Mickalene Thomas, “Do I Look Like a Lady?” 2016, ©Mickalene Thomas, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

Mickalene Thomas

MOCA Los Angeles

 In 2008, Michelle Obama commissioned Mickalene Thomas to paint her official portrait, the first portrait of a First Lady who is a person of color….
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Allison Miller, Corner, 2016, ©Allison Miller, courtesy of the Artist and The Pit Gallery, Los Angeles, photo by Jeff Mclane.

Allison Miller

The Pit Gallery

 Allison Miller’s oeuvre is firmly and unequivocally rooted in the painting tradition, and yet is built upon a conviction, evident in her output over the…
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Bruce Conner, A MOVIE, 1958, courtesy of the Conner Family Trust and Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, ©The Artist Rights Society.

Bruce Conner

Kohn Gallery

 In the darkened gallery, a single row of seats faces a large screen on which a series of images loop. These images run by in…
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Teresa Braun, O Let Me Weep, 2016, ©Teresa Braun, courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

Teresa Braun

Catharine Clark Gallery

In this era of information overkill, one may absorb endless volumes, yet the impact of each tale remains a solitary and private event, each word…
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James Hoff, Useless Landscape No. 41, 2016, courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts.

James Hoff

Callicoon Fine Arts Gallery

 Even in December, the trees on Delancey Street have a coppery glow. It is not the glow of fall foliage, not on a Lower East…
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Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren, Boat to Bird I (2014-2016). Photo by Jennie E. Park.

Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren

And/Or

Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren’s And/Or show at the University Art Museum, Cal State University Long Beach channels us toward Keats’ notion of negative capability, or…
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Prism Prison, oil, shellac-infused ink, graphite, gold leaf, rabbit skin glue on canvas, 60 x 72 x 2.5 in

Christina McPhee

Cerritos Art Gallery

I’m looking at Second Sight (2016) by Christina McPhee, which carries the same title as her solo exhibition currently on view at Cerritos Art Gallery….
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Diamond Sea (still), 1997, ©Doug Aitken, courtesy of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles.

Looking At Doug Aitken

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Exiting Electric Earth, Doug Aitken’s immersive, multichannel narrative installation first presented in 1999 and immediately confronting Twilight (2016), an eerie, translucent ghost-like freestanding replica of…
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Henry Taylor, Gettin it Done, 2016; ©Henry Taylor, courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

Henry Taylor

Blum & Poe Gallery

Henry Taylor has described his figurative painting, which is not infrequently straight portraiture, as landscape; and to press the point, he has taken the further…
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Sam Falls, Gravity, 2016; ©Sam Falls, courtesy of Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles.

Sam Falls

Hannah Hoffman Gallery

Visual affinities extend throughout Sam Falls’ solo exhibition at Hannah Hoffman, suggesting relationships between natural phenomena and man-made objects, while also developing a thematic unity…
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Miya Ando, Spectrum Aura, 2016; ©Miya Ando, courtesy of Lora Schlesinger Gallery.

Miya Ando

Lora Schlesinger Gallery

A descendent of samurai-era Bizen sword makers, Miya Ando was first introduced to metalworking as a child while living in a Japanese Buddhist Temple. In…
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Analia Saban, DANKE MERCI THANK YOU GRACIAS ARIGATO Plastic Bag, 2016.

Analia Saban

Mixografia Gallery

Through her show, “Paper or Plastic?”, at the innovative Mixografia studio, Analia Saban breathes new life into plastic grocery bags while highlighting their vapidity as…
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Carina Brandes, Untitled 162, 2014; ©Carina Brandes, courtesy of the artist and team (gallery, inc.), NY, LA.

Carina Brandes

Team (bungalow) Gallery

The black-and-white photographs of Carina Brandes, which capture her ritualistically enigmatic performances for a self-timed camera, suffer a paradoxical fate: they’re modestly powerful images grounded…
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Colette Robbins, Agenticity, 2016, courtesy of Larry Underhill and 101/Exhibit Gallery, Los Angeles.

Colette Robbins

101/Exhibit Gallery

Standing erect on pedestals, Colette Robbins’ seven skeletal sculptures twist and bend like limbs, frown and gape like skulls, and yet they are clearly not…
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Karla Klarin, A Loft on Mill, 1980; ©Karla Klarin, courtesy of Aviva Covitz and California State University Northridge Art Galleries.

Karla Klarins

California State University Northridge Art Gallerys

For over 35 years Karla Klarins has painted the built landscape, now presented in a survey exhibition entitled “Subdividing the Landscape.” In the early 1980s…
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Sadie Barnette, Untitled (FBI, Racial Matters), 2016; ©Sadie Barnette, courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco.

Sadie Barnette

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

While earlier exhibitions used horse racing as a point of departure and a metaphor, perhaps, for the handicapping aspect of the art world, “FROM HERE,”…
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