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Illustration by Melissa Martell


Fitting Art into Your Day

Art does not want us to look at art the way we are asked to look at art. Coming in, worried about making it in…

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Danh Vo, Untitled, Coca-Cola, 2011. Sotheby’s New York.


All That Glitters is Not Gold

In April I received a catalog for Sotheby’s May 2015 contemporary art auction with a cover image of a cardboard Coca-Cola crate embossed in gold…

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Joanne Heyler, photo by Adrian Gaut.


Joanne Heyler

Joanne Heyler is the founding director of The Broad museum and director and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation. She has been Eli Broad’s…

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Judy Chicago’s December 1970 Artforum advertisement.

Amelia Jones: The Politics of Identity

Art Historian as Social Activist

Considering the degree to which historians live in the past, Amelia Jones may not be what you’d expect. Confronting cultural biases relating to the politics…

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Shiri Mordechay, "Pneuma Pleats," 2010, installation detail, Ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper with wire, thread and mixed media, dimensions variable.

Shiri Mordechay Deals with Darkness

Cinema of the Brain

During her childhood in provincial Nigeria, Shiri Mordechay recalls traversing roadways littered with human skulls, glimpsing live babies discarded in trash cans and being spellbound…

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Jen DeNike Thriller, 2015, from upcoming project "If She Hollers."

All-Female Cast

Gallery focuses on women-only shows for one year

This September, LA gallerist Anat Ebgi launched an unheard of exhibition program committed to featuring only female artists for an entire year: a concerted effort…

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Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, River of Fundament, 2014, production
still, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, © Matthew Barney,
photo by Hugo Glendinning

Mooned River: Matthew Barney

One Wild Ride

Where do you start with a six-hour operatic extravaganza on sex, art, alchemy,  reincarnation and the decline of the American auto industry, drenched in melodrama…

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Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, River of Fundament, 2014, production
still, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, © Matthew Barney,
photo by David Regen

Mooned River

Barney’s Glory, Mailer’s Ghost

Trying to communicate the plot of Matthew Barney’s recent, nearly six-hour opera, River of Fundament, makes me feel like the SNL character Stefon …“The movie…

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Art Reviews

John McAllister, Molten Once Shed Such Chiming, 2015, courtesy of Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles


Jamison Carter, Sol, 2015, courtesy of Klowden Mann, photo by Lee Thompson

Jamison Carter

Klowden Mann / Los Angeles
Clayton Campbell, Selfie Self Satisfaction Dance Before Dinner, 2015

Clayton Campbell

Coagula Curatorial / Los Angeles
Candice Lin, Female Penis/Beast of Burden, 2015, courtesy of the artist and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, image credit: Jeff McLane.

Candice Lin

Francois Ghebaly / Los Angeles
Chris Barnard,White Hole, 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Chris Barnard

Luis de Jesus /Los Angeles
Mark Jenkins, The Bird Watcher, 2015, Photo credit: Theonepointeight Photography

Mark Jenkins

Fabien Castanier Gallery / Los Angeles
Cynthia Minet, Pack Dogs, 2013, part of the “Unsustainable Creatures” series, Image: Juan Rojas/USC Fisher Museum of Art.

Cynthia Minet

USC Fisher Museum / Los Angeles
Alexandra Grant, I was born to love not to hate (1), 2014, Courtesy of the Artist, Photo credit: Brian Forrest

Alexandra Grant and Steve Roden

Pasadena Museum of California Art
Francesco Igory Deiana, Untitled (Haptic 05), 2015, photo courtesy of CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions.

Francesco Igory Deiana

CULT/Aimee Friberg / san francisco
Rocío Rodríguez, Fevered Night, 2015, Photo credit the artist and courtesy Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

Rocio Rodriguez

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts / New York
Gopal Dagnogo End of an Era No. 4, 2014.

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”

Richard Taittinger Gallery / New York
Liza Ryan, Dogtooth, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, Photo credit: Brian Forrest

Liza Ryan

Kayne Griffin Corcoran / Los Angeles