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Louise Bourgeois: Memories from Wendy Williams  
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5/31/10

[Note: Louise Bourgeois died in Manhattan on May 31, 2010] With the Louise Bourgeois exhibition up at MOCA in Los Angeles, I cannot think of anything else. I heard that Louise's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, was in town helping with the exhibition and I started wondering more and more about what occurs in Louise's studio. Jerry was already back in New York by the time I could get ahold of anyone, but Wendy Williams, the manager of the Louise Bourgeois Studio was so kind as to answer some of my... [more]

6a00d8341c630a53ef011570f68a94970b-pi Raymond Pettibon and Yoshua at the Armory Center for the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yoshua Okon, Raymond Pettibon at Armory Center for the Arts May 23rd, 2009 - August 31st, 2009
Posted 6/29/09

Raymond Pettibon and Yoshua Okon work together seamlessly. Hipnostasis, their collaborative installation at the Armory, is a one-minded project. Yet it’s more opaque than work I’ve seen either artist do on his own. Pettibon’s raw scrawl is there without its pop-infused narrative and Okon’s unpretentious social commentary has become mythological.I first saw Hipnostasis through a chain-link gate. I had to ask to be let in, and while I know the gate exists to secure the video monitors, I still thin... [more]

-1 Saturday with Skeuomorphs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/28/09

Last weekend, at Machine Project, the crowd reached back to the door. Partly, this was because those of us who came late weren’t brave enough to take the empty seats at the front of the room. Mostly, this was because a surprising number of people wanted to spend Saturday afternoon thinking about design algorithms. Garnet Hertz, Tim Durfee, and Nick Klien each contributed lectures on, respectively, skeuomorphs (“an ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from ano... [more]

Gl_goliath Gary Lang at Ace Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gary Lang at Ace Gallery- Beverly Hills July 18th, 2009 - October 31st, 2009
Posted 6/28/09

The The explosion at the end of Antonioni's Zabriskie Point transfixed me when I first saw it.  Then it transfixed me again and again as I re-watched. Antonioni's young heroine stares at the architectural embodiment of everything she's rejected, an aloofly minimal desert chateau, wishing to sever herself from its banal austerity. It's a sort of self-purging: her stare causes the chateau to blow in slow motion, debris psychedelically swimming to the music of Pink Floyd. No existential messages ne... [more]

98457638_b4607bb80c The Echo Park Film Center   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/22/09

  Address: Echo Park Film Center 1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd) Los Angeles, CA 90026 Hours: Wednesday: 2 - 7 PM Thursday: 2 - 10 PM Friday: 2 - 7 PM Saturday: Noon - 5 PM Nights we have events 8 - 10 PM. www.echoparkfilmcenter.org The Echo Park Film Center is a volunteer-run, media arts organization dedicated to educating and exposing the public to film and video arts in creative, inclusive, and affordable ways. They host events, screenings, and classes as well as providing rental op... [more]

Yhst-39128737800980_2060_88497 David Lynch at Michael Kohn Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse at Michael Kohn Gallery May 30th, 2009 - August 15th, 2009
Posted 6/22/09

          Dark Night of the Soul presents an installation of mutually inspired music and photography that join to create a dismal and sinister tone, much like one would expect in a psychological thriller sans dialogue and moving images.  It is no surprise that the famed filmmaker David Lynch is responsible for the photographs and the renowned Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse for the music. Songs play back to back from two pairs of speakers in the two adjoined, carpeted rooms with fifty photographs... [more]

316 Jeana Sohn: Sleep Sleep   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeana Sohn at Taylor De Cordoba May 16th, 2009 - June 27th, 2009
Posted 6/22/09

        Jeana Sohn’s “Sleep Sleep” is a thoughtful adventure through a simple landscape. Female figures—from girls who look like figurines to women with aging faces—serenely search, dance delightedly, and investigate with intent through tangled rope, swarms of butterflies, and prismatic shapes, wandering in quasi-natural spaces.  Each piece is undoubtedly part of the whole, linked together either literally through strands and lines or, visually, through these recurring motifs. Symbols of nature’s mo... [more]

L India Sweets and Spices   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/15/09

9409 Venice BlvdCulver City, CA 90232 (310) 837-5286 It's nice to go to Culver City and eat somewhere a bit off the beaten path.  Not that this place doesn't have it's following, but it's just far enough from Culver Blvd. and the packed restaurants to offer easy parking and shorter waits.  Not only does it serve great simple Indian food, but it also has a market filled with spices and other goods.  Lunch can easily be done for 5 dollars here, and you will not be left hungry. - Sasha Bergstrom-... [more]

Blue Blue in the Face   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Burke, George Condo, Mike Dee, Kim Dingle, David Dupuis, David Hendren, Damien Hirst, Anthony James, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Rachel Lachowicz, Kim McCarty, Catherine Opie, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Simmons, George Stoll, Tam Van Tran, Maberry / Walker, Millie Wilson, Rob Wynne at Kim Light / LightBox May 23rd, 2009 - July 2nd, 2009
Posted 6/15/09

      Kim Light moved into Maloney Fine Art's space, and in their first venture together they have mounted a group show, Blue Blue.  The group of artists is diverse, but the works are tied together by, you guessed it, the color blue.  In such a small space, this is actually a good approach to a group show.  It's hung salon style, works stacked on top of each other, creating a patchwork of sorts.  Sure, the pieces distract from each other and there isn't much space to really step back and look at, fo... [more]

Attach Peter Macapia's Skullcracker   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Macapia at Angstrom Gallery May 23rd, 2009 - June 27th, 2009
Posted 6/15/09

      At first, it's just beautiful, ephemeral.  Detailed flowery structures hang in clouds in the gallery, larger individual pieces are suspended in vitrines from the high ceiling and on the walls.  Peter Macapia's sculptures are made from laser-cut museum board.  They look lacy and flowery, but also somewhat rigid and architectural.  This makes sense; it turns out that the patterns of the laser cuts are created from algorithms that describe fluid matter.Peter Macapia's education and background... [more]

Pic_05 Club Good Hurt   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/8/09

12249 Venice Blvd, West Los Angeles(310) 390-1076This is a lively little joint, perched comfortably on the border between neighborhood dive bar and hipster nightclub. The club has a medical theme and they take it pretty far, with a bold palette of black and red and waitresses in sexy nurse outfits behind a bar offering "prescriptions." Fortunately the theme stops short of turning the place into some weird cross between Hooters and an emergency room.  The young(ish) crowds are friendly enough; this i... [more]

Picture_1 Blue McRight at Samuel Freeman   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Blue McRight at Samuel Freeman May 16th, 2009 - June 27th, 2009
Posted 6/8/09

      The first thing you notice is the trailer, parked right there in the center of the gallery. "Holly Mascott" looks homey and inviting, perhaps reminding you of childhood camping trips, or visits to grandma in the trailer park. But then once you step inside the trailer, something is very wrong. The proportions are way off, everything's too small and you can't fit yourself between the fridge and the stove. It's that feeling you get when you revisit old childhood spaces and find that everythin... [more]

39 Julie Heffernan at Mark Moore Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Julie Heffernan at Mark Moore Gallery May 23rd, 2009 - July 3rd, 2009
Posted 6/8/09

      Julie Heffernan, to swipe a line from Walt Whitman, is large; she contains multitudes. Her art blossoms and bursts forth across the canvas like a garden seen through the miracle of time-lapse photography, overgrowing into gross and beautiful decadence before you, its fruits ripening and sagging on the vine. Bouquets of flowers are popping up over here, over there tangled and thorny roots are worming their way out of the soft earth. But along with all of that flora, strange fauna is also c... [more]

450 It is What It is at the Hammer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/17/09

          It is What It is: Conversations about Iraq ended this past Sunday at the Hammer. If you happened to go see the Nine Lives show and, during your visit, noticed a rusty, corroded car in the courtyard, it wasn’t the car from the Lisa Anne Auerbach photo in which she’s standing like a pseudo-militant.  It was actually a car from a car bomb in Iraq.  Just in case you didn’t make the connection, as I didn’t.  You can read much more about it here. -Michael Shaw [more]

Refugeecampdarfur Poverty Porn   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nikko Mueller at Angles Gallery April 4th, 2009 - May 23rd, 2009
Posted 5/17/09

        Nikko Mueller’s show, up for one more week, begins with a great title, and goes on to deliver on its promise with a sophisticated suite of twelve paintings.  The name Poverty Porn, on one hand, comes with a certain audaciousness, especially in light of painting titles such as Gaza Strip, Freeways over Projects and reFUgee camp, Darfur. Using the oh-so-democratic tool of Google Earth as the means to his aerial landscapes, Mueller dramatizes his chosen vistas into lushly built-up layers... [more]

Almond-blossom-4984 Obliteration and Memory   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mustafa Hulusi at Patrick Painter Inc. May 2nd, 2009 - May 23rd, 2009
Posted 5/17/09

      Mustafa Hulusi’s first show at Patrick Painter, also his first in Los Angeles, included a group of small, medium and large-scale diptych paintings, tightly executed but barren, despite their luminescence.  One half of each diptych features an op-art, black-and-white starburst, painted in acrylic, while the other features up-close, photo-realistic, oil-painted depictions of almond blossoms, native to the artist’s roots in Cyprus (he’s been based in London since at least the mid-90s). The d... [more]

Picture_1 Kinkead Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/11/09

For a good time check out Kinkead Contemporary.  I stopped by on a Sunday to find the front room converted into a café and the back room turned into a Salon.  Cold beers were promptly distributed for a panel conversation.The room was packed with mostly artists I think.  The focus of the panel was on the notions of sincerity and authenticity in contemporary art (the irony pendulum has swung).  Ed Schad moderated with panelists Kelly McClane, Heather Brown, Kirston Stoltman, and Steve Roden.  The co... [more]

Yury_sharedflat_l Rules of the Game   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Carrie Yury at Sam Lee Gallery May 16th, 2009 - July 3rd, 2009
Posted 5/11/09

    For her current exhibition, “Rooms”, Carrie Yury follows a simple set of rules.  She takes pictures of women, only women.  They are shown reclining in bed, or a few times on a couch, but always in their own private, unstaged residence.  The women wear only underwear, and the rooms wear only available light.  There is a rule of representation: the photographs show a cross section of nationalities, ages, and body types.  The last rule is that each piece is composed of two photographs.At first one reads t... [more]

Jeff_jamieson_s5e4246 Simple Pleasures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeff Jamieson at David Patton Los Angeles April 25th, 2009 - May 30th, 2009
Posted 5/11/09

          Jeff Jamieson makes his sculptures, and then most often picks one color and paints them.  A look at the list of artwork reveals a rather simple litany of materials: “Plywood and paint.”  He has a few drawings (“Ink on paper”) and a couple other pieces made from other things (one “Copper”, another “Aluminum”).  All the pieces but one are untitled with a parenthetical description of their color.Given his tendency towards professional understatement, in his off hours I think Jeff run... [more]

Interview with Cal Crawford  
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5/7/09

Sasha Bergstrom-Katz met with Cal Crawford at his opening of POSSIBILITIESOFFISTS at Sister Gallery on May 7th, 2009.  They conducted the following interview via email. Sasha Bergstrom-Katz: Your current show at Sister Gallery, POSSIBILITIESOFFISTS, is striking, to say the least.  Can you tell me about the conception of the idea and what the title means?Cal Crawford: Initially I was doing a lot of research on the history of linear perspective, specifically looking at the language surrounding this strat... [more]

FRESH at MOCA - May 9th  
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5/5/09

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009 7–11pm FOOD, DRINKS, AND MUSIC DJ set by DJ Rashida The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90013 BUY TICKETS $85 in advance; $100 at the door TICKET INFO 213/633-5381 ONLINE CATALOGUE>> PUBLIC PREVIEW SATURDAY, MAY 2–FRIDAY, MAY 8 11am–4pm Bidding will start at 7pm. First bidding section closes promptly at 8:30pm. Remaining sections will close consecutively thereafter. Self-parking for the Silent Auction and Public Preview is available in surrounding lots. AUCTION INFO 213/621-1778 ... [more]

Storiesblogdavid1207 Stories Bookstore and Cafe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/4/09

www.storiesla.com1716 W Sunset BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90026(213) 413-3733     Stories is a small, independent bookstore In Echo Park with a selection that looks hand-picked, even to the naked eye. Their selection includes vintage books and an extensive—and quite beautiful—collection of children’s books. The café in the back serves affordable snacks and coffee and their chairs out front provide a space to set up computers, listen to the store’s music, and people-watch out the window that looks ont... [more]

Scene_3_01med Charlie White - Nine Lives   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Becker, Llyn Foulkes, Charles Irvin, Victoria Reynolds, Kaari Upson, Jeffrey Vallance, Charlie While at Hammer Museum March 8th, 2009 - May 31st, 2009
Posted 4/24/09

    Charlie White's video "American Minor" is a standout in the current exhibition at the Hammer, Nine Lives.  The show, curated by Ali Subotnick, shows a wide range of Los Angeles based artists, from young artists like Kaari Upson to established artists like Llyn Foulkes.  When I left the show, although so much of the work was fabulous, Charlie's video really stuck with me the most.The film depicts a teenage girl in states of perpetual boredom.  The aesthetic of it is what is most appealing at f... [more]

5336 Like a Turkey   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joe Bradley at peres projects - LA March 28th, 2009 - May 16th, 2009
Posted 4/24/09

      Joe Bradley's "Like A Turkey Thru Corn" surprised me.  I've seen his work before, but never anything like this.  Usually his shows consist of large figures comprised of multiple monochromatic canvases, towering over their audience in the gallery.  The new work, large uncoated canvases, with simple black line drawings done in a childish manner at first seems unrelated.I gave the show some time.  I always liked Bradley's other work and wanted to figure out some connections.  I found them, not... [more]

Img_2738 The Art Part of Coachella   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/24/09

              I was lucky enough to be able to get a personal tour with Phil Blaine, the art director for Coachella.  It was hot (at least 100) and I did get a sunburn, but it was worth it.To be honest, when I've come to Coachella in the past, I've pretty much skipped over the fact that it's supposed to be an music and art festival.  The music is what really pulls in the crowds.  As an 'artworld' kind of person, I often forget to stop to consider things outside my world.  When individuall... [more]

496250788_480x360_close Julian’s Vintage Clothing   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/09

Julian’s Vintage Clothing 8366 1/2 W 3rd StLos Angeles, CA 90048(323) 655-3011   Julian’s has the best vintage floral dresses I have ever seen.  Although a bit pricey, if you are looking for a perfect tea dress or spring blouses for a tea party this is the place. Also, there are bundles of costume jewelry, beaded cardigans and scrumptious velvet evening gowns. --Vera Neykov [more]

Excited "I am so Excited to be Talking to You!"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alejandro ARTIGAS, Jim BAUER, Sarah BEADLE, Heather BENNETT, Kristin Calabrese, PACIFIC DISSENT COMPANY, Peter CONTIGLIOZZI, Sian FOULKES, Patrick Lakey, Tim LAUN, Robert Levine, Christy MCCAFFREY, Tommy MCCAFFREY, Bruce Nauman, Tony PAYNE, Jason Polan, Ben Pruskin, Aaron Rose, Casey Ruble, Tom Sachs, Jonathan SCHUTE, Joe Sola, Allyson Spellacy, George Stoll, Lynn SULLIVAN, Andre VIPOLIS at Denizen Design April 3rd, 2009 - May 16th, 2009
Posted 4/13/09

    “I'm so excited to be talking to you” is a group exhibition curated by Lauren McCaffrey and Allyson Spellacy that features text based work by 27 artists. The exhibition is at Denizen Design gallery, a rather sleek space for a show tightly knit with work ranging from unknown artists to the likes of Bruce Nauman and Tom Sachs. Christy McCaffrey’s cutout collages of cartoon-like people are made from newspapers, magazines, books and maps and are seamless yet with a quirky cut and paste eleme... [more]

Picture_4 Stan Vanderbeek at the Box   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Stan VanDerBeek at The Box March 14th, 2009 - April 18th, 2009
Posted 4/13/09

        Stan Vanderbeeks' first solo exhibition in Los Angeles is nothing short of spectacular. On view at the Box are a selection of Vanderbeek’s collages and prints that were used in his films as moving images. The collages are breathtaking: they are stylish, smart and beautifully rendered pen on photographs, clippings of Greek and Roman sculptures and tear-outs of fashion magazines. Upstairs in the gallery, the collages are accompanied by a re-creation Vanderbeek’s “Panels for the Walls of the... [more]

Coachella - Bands to watch  
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4/9/09

Coachella: The other bands to see   I thought I'd add some tips in terms of bands to check out that would usually fall under the radar.  Of course there are the obvious bands to see, Morrisey, Franz Ferdinand, MIA, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paul McCartney, The Cure, The Black Keys, etc, but what are we supposed to see when the beating sun is still out?  I had to ask my good friend Jason Miller for his suggestions.  Here they are: Ghostland Observatory: like a funky high energy electronic my morning... [more]

Coachella - April 17-19  
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4/7/09

Sci-Arc at Coachella   It’s time for Coachella.  Get ready for suntan lotion, date shakes (since they're on the way), resting from the sun under the misting tents, and obviously the music.But please, don't forget to pay attention to the art!  This year I’m most excited about a project designed by students at Sci-Arc.  (See press release below)Friday is already selling out and Saturday and Sunday are filling up fast.   So get your tickets now if you haven’t!From the press release:Who said roc... [more]

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