On Friday evening, PRISM, L.A.’s hottest contemporary gallery invited the jetsetting art, music, and fashion set to preview its new show Misericordia — a convergence of Renaissance Masters and contemporary artists. One might not expect to find video art from the 1970s in the same exhibit as 15th-17th century Masters, however, regardless of medium, a common thread, which examines the centuries-old depiction of Mercy in artwork, ties these artists together. From devotional paintings of the 15th century to contemporary artists who use their own body as metaphor for suffering, the audience experiences how “these artists explore pain, fear and penance, in the sense that today we either fail to rejoice in God’s Mercy or that we are too occupied with personal matters to be merciful towards others.”
Misercordia was curated by Birte Kleemann, Director of The Pace Gallery, and includes works by Marina Abramović, Joseph Beuys, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois,Chris Burden, James Lee Byars, Lucio Fontana, Terence Koh, Anders Krisár, Giovanni di Marco, Jonathan Meese, Giovanni Battista Naldini, Olaf Nicolai, Jen DeNike, Angel Otero, Antonio di Pietro, Sterling Ruby, Katharina Sieverding, Bill Viola, and xhafabdessemed (Sislej Xhafa and Adel Abdessemed). It is now open to the public through December 4, 2010.