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Visitors to the MFA studio of Edie Fake during the USC Roski MFA program open studios event February 7, 2015. Photo by David Sprague.

The Troubles

Grad Students Flee USC Fine Arts

In the perennial discussion of which of the several distinguished art schools in Los Angeles is the best, the Roski School of Art and Design…

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The Future

The Future

Art Degree Optional

Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring…

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Example of the use of "punch tape" process in a 1960's advertisement


Design 102: Independent Studies

Given the conflation of mid-century modernist furniture design and improvised experimental music on invented instruments, I’m probably remembering correctly that it was Steve Roden who…

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Chuck Close, Self-Portrait II, 2011, oil on canvas


Is California’s Resale Royalty Act Doomed?

In May of this year, headlines trumpeted that the contemporary art auctions in New York hit a new record of over $1.2 billion in sales…

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Woronov (far right) on badminton team at Packer Institute for Young Women of Brooklyn, 1961.


School's Out...And In

School—the word alone makes me shiver. I was forced to go when I was five. “Forced” is an ugly, ugly word but sometimes it turns…

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Drawing by Will from Los Angeles.


Talent and Revisionism

Got Talent?Dear Babs, I painted this one week in 1969 and have barely lifted a brush since. Should I take it up again?  —Will, Los…

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The original naughty schoolgirls: The Belles of St. Trinain’s.


Hell’s Belles

The cliché of the naughty schoolgirl is so ingrained in Western culture that it’s hard to imagine a time before they existed. You can read…

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When Art Came to Los Angeles

Given the current narrative of Los Angeles art (dueling contemporary museums on Grand Street, hangar-sized prestige galleries in East LA, art openings timed to coincide…

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Art Reviews

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
Edith Beaucage, Rave Prose, 2015, Courtesy the artist and CB1 Gallery (Jay Oligny Photographer)

Edith Beaucage

CB1 Gallery / Los Angeles
Alison Frey Andersson, Adrift, 2015.


Kristen Morgin,The Bradys, 2015, Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, Courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills

Kristen Morgin

Marc Selwyn Fine Art / Los Angeles
Shana Lutker, Paul, Paul, Paul, and Paul, 2015, Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Shana Lutker

Susanne Vielmetter / Los Angeles
Julian Wasser, Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude (Eve Babitz), Duchamp Retrospective, Pasadena Art Museum, 1963, © Julian Wasser

Julian Wasser

Robert Berman / E6 Gallery / San Francisco
Michael Arcega, A Prih-Sohn Dancer’s Dream (Isolation chamber bedding and hanging object for beating), 2015

Michael Arcega

Johansson Projects / Oakland
Zoe Leonard, Analogue detail, 1998-2007, Courtesy of the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, the Fund for the Twenty-First Century, The Modern Women’s Fund, and Carol Appel.

Zoe Leonard

Hannah Collins, Thin Protective Coverings, 1986.

Hannah Collins

Camden Arts Centre / London
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