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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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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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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