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20150723184953-takashi_murakami Los Angeles to Open Its Largest Free Contemporary Art Museum   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/23/15

Los Angeles’ latest contemporary art access point, The Broad Museum, will officially open its doors to the public on September 20. This is exciting news for Angelenos, as the 120,000-square-foot structure will house more than 2,000 works from the Broad Art Foundation and the personal collections of long-time philanthropists and art enthusiasts, Eli and Edythe Broad. According to Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, this means access to more t... [more]

20150708193804-007 Contested Development: One Person's Growth Is Another's Destruction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/8/15

The Arts District farmers' market in Los Angeles is a recent addition to a small but growing community wedged between Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River. Since June of last year, local sellers, artisans and patrons gather at what is known as the Triangle, or Joel Bloom Square—within sight of what was once legendary West Coast punk venue Al’s Bar. Al’s opened its doors in 1979 to a sparse population of artists who had been working, and often living illegally, in the decayi... [more]

20150612101528-patty_chang__shaved_at_a_loss_-_1 One Body Part at a Time: ASHES/ASHES Summer Video Series   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Knut Asdam, Nayland Blake, Patty Chang, Cheryl Donegan, Bob Flanagan, Mike Kelley, Sheree Rose at ASHES/ASHES June 2nd - July 11th
Posted 6/12/15

Video is an exceedingly difficult medium to wrangle into a gallery space: Do you serve it up movie theater-style, with chairs and set screening times? Do you play it on a loop and allow people to walk in and out? Headphones or no headphones? Video demands long looking, but it rarely gets it. How many times have you watched mere seconds of a work of video art before turning to something else? Actually maybe a better question, how many times have you actually watched a work of video art from beginni... [more]

20150609044156-2015-06-07-1433697957-1119076-tumblr_nopjq2yxme1s5m6t6o4_1280-thumb #BlackLifeBlackProtest Event to Promote Social Justice at LA Film Festival   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/8/15

The LA Film Festival (June 10–18) kicks off tomorrow, and social justice will be central to one of the week's diverse film programming events. On June 11, the festival hosts the short film program #BlackLifeBlackProtest, curated by Jai Tiggett (who also presents her satirical short film Protect & Serve). This free event will screen seven short films made in 2014 and 2015 by filmmakers who have been inspired to tackle the issues of police brutality, black identity, and inequality in Americ... [more]

20150603181620-sturtevant_drawing_wesselmann_lichtenstein Penis Envy: Sturtevant in Los Angeles   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/3/15

"Oh God, it's coming up now, I recognize the sound... I mean, I don't need to see this when I'm at work!" We looked on fearfully as a large-scale penis enters stage left, in profile, and decants a trickle of urine onto an unsuspecting potted plant. This was Dark Threat of Absence (2002) a two channel projection at the center (physically and thematically) of the only comprehensive institutional presentation of Elaine Sturtevant's work in America since the '70s (the show has traveled to L.A. after it's New York de... [more]

20150601211937-image Photo Report: UCLA Spring Open Studios   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/1/15

Walking through UCLA's graduate studios in Culver City one Saturday evening is a like walking through a giant sprawling work in process, something artists rarely make in public, because it's messy, untuned, revealing in its imperfection, and of course, just incomplete. All the shabby studentness of the event contributed to the rawness of the works: half names scrawled on doors, crates of beers, some cheese and crackers warming on the floor of an installation. Compared to the professional patina... [more]

20150601114004-screen_shot_2015-06-01_at_1 This Is Not a Music Video: A Video Art Playlist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/1/15

“Video killed the radio star,” The Buggles sang in 1979. The song brims with nostalgic longing for a simpler, low-tech era that was more authentic and wholesome. Two years later MTV was launched, the first television network to non-stop broadcast music videos. With a self-congratulating sense of irony the programmers selected “Video Killed the Radio Star” as the first clip to be shown. The event may not have marked the actual death of the radio star but it did introduce a... [more]

20150526170335-lauren_e I Like Big Butts and I Can Not Lie?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Group Show at Superchief Gallery LA May 2nd - May 30th
Posted 5/26/15

Just off a street full of piñatas in DTLA is Superchief Gallery—the younger (but larger) sister of Superchief New York. I was here to see the Booty Worship exhibition, alone, because I couldn’t persuade any of my friends to come down and see a "butt" show with me. My friends have far more taste than I’d realized. I was greeted on arrival by pink curtain flaps resembling a lady’s spread legs. I got out of the taxi, and, conscious that the driver was watching me, sa... [more]

20150526112021-54c0a8a104a5726d1af104c95c1cc8fa The Awkwardness of Averageness: Raymond Pettibon’s American Sickness   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects (Hollywood) April 23rd - May 30th
Posted 5/26/15

“I’m not walking down there, there’s a body on the floor,” my friend Shai said. We were coming out of a pizza place that had a gunshot mark in the TV. “Come on, it’s fine. She’s not dead.” As we walked past the disputed human being lying face down in the middle of the stenching sidewalk, she turned on her side and smiled vaguely into the distance with her elderly, meth-lined face. No Title (There are beds), 2015, Collage and ink on paper Sickness... [more]

20150520164322-m2014_67 The Enduring Issues of Non-Western Exhibitions in the West   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/18/15

Los Angeles County Art Museum has been serving as a fortress of non-Western Contemporary art in California. With previous exhibitions concentrating on the Far and the Middle East, LACMA has made promising attempts to alter the Western hegemony in Western institutions by showcasing non-Western art. With its current exhibition Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA presents a cross section of Middle Eastern and Islamic Art (for want of better terms). However, when we look closer at th... [more]

20150421085832-1427975402438 Handmade Digital: Revok's Return to L.A.   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/20/15

Revok received a hero’s welcome upon his return to his hometown of Los Angeles, marked by the April 10th vernissage of his first L.A. solo exhibition, organized by Library Street Collective and held at MAMA Gallery in the Downtown Arts District. In a gallery packed with friends, fellow writers, and fans, he spent most of the night enveloped by a patient congregation of adherents, blackbooks in hand, waiting for a coveted autograph from the famed graffiti writer. The mood that night was celeb... [more]

20150401112606-kinkade2 Newly Uncovered Secret Notes Reveal Thomas Kinkade Was Actually Genius Conceptual Artist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/1/15

A startling discovery has been made concerning one of contemporary art’s most polarizing artists. A new narrative has come to light concerning the Painter of Light™, Thomas Kinkade, after the artist’s private notes, previously hidden, have been made public for the first time. Kinkade’s illegitimate status in the contemporary art world had always vexed him, but, apparently, he intended to have the last laugh after all. Judging from his recently uncovered notes, which will be put on p... [more]

20150129104756-alac_barker_ceiling Your Guide to Navigating Los Angeles Art Events on This Very Important Weekend   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/29/15

Living in Los Angeles as an active member of the art scene involves making many choices on a weekly or even nightly basis. In other cities, where art spaces are packed tightly together in close proximity, it’s usually possible to hop around to visit a number of events on a given night, using public transportation or grabbing an Uber, no big deal. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is not one city: it is many. It is unimaginably spread out, and the vast distances between the different art enclav... [more]

20150128191111-120 Top 10 Booths to See at the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at MOCA Geffen Contemporary January 30th - February 1st
Posted 1/28/15

The exhibitor list for this year’s LA Art Book Fair is very very long. So while I’d like to be able to say that this is a definitive top 10 list of booths to see, I can’t quite boast that. This is not a comprehensive list, rather, this is a highly subjective list, and as such, is skewed towards photography publications, publishers that I’m already familiar with (full disclosure: I’m married to an artist who has been featured in publications from Lodret Vandret and Conv... [more]

20150115144505-guo_jijian_god_of_war-4_courtesy_of_cm2_space LA Continues Growth as an Art Fair Destination in 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Los Angeles Art Show - Modern & Contemporary January 14th - January 18th
Posted 1/15/15

Art Weekend LA kicked off yesterday with the promise of a Los Angeles art calendar packed with attractions: from the dynamic program of museum exhibitions and gallery openings to the city’s growing number of art fairs. The latter set a quick pace from the outset and this January boasts a busy schedule, beginning with the LA Art Show and Photo LA, two of the city’s longest-running fairs, and closing with the comparatively new yet highly influential Art Los Angeles Contemporary. In antici... [more]

20150105091802-bonnie-charlie_s-gone-away-photo-by-james-a 1950s Collages by Helen Adam Anticipated the Internet Meme   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/5/15

A funny image accompanied by a one-liner caption—it’s a form we know all too well. The internet meme is infinitely reproducible, mutable, and sharable: they're digital artifacts symptomatic of our current cut-and-paste culture. But we’re not the first generation to cut and paste with wild abandon: in Europe in the 20s and 30s, photomontage became surreal art in the hands of practitioners like Hannah Höch, John Heartfield, and Raoul Hausmann; British artists took to colla... [more]


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