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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Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Kim Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel), 100% City, 2008-16, HD video, Installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 2017, Video concept & realization by Marc Jungreithmeier, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Brett Bollier

Who Will Eat Cake: Rimini Protokoll at MCASB

Bot Driven Performance Exposes Personal Polemics

This Spring, for the first time in the US, spectators can engage directly with the art and performance of the Berlin-based collective Rimini Protokoll (Helgard…
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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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The Trisha Brown Dance Company’s “In Plain Site”

The Trisha Brown Dance Company’s “In Plain Site”

at the Getty Center

Maybe every gesture that you make can birth a fresh way of living. Perhaps by merely looking over your shoulder, or touching the ground, you…
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Kerry James Marshall, School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012, photo by Sean Pathasema

The Many Shades of Kerry James Marshall

"Mastry" at MOCA

It’s cold. He looks even larger in his winter coat. He is a large man. Tall and broad-shouldered. In football, he might be a tight…
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Mauricio Cárdenas,  Make America White Again, acrylic on canvas, 2017

We Don’t Need No Stinking Wall

Mexican Artists Answer Trump

If there is anybody more unpopular in Mexico at the moment than President Enrique Peña Nieto, it is, of course, Donald J. Trump. After a…
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Video stills from Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera), 2012

Ana Teresa Fernandez Paints it Away

Border Dissolve

Five years ago, San Francisco–based painter, sculptor and performance artist Ana Teresa Fernández woke from a long night’s sleep with a sudden inspiration: She would…
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Mary Anna Pomonis and Allison Stewart at The Collectivists, Brand Library, photo by Simeon Soffer

Women on the Verge of a Cultural Breakthrough

Collective Hysteria

Kim Abeles’ studio doesn’t have enough chairs, so we have to sit in the adjacent gallery space at the front entrance of the building. Even…
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Nan Goldin: Diving for Pearls

Nan Goldin: Diving for Pearls

Nan Goldin, to borrow a phrase from her friend and fellow-artist David Wojnarowicz, has always lived and worked “close to the knives.” Her most recent…
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P.O.S performs, photo by Zoe Prinds-Flash.

The Water Bar is Open

Pouring H2O in the service of enlightenment

A lot has changed over the last two years in the world of water. The high level of lead found in children living in Flint,…
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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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Toba Khedoori: Making it your Own

Toba Khedoori: Making it your Own

Museum Guard Provides Insight at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“She’s famous for her use of negative space.” The security guard’s soft voice wafted over to me from the corner of the gallery. I stood…
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Baby Prince

Leo Garcia: My Alien Abduction

Highways Performance Space Gallery

Every now and then an artist pops above the horizon line with a private cosmology like the late Mati Klarwein whose Aleph Sanctuary in the…
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Courtesy Fundación Galería House of Gaga,
Photos by Omar Olguín

Zona Maco Art Fair Report

Latin American window from Mexico City

As every year, since 2004, Zona Maco, one of the most important Latin American art fairs, was carried last week in Mexico City with the…
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Hudson Marquez at La Luz de Jesus

Hudson Marquez at La Luz de Jesus

Hudson Marquez, alumni of the art group Ant Farm and creator of The Cadillac Ranch, wants to make your sex life better—and it’s not by…
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Stiofan O'Ceallaigh, Decisions Decision, 2016

Exploring the Queer Self

“How Do I Look" at Da Vinci Art Alliance

As of late, queer art exhibitions have been popping up all over America. One such art show is “How Do I Look?: Shifting Representations in…
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