Author: Mario M. Muller

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With 27 years as an Artist, Educator and Curator under my belt, I know what I like and why I like it.
I hold a degree in Filmmaking and Fine Art from Northwestern University where my primary mentor was Ed Paschke. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have master classes with Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Esteban Vincente, and Elaine de Kooning.
A born and bred New Yorker, I live and work in Los Angeles with my wife and four year old son.
As a writer of cultural criticism, my primary subjects have been Painting, Photography and Film. My film reviews appeared regularly in several Mid-western publications in the 1990’s while my art criticism has been exclusively published in New York and Los Angeles.
Dovetailing neatly with my critical interests, I have curated numerous exhibitions for corporate, gallery and non-for-profit venues. Essays have accompanied most of these shows.
And as an educator I have taught as a guest lecturer at the School for Visual Arts, International Center for Photography and the 92nd Street Y, all in NYC.

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Alexander Calder at L & M Arts

Pick of the Week for May 21st, 2012 Alexander Calder is essential. A wonderful exhibition at L & M Arts in Venice handsomely makes the case for Calder’s continuing relevance, both historically and contemporaneously. Here then, a couple of reasons for Calder’s imminence and the urgency to witness, first hand at L & M, the […]

Alexander Calder at L & M Arts

Kirk Demarais at Gallery 1988-Venice

Pick of the week for May 14th, 2012 Every so often you stumble upon something fresh which blows the cobwebs of pretension off your eyelids. Such was the effect seeing the colored pencil drawings of Kirk Demarais at Gallery 1988 in Venice. The artist has carved an amusing little paradigm for himself. From the treasure […]

Kirk Demarais at Gallery 1988-Venice

Carroll Dunham at Blum and Poe

Pick of the Week for May 7th, 2012–Penises and Pussies, OH MY! The Carroll Dunham Drawing retrospective currently on exhibit at Blum and Poe is an uncommon pleasure. Just under 400 drawings, ranging in size from 3 x 4 inches to 16 x 20 inches, fill the second floor galleries with bravado, perspicacity and balls. To […]

Carroll Dunham at Blum and Poe

Richard Diebenkorn at Orange County Museum of Art

Pick of the Week for May 3rd, 2012 There are three weeks left to visit Newport Beach and bask in the multifarious light of Richard Diebenkorn. The Venue is the Orange County Museum of Art. The exhibition is a remarkable concentration of the artist’s Ocean Park series. The opportunity is not to be missed. There […]

Richard Diebenkorn at Orange County Museum of Art

Elizabeth Peyton at Regen Projects

For some Elizabeth Peyton is an acquired taste. She has a remarkable skill set, an unapologetic desire for beauty and romance and a general retro sense of genre loyalty. These elements make her paintings and drawings a difficult proposition in a Fine Art landscape of “ism’s” and conceptual practice. The paintings are indeed lush. They […]

Elizabeth Peyton at Regen Projects

Pick of the Week for April 16th, 2012

–Nancy Monk at Craig Krull Gallery– When visual intelligence is made manifest through equal measures of wit, invention and discovery it is a welcome event. Nancy Monk’s solo exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica is just such a salve. Intense patterns inhabit every work on exhibit. And for Monk’s particular […]

Nancy Monk, Madras Flowers (detail), 2011, 31 x 23 inches

Pick of the Week for April 9th, 2012

  –Charlotta Westergren at Patrick Painter– Charlotta Westergren displays a prodigious amount of talent and tenacity in her solo exhibition with Patrick Painter in Santa Monica. Westergren is a painter of remarkable touch and facility. Over the years her renderings of animals, flora, trees, oysters and fungi have coupled the precision of Dutch still life […]

Pick of the Week for April 9th, 2012

Pick of the Week for April 2nd, 2012

–Urs Fischer at Gagosian Beverly Hills– Is Bigger Better? In certain echelons of the art world scale is the index to importance. No one can argue with the Gee Whiz double takes that big ass art induces. It verges on entertainment or maybe sometimes a carnival sideshow. And it takes a particular brand of gallery […]

Two Views of Urs Fischer at Gagosian Beverly Hills

Pick of the Week for March 26th, 2012

–Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks, LA and LACMA– Ellsworth Kelly’s stunning show at the newly minted Matthew Marks Gallery in Los Angeles is sublime. Flat color and form dance on the walls with natural light bathing the space like a Bonnard Nude. The Gallery facade itself is a work of art by Kelly proving art […]

Pick of the Week for March 26th, 2012

Pick of the Week for March 19th, 2012

–Frick Byers at Sam Lee Gallery– A good work of art can impress upon first sight. An even better work of art follows you out of the gallery and keeps you thinking weeks after the gallery visit. Frick Byers‘ Tennis Courts affects the latter’s subterranean magic where it is on view at Sam Lee Gallery […]

Frick Byers, Brooklyn NY, Salton Sea CA, Detroit MI. Lightjet Print, 40 x 40 inches, Courtesy Sam Lee Gallery