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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Defaced mural by Ms Saffaa; photo credit Twitter/Ms Saffaa.

CURFEW

Do Two Wrongs Make an Alt-Right?

Melbourne street artist Ms Saffaa painted and wheat-postered a wall with a Muslim feminist protest mural. The collage of Saudi artists and activists shared the…
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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), The Bedroom, 1889, The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bart­lett Memo­rial Col­lec­tion.

RETROSPECT

Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom

When I first saw a reproduction of The Bedroom I thought, Oh my God, this guy has so few clothes. Later I altered my assessment…
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BUNKER VISION

BUNKER VISION

We Have a Situation

Trying to actually define The Situationists is a slippery business. The more people who weigh in on what they were about, the more confusing it…
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ASK BABS

ASK BABS

Etiquette for Artful Living

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Dear Babs, I’m thinking about leaving the U.S. and moving to Berlin because this country is about to…
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Women's March LA, photo by Scarlet Cheng.

SHOPTALK

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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SIGHTS UNSCENE

SIGHTS UNSCENE

Women's March LA

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Danielle Brazell, photo by Monica Orozco.

RECONNOITER

Danielle Brazell

Danielle Brazell is the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. Today the DCA has…
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film still

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad is one of the unlikeliest figures to be the subject of the kind of late-career historical recontextualization that authenticity-starved hipster youth have made…
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CURFEW

CURFEW

The Urban Art of the Deal

In a post-truth world, what are the value of words? Intuition beats brags of sexual assault.  140-character tweets trump columns of The New York Times…
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