Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Mecalux Retro-fit: Framework for Incremental Housing, installation view, 2017, ©Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, courtesy of the artists and OCMA

2017 California-Pacific Triennial

Orange County Museum of Art / Newport Beach, CA

“Building As Ever,” the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, investigates the economic, political and social forces that affect the built…
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Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, The Evanesced #107, 2016, © Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, courtesy of the artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

California African American Museum / Los Angeles

The figures are in motion, contorted, double-jointedly bending over themselves—so confused with playing multiple roles that a single, consistent identity becomes, at best, elusive and…
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Star Montana, Sandra, 2017, © Star Montana, courtesy of the artist and the Main Museum, photo by Elon Schoenholz

Star Montana

The Main Museum / Los Angeles

In exquisite large-scale photographs, figures of hope, variously tinged with the pain of day-to-day reality, exude optimism, gazing upward and confidently looking straight at the…
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Grace Hartigan, The King Is Dead, 1950, Permanent Collection, Snite Museum of Art,
University of Notre Dame, 
Estate of Grace Hartigan.

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Palm Springs Museum of Art

Abstract Expressionist painting remains one of the most pivotal and enigmatic art movements of the 20th century. Its continued influence on current abstract painting can…
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Chris Antemann, Forbidden Fruit Dinner Party (detail), 2013, Meissen Porcelain®, image courtesy of MEISSEN®

Chris Antemann

Crocker Art Museum / Sacramento, CA

The term forbidden fruit nowadays refers to mere guilty pleasures, but it once designated the fatal, tragic fruit of knowledge—knowledge of sex, or course, being…
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Like a Bird, 1984, ©Richard Deacon, courtesy of the artist, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, and the San Diego Museum of Art

Richard Deacon

San Diego Museum of Art

Forty-three works in an expansive range of media highlight Richard Deacon’s versatility in a broad yet uneven survey of the British sculptor’s art from 1979–2016…
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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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Broken Language Installation, Courtesy Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles

Broken Language

Shulamit Nazarian

A black rain cloud hangs at the doorstep of Shulamit Nazarian’s compelling group show, “Broken Language.” The rain cloud—No Pressure (2016) by Wendy White—is a…
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Frank Romero, The Arrest of the Paleteros, 1996, courtesy of Cheech Marin, image courtesy of Cheech Marin.

DREAMLAND: A Frank Romero Retro

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

Chicano art is at once a unified cultural expression and an ever-changing record of social and geographic situation. But regional inflections invariably emerge—and, certainly in…
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Andy Moses, The Deep, 2005, ©Andy Moses, photo by Alan Shaffer

Andy Moses

Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery

The origins of Color Field—one of the more intriguing forms of contemporary abstract painting—seem to lie in 19th-century Romanticism, particularly in a few radically reductive…
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EJ Hill, The Necessary Reconditioning of the Highly Deserving, 2017, installation view, ©EJ Hill, courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, photo by Ruben Diaz.

EJ Hill

Commonwealth & Council

Emblazoned in cursive neon light, the affirming phrase “we deserve to see ourselves elevated, as well as grounded” guides EJ Hill’s installation of objects and…
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Arne Quinze, Saint Helena, 2016, ©Arne Quinze, courtesy of DENK Gallery

ARNE QUINZE

DENK Gallery

Arne Quinze’s jubilantly comely show, “Jungle Cities,” propounds fundamental questions about the problematic relationship between culture and nature. These questions align with the artist’s generally…
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Danial Nord, Sleeper, 2017; ©Danial Nord, image by Will Tee Yang.

Masculine-Feminine 

UCI Beall

Given the current political climate, one in which President Donald Trump in February withdrew Federal guidelines allowing transgender students to use restrooms matching their chosen…
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Thompson & Craighead, Apocolypse, 2016, ©Thompson & Craighead, courtesy of the artists, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London, and Young Projects

Thomson & Craighead

Young Projects

Wake Me Up When It’s Over is a compelling and timely installation featuring selected works from 1998–2016 by the London-based duo Thomson & Craighead. Jon…
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Peter Zaleski, Boulders 2-Joshua Tree, 2016, courtesy the artist

Peter Zaleski

LA Artcore

Long dedicated to an elegant abstraction reliant on repeated forms and broken, almost prismatic, visual fields, all rendered in limpid colors, Peter Zaleski has recently…
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Matt Kleberg, Bats Out Of Hell, 2017, ©Matt Kleberg, courtesy of the artist and Johansson Projects.

Othello/Kleberg

Johansson Projects, Oakland

“Knock-Kneed and Bow-Legged,” on view at Oakland’s Johansson Projects, stakes out territory in a harsh but brilliant realm where contradiction is the order of the…
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