The Square

FILM: The Square; Lady Bird

Avoid: The Square; Must See: Lady Bird

In the new Swedish film The Square directed by Ruben Ostlund, Christian (Claes Bang ) is the hip and handsome chief curator of X-Royal, a…
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Cryptic PST Billboards

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PST Buttons; Comings & Goings; New York, New York

BUTTON UP At the opening of “Circles and Circuits” at the Chinese American Museum on Sept. 19, visitors rushing into the show picked up small…
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Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens in Luis Valdez’s La Bamba (1987), ©1987 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., All Rights Reserved, courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Latin Nights

The Academy Joins PST with “From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967–2017”

Half the population of Los Angeles is now Latino, but its signature industry, the film business, fails to include a significant number of Latinos in…
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Ashley Shaw, photo by Johan Persson

Dance: The Red Shoes

Ahmanson Theatre

The Red Shoes (1948) is perhaps the most famous dance film of all time. Sumptuously shot in Technicolor and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric…
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Installation view of Anna Maria Maiolino, August 4–December 31, 2017 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

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PST; New Art Press; Wine & Moses; Comings & Goings

PST & NEW ART PRESS OK, Stalwarts, here comes… ARTMAGEDDON 3! That is, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, with some 70 arts organizations participating, plus about…
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L-R: Stephenie Soohyun Park and Angela Lin in the world premiere production of “King of the Yees.” Photo by Craig Schwartz.

“King of the Yees”

at Kirk Douglas Theater

What is Chinatown, and what does it mean to a younger generation who can’t even speak Chinese?  The play “King of the Yees” (through August…
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Vicuna Samnang

CURRENT EVENTS: documenta 14

Report from Kassel, Germany

Every five years the sedate city of Kassel, Germany, launches an art expo that attempts to capture the zeitgeist of our times, documenta. This 14th…
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FILM: Manifesto

FILM: Manifesto

A film by Julian Rosefeldt

The film Manifesto speaks in the voice of the 20th century, when manifestos meant something—a time when the latest artist or art movement stormed the…
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“Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum,” photo 
by Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Marciano Art Foundation.

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Marciano Art Foundation; NEA Revisited; RIP ACME; Alpert Awards

NEW MUSEUM IN TOWN Welcome Marciano Art Foundation on Wilshire Boulevard! It’s the new museum that features the contemporary art collection of Paul and Maurice…
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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. [Never did art cross boundaries...]

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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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