Monique Prieto

Monique Prieto

Monique Prieto‘s new paintings radiate magnetic simplicity. The abstractions in her elegantly spare show, “Luster,” glow as though lit from within. Each of the four…
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Kajahl, Baroque Classic III (2017), courtesy of the artist and Richard Heller Gallery.

Richard Heller Gallery:

Kajahl

Kajahl’s paintings vivify ancient statues, presenting them as dignified, mysterious multicultural personae. Embodying Western clichés from bygone eras, the characters in his current show titled…
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Linda Vallejo

Linda Vallejo

Linda Vallejo’s show titled “Keepin’ It Brown” affects an antique store atmosphere. Folksily arranged ceramic figurines stand atop pedestals. Walls are adorned with framed pictures…
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Lawrence Halprin

Lawrence Halprin

Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009) is renowned for his landscape architecture; but 28 drawings currently on view at Edward Cella indicate that he might just as adeptly…
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Neil Raitt

Neil Raitt

It’s amazing how much effort, skill and intellect Neil Raitt directs towards donning the ornate trappings of kitsch. Visitors enter his installation through a painstakingly…
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Simphiwe Ndzube, The Underwater People (2017), courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery.

Nicodim Gallery:

Simphiwe Ndzube

“Bhabharosi,” the title of Simphiwe Ndzube’s show and several works therein, is a neologism the artist coined from the words “barbarous” and “rose” in isiXhosa,…
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Emiliano Gironella Parra

Emiliano Gironella Parra

While Americans condemn Mexican lawlessness, much illegal drug trade south of the border is driven by U.S. demand. In his PST: LA/LA show titled “Artempatía”…
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Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez

Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez

County fairs usually aren’t noted for their art; but this year’s is an exception, with Millard Sheets Art Center hosting a fine PST LA/LA exhibition,…
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Salon of Beauty, 2011, cardboard, paper, site-specific installation commissioned by Rice Gallery, Houston, photo by Nash Baker

Ana Serrano Shifts her Latino Neighborhoods

Barrios de Cartón

Ana Serrano’s colorful cardboard sculptures of cityscapes and buildings, inspired by Latin American vernacular architecture, will be featured prominently this fall in two PST: LA/LA…
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Constance Mallinson, The Large B-lasst (detail), 2016, photo by Erick Mallinson, courtesy Jason Vass

Constance Mallinson

Jason Vass

Generally, rubbish is quickly dispatched and secreted from public consciousness—or at least ignored. Constance Mallinson, however, revels in discards’ improbable pulchritude while questioning society’s prodigious…
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Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe

Straddling all sorts of categories, Nick Lowe’s pictures are defined by their byzantine intermediacy between stretched canvases and works on paper, paintings and drawings, fanciful…
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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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