Elena Shtromberg

RECONNOITER

Elena Shtromberg

Elena Shtromberg is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Utah. She is co-curator (with Glenn Phillips, curator and head of modern and…
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SIGHTS UNSCENE

SIGHTS UNSCENE

Service workers at Regen Projects opening, Los Angeles, 2017

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IN THESE TIMES

IN THESE TIMES

Eileen Cowin

  It’s Too Hot Not to Cool Down, 2017          
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“Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum,” photo 
by Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Marciano Art Foundation.

SHOPTALK

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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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982

RETROSPECT

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88)

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 Untitled painting of a skull looks like a prison that can barely contain all the rage, anger and fierce memories that drive…
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George W. Bush, José E. Santiago, Specialist, United States Army, 1999–2006.

DECODER

Please Move Over George W. Bush

The art world is in a genteel panic—reliable work isn’t selling, galleries are moving and closing, Andrea Rosen has said she’ll no longer represent living…
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Chris Burden's Through the Night Softly, 1973 performance for TV consumption. [Never did art cross boundaries...]

SHOPTALK

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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Ivanka Trump with her Richard Prince piece.

ART BRIEF

Ivanka Dearest

President Trump’s proposed plan for a $54 billion increase in the defense budget would be paid for by drastically cutting many agency budgets, including the…
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C.M. Coolidge, A Friend in Need, 1903.

UNDER THE RADAR

Less Art Accountant

The He-Man Action Movie Appreciation Society meets regularly to interrogate promising high-budget mainstream shoot-’em-ups in the context for which they were designed—big, loud movie theaters….
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Norman Rockwell, At the Doctor’s, 1958.

RETROSPECT

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)

Yes sir, every Saturday, the Post magazine would come to our door and I would squeal silently with delight because on the cover was yet…
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A Monster: Painting machine from What a Way to Go.

BUNKER VISION

The Mainstream Gaze

One of the best ways to gauge how the mainstream views artists is by looking at the movies. Before people associated artists with money, artists…
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GUEST LECTURE

GUEST LECTURE

Kenny Scharf

  “Home exterior decorating tips: What to do with excess plastic toy trash!”          
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SIGHTS UNSCENE

SIGHTS UNSCENE

LA Art Book Fair at MOCA

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Steve and Pam Nagler, photo by Christopher Michno.

RECONNOITER

Pam and Steve Nagler

In the 1980s, Pam and Steve Nagler founded the performance ensemble Shrimps, which toured nationally and performed locally at venues like LACE. Over the years…
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GUEST LECTURE

GUEST LECTURE

Susan Silton

  LOOK FOR SPECIAL EDITION POSTCARDS BY SUSAN SILTON INSIDE OUR MARCH/APRIL 2017 ISSUE Susan Silton, Delivery Systems, 2017 A special edition for Artillery consisting…
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Alice Neel, Nazis 
Murder Jews, 1936

DECODER

Whatever You Were Doing, It Didn’t Work

If you ever said fine art was a political act, you were wrong. Consciousness-raising—as art’s broad project, as an abstraction somehow implied in the diversions…
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