MILF AS MUSE

MILF AS MUSE

John Currin’s recent exhibition, “New Paintings,” at Gagosian

It is difficult to imagine John Currin’s work adorning walls more modest than those of the uptown Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan. Currin’s  subjects have become…
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Mike Kelley and Michael Smith 
“A Voyage of Growth and Discovery”, 2009, 
mixed-media installation, multi-channel 
video, sound installations and sculpture.

Burning Man of Love

Mike Kelley and Michael Smith Discover Meaning in the Desert

Though the annual festival known as Burning Man has received the occasional serious sniff from the art world, my overall anecdotal accounting of the festival…
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Zak Smith, photo by Tyler Hubby, 2009.

My Lunch with Zak Smith

A conversation about sex, food and art

This interview took place December, 2009, at the restaurant in Los Feliz at Fred 62. Zak ordered the spaghetti. Find this article in our Jan/Feb…
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Sergio Messina

Sergio Messina

The Margaret Mead of Internet Porn

IT’S true of the digital times that libido drives technology, but according to my friend Sergio Messina, porn is not only the engine of the…
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All Her Children

All Her Children

High Glitz Becomes High Art In Susan Anderson's Photographs

It was two years ago when I first saw Susan Anderson’s photographs at an art fair in New York. They were images of little girls…
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Let’s Go To The Movies

Let’s Go To The Movies

McCarthy And Son And The Usual Suspects

Pirates received its Los Angeles premiere at REDCAT recently: a visual and aural multi-screen feast/assault that covered all four walls of the theater. The audience,…
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Andres Serrano; Piss Christ (Immersions),1987; Photo: Andres Serrano, Courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert Paris, New York

Art Ceases to Desist

ANDRES SERRANO: From Piss To Shit

With today’s digital era so rich in explicit displays of virtually every aspect of the human experience — including amateur exhibitions of bodily functions beamed…
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Kerrry James Marshall, Vignette 13, 2008.

Kerry James Marshall

Owning the Past, Claiming the Present

This article originally appeared in our November/December 2008 issue on Everyday Politics:   In a text written for this show and displayed on one of…
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Photo by Rainer Hosch

First Lady Love

Sarah Ferguson's Infatuation with Hillary Clinton

It all started with a dream. “I was in a small library, and she opened the door. She put her file folders down and pinned…
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Mouvement Portfolio #3 (Mary Maenad), 2005; detail

No Beauty, No Truth

Mike Kelley’s new film wallows in the ugly

Mike Kelley’s first feature length movie takes place mainly at a high school. Cheery bright classrooms are full of 30-year-old sloppy students. Auditoriums stage assemblies…
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