Postscript:  Paris Photo 2014

Postscript: Paris Photo 2014

It's all about the key light (and space and moment)

What makes a fair work?  (Of any kind, really:  a question out of Merchant Capitalism 101—or even Trade 101.)  The merchants and the goods are…
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Incognito 2014, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Incognito 2014, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Unknown Knowns. Unknown Unknowns, and Fresh Beauties

After ten years, the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Incognito benefit has become a fixture on the L.A. art world calendar; and although I don’t…
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The Foire Next Time:  Paris Photo Los Angeles and FIAC

The Foire Next Time: Paris Photo Los Angeles and FIAC

Los Angeles edition of FIAC to debut alongside Paris Photo L.A. in May 2015

Paris Photo is in town; and although there are rumors afoot that it will be the last edition of the fair to be exported to…
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The suits pontificate while the carrion rot.

Arcadian Elegies for a Drone Democracy

Paul Taylor Dance Company, March 11, 2014, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

The 60th anniversary tour of the Paul Taylor Dance Company has provided an occasion for the revisitation or revival of a number of classic Taylor…
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The Moments He Illuminated:  Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

The Moments He Illuminated: Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

Before I was a child of Hollywood, the place, I was a child of Hollywood, the dream factory and its ancillary cultural machinery.  That meant…
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Into the Widening Gyre

Into the Widening Gyre

Collapse: A Post-Ecological Requiem – by Daniel Corral, for Timur and The Dime Museum – March 27, 2014, REDCAT

How will the end of the world play out?  With a bang or a whimper?  With mournful lamentation or furious dies irae?  Vengeful and wrath-laden…
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Still Howling – Ron Athey

Still Howling – Ron Athey

Sebastiane 1992-2014 (Hammer Museum, March 13, 2014)

I wasn’t even sure I would be admitted to the room where most of the performance took place.  There was a small throng gathered in…
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Heart of Darkness – Britten’s Billy Budd

Heart of Darkness – Britten’s Billy Budd

Los Angeles Opera – through March 16, 2014

From its troubled (I almost want to say stuttering) conception and creation, through its earliest publication – barely stitched together, edited, revised, corrected, re-edited –…
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Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Taryn Simon’s “Birds” – and what they dropped in my morning coffee

Was that a review I just read or did the snooze alarm go off again?  The way they box up the art reviews in the…
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Transformer

Transformer

Austin Young’s “Makeovers!” at The Good Luck Gallery

Where are the drag queens (or kings, jacks, and aces of spades or 3’s of clubs, for that matter) of yesteryear?  Or simply the troupes…
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An Evening with Jeff Koons and John Waters

An Evening with Jeff Koons and John Waters

The Dark Side of A Shiny Dog

[Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, February 24, 2013]  ‘The best defense,’ as the old saying in legal and sporting circles goes, ‘is a good offense.’  John…
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