Mark Vallen's ART FOR A CHANGE Newsletter - March, 2006
1) - AMERICAN BEAUTIES - DIFFERENT STORIES... Artists Explore Latino Culture
2) - JOHN HEARTFIELD: AGITATED IMAGES... German Photomontage at the Getty
3) - VALLEN'S WEB LOG... Art news, Rants and Raves

Painting by Mark Vallen
Painting by Mark Vallen
"The Red Dress"
Oil painting by Mark Vallen 2006

Artists Explore Latino Culture
Space On Spurgeon Gallery, Santa Ana, CA.
Artist's Reception/Opening
Saturday, April 1st, 2006. 7 to 10 pm.

Mark Vallen will be exhibiting several paintings at American Beauties: Different Stories, a group show at Space On Spurgeon Gallery in Santa Ana, California. Two of Vallen's latest oil paintings, The Red Dress and La Muerta (The Dead Woman,) will be on view for the first time - in fact the artist painted both especially for this exhibit.

The owner of Space On Spurgeon gallery, JoAnne Artman, visualized American Beauties as an exhibition "bridging cultures and challenging perceptions of Latino life." For the exhibit she brought together painters Michael Maas, Emigdio Vasquez, Gregg Stone, and of course - Mark Vallen.

JoAnne Artman describes the works of those artists exhibiting with Vallen in the following way. "Renowned muralist Emigdio Vasquez is a visionary storyteller who carves day-to-day struggles onto faces and into souls. Gregg Stone uses watercolor, gouache, and ink to create a modern realistic portrait of Latino life, and Michael Maas’ Mother and Child series is inspired by images of the Virgin of Guadalupe."

An Artist’s Reception for American Beauties: Different Stories, takes place on Saturday, April 1st, 2006, from 7 to 10 pm. All of the artists are scheduled to be on hand to greet the public. A documentary film about the artists is being shot, with filming beginning during the opening night reception. All are invited to attend!

American Beauties continues through June 30th, 2006. Space On Spurgeon is located at 210 N. Spurgeon Street, in Santa Ana, California. 92701 (Click here for an online map.)

Painting by Mark Vallen
Painting by Mark Vallen
"La Muerta " (The Dead Woman)
Oil painting by Mark Vallen 2006

The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 - 4 pm, and also by appointment (To contact gallery director JoAnne Artman, phone: 949-464-0105.) Visit the first Saturday of any month to coincide with the Santa Ana Artists Village Open House artwalk. Street parking is available directly in front of the Spurgeon gallery, and also at the Artists Village Parking structure located at Third Street and Broadway. Visit the Space On Spurgeon gallery at:


German Photomontage at the Getty Museum
Now until June 26th, 2006.

John Heartfield Agitated Images, is one of the most important exhibitions recently mounted in Los Angeles; it not only illuminates the past, it points a way to the future for artists who want to address real world issues through their art.

Heartfield was one of the very first to explore photomontage as a new means of artistic expression, and some of his sparing designs - stripped down to only a few iconic images combined with text - made him the predecessor of today’s minimalist and postmodernist artists.

Photomontage by John Heartfield, 1932
"Whoever Reads Bourgeois Newspapers Becomes Blind and Deaf." - Heartfield, 1932
If dada was the shell shocked babbling of artists confronting the unmitigated horror of modern warfare and a world gone insane - Heartfield’s photomontage was the counterbalance - a precision surgical tool that would identify and cut at the causes of war and fascism. John Heartfield: Agitated Images runs until June 25th, 2006. You can read more about the exhibit at Mark Vallen's web log, or visit the
Getty Museum website
for information on hours, directions, & parking to the museum.


Topics pertaining to socially conscious art and culture are daily posted to Vallen's Art For A Change web log. Recent posts have included: Hieronymus Bosch Banned! - Polish education inspectors ban a painting by Bosch for being "pornographic." Los Angeles in Paris 1955 - 1985 - The Centre Pompidou in Paris showcases Los Angeles as a world center for art. Paris 1968 - 2006: Up They Rise - The new French student revolt and posters of the Atelier Populaire. The Arts: Left vs. Right - "The best hope for arts advocates is to line up behind the conservative consensus." Money For Artists: A New Federal Bill? - A federal bill that would create a benefit fund for all living visual artists in the United States. Comics at War: Holy Terror, Batman! - The latest Batman graphic novel pits the Dark Knight against the al-Qaida terror network. Peace Tower at the Whitney Biennial - US artists address the current state of world affairs the the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

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