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351393036_20eefa315f Significant Architecture in the Dallas Arts District   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/20/09

          The density of important buildings within Dallas’ Arts District is an open secret amongst architectural aficionados. Within a few square miles, one finds major works by Edward Larrabee Barnes, Renzo Piano, I.M. Pei, Kohn Pederson Fox, and Brad Cloepfil; soon two performance halls, one designed by Norman Foster and the other by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, will join the mix. Each of these buildings merits close attention, but it is Kohn Pederson Fox’s Federal Reserve Bank that may... [more]

2005_103_1 Life in Space: Staging Identity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Exhibition, Ando Hiroshige, Lynn Lennon, Bill Owens, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Cindy Sherman, Florence Volk, Geoff Winningham at Dallas Museum of Art March 6th, 2009 - May 20th, 2009
Posted 4/19/09

Life in Space represents the second iteration of the Dallas Museum of Art’s intern exhibition program. As I had a hand in organizing the project, what follows is not a review as much as an explication of one conceptual thread that underlies this particular group of works. Though one commonality between the works on display prompts the exhibition’s title—namely, the sense of a relationship between cultural space and identity construction in the instance of each—another compelling poi... [more]

Richard_patterson-self_portrait A Young British Artist in Dallas   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Richard Patterson at The Goss-Michael Foundation February 21st, 2009 - May 31st, 2009
Posted 4/19/09

  A YBA living in Dallas, Richard Patterson seems to have absorbed both the louche cleverness of the Freeze generation and a uniquely Texas kind of integrated kitsch. The visitor to his exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation is greeted by a painting of an ex-Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, now a prominent philanthropist and art collector, posing in the signature spangled, blue-and-white garb; exquisitely painted from a photographic source, seemingly more real than reality, the work ret... [more]

Dsc_7278_copy Objects for Everyone I Have Ever Known   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kristen Morgin at Marc Selwyn Fine Art June 14th, 2008 - August 16th, 2008
Posted 7/28/08

When they were included in the New Museum's 2007 inaugural exhibition, Kristen Morgin's sculptures stood out as a kind of art which simultaneously adhered to the assemblage aesthetic very much in the ether and presented something more permanent, cerebral, old-fashioned than the trendy work all around it. Morgin understands the tremendous psychological and emotive capacity of freezing objects in the midst of obsolescence-- the way this speaks to Late Capitalism's greatest fears as well as timeless co... [more]

1156790649_323b92d11b_o The Claremont Museum of Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/28/08

In a socio-architectural lark that would make many an illustrious twentieth century cultural theorist proud, The Claremont Museum of Art resides in a mall that is in turn a converted lemon packing plant. Pause. Yet beyond its incidental credentials, this off-the-art-world-beaten-path museum benefits from a genuine curatorial vision-- namely that of Pilar Tompkins, who has organized group shows featuring Won Ju Lim and Elaine Buckholtz for the space and this September will organize Multiverse, wh... [more]

Picture_1 Gillian Wearing   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gillian Wearing at Regen Projects July 12th, 2008 - August 23rd, 2008
Posted 7/28/08

Gillian Wearing’s project is nothing if not consistent. Its conceptual basis, in representing those points where the conscious construction of identity meets a humorously dark, subconscious doppelganger (and so becomes vulnerable), has remained intact since her career’s beginning in the early 1990s; its execution in serial, mostly photographic modes has not changed much either. The sense in her work, emerging both from concept and form, is of a sociological study whose motives are si... [more]

Upcoming_2_big_copy Lautner House Tours   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/29/08

In conjunction with its exhibition “Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner,” the Hammer Museum is offering tours of some of Lautner’s best-known residential projects. These will occur throughout the months of July and August, and will no doubt shape their audience by the fact of their extremely high cost—but the experience promises to be edifying in a priceless sort of way. http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs/65/ [more]

Lw-eye Lawrence Weiner   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lawrence Weiner at MOCA Geffen Contemporary April 13th, 2008 - July 14th, 2008
Posted 6/29/08

For his first American retrospective, the New York and Amsterdam based artist Lawrence Weiner approached the Geffen Contemporary as a “fairground,” and produced with curators Ann Goldstein and Donna De Salvo an exhibition that mines Conceptual Art’s relationship to theatricality. This exhibition, it seems, could be at home nowhere else but here; not since Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses planted themselves on the Geffen’s floor has this space felt so right for contemporary art and it... [more]

Janm_gersht_blowupuntitled5l Living Flowers   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Japanese American National Museum June 15th, 2008 - September 7th, 2008
Posted 6/29/08

In “Living Flowers,” curator Karen Higa has placed ikebana beside the work of top-drawer European and American contemporary artists, as if to suggest that the one’s distinct and historically-rooted sense of craft might begin to inform the other’s cultural capital, and vice-versa. At the level of formal structure, there are obvious affinities between the flowers and the art objects: The treatment of a small space as a kind of compositional universe so essential to ikebana finds cor... [more]

Daly Street Lofts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/18/08

On May 24 and 25, the MAK Center and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will co-sponsor an open house for a new live/work project by critic and architect Joseph Giovannini.  A rare opportunity to become familiar with the built work of this highly influential voice in the disciplines of architectural theory and criticism, the event also provides some concrete proof for the oft-stated claim that, architecturally-speaking, Los Angeles is the center of the world. The Daly Street L... [more]

Olga3 Koumoundouros: New Sculpture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Olga Koumoundouros at SUSANNE VIELMETTER LOS ANGELES PROJECTS May 10th, 2008 - June 14th, 2008
Posted 5/18/08

Through two sculptures distributed evenly between the project spaces at Susanne Vielmetter, Olga Koumoundouros makes a convincing argument for the expanded conceptual field of assemblage sculpture. Though clearly invested in a certain prevalent aesthetics of the makeshift and haphazardly compounded, Koumoundouros' work manages to stay on message, to make plain its symbolic ambitions and execute them with remarkable formal efficiency. This is especially the case with Great Expectations, 2008 which... [more]

Getty2 A Look at Rudofsky   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bernard Rudofsky at Getty Center Los Angeles March 11th, 2008 - June 8th, 2008
Posted 5/18/08

The small, architecturally-awkward exhibition space at the Getty Research Institute has a singular legacy of putting on shows at once whimsical and genuinely edifying, obtuse and seemingly inevitable. Often its contents unfold with the unceremonious, time-demanding spatial logic of a study room, rather than the easeful legibility of a traditional gallery: Vitrines are packed with ephemera and conceptual studies; descriptive plaques are heavy on didactic-speak. The result is a viewing experience con... [more]

Interview with Ruben Ochoa  
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5/10/08

Born and raised in Southern California, Ruben Ochoa's work stems from his involvement with and investigation of the landscape in which he has been immersed.  This is the urban landscape; the landscape of concrete and rebar and cement and dirt.  From photography to object, installation to conceptualism, Ochoa's vision is at once unpretentious and grand, dramatic and banal. ArtSlant's writer, Nico Machida, spent time communicating with Ochoa regarding his process, current projects and developments. ... [more]

Kaprow Restaging Kaprow: Apr 25-27   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/20/08

As part of the Allan Kaprow retrospective currently on view at the Geffen MOCA, teams of volunteers and students will reconstruct Kaprow's Fluids-an enclosed architecture of ice blocks meant to dramatize the transitory nature of urban space-at LACMA, MOCA, and Memorial Park in Pasadena. The result promises to be a dynamic, communal form of art-making that simultaneously calls attention to this city's current fascination with temporary structures and the cultures that form around them. - Nico Machi... [more]

Chaubin4 Looking at Chaubin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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FRÈDÈRIC CHAUBIN at Paperchase Printing April 11th, 2008 - May 17th, 2008
Posted 4/20/08

The buildings depicted in French photographer Frèdèric Chaubin's work look at once fantastical and uncannily familiar-most definitely not the stock stuff of the collective architectural conscience but tinged nonetheless by certain stock forms. One sees in these buildings traces of Le Corbusier's sculptural treatment of concrete; Eero Saarinen's futuristic organicism; even Gaudí's brand of ludic baroque. But each emerges from a singular, and quite apart, geographical and political en... [more]

Opiefootball9 Opie's Appeal   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Catherine Opie at Regen Projects April 10th, 2008 - May 17th, 2008
Posted 4/20/08

Without explicitly privileging either tendency as the basis of her practice, Catherine Opie at once underscores the everydayness of her subjects and transcends this everydayness with an unrelenting elegance of form. Recent series such as Icehouses (2001) and Surfers (2003) have cemented Opie's interest in elevating her subjects without alienating them from their found context, so that the remarkable poise and poignancy of the finished photograph reads as the fortunate yield of an essentially docum... [more]

51zzvzvdjnl Not to be missed: Richard Serra and Lynne Cooke   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/16/08

An event whose value needs little justification, this conversation between Richard Serra (whose work is featured prominently at the newly-opened Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA) and Lynne Cooke (who co-curated the artist’s recent retrospective at MoMA) will focus on the state of the medium of sculpture today. April 1, 7:30 pm LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036 www.lacma.org - Nico Machida (*check out the book Richard Serra: Sculpture: Forty Years by Kynaston McShine, Lynne Cooke and Richard Serra.)... [more]

Inflexion A Look at Mitzi Pederson   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mitzi Pederson at Hammer Museum February 29th, 2008 - May 25th, 2008
Posted 3/16/08

The work of San Francisco-based sculptor Mitzi Pederson is spare and conceptually transparent, and slight in a cerebral way that directly evokes Richard Tuttle and Anselm Reyle. The Reyle reference in particular speaks to her practice's timeliness: There is no denying the affinities between this small Hammer Museum show and the much more sustained argument for seemingly makeshift sculpture currently unfolding at the Whitney and the New Museum. Owing to its savvy humbleness, its embrace of everyday m... [more]

2002_46b A Look at Inside Architecture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at MOCA Pacific Design Center March 9th, 2008 - June 1st, 2008
Posted 3/16/08

Organized around a strange and compelling curatorial hypothesis—that depictions of architectural interiors in themselves constitute a pseudo-genre of contemporary artistic representation—Inside Architecture reads as an idea in process that nonetheless seems resolute in its embrace of a single conceptual thread. Photographs form the exhibition’s armature; a few paintings and drawings are dispersed among these. Within the dominant category of photography, Candida Höfer’... [more]

Lawler_birdcall Women in the City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/17/08

If a visit to Asher’s exhibition has inspired or renewed your passion for institutional critique, then you will no doubt find dealer Emi Fontana’s viral art project “Women in the City” of interest. What better way to critique institutional mandates than to avoid them altogether, Fontana seems to say with this series of public works by Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Louis Lawler, and Barbara Kruger. Spread across the city, installed in sites as diverse as the intersection of Holly... [more]

Popup2_lg A Look at Michael Asher   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Michael Asher at Santa Monica Museum of Art January 26th, 2008 - April 12th, 2008
Posted 2/17/08

Since the 1960s, Michael Asher has made it his project to variously actualize the critical, conceptual, and revisionist methods of museology. Rather than add to the mass of art production, he takes that mass itself, and the cultures that have formed around it, as a kind of abstract material—to be commented upon, rearranged, recast. Here, in the straightforward and unmonumental spaces of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Asher has brought his critical eye to a curatorial project remarkable not... [more]

Lb_90milesd A Look at Lauren Bon   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lauren Bon at Ace Gallery- Los Angeles October 27th, 2007 - June 28th, 2008
Posted 2/17/08

Walking through this sprawling, highly theatrical exhibition, what struck me most was not its aesthetic or formal merits—though there was certainly much to ponder on these points—but rather its poised reconciliation of two very different milieus of art production in Los Angeles. The objects, sounds, scents that filled Ace’s airy vaults were the appropriated component parts of Lauren Bon’s 2005 project Not a Cornfield, an icon and model for experimental design arts institutions... [more]

Oz_casestudy22 A Look at Julius Shulman   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/27/08

A recent exhibition of Julius Shulman’s photographs amidst the deco splendor of the Central Library served as a reminder of that architectural photographer’s central role in Los Angeles’ mid-century imaginary. Through his highly influential output of the 1930s through 1960s, Shulman not only represented this city’s relationship to architectural modernism, but in many ways manufactured it. As much as the actual edifices depicted, it was Shulman’s romantic yet rigorous photographic eye that shaped not... [more]

_mg_6799lr A Look at Katie Pratt   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Katie Pratt at Mihai Nicodim Gallery January 25th, 2008 - February 29th, 2008
Posted 1/27/08

The visitor to Katie Pratt’s second solo exhibition at Kontainer encountered a set of paintings whose content was a matter of proximity. From afar, the canvases read as so many familiar, if clearly deft, gestures of painterly abstraction—their affect dependant on a predictable grammar of scale, hue, and composition in the most literal sense. Even from this distance, some of the work’s finer qualities were clear: Pratt’s at once elegant and surprising sense of color, her restrained approach to the project... [more]

High A Look at Walead Beshty   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Walead Beshty at China Art Objects Galleries January 7th, 2008 - February 8th, 2008
Posted 1/27/08

Since the turn of this century, Walead Beshty has been putting the medium of photography into the service of various social and political critiques, with consumerism chief among his targets. In series like “The Phenomenology of Shopping,” 2001-2003, which depicts Beshty variously fondling, inhabiting, and becoming one with everyday commodity displays, the fact of photographic capture seems to verify and seal the literalness of the artist’s critical act. In this work, the conceptual rigor of the image’s... [more]

1192062499-22753 A Look at Sue de Beer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sue de Beer at Sandroni.Rey October 20th, 2007 - December 20th, 2007
Posted 12/9/07

It is difficult, at first, to even find Sue de Beer’s video “Permanent Revolution.” A big white box—a minimal cube—sits obliquely in the center of Sandroni.Rey’s exhibition space; graceless spotlights fitted with green lenses project light onto three of the cube’s sides; a slim, elevated opening serves as the sole indication that the box is inhabitable. Stepping cautiously into blackness, one reaches the projection room within, furnished with a shaggy carpet and a few slouchy, low lying couches. Th... [more]

Sb53 A Look at Slater Bradley   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Slater Bradley at Blum & Poe November 3rd, 2007 - December 22nd, 2007
Posted 12/9/07

In itself, the defining conceptual thread behind Slater Bradley’s oeuvre—an interest in the fashioning and refashioning of selfhood through imagery-driven layers—is not news. One can readily invoke a number of art historical precedents, from Warhol to Cindy Sherman, and in the process trace the emergence of a stylized, at times obsessive self-reflexivity that has become one essential tenet of art after modernism. But what is notable about Bradley is his ability to manifest this interest so diffusive... [more]

Kusama Kusama Sculpture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/4/07

Yayoi KusamaHymn of Life: Tulips Beverly Hills Park (intersection of Santa Monica and Rodeo)Public art presents a singular challenge to the art historian and critic alike—freed from the exhibition context, it is difficult to imagine under what circumstances such work will be received, by whom, and to what end. Yet the image of monumental sculptures set in the urban landscape persists in its relevance. And while Los Angeles is no Chicago, and Kusama’s work is no Tilted Arc, this Pop-grotesque flouri... [more]

2_gl_284 Degrees of Engagement   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Glenn Ligon at Regen Projects October 27th, 2007 - December 8th, 2007
Posted 11/4/07

The visitor to Glenn Ligon at Regen Projects II encounters a specific contextual dilemma which is also a familiar motif of twentieth century art history: How to engage adequately with work that is at once disarmingly compelling at the level of form and overtly socio-political at the level of content? Through a series of small, gold and black text paintings and one monumental neon text piece, Ligon dispatches provocative, racially-intoned word arrangements in order to capture language’s capacity for simulta... [more]

2_kb3 Discipline and Flourish   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Karl Benjamin at Louis Stern Fine Arts September 29th, 2007 - December 22nd, 2007
Posted 11/4/07

Dance the Line at Louis Stern Fine Arts surveys the 50-year career of painter Karl Benjamin with maturity, equanimity, conviction. That considerable temporal span has allowed Benjamin’s painterly eye to achieve affective maturity, to reach a legible rhythm. The assuredness and consistency these canvases evidence are the show’s greatest strength. But underlying the discipline of Benjamin’s production is an equally pronounced interest in less cerebral effects—the optic, sensuous play of tightly-pa... [more]

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