Plate 134 from Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954–1994. © Estate of Ray Johnson, courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co.

Under the Radar: Ray Johnson

Musings about Nothing

Until his suicide in 1995, Ray Johnson was one of those fringe artists that most artists had heard about, but very few were familiar with….
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Emil Nolde, Blue Sea (Blaues Meer), circa 1914, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

RETROSPECT: Emil Nolde (1867–1956)

Indescribably Sublime, at LACMA

The inclusion of Emil Nolde in the excellent exhibition, “Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky” at the Los Angeles County Museum…
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David Hockney, “Yosemite I, October 16th 2011”
iPad Drawing printed on six sheets of paper (71 3/4 x 42 3/4” each),
mounted on six sheets of Dibond
143 1/2 x 128 1/4” overall
Exhibition Proof #1
© David Hockney

ART BRIEF: Multiplicity

Art in the Digital Age

I attended the opening of a show of the recent work of David Hockney at the L.A. Louver gallery titled “The Arrival of Spring.” These…
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Polly Morgan, The Fall, 2012, fiberglass, various taxidermy, silicone casts.


How I work

There are artists for whom the process of making art has become primarily a lucrative business: the brands of Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst come…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang.


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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VHS Nostalgia and TV CARNAGE

Five years ago, when news spread that Harmony Korine was shooting a feature on VHS, it was hailed as an ingenious use of a retro…
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Construction site at Bergamot Station. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne Gallery.


Bergamot Station; Huntington Library

BOON OR BUSTPost Rail Plan on Wrong Track at Bergamot “They’re basically destroying Bergamot Station,” says Wayne Blank, who holds the master lease on the…
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Fellini's La Dolce Vita



In a recent documentary called $ellebrity, we are treated to the spectacle celebrities face every time they try to leave their abodes. If a good…
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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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Martin Creed, “What’s the point of it,” installation view,work no. 1092,2011, Hayward Gallery. © the artist. Photo Linda Nylind

London Calling


Martin Creed’s new exhibition—he of the 2001-Turner-prize-winning-light-bulb-turning-on-and-off-fame—is witty, playful, occasionally insightful and often very irritating. The exhibition spans the entire Hayward gallery and ranges from a…
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©2013 Estate of Ad Reinhardt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

Under the radar

Looking at Ad Reinhardt

I don’t remember when I first ran across Ad Reinhardt’s dazzling, sarcastic collage comics—probably in the ’80s (around the same time I stumbled upon his…
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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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National Geographic, Kuwait, 1991, photo by Steve McCurry, courtesy The Annenberg Space for Photography


The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years

 The photographs at the Annenberg Space for Photography of National Geographic magazine are cinema-size, faces larger than life, their suffering and innocence unbearable but attached…
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I cannibali: It is a crime to remove the bodies

Bunker Vision

The overdue rediscovery of Liliana Cavani

It is often the case that an artist who creates a lifetime of strong work will be known for a single piece. One of the…
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