Chris Barnard,White Hole, 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Chris Barnard

Luis de Jesus /Los Angeles

Contrary to certain art historical narratives, painting has never waned, but only been ever more rigorously interrogated—usually by the artists engaged with the medium. Chris…
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Corita with student, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, c. 1955. Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Los Angeles.

Rules of Engagement

Corita Kent and the Immaculate Heart College Approach to Art Education

The term, “mindful awareness,” is a buzz phrase in current therapeutic and meditation circles (and, as I discovered a year or so ago, the institutional…
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Liza Ryan, Dogtooth, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, Photo credit: Brian Forrest

Liza Ryan

Kayne Griffin Corcoran / Los Angeles

The catastrophic intersection of the man-made or engineered environment with nature may be the great subject of 21st century art. As the title of her…
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Tom LaDuke, Gloryhole, 2015.

Tom LaDuke

Kohn Gallery / Los Angeles

I try to avoid reading too much into titles of paintings because they can rarely be more than the most tenuous captions for something effectively…
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Sotheby’s Managing Director Maarten ten Holder introducing Andrea Fiuczynski (center) as West Coast Chairman during the Los Angeles reception featuring highlights from the Spring 2014 sales in New York, March 24, 2014.

Auction House MVP

Andrea Fiuczynski Looks Toward Profitability

The auction market, and in particular the salerooms of the two major auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, have long been a proving ground for the…
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James O. Clark, Tibia Plateau, 1993–2011. Photo courtesy of ltd los angeles and photographed by Jeff McLane.

James O. Clark

LTD Los Angeles

The show’s title, “1993 to 2011,” gave some indication of the artist’s preoccupation with the relative ‘curve’ of time; but that was scarcely half of…
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From the Missa Solemnis performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on January 9, 
courtesy Mathew Imaging.

Word & Music Made Architectural

Finn Ross’ Vision for the LA Philharmonic

There were moments in the recent James Darrah directed production of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of the Beethoven Missa Solemnis, conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas…
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Hello Kitty x Lady Gaga Plush Dress, 2009, photo by Markus + Indrani, styled by GK Reid.

Blur and Conquer

How Hello Kitty Made Pets of Us All

In case you didn’t notice, Hello Kitty invaded Los Angeles in November. If you were anywhere near Little Tokyo, you could scarcely escape the impression…
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John Baldessari, Miu Miu Fall-Winter 2014-15 défilé front row, February 2014

The Postconceptual Multimedia

When Art Met Fashion

Is fashion the medium of the moment? I’m not talking about haute couture or luxury ready-to-wear fashion design. Since the ascendance of Conceptualism, the means…
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Samara Golden, “Thank You,” 2014.

ALL GROWN-UP: Made in L.A.

Made in L.A. Reflects Breadth and Maturity

Climate experts have yet to advance their science to a point where we might seriously contemplate climate management, but if they ever do, they might…
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Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller’s Greatest Work of Art: Herself

Anything for a Laugh

I always thought that Phyllis Diller’s public/comic persona (the hair, the toothy smile, the A-line dresses and feathery accessories, gloves, booties, cigarette and holder) was…
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Philippe Vergne, Photo by Peter Gregoire, courtesy MOCA

To Protect & Serve: Philippe Vergne

New director Philippe Vergne relies on conversations and trust

The word he kept returning to was “conversation,” which, under less pressing circumstances, might have described our interview, except that Philippe Vergne, MOCA’s new director,…
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Marisol Rendón, “So Dragons Do Exist?” installation detail, courtesy  Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Profile: Marisol Rendón

The Toxic Elixir of Hope

As I meandered through Marisol Rendón’s installation, “So, Dragons Do Exist?” at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles gallery last summer (this was before I had…
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