Charles Atlas

The 57th Venice Biennale: Old with the New

I have had the opportunity to visit the Venice Biennale on numerous occasions. In reflecting, I realize that what makes one trip stand out over…
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Joseph Dumbacher and John Dumbacher, "line-of-site," installation view. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Alan Shaffer.

Santa Monica College:

Joseph Dumbacher and John Dumbacher

In “line-of-site,” Joseph Dumbacher and John Dumbacher have crafted an installation about geometry and perception. It is minimal and simultaneously maximal, suggesting expansive possibilities with limited materials….
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Fran Siegel, Lineage through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil (2015–2017), Suspended Drawing: pencil, pigment, gold leaf, string, and collage on cut drafting film, scrim, cyanotype, sewn and printed fabric. Leaves: porcelain. Length (drawing): 10.97 m. Commissioned by the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Collection of the artist. Photo: Don Cole.

Fowler Museum at UCLA:

Fran Siegel

There are two points of entry into Fran Siegel’s exquisite exhibition, “Lineage Through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil.” One is purely visual: admiring the unique way…
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Nature Self-Portrait #10, 1996, gelatin silver print

The courageous photography of Laura Aguilar

Natural Beauty

Every morning I wake up and see At Home with the Nortes (1990). In this black-and-white photograph, a family sits in the living room watching…
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Jim Shaw, The Wig Museum, installation view at the Marciano Art Foundation, 2017, photo by Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy Marciano Art Foundation

Jim Shaw

Blum & Poe; Marciano Art Foundation

In his short video Tales from the Wig Museum (2017), on view at Blum & Poe gallery, Jim Shaw appropriates the style of the opening…
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Dean Byington, Reconstruction (2017), courtesy of the artist and Kohn Gallery.

Kohn Gallery:

Dean Byington

Simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar, utopian and dystopian, Dean Byington’s complex canvases are the result of a meticulously refined process that is both digital and analog. Byington begins…
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Thompson & Craighead, Apocolypse, 2016, ©Thompson & Craighead, courtesy of the artists, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London, and Young Projects

Thomson & Craighead

Young Projects

Wake Me Up When It’s Over is a compelling and timely installation featuring selected works from 1998–2016 by the London-based duo Thomson & Craighead. Jon…
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Dean Monogenis, Long Gone (2017), courtesy of the artist and Walter Maciel Gallery.

Walter Maciel Gallery:

Dean Monogenis

Dean Monogenis destroyed nine paintings putting them on display in a work entitled Black Hole. Feeling the need to purge, Monogenis selected older pieces from the gallery’s…
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Nathan Redwood, Untitled, 2016 ©Nathan Redwood, courtesy of Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles.
2016

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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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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Diamond Sea (still), 1997, ©Doug Aitken, courtesy of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles.

Looking At Doug Aitken

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Exiting Electric Earth, Doug Aitken’s immersive, multichannel narrative installation first presented in 1999 and immediately confronting Twilight (2016), an eerie, translucent ghost-like freestanding replica of…
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Timothy Paul Myers in collaboration with Andrew Barnes, The Living Room, 2016, ©Timothy Paul Myers & Andrew Barnes, courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles.

Barry Anderson, Timothy Paul Myers, Andrew Barnes

Walter Maciel Gallery

Constructed spaces, both virtual and actual, link the works of Barry Anderson and Timothy Paul Myers (in collaboration with Andrew Barnes). In the front galleries,…
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