Jim Neel, Cost, 2016 ©Jim Neel, photo by John Michael Kohler Arts Center, courtesy of Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL.

Karen Graffeo/Jim Neel

Huntsville Museum of Art

“We are children of our landscape [which] dictates behavior and even thought,” writes Lawrence Durrell. It goes without saying, therefore, that a baneful “landscape”—defined in…
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Thomas Houseago, North Gallery Installation Shot, 2017 ©Thomas Houseago, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, photo by Fredrik Nilsen.

Thomas Houseago

Gagosian Gallery

The first and most physically imposing work in Thomas Houseago’s exhibition, “The Ridge,” on view at Gagosian Gallery, is Open Wall (Beautiful Wall) (2016). According…
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Laura Forman, Untitled, 2016 ©Laura Forman, courtesy of the artist and Sloan Projects, Los Angeles;

Laura Forman

Sloan Projects

Laura Forman’s debut solo show at Sloan Projects—a rather small collection of six new artworks that differ clearly from each other—induces curiosity and offers a…
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Michael Dopp, Capriccio 16, 2016 ©Michael Dopp, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Culver City, CA.

Egan Frantz / Michael Dopp

Roberts & Tilton Gallery

Egan Frantz’s show, “The Oat Paintings,” provides a possible opening into a discussion of the nature of political art: how we distinguish it from among…
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Rachel Lachowicz, “House Under Construction”, 2017 © Rachel Lachowicz, courtesy of Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles.

Rachel Lachowicz

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

For Rachel Lachowicz, lipstick—the actual infused-wax substance—has long functioned not simply as a gimmick, or brand, or even social signifier, but as a kind of…
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Orkideh Torabi, Help yourself!, 2016 ©Orkideh Torabi, courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Orkideh Torabi

Yes, Please & Thank You Gallery

In Orkideh Torabi’s caricatures of silly men, comedy and poignancy stealthily overcome the unsuspecting viewer. Midway through this exhibition, one is liable to titter aloud…
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Jill Mulleady, The Green Room, I (2017); The Green Room, II (2017), ©Jill Mulleady, courtesy of the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery, Los Angeles.

Jill Mulleady

Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery

Jill Mulleady’s new paintings offer an experience akin to tumbling down a rabbit hole into a mad and decadent party orchestrated by the Surrealists (is…
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Nathan Redwood, Untitled, 2016 ©Nathan Redwood, courtesy of Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles.
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Nathan Redwood

Jaus Gallery

Unexpected Portrait (2016) is a large-scale acrylic-on-canvas painting where a long tube-shaped orange line with dark edges glides across the work defining a cartoon-like head…
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Lauren DiCioccio, (l-r) Stick ‘Em Up, Lap, Cross My Heart, 2016, ©Lauren DiCioccio, courtesy of the artist and Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco.

Lauren DiCioccio

Jack Fischer Gallery

If Lauren DiCioccio’s chosen materials of fabric, thread and found objects at first appear playful and lighthearted, a closer look reveals the disturbing little works…
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Paul Anthony Smith, Kind Of Blue 2, 2016, ©Paul Anthony Smith, courtesy of ZieherSmith, NY.

Paul Anthony Smith

ZieherSmith Gallery

Paul Anthony Smith’s third solo exhibition at ZieherSmith represents an ultimately fruitful distillation, apparently in both the methods of his practice, and subsequently in the…
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Roy Lichtenstein, Wallpaper with Blue Floor Interior, 1992, ©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Gemini G.E.L., courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

Roy Lichtenstein

Skirball Cultural Center

The standard museum retrospective brims with artworks supported with biographical and thematic information. “Roy Lichtenstein: Pop for the People” brims with biographical and thematic information…
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Vijat Mohindra, from exhibition "Always Believe that Something Wonderful is About to Happen", 2016

Vijat Mohindra

MaRS Gallery

Well known as a fashion photographer, Vijat Mohindra has made a career of photographing artsy spreads and celebrity fashion shoots for glossy magazines. He is…
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Genevieve Gaignard, Vanilla Ice, 2016, ©Genevieve Gaignard and courtesy of Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles.

Genevieve Gaignard

California African American Museum

Although Genevieve Gaignard’s fair complexion and red hair enabled her to blend in with her white contemporaries while growing up in a Massachusetts’ mill town,…
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Erika Rothenberg, Don’t Go Alone, 1992, ©Erika Rothenberg, courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, photo by Michael Underwood

Erika Rothenberg

Charlie James Gallery

Erika Rothenberg’s “House of Cards” is as timely now as it was when it was first shown in 1992. In our changing political climate, Rothenberg’s…
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Mickalene Thomas, “Do I Look Like a Lady?” 2016, ©Mickalene Thomas, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

Mickalene Thomas

MOCA Los Angeles

 In 2008, Michelle Obama commissioned Mickalene Thomas to paint her official portrait, the first portrait of a First Lady who is a person of color….
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Allison Miller, Corner, 2016, ©Allison Miller, courtesy of the Artist and The Pit Gallery, Los Angeles, photo by Jeff Mclane.

Allison Miller

The Pit Gallery

 Allison Miller’s oeuvre is firmly and unequivocally rooted in the painting tradition, and yet is built upon a conviction, evident in her output over the…
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