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20150526170335-lauren_e I Like Big Butts and I Can Not Lie?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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 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 is somet... [more]

20150520164322-m2014_67 The Enduring Issues of Non-Western Exhibitions in the West   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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-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 enclav... [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 antici... [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 colla... [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 ver... [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 af... [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 care... [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 catalo... [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, so... [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 me.... [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 dappl... [more]


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