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JULY/AUGUST 2016 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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