There’s Still Art: Astrid Hadad

There’s Still Art: Astrid Hadad

REDCAT’S Live Art LA/LA series at the Mayan Theater

On Thursday evening, when performance artist Astrid Hadad began telling a glitter-bombed, sombrero-wearing rubber chicken that everything would be okay, I remembered that there was…
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Kerry James Marshall, School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012, collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, photo by Sean Pathasema.

Artillery Best in Show 2017

Staff Writer Ezrha Jean Black Picks the Top 10 Highlights from a spectacular year of gallery and museum shows

The experience of art in Los Angeles is always both very specific to its localized encounter and acutely conscious of its engagement with the world….
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Kandis Williams, Esophagus Pin Up, 2016, courtesy Night Gallery.

Theory and Experience in the Work of Kandis Williams

Cutting Edge Dissociation

At Kandis Williams’ studio, sparse and white with tall ceilings and drywall divisions, her studio neighbor Orion Martin and I sit and talk with her…
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Judith F. Baca, Documentation of Vanity Table, a performance for the exhibition “Las Chicanas: Venas de la Mujer” at the Woman’s Building, September 1976, Woman’s Building Records, 
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.

Three PST shows tell it like it is

In the mainstream, queerness has a way of being pushed into the shadows, forced back into the closet. It happens all around us, especially in…
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details from Sergio O’Cadiz' Moctezuma, Fountain Valley Mural, 1974–76; destroyed 2001; Calle Zaragoza, Colonia Juarez, Fountain Valley.

Culture Coverup: L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege

Chicana/o Erasure and Endurance in Los Angeles

Just as there is a certain metaphysical link between acknowledging one’s existence and looking in the mirror, there exists a similar link between the acknowledgement…
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Scherezade Garcia, In My Floating World, Landscape of Paradise from the series Theories on Freedom, 2011, courtesy of the artist and the Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, New York.

Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at MOLAA

Landscapes of Beauty and Oppression

Years before the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” was initiated, the Museum of Latin American Art was exploring Latin and Latino culture. Its previous 2011–12…
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Wang Guangyi 
Mao Zedong: Red Grid No. 2, 1988, M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong.

Report from New York

Art and China After 1989 at the Guggenheim

China had its first major avant-garde exhibition in 1989, which was also the year of the Tiananmen protests. The exhibition “Art and China after 1989:…
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Tetsuo Ochikubo, All Things Exist, c.1960–70, oil on canvas, Honolulu Museum of Art, bequest of Patches Damon Holt, 2003, ©2017 Reproduced by Permission of Jeanie Ochikubo and Estate of Tetsuo Ochikubo.

AbEx East Influences

FIELD REPORT: HONOLULU, HAWAII

“Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West” is a new exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii seeking to revisit and, in…
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Wendy Red Star, Spring, from the series “Four Seasons,” 2006, courtesy of the artist.

Tectonic Shift at Nevada Museum of Art

Exhibition "Unsettled" Reorients to “Greater West”

Perhaps the best way to think about “Unsettled,” the ambitious fall exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, is from a planetary perspective. As a…
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Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 1999, 70 glass lamps, courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York

The Problem with Jorge Pardo

Is it Art, and If So Does it Matter?

This past August I decided to brave the coastal traffic to make a visit to the Lux Art Institute near San Diego. I was on…
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Cosey Fanni Tutti in Ritual Awakening, Zap Club, 1986

Zak Smith in conversation with Cosey Fanni Tutti

Strange Forms of Discipline

You find out about Cosey Fanni Tutti’s various bodies of work by rumor or implication—did you know that someone once did this? Did you know…
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Meet Vaginal Davis: Film Scholar

Meet Vaginal Davis: Film Scholar

Vaginal Davis is one of the better examples of somebody who mixes life with art. Her activities include performing, curating, composing, painting and writing. From…
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Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens in Luis Valdez’s La Bamba (1987), ©1987 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., All Rights Reserved, courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Latin Nights

The Academy Joins PST with “From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967–2017”

Half the population of Los Angeles is now Latino, but its signature industry, the film business, fails to include a significant number of Latinos in…
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Rubén Ortiz Torres, Alien Toy (La Ranfla Cósmica), 1997, kinetic sculpture, video projection, dimensions variable, collection of Tom Patchett, courtesy of Track 16, Los Angeles.

Beyond Escapism

Science Fiction’s Alternate Worlds

Apocryphal notions, like northern superiority and European “discovery” of land already populated, pervade the Western Hemisphere. Even before Thomas More’s 1516 book Utopia, our so-named…
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installation view

Richard Turner: Air Becomes Breath

Santa Ana College Art Gallery

What do we have when those closest and dearest to us pass away and what do we do with the things that were once theirs?…
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photo courtesy of Carolina Restepo at La Mama Experimental Theater Club.

Karen Finley at REDCAT

Taking on the (Art) World

Karen Finley’s The Expanded Unicorn Gratitude Mystery unfolds similarly to a dream that makes complete logical sense when experiencing it, but is difficult to piece…
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