Recent Articles

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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The Eternal Space

The main point of a show in a nonprofit space isn’t profit—it’s you get to have an art party. There’s nowhere to sit and sometimes…
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Life after Andy: Edie Sedgwick, 1970, film still from Ciao Manhattan.


Leftover Superstars

One of the things that always troubled me about Andy Warhol’s legacy was the matter of people who got elevated and left behind. It is…
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Illustration by Petra Larsen

ASK BABS: Exposure

Etiquette for Artful Living

UNDEREXPOSEDDear Babs, Please help me. I am currently living in a desolate land and deprived of adequate art exposure (and God knows how I love…
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Berthe Moriset, Girl in a Green Coat, 1894, courtesy M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans.


New Orleans

A trip to New Orleans is a voyage through time, through a history thick with contradictory layers, heated by much tragedy and some absurdity. Hurricane…
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Jane Morris and the Pomegranate, 1874. (detail)


Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)

To attempt to improve upon nature can mean creating a monster, something we are quite accustomed to in the plastic surgery industry, as we are…
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Fabien Castanier


Fabien Castanier

Fabien Castanier is a native of Paris, where he previously worked in the TV and film industries. He moved to LA in 2002 to focus…
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Art Reviews

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
Eric Wesley, New Realistic Figures (Sleeping): Confucius, 2015. Photo courtesy the artist and 356 S. Mission Rd.

Eric Wesley

356 S Mission Rd / Los Angeles