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JULY/AUGUST 2016 

 

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EDITOR’S LETTER

July/August 2016


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Dear Readers   This is our summer issue, an issue that has become the one I’m not sure matters. It’s summer! Who cares about work? Who cares... Read More

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SFMOMA Gets an Art Recharge

And So Does San Francisco Art Scene


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Shutting down a major museum for three years of expansion may seem like suicide, but the newly reborn San Francisco Museum of Modern Art proves... Read More

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Seismic Shifts on the SF Gallery Scene

DoReMi New Arts District


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In San Francisco’s downtown gallery district, one building, 49 Geary Street, once held the greatest concentration of the best galleries—over 20 on five floors. With... Read More

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SF Art Gets Pumped More

Gagosian and Pace galleries


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The new, the now, the influential SFMOMA is creating a bit of a ripple effect. I am happy to report that Art Market San Francisco,... Read More

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Down on the Farm with Martin Creed

Country Life


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Hauser & Wirth have galleries in Zurich, London, New York and now Los Angeles, but in rural Somerset, England, Iwan and Manuela Wirth have created... Read More

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Nicole Eisenman’s Allegorical Possibilities

Stop Making Sense


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By way of a smallish retrospective at the New Museum titled “Al-ugh-ories,” and a major exhibition of new paintings at Anton Kern Gallery “Magnificent Delusion,”... Read More

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Barn with a Metropolitan View

Cornelia Parker's Skyline take on Hopper and Hitchcock


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Could that structure perched uneasily on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art be from the set of a horror movie, or is it... Read More

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The Feminine Nonfigurative

Modern Sculpture by Women at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel


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“Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculptures by Women, 1947–2016” inaugurates the sprawling new complex recently opened by Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in downtown Los Angeles’... Read More

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Astract Animation

Christian Marclay at Fraenkel Gallery


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Street photography is one of the great genres of modernist photography, peaking at mid-century with the work of Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand, Helen Levitt and... Read More

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No Chrismas at Ace

Storied LA Dealer Ousted from Longtime Gallery


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Even as the commercial side of the LA art world appears to be reaching historic heights, one of the titans of the local scene has... Read More

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Op-Ed: Agnes Martin at LACMA

Why Mental Health and Sexuality Matter


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Agnes Martin, the great Abstract Expressionist painter (1912–2004), believed in cosmic connection. She labored over her famous grid paintings almost her entire professional life, except... Read More

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Craft Revolution

Bringing Folk Art Back to the People


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The Craft and Folk Art Museum—its unlikely frontage peering mischievously over Museum Row—has in the last few years come to the forefront of the LA... Read More

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GUEST LECTURE

Squeak Carnwath


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A SIMPLE LIST1. It’s simple really,    to paint is to trust.    To believe in our instincts; to become.2. Painting is an investigation of being.3. It... Read More

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DECODER

Art & The Postmodern Work Ethic


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I was wondering why everyone in LA always dresses and talks like they’re at work and stoned and then I remembered it’s because they probably... Read More

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UNDER THE RADAR

Mapping the Ruins


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The mighty Atlas Press—London-based purveyors of “pataphysical texts,” Dada documents, Viennese Aktionist manifestos, and Oulipo anthologies—has reissued a legendary art book that uses a tabletop... Read More

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SHOPTALK

Bergamot; COLA Awards; Herb Alpert Fellowship


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BERGAMOT STATIONFor Real… and it’s LouderLos Angeles adds to very necessary public transportation with seven additional stops on the Expo Line, with runs from downtown... Read More

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BUNKER VISION

Midnight in Tel Aviv


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There was a recent article about the waning attendance at churches that featured a striking drop quote from a lad who went to a Catholic... Read More

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RECONNOITER

Aram Moshayedi


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Aram Moshayedi is a curator at the Hammer Museum. He organized “Made in L.A. 2016” with Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator, Renaissance... Read More

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ASK BABS

Etiquette for Artful Living


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A DAY AT THE MUSEUMDear Babs, I would like to know if the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has turned into an elitist institution... Read More

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SIGHTS UNSCENE

"Group Selfie in Chris Burden’s Urban Light, installation, Los Angles County Museum of Art, 2014."


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RETROSPECT

The Ebell Collection


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Have you ever been in someone’s home and seen a painting in the living room or hallway that you have never forgotten? It is not... Read More

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Van Gogh

Ears to you!


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“Beyond 2°”

Museum of Contemporary Art / Santa Barbara


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The international group of artists in “Beyond 2°” question the multidimensional impact of natural resource exploitation, in distinct cases, in different global locations, and in... Read More

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Marilyn Minter

Orange County Museum of Art / Newport, CA


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Marilyn Minter’s is an art of amplification. This befits a painter and sometime photographer who came of age in New York in the 1970s; her... Read More

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Catherine Fairbanks

Wilding Cran Gallery / Los Angeles


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Vestiges of the past can be found all over the West; dead and dying towns are replete with inklings of historic spirit in the forms... Read More

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Carmen Argote

Shulamit Nazarian Gallery / Los Angeles


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Carmen Argote is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist who works directly in response to particular locations. Last year, she created a site- specific installation at... Read More

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James Georgopoulos

MAMA Gallery / Los Angeles


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With an observer’s detachment in the face of dire predictions of humanity’s demise from the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence (AI), in “The Earth... Read More

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Joseph Heidecker

Craig Krull Gallery / Santa Monica


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Joseph Heidecker’s collection of embroidered photographs at Craig Krull Gallery is a celebration of textile fauvism. The altered vintage photographs elicit a dissonant response, with... Read More

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Julie Beaufils

Overduin & Co. / Los Angeles


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Perhaps it is a bit cliché to read Julie Beaufils’ French nationality into her work, but there is certainly something undeniably chic, irreverent and casually... Read More

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Peter Opheim

Zevitas Marcus Gallery / Los Angeles


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In 2011, Peter Opheim abandoned abstraction and began sculpting small maquettes out of colored clay, which he’s continued to transform into monumental oil paintings that... Read More

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Julieta Aranda

James Fuentes Gallery / New York


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The New York and Berlin-based artist and e-flux mainstay Julieta Aranda has long been concerned with the workings of the social arena through its medium... Read More

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ON THE COVER

July/August 2016; Issue 6, Volume 10


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Nicole Eisenman’s two New York shows are featured and reviewed by contributor Stephen Maine. Read More

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