Desert X installation view 
of Phillip K. Smith III, The Circle of Land and Sky, 
2017, photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy of the  artist, Royale Projects and Desert X.

Coachella Hosts Desert X

Things Out West

Desert X, we love the name of this art biennial out in the Coachella Valley—“X” as the unknown, the sexy, the je-ne-sais-quoi factor. There is…
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Chris Burden's Through the Night Softly, 1973 performance for TV consumption.

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Mike Kelley Foundation; Art Palm Springs; Burden: The Doc

Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Eight recipients have just been named by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to receive their Artist Project…
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Gregory Michael Hernandez, Ghost Window Chapel

The Joshua Treenial 2017: Event Horizon

More Desert Art

Okay, not to be completely overshadowed by Desert X—which takes place in Coachella Valley, the Low Desert—the Joshua Treenial will be returning to the High…
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Women's March LA, photo by Scarlet Cheng.

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Revolution; MOLAA; Gallery Moves; LA Fair Report

Revolution in the Making “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the…
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Santa Fe Art Colony courtyard gathering.

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Santa Fe Art Colony; LA Louver; LA Art Fairs; Coachella Art Bienniel

HELP SAVE SANTA FE ART COLONYThe Santa Fe Art Colony Tenants—some 80 working artists —recently had a close call. Theirs is the only rent-restricted artists’…
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Installation by Christopher Reynolds; Photo by Gintare Bandinskaite

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Now Be Here; Hospital Pop-Up; Gallery Moves

POP-UPS WORTH YOUR WHILE Hospital Happening and a TraphouseKudos to art consultant John Wolf for throwing together one of the most ambitious and giddy art …
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Sky Ladder, 2015, courtesy of cai studio

FILM: Sky Ladder

The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

It is now official: awe is an essential human emotion. Yes, awe—a sense of wonder at something that is greater or beyond any single individual….
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Gerard O'Brien

RECONNOITER

Gerard O'Brien

Gerard O’Brien founded The Landing a year ago and is the owner of Reform Gallery in Los Angeles, a store that quickly became a leading…
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Davida Nemeroff and Mieke Marple of Night Gallery, photo by Tyler Hubby

Women Gallerists

Top Female Gallery Directors in LA

1. Shoshana Blank: She and husband Wayne Blank run one of the mainstays of Bergamot Station, Shoshana Wayne Gallery.2. Kimberly Davis/Elizabeth East: Two directors of…
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"Accumulation: Searching for Destination” by Chiharu Shiota 
from Galerie Daniel Templon.

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Art Basel; Current LA; Photo LA; Unions for Adjuncts

ART BASEL IS BIGThe Big Mama of Art FairsArt Basel is big, very big. The main event is on two levels of a circularly designed…
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SFMOMA Gets an Art Recharge

SFMOMA Gets an Art Recharge

And So Does San Francisco Art Scene

Shutting down a major museum for three years of expansion may seem like suicide, but the newly reborn San Francisco Museum of Modern Art proves…
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Façade of Gagosian Gallery in San Francisco, ©M-PROJECTS, courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

SF Art Gets Pumped More

Gagosian and Pace galleries

The new, the now, the influential SFMOMA is creating a bit of a ripple effect. I am happy to report that Art Market San Francisco,…
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Expo Line at Bergamot Station

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Bergamot; COLA Awards; Herb Alpert Fellowship

BERGAMOT STATIONFor Real… and it’s LouderLos Angeles adds to very necessary public transportation with seven additional stops on the Expo Line, with runs from downtown…
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Chiharu Shiota's installation @ AB's Unlimited section, "Accumulation:  Searching for Destination."

Notes from Basel

Exciting, and exhausting...

Art Basel is serious business, with some 280 galleries taking part—most of them on two floors of Building 2 at the Messeplatz, Basel’s sprawling convention…
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AI WEIWEI, Study of Perspective, 1995-2012, 2014

Ai Weiwei

Haines Gallery / San Francisco

Artist Ai Weiwei takes himself down a notch before you can with the title of his Haines Gallery show, “Overrated.”  The works are largely reiterations…
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Jenni Sorkin at HW&S, photo Leo Cabal Photography/Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

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Interview with Jenni Sorkin; New CAAM Director; PST; Orange Blossoms

LIVELY UP LA ARTS DISTRICT INTERVIEW WITH  JENNI SORKINHauser Wirth & Schimmel launched with a bang on Sunday, March 13, opening its doors in a…
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