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Art Criticism So Passé

In the line to vote, a woman from Guatemala is very proud to be voting Hillary and a guy from Silver Lake is very proud…
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Russin at LACE exhibition: “(en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project,” organized by Micol Hebron, 2016.

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Interview with Sarah Russin

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, located right in the middle of the Walk of Fame, isn’t just a rare example of a nonprofit contemporary art space…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang

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A Little Less Snobby

I became a Los Angeles artist about the same time Artillery became a Los Angeles art magazine. This 10-year anniversary issue naturally makes everybody wonder…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang

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Art & The Postmodern Work Ethic

I was wondering why everyone in LA always dresses and talks like they’re at work and stoned and then I remembered it’s because they probably…
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Zak Smith Selfie

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Selfie-Conscious

Self-portraits have been around forever and photos have been around longer than anyone now living. But selfies, I am going to argue, are their own…
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Installation at LAST Projects gallery by Xara Thustra, "Queer, Trans, Spaces," photo by  Ilona Berger.

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The Show/Installation/Party/Event/Space-Siege

So I was at this opening—or maybe it was an event. In a project space. Or maybe it was a party. There were paintings. It…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang.

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Vita Breva

In “Her Story” you watch a handful of video clips of a staged interrogation. You then have the option to type in searches for key…
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Illustration by Melissa Martell

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Fitting Art into Your Day

Art does not want us to look at art the way we are asked to look at art. Coming in, worried about making it in…
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Illustration by Alissa Yang

Yale Pit Crit

At the Yale School of Painting and Printmaking there is a pit. They called it a pit. There were discussions in the pit and they…
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The Eternal Space

The main point of a show in a nonprofit space isn’t profit—it’s you get to have an art party. There’s nowhere to sit and sometimes…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang.

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Movers and Shakers

In the middle of this issue where we talk all about the movers and the shakers, I think I should drop in a note saying…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang

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Q & A with Anuradha Vikram

Anuradha Vikram is a transcultural critic, curator and educator who’s worked with a variety of contemporary artists from around the world and I’m not. So…
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A Life in Art, LA Style

“I am for an art that embroils itself with the everyday crap and still comes out on top”—Claes OldenburgNearly everyone who has ever written about…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang.

DECODER: A Guide

A Guide To Artists Who Don’t Make Their Own Art

① Non-Dickheadsa) If 90 people are credited with making this art it’s okay because it looks like it might’ve actually taken 90 people to make…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang

DECODER: Shades of Fame

Get It While You Can

Art fame is a weird fame: I know artists whose work has been seen by millions who can’t pay the rent. I know artists with…
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Ilustration by Alisa Yang

Decoder: The Money Pit

Where art goes to die

The influence of money on art, you may have heard, is pernicious—or toxic, or corrupting or it is another word that means “bad.” Especially these…
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