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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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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Stella Installation at de Young

Stella Still Intriguing

Frank Stella at the de Young Museum, San Francisco

Half or more of the best new work in the last few years has been neither painting nor sculpture. —Donald Judd, Specific Objects 1965 When…
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From performance, Taking Stock in Yourself, at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, photo by Michael Niemetz, 2014

Molly Jo Shea: Driven By Fear

Performances that Make you Laugh and Feel

Los Angeles performance artist Molly Jo Shea knows that you’ve got some genuine feelings, you’re just scared to reveal them. If you attend one of…
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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.


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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