South of the Border Down Tijuana Way

South of the Border Down Tijuana Way

24-Hour Arty People

Tijuana’s most famous contribution to art is the painting of zonkeys: combining donkeys with zebras so the pale Equus would stand out in black-and-white photographs….
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Mar’s Warped Drives

Mar’s Warped Drives

Cenotes and worm holes inspire paintings

Mar is sitting in his Marina Del Rey studio, wearing a pair of ripped, paint-splattered jeans. Behind him is the largest piece featured in his…
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Fridamoji

Luring Millennials into Museums

Shazam for Paintings

It used to be about the art. It used to be that seeing (and being told to step back from) a Picasso was enough. But,…
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Defaced mural by Ms Saffaa; photo credit Twitter/Ms Saffaa.

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Do Two Wrongs Make an Alt-Right?

Melbourne street artist Ms Saffaa painted and wheat-postered a wall with a Muslim feminist protest mural. The collage of Saudi artists and activists shared the…
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The Urban Art of the Deal

In a post-truth world, what are the value of words? Intuition beats brags of sexual assault.  140-character tweets trump columns of The New York Times…
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Street Art Fair @ Jeff Hamilton Studios

The Ethos of the Street

If MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” (2011) exhibition was Disneyland, Jeff Hamilton Studios’ “Street Art Fair” was… not the Vegas Strip… Downtown Vegas? Fremont Street?…
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Robbie Conal  posters in Los Angeles, June 2016, photo by Thomas Mignone.

LA Street Artists

You've Seen 'em Around Town...

1. BeccaBecca Midwood embraces the sometimes lost connection between children drawing on walls and urban artists doing the same. Signed in lower case—becca—her wheat-poster/chalk creations…
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"Dennis Hopper: Double Standard” at the Geffen, July, 2010.

Worst Shows of the Last 10 Years

We try to forget, but some we just can't...

1. Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress LACMA (Winter 2014)The exhibition version of the “promoted article”—adjacent to LACMA, advertised on the museum’s site, but…
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Save America & Mr. Fish

Robert Berman Interview

Artillery contributor Josh Herman interviews Robert Berman at his eponymous gallery about art and politics. Berman’s art focuses on making sure Donald J. Trump doesn’t…
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Jeremy Couillard, Screenshot captured from the virtual reality program, “Out of Body Experience,” 2015, 8-minute duration.

Deep Dreams

Photography’s Shape-Shifting, High-Tech Identity

Jeremy Couillard says that the pleasure of working with virtual reality (VR) is that he can move away from “a deceitful world I deeply wish…
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3D-printed refugees, (father-son pair from Rwanda) sit on a wall in Amsterdam.

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Agitprop in 3D

Urban art is the great equalizer. With the rise of spray-painting and wheatpostering, the public is no longer forced to visit museums and see what…
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Elixir the Rebirth, mural by Patrick Henry Johnson at Stocker and Crenshaw Streets, Los Angeles. Photo by Meg Madison.

Afro Rising

Defining the Backbone of LA

Step off the Metro line at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King in 2019, and the first thing you’ll be greeted by is the Baldwin Hills…
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Mark Jenkins, The Bird Watcher, 2015, Photo credit: Theonepointeight Photography

Mark Jenkins

Fabien Castanier Gallery / Los Angeles

John Baldessari once said that art should make you stop and look as you’re crossing through a museum. Mark Jenkins’ sculpture-installations certainly break one’s forward…
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Fast Food Art

Fast Food Art

No Escape, It's Everywhere!

How often have you found yourself saying, “I would bring my business here, if only they had more generic, mall-safe, focus-group chosen art on the…
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Blank Wall of China

Asians make up 10.7% of Angelenos, but you’ll need the combined fortune of all of Chinatown’s good-luck golden cats to find .1% of Asian graffiti….
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