Pacific Standard Surreal – A wish list

Pacific Standard Surreal – A wish list

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA; the must-see; the hot mess; and coping with climate change

The big news yesterday was The Getty’s roll-out of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.  (And you thought they were going to just let go of that…
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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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