Konstantin Kakanias's Drawings Are a Window Into the World of Style
It’s very hard to categorize the work of Konstantin Kakanias. Painter or illustrator? Humorist or truth-teller? While we wait to make up our minds, we can certainly agree that the work is funny and intelligent in equal measure. It is also visually irresistible, with a naïve style that nods in the direction of Herge and Cecil Beaton and Christian Berard. There is plenty to enjoy here. But Kakanias also has the gift of presenting smart things in frivolous disguises, of getting at the heart of a matter. He’s got everybody’s number.
Kakianias, who lives and works in Los Angeles, belongs within the narrative of sophisticated people (mainly of British or European origin, a la David Hockney) who have never for one moment looked down on California and instead use it as a source of visual energy.
The show currently at Gavlak consists of commissioned works on paper from Kakanias’s
Konstantin Kakanias: “The Times” is on view at the Gavlak Gallery in Los Angeles at 1034 North Highland Avenue, until September 8.
HENRI SAMUEL'S MODERNIST TWIST
SLEEP MAKES THE MODERN GIRL
FALL BEAUTY TREND: CAT EYE MAKEUP
DÉJÀ VIEW (VAUX LE VICOMTE)
THE BIBLIOPHILE’S 401(K) (STACK OF BOOKS)
FOUNTAINS OF YOUTH
HOW TO BUILD A SKINCARE ROUTINE (TREATING WITH SERUMS)
THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN AT THE GAVLAK GALLERY IN LOS ANGELES UNTIL SEPTEMBER 8.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.