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EDITOR’S LETTER

January-February 2017


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Dear Readers  Happy New Year! Last October I was invited to moderate a panel titled: “Is Art our Last Safe Place?” The general topic was whether... Read More

Molly Jo Shea: Driven By Fear

Performances that Make you Laugh and Feel


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Los Angeles performance artist Molly Jo Shea knows that you’ve got some genuine feelings, you’re just scared to reveal them. If you attend one of... Read More

Osceola Refetoff: A Room with a View

Fresh Eyes on the Desert


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An austere flat horizon is blanketed by intensely blue sky and bracketed by the remnants of an orange window frame, its rectilinear quiet slyly evoking... Read More

BEST IN SHOW 2016

LA's Top Ten Shows


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“My name is called Disturbance,” as Mick Jagger sang in “Street Fighting Man,” and as 2016 careened into 2017, many of us wondered where exactly... Read More

Melanie Pullen: Pictures of Passion

The Photographer Talks About Insomnia, Ace Gallery and her Soda Pop Boys


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Melanie Pullen invites me into her sunny apartment as she cleans up from a party the night before, “This is why I left New York!”... Read More

Taking a Trump

Political Caricature That Keeps you Regular


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It’s worth considering why it’s so easy to caricature Donald Trump. He looks strange—with his fake tan, anus-like pout, signature comb-over—topped with a bright red,... Read More

Mel Chin: Xeriscape LA

The Future of Water


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Mel Chin’s latest public art project in Los Angeles, The Tie that Binds: MIRROR of the FUTURE, was initiated last summer during CURRENT: LA Water,... Read More

CURFEW

The Urban Art of the Deal


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In a post-truth world, what are the value of words? Intuition beats brags of sexual assault.  140-character tweets trump columns of The New York Times... Read More

Dave Tourje

Maverick Mindset at Work


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The famous physicist Richard Feynman once said, “Men should study hard what interests them in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” Dave Tourje... Read More

GUEST LECTURE

Harry Gamboa Jr.


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 Since 1933, the 6th Street Bridge stood as the iconic landmark that connected Boyle Heights to downtown Los Angeles. In 2015, the official proclamation of... Read More

UNDER THE RADAR

HyperNormalisation


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I first became aware of the remarkable documentarian Adam Curtis a few years ago, when I stumbled across The Century of the Self, a four-part... Read More

DECODER

Art Criticism So Passé


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In the line to vote, a woman from Guatemala is very proud to be voting Hillary and a guy from Silver Lake is very proud... Read More

BUNKER VISION

Paradigm Shifters


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“Scientists are saying that the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted.” So says Krysta Now in the underrated film... Read More

ASK BABS

Etiquette for Artful Living


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HOW MANY TIMES? PAINTING IS NOT DEADDear Babs, I’ve been noticing more and more galleries focusing on figurative paintings. As a painter myself who has... Read More

SHOPTALK

Santa Fe Art Colony; LA Louver; LA Art Fairs; Coachella Art Bienniel


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HELP SAVE SANTA FE ART COLONYThe Santa Fe Art Colony Tenants—some 80 working artists —recently had a close call. Theirs is the only rent-restricted artists’... Read More

SIGHTS UNSCENE

Art Fair Worker


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DEAD OR ALIVE: Jack T. Chick

Chickmate?


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RECONNOITER

Carolyn Merino Mullin


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Carolyn Merino Mullin is the Founder And Executive Director of The Animal Museum whose new space opened December 3rd in the heart of LA’s Downtown... Read More

RETROSPECT

Beauty is Not Truth; Now I Know All That


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We talk about this art and that art, and then we either start seeing influences or start making them up. A popular one is the... Read More

Roy Lichtenstein

Skirball Cultural Center


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The standard museum retrospective brims with artworks supported with biographical and thematic information. “Roy Lichtenstein: Pop for the People” brims with biographical and thematic information... Read More

Vijat Mohindra

MaRS Gallery


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Well known as a fashion photographer, Vijat Mohindra has made a career of photographing artsy spreads and celebrity fashion shoots for glossy magazines. He is... Read More

Genevieve Gaignard

California African American Museum


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Although Genevieve Gaignard’s fair complexion and red hair enabled her to blend in with her white contemporaries while growing up in a Massachusetts’ mill town,... Read More

Erika Rothenberg

Charlie James Gallery


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Erika Rothenberg’s “House of Cards” is as timely now as it was when it was first shown in 1992. In our changing political climate, Rothenberg’s... Read More

Mickalene Thomas

MOCA Los Angeles


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 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.... Read More

Allison Miller

The Pit Gallery


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 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... Read More

Bruce Conner

Kohn Gallery


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 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... Read More

Teresa Braun

Catharine Clark Gallery


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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... Read More

James Hoff

Callicoon Fine Arts Gallery


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 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... Read More

ON OUR COVER: Tom Knechtel

January/February 2017


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Tom Knechtel is one of the top ten “best of Los Angeles” shows in 2016, selected by staff writer Ezrha Jean Black. Read More

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