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Illustration by Melissa Martell


A New Philosophy of Shorts

  There are few sights more ridiculous than a grown man wearing a pair of shorts.  Back in my day, grown men simply did not…

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In the nude room with Alex Schaefer and model.

Live! Nude! Paint!

A Night with Alex Schaefer

Last Sunday, instead of curling up to watch an episode of Orange is the New Black and calling it a night, I headed to Venice…

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Façade of the Magoski Arts Colony.

Alternative Orange

Scenes Behind the Curtain

The artistic landscape behind the orange curtain—aka the Orange County line—is vastly different from that of Los Angeles with its numerous galleries, studios, co-ops and…

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Skira Martinez of CIELO. Photo by Eric Minh Swenson.

Skira Martinez

CIELO: Holding Up the Sky

“People come and can’t find the building.” Skira Martinez smiles. “‘There’s no sign! Where does it say CIELO?’ They have an image in their mind…

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Tyler Vlahovich, Elmo Event, 2015, Sharpie on mylar balloon, from Los Angeles Museum of Art’s project space.

Laurel Doody & LAMOA

An Apartment that's not an Apartment and a Museum that's not a Museum

Alongside Los Angeles’ mainstream exhibition spaces, an eddy of alternative art venues swirl for a time, submerge and disappear, enjoying varying degrees of notice. A…

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Jennifer Steinkamp, Gender Specific, 1989, installation at Bliss.

Spaces of Times Past

Shape Shifting

After I received my MFA in the early ’90s, this country was in the midst of a serious economic downturn and alternative gallery spaces were…

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Chris Burden, Shoot, 1971, ©Chris Burden Studio, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.


Chris Burden (1946–2015)

Nearly all of Chris Burden’s numerous and generally laudatory obituaries include in the title or first line, “…the artist who had himself shot.” Beyond the…

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My Afternoon with Ed

I’ve come to know Ed Moses as a result of a friendship with his son, artist Andy Moses. In the last few years Ed became…

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Art Reviews

Nordic Pavilion Detail

Some Faves and Some Suck

Impressions of the 2015 Venice Biennale
William Pope.L, Reenactor, 2012, video still, courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

William Pope.L

Geffen Contemporary / Los Angeles
Charles Gaines, Librettos: Manuel de Falla / Stokely Carmichael, Set 1, 2015. Printed ink-stained paper and lightjet print on acrylic. Diptych, 36 × 27 × 3 in. each; 36 × 56 × 3 in. overall. Courtesy of the artist; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo by Josh White.

Charles Gaines

Art + Practice / Los Angeles
Ed Templeton, Man Waters Lawn, Suburbia, 2014, Acrylic on panel
30 x 47 in (76.2 x 121.29 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.

Ed Templeton

Roberts & Tilton / Los Angeles
Tom LaDuke, Gloryhole, 2015.

Tom LaDuke

Kohn Gallery / Los Angeles
Adrian Ghenie, Self Portrait in Winter, 2015.

Adrian Ghenie

Nicodim Gallery / Los Angeles
Carol Es, Ladder to Dad, 2014.


Shulamit Gallery / Los Angeles
Phyllis Green, Red Hat, 2015, Courtesy of the artist and LAM Gallery, photo credit: Ave Pildas.

Phyllis Green

LAM Gallery / Los Angeles
Gail Tarantino, From Dim to Bright-Henrietta, 2015.

Gail Tarantino

Fouladi projects / San Francisco
Reza Aramesh, Action 143-21, 2015, courtesy Leila Heller Gallery, New York.

Reza Aramesh

Julia von Eichel, Untitled (collapsing), 2014, photo by Adam Reich.

Julia von Eichel

Lucien Terras Inc. / New York
L.J. Roberts, We Couldn’t Get In. We Couldn’t Get Out, (2006-7)

“Alien She”

Orange County Museum of Art