Lauren Greenfield, Xue Qiwen in her Shanghai apartment, 2005

Living Larger: Lauren Greenfield

"Generation Wealth" at Annenberg Space for Photography

In the earliest days of his unlikely, unfortunate campaign for president, billionaire Donald Trump declared in 2015: “Sadly, the American dream is dead,” adding special…
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Victor Moscoso, "'Incredible Poetry Reading,' Ferlinghetti, Wieners, Meltzer, Whalen, Welch, McClure, Ginsberg, June 8, Norse Auditorium," 1968. Color offset lithograph "animated" poster. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of the Gary Westford Collection, in Honor of Victor Moscoso and All the Poets. © Victor Moscoso Image Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Summer of Love Redux

Taking the Acid Test at de Young

When I moved to San Francisco to begin college nearly a decade ago, the refrain from Scott McKenzie’s 1967 hippie anthem “San Francisco” rang through…
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Hrafnhildur Arnar­dóttir, Nervescape VI, 2017.

Reykjavík in LA

Sights and Sounds of Iceland Infuse Disney Hall

The Reykjavík Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall presents an opportunity to experience a site-specific installation by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir and a film by…
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Jibade-Khalil Huffman
installation

Now More Than Always

Denver Artist Taylor Balkissoon Curates Gallerist Bedroom

When Hannah Black wrote in her open letter to the Whitney Biennial curators “it is not acceptable for a white person to transmute Black suffering…
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Kembra Pfahler

Warhol Icon Happening

Wild Times at The Broad's Summer Happenings

It feels like last summer was a long time ago. What with a year filled with electoral rage politics, acquitted police shootings of black people,…
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Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space

Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space

Hammer Museum

There’s a scene in Paul Greengrass’s 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum when former CIA operative Jason Bourne/Matt Damon kills a Moroccan man named “Desh” using…
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Pussy Riot Goes Hawaiian, Part 2

Pussy Riot Goes Hawaiian, Part 2

Artist/Fan Masami Teraoka and the Island of Dreams

Click Here for Part 1. Art Star and painter Masami Teraoka conceived of a collaboration with Russian performance collective Pussy Riot. These words document their…
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Pussy Riot Goes Hawaiian

Pussy Riot Goes Hawaiian

Artist/Fan Masami Teraoka Fulfills his Island of Dreams

Artist Masami Teraoka said, “Let’s make art!” and they did. Pure art rumbles, bubbles and springs forth, like the eruption of a magnificent geyser. As…
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Illustration by Lalo Alcaraz

Culture Clash

Militants, Artists Fail to Connect in Boyle Heights

Can art hurt people? In mid-February, I sat in Boyle Heights’ El Tepeyac café across from a revolutionary named A. and probed him with questions…
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Installation view, Jason Rhoades, My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage…, 2004; mixed media, dimensions variable; courtesy the estate, Hauser & Wirth and David Zwirner.

Jason Rhoades at Hauser & Wirth

At Home in the Neon Jungle

It’s true what they say. You can’t go home again—even if home is a neon jungle. Even if you’ve remade that neon jungle into your…
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Fridamoji

Luring Millennials into Museums

Shazam for Paintings

It used to be about the art. It used to be that seeing (and being told to step back from) a Picasso was enough. But,…
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Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever, 1966/1994, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,wood, photo by Cathy Carver.

Infinite Epiphany: Yayoi Kusama

Connecting The Dots And Auras

“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, is an ambitious show by any stretch of the imagination, boasting…
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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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Jami Porter Lara, 2016, photo by Geistlight Photography.

Water Bottle as Contemporary Artifact

Jami Porter Lara at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Jami Porter Lara stumbled upon both the subject and the medium of her current exhibition “Border Crossing” at the National Museum of Women in the…
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Personages, We Three, 2013, photo: M Lee Fatherree.

Cardboard Abstractions

Ann Weber: Sculpture

Most customers at Trader Joe’s have food on their minds. Not Ann Weber. While others grab favorite items off the shelves, the intrepid artist heads…
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