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20150129104756-alac_barker_ceiling Your Guide to Navigating Los Angeles Art Events on This Very Important Weekend   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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 encl... [more]

20150128191111-120 Top 10 Booths to See at the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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 ant... [more]

20150105091802-bonnie-charlie_s-gone-away-photo-by-james-a 1950s Collages by Helen Adam Anticipated the Internet Meme   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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 collage from... [more]

20141009073802-crone_web Learning to Look as a Gallery Moves On: Cameron Crone at Jancar Jones   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cameron Crone at Jancar Jones Gallery October 25th, 2014 - November 22nd, 2014
Posted 11/13/14

By way of introduction, Cameron Crone's first solo-show at Jancar Jones, Reflow the Logic Board, is a testament to just how strange and surprising photography can get. The artist presents color photographs of to-scale beach towels, their terrycloth weaves intervened with kitty litter dripped-sand-castle-y patterns, all laid out on some mysterious concrete ground. Crone has also fabricated a series of urban-aqueduct-cum-skate-ramp sculptures, with terrazzo beveled curves and arcs. The work is very... [more]

20141028000922-screenshot_2014-10-27_at_4 A Cool, Darkling Swirl: Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Works at the Ace   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/28/14

What literature is to words and music is to sound, dance is to movement. Refined into a language—from the cosmic shimmy to the mash-potato, Viennese waltzing to a raver’s speaker humping, and of course, that formal staging from ballet to music videos we call simply Dance—we take movement and communicate joy or boredom, despair or titillation, or if good, all of the above. Seeing the LA Dance Project last weekend at the Ace in Los Angeles, it was hard not to find the whole affair intensely beautiful. Stylized as hell, drawi... [more]

20140809063353-unnamed Transitioning Through a Love Affair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Zackary Drucker, Rhys Ernst at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles September 13th, 2014 - November 1st, 2014
Posted 10/21/14

Have you ever fallen in love? Her face is open, unselfconscious, laughing. Framed by wash of blonde hair, the light sheen of sweat settles on her skin and both eyes beam, full of trust and free of tension. Here is unalloyed happiness on the face of a full-grown woman, a joy one rarely sees in adults. Of course, she’s looking at her love, the man holding the camera. As a love-story between this couple unfolds in scattered pictures, videos, and poems read aloud (each word a thud, but so c... [more]

20141009135649-i_am_violet Copper Pyramid and Promethean Fire   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kathryn Garcia, Joel Holmberg at Harmony Murphy Gallery September 19th, 2014 - November 8th, 2014
Posted 10/9/14

A copper pyramid skeleton on a white square contains a mirrored firepit with a purple flame. The subtle elements of Kathryn Garcia's sculpture in the courtyard of the newly opened Harmony Murphy Gallery downtown uses subtle, elementary materials to craft a metaphysical gathering place, borrowing aesthetically from the basic materials of minimalism with a presence drawn from the ethereal end of conceptualism. Dave Hickey wrote in his beautiful essay "Detroit Dharma Diva" in a Michael Werner catalog... [more]

20141005225740-themirandacover Miranda July's Curious Handbag Is Just For You   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/5/14

This is just for you. If every outfit you owned were cut to your body, every shoe shaped just for your foot, all the doorways in the house adjusted perfectly for your height. If in the fridge, your favorites things to eat filled the shelves, rare culinary delights and hearty comfort foods, prepared especial, ready to be placed directly into your mouth to let their deliciousness spread through your being and satisfy all possible hungers. You could never decide which was your favorite ice cream,... [more]

20140923045819-auerbach3 Nothing is Set in Stone   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lisa Anne Auerbach at Gavlak LA September 13th, 2014 - October 18th, 2014
Posted 9/23/14

The long stretch of Santa Monica where I once-upon-a-time commuted from a humble craftsman with more roommates than there were rooms to a chi-chi boutique where the diamonds in my charge were given more room to breathe than my fellow tuna-canned bus passengers pressed together in mutually unsatisfactory intimacy. The mood, demeanor, and politics of any given day were, to an extent, influenced by the mode of transportation that morning: bus, bike, lurchy pre-owned vehicle about the same age as m... [more]

Fall Previews: Ignoring All the Trends in LA, Amsterdam, and More   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/8/14

Los Angeles: No longer lonely (but maybe still a bit brutal) LA Editor Andrew Berardini with the run down of September openings across town The long languor of summer never truly fades in Los Angeles, but the heat simmers down just enough for the long sunsets to subside into cool nights, when prodigal travelers hurry home from sunstroked beaches and slaving artists vernissage across the city. Autumnal LA, though it certainly colors, hardly chills. Art exhibitions thickly dapple acr... [more]

20140904172728-hede No Longer Lonely (but maybe still a bit brutal): September Openings Across Los Angeles   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/4/14

The long languor of summer never truly fades in Los Angeles, but the heat simmers down just enough for the long sunsets to subside into cool nights, when prodigal travelers hurry home from sunstroked beaches and slaving artists vernissage across the city. Autumnal LA, though it certainly colors, hardly chills. Art exhibitions thickly dapple across this considerable town: Giuseppe Penone at Gagosian and Sam Falls at Hannah Hoffman on the 5th. On the 6th, Culver City unbolts with Ryan Mosley and Edgar Arcenaux at Susanne Vielmetter, Fay Ra... [more]

20140830073808-marsdenhartley1 Our Man in Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marsden Hartley at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art August 3rd, 2014 - November 30th, 2014
Posted 8/30/14

In a Marsden Hartley painting beats the dark heart of the twentieth century. The thin slice of globe-trotting work from 1913-1915 presaged some of the most ecstatic and iconic tropes to come. In a Marsden Hartley painting is the synthetic seed of Pollock’s urgency and John’s cool, detached symbology. Both men seemed to filch from Hartley’s rainbow palette, alternately whipped into creamy pastels or shot through with matte, inky blacks. The brief period straddling the outbreak of World Wa... [more]

20140728082555-b The Myth of Solid Ground   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Conaway, Kim Fisher, Pearl C. Hsiung, Shana Lutker, Florian Morlat, Jon Pestoni, Mungo Thomson, Mary Weatherford at The Pit: Exhibitions & Editions July 13th, 2014 - August 24th, 2014
Posted 7/28/14

Right now, my favorite London-based fashion blogger, Susie Bubble, is on holiday in Santa Monica. “Is it Blackpool? Great Yarmouth? No it's Santa Monica,” she writes. Right now, my best friend’s plane takes off from Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport en route to Poland by way of Israel. Right now, Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” repeats in my ear buds. Right now, I’m writing from a balcony overlooking a rocky jetty in the Pacific Ocean where on July... [more]

20140728165345-facein Mind the Gap: Between Art, Work, and Life   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/28/14

Art is what makes life more interesting than art. —Robert Filliou Sometime last fall, in a moment beyond reason, I took a two-hour bus ride to pick up a pair of $89 shoes that were then on sale for $14.99 at a Zara near the Santa Monica Pier. The bus ride was my penance for the deal, an enactment of the masochistic conflation of time with money. I read Chris Kraus' Where Art Belongs on the 704 as it lurched the long stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, jotting crooked notes along the... [more]

20140720045822-asp-wiener-johnny-cash-guitar Nostalgia and Gratitude, Brokenness and Redemption   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Henry Diltz, Walden S. Fabry, Henry Horenstein, Les Leverett, David McClister, Raeanne Rubenstein, Ethan Russell, Leigh Wiener, Elmer Williams, Michael Wilson at Annenberg Space for Photography May 31st, 2014 - September 28th, 2014
Posted 7/20/14

I only need one song to explain how I feel about country music: George Strait’s So Much Like My Dad. A modest hit in 1992, the tune’s not nearly as recognizable as Strait’s other classics. You’ll likely run into All My Exes Live in Texas, but probably not So Much Like My Dad. A few keys of the piano walk you into the song’s weather: the first few drops of an icy rain, a first snowfall. A brush hits the drumhead and somehow it’s cold. It hits a few more times a... [more]


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