Hot Time, Summer in the City

Hot Time, Summer in the City

Group shows are like parties: overarching themes can help ensure memorable experiences; but sometimes the most engaging are those where unexpected connections form fortuitously among…
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Like a Bird, 1984, ©Richard Deacon, courtesy of the artist, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, and the San Diego Museum of Art

Richard Deacon

San Diego Museum of Art

Forty-three works in an expansive range of media highlight Richard Deacon’s versatility in a broad yet uneven survey of the British sculptor’s art from 1979–2016…
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Jessie Homer French, Road Kill (again) (1998), courtesy of the artist and Various Small Fires.

Various Small Fires:

Jessie Homer French

Jessie Homer French’s paintings nullify categories like sophistication and naiveté; embodying aspects of both, they fit into neither. As implied by the show’s title, “Food…
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Maxfield Parrish  1870-1966), Waterfall, c. 1930

Fabulous Tales

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Injecting one or more inane Star Wars puns into a discussion of George Lucas’ proposed museum would be de rigueur; but I’ll abstain. It is…
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Arne Quinze, Saint Helena, 2016, ©Arne Quinze, courtesy of DENK Gallery

ARNE QUINZE

DENK Gallery

Arne Quinze’s jubilantly comely show, “Jungle Cities,” propounds fundamental questions about the problematic relationship between culture and nature. These questions align with the artist’s generally…
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Installation view, Jacob Ciocci, “Show #28,” And/Or Gallery, Pasadena

Jacob Ciocci

One doesn’t quite know how to act inside Jacob Ciocci’s deliberately underwhelming installation. The artist has transformed And/Or Gallery into a bland arena that feels…
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Daniel Pitín, Limit Shapes (2016), courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery.

Nicodim Gallery:

Daniel Pitín

Daniel Pitín’s paintings allegorize the uneasy tension between our mortal individuality and the cold cardboard abyss of the computerized world. Most works in his current…
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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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Rolnik in his gallery

The Secret Life of Daniel Rolnik

Phase II: Art World as Stage

Attending a Daniel Rolnik event, you’ll encounter many bizarre characters, Rolnik being the most amusing. I met Rolnik four years ago at a party in…
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Analia Saban, DANKE MERCI THANK YOU GRACIAS ARIGATO Plastic Bag, 2016.

Analia Saban

Mixografia Gallery

Through her show, “Paper or Plastic?”, at the innovative Mixografia studio, Analia Saban breathes new life into plastic grocery bags while highlighting their vapidity as…
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Diana Thater at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, USA, 2015. Production still from ART21’s series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8, 2016. Cinematography: Scott Anger. © ART21, Inc. 2016.

National Telecast Spotlights LA Artists

Season 8 Art in the Twenty-First Century airs this Friday

This coming Friday, September 23, at 9 P.M. ET, PBS will air an hour-long Los Angeles-themed episode, the third installment of a four-episode block called…
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Velveteria

Eclectic Museums

Kitsch and Quaint Abound

1. Museum of Jurassic Technology (9341 Venice Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232)From its name to its introductory slideshow to its lighting to its exhibits to…
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Daniel Rolnik at his gallery.

Off the Grid Art Venues

Top 10 Weird, Unusual Los Angeles Spaces

1. Obsolete Despite its overall ambience of musty, bizarre creepiness, this synergetic cross between antique shop and contemporary art gallery somehow manages to convey a…
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