artforum Critic's Pick article.