Osceola Refetoff, Desert Vista Cinco CA, 2009

Osceola Refetoff: A Room with a View

Fresh Eyes on the Desert

An austere flat horizon is blanketed by intensely blue sky and bracketed by the remnants of an orange window frame, its rectilinear quiet slyly evoking…
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Daniel Joseph Martinez, IF YOU DRINK HEMLOCK, I SHALL DRINK IT WITH YOU or A BEAUTIFUL DEATH; player to player, pimp to pimp. (As performed by the inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade), 2016, courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA.

BEST IN SHOW 2016

LA's Top Ten Shows

“My name is called Disturbance,” as Mick Jagger sang in “Street Fighting Man,” and as 2016 careened into 2017, many of us wondered where exactly…
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Melanie Pullen, Phones, 2005.

Melanie Pullen: Pictures of Passion

The Photographer Talks About Insomnia, Ace Gallery and her Soda Pop Boys

Melanie Pullen invites me into her sunny apartment as she cleans up from a party the night before, “This is why I left New York!”…
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Hanksy, Dump Across America, © 2016 by DumpAcrossAmerica.com.

Taking a Trump

Political Caricature That Keeps you Regular

It’s worth considering why it’s so easy to caricature Donald Trump. He looks strange—with his fake tan, anus-like pout, signature comb-over—topped with a bright red,…
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Mel Chin, The Tie That Binds (at LACMA facing southeast), 2016, photo by Amanda Wiles.

Mel Chin: Xeriscape LA

The Future of Water

Mel Chin’s latest public art project in Los Angeles, The Tie that Binds: MIRROR of the FUTURE, was initiated last summer during CURRENT: LA Water,…
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Marc Horowitz, photo by Stefan Simchowitz, 2015.

Marc Horowitz

More Than Just Clowning Around

Marc Horowitz has shifted in the past few years from his early work, bridging performance, social practice, entertainment and social media, into the more traditional…
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Little Towns, 2016, oil on canvas, 36 x 34 inches. ©Laurie Fendrich, courtesy of Louis Stern Fine Arts.

Laurie Fendrich

"Thinking About Art"

If you are familiar with Laurie Fendrich’s work, you know that the artist is a New York–based painter of vibrant geometric abstractions that strike a…
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Guy Richards Smit on The Grossmalerman! Show set, photo by Charlie Gross.

Guy Richards Smit

Contemplating Comedy and Painting Onstage

How do we put this?  A Guy’s gotta paint!  And the Guy who’s gotta paint has clearly gotta be obsessed about it!  And maybe a…
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detail from Pride In Our Neighborhood, 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade, Los Angeles, photo by Papillion

Lauren Halsey

Neighborhood Funk

When I first saw Lauren Halsey’s work-in-progress during her residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, I was stupefied. The installation was genuinely a new…
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Cloud House, by Matthew Mazzotta

FIELD REPORT: Springfield, Missouri

Matthew Mazzotta's Cloud House

The grassy plains of southern Missouri came into view as the plane prepared to land in Springfield, a small city on the edge of the…
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Xenobia Bailey, Sistah Paradise’s Great Wall of Fire Revival Tent,1993-ongoing, cotton and acrylic yarn, metal frame, electrical tape, shells, courtesy of the artist.

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado

Curator’s Approach to Race and the Body as a Political Site

I recently interviewed curator Rocío Aranda-Alvarado of New York’s El Museo del Barrio at the opening of Site Santa Fe’s current biennial, “Much Wider Than…
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LIVEARTILLERY presents Guy Richards Smit

LIVEARTILLERY presents Guy Richards Smit

Screening of The Grossmalerman! Show at Ace Hotel DTLA

NYC VISUAL & PERFORMANCE ARTIST GUY RICHARDS SMIT The Grossmalerman! Show   November 11,  FRIDAY, 8 p.m. Ace Hotel Downtown LA 929 S Broadway, LA…
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Dynasty Handbag at the Hammer

Dynasty Handbag at the Hammer

She's still here with her full-blown crazy

Jibz Cameron, the performance artist and poet of female panic who goes by the moniker Dynasty Handbag, is trying to make more user-friendly work. Cameron…
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Charles Atlas' film

Head-bopping Enjoyment at The Broad

The Nonobject(ive) Summer Happenings are over

In his 2011 book Normal Life, law professor and trans-activist Dean Spade writes of the wide-ranging goals of trans-resistance, a political awakening that fights against…
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Ed Moses in his studio, photo by Rob Brander, courtesy William Turner Gallery.

Top 10 Lists

Ten. It’s our number for this issue as we enter our 10th year of publication. So we thought it would be fun to put together…
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Night Gallery opening, photo by Eric Minh Swenson.

Grappling with Globalism

Connecting and Collecting in the Webbed World

The downtown Los Angeles arts district has been evolving, somewhat in tandem with adjacent downtown districts, since at least the 1980s. There was a stabilizing…
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