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MARCH/APRIL 2017 

 

EDITOR’S LETTER

March-April 2017


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Dear Readers In our last issue, which came out in January, I wrote about Trump becoming our president and the effect this potentially disastrous turn... Read More

The Many Shades of Kerry James Marshall

"Mastry" at MOCA


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It’s cold. He looks even larger in his winter coat. He is a large man. Tall and broad-shouldered. In football, he might be a tight... Read More

We Don’t Need No Stinking Wall

Mexican Artists Answer Trump


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If there is anybody more unpopular in Mexico at the moment than President Enrique Peña Nieto, it is, of course, Donald J. Trump. After a... Read More

Ana Teresa Fernandez Paints it Away

Border Dissolve


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Five years ago, San Francisco–based painter, sculptor and performance artist Ana Teresa Fernández woke from a long night’s sleep with a sudden inspiration: She would... Read More

Women on the Verge of a Cultural Breakthrough

Collective Hysteria


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Kim Abeles’ studio doesn’t have enough chairs, so we have to sit in the adjacent gallery space at the front entrance of the building. Even... Read More

Nan Goldin: Diving for Pearls


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Nan Goldin, to borrow a phrase from her friend and fellow-artist David Wojnarowicz, has always lived and worked “close to the knives.” Her most recent... Read More

The Water Bar is Open

Pouring H2O in the service of enlightenment


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A lot has changed over the last two years in the world of water. The high level of lead found in children living in Flint,... Read More

GUEST LECTURE

Susan Silton


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  LOOK FOR SPECIAL EDITION POSTCARDS BY SUSAN SILTON INSIDE OUR MARCH/APRIL 2017 ISSUE Susan Silton, Delivery Systems, 2017 A special edition for Artillery consisting... Read More

DECODER

Whatever You Were Doing, It Didn’t Work


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If you ever said fine art was a political act, you were wrong. Consciousness-raising—as art’s broad project, as an abstraction somehow implied in the diversions... Read More

CURFEW

Do Two Wrongs Make an Alt-Right?


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Melbourne street artist Ms Saffaa painted and wheat-postered a wall with a Muslim feminist protest mural. The collage of Saudi artists and activists shared the... Read More

RETROSPECT

Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom


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When I first saw a reproduction of The Bedroom I thought, Oh my God, this guy has so few clothes. Later I altered my assessment... Read More

BUNKER VISION

We Have a Situation


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Trying to actually define The Situationists is a slippery business. The more people who weigh in on what they were about, the more confusing it... Read More

ASK BABS

Etiquette for Artful Living


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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Dear Babs, I’m thinking about leaving the U.S. and moving to Berlin because this country is about to... Read More

OP-ED

Has Your Art Done Enough?


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A friend of mine spent election night serving drinks at a bar in Highland Park. During the day she worked in her studio—she was preparing... Read More

SIGHTS UNSCENE

Women's March LA


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BOOKS

Yves Klein: In/Out Studio


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Yves Klein is having a moment. If one goes to the news section of the Yves Klein Archives, one will notice that there has recently... Read More

COMICS

DEAD OR ALIVE: Goya's Diary


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Karen Graffeo/Jim Neel

Huntsville Museum of Art


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“We are children of our landscape [which] dictates behavior and even thought,” writes Lawrence Durrell. It goes without saying, therefore, that a baneful “landscape”—defined in... Read More

RECONNOITER

Danielle Brazell


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Danielle Brazell is the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. Today the DCA has... Read More

Thomas Houseago

Gagosian Gallery


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The first and most physically imposing work in Thomas Houseago’s exhibition, “The Ridge,” on view at Gagosian Gallery, is Open Wall (Beautiful Wall) (2016). According... Read More

Laura Forman

Sloan Projects


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Laura Forman’s debut solo show at Sloan Projects—a rather small collection of six new artworks that differ clearly from each other—induces curiosity and offers a... Read More

Egan Frantz / Michael Dopp

Roberts & Tilton Gallery


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Egan Frantz’s show, “The Oat Paintings,” provides a possible opening into a discussion of the nature of political art: how we distinguish it from among... Read More

Rachel Lachowicz

Shoshana Wayne Gallery


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For Rachel Lachowicz, lipstick—the actual infused-wax substance—has long functioned not simply as a gimmick, or brand, or even social signifier, but as a kind of... Read More

Orkideh Torabi

Yes, Please & Thank You Gallery


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In Orkideh Torabi’s caricatures of silly men, comedy and poignancy stealthily overcome the unsuspecting viewer. Midway through this exhibition, one is liable to titter aloud... Read More

Jill Mulleady

Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery


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Jill Mulleady’s new paintings offer an experience akin to tumbling down a rabbit hole into a mad and decadent party orchestrated by the Surrealists (is... Read More

Nathan Redwood

Jaus Gallery


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Unexpected Portrait (2016) is a large-scale acrylic-on-canvas painting where a long tube-shaped orange line with dark edges glides across the work defining a cartoon-like head... Read More

Lauren DiCioccio

Jack Fischer Gallery


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If Lauren DiCioccio’s chosen materials of fabric, thread and found objects at first appear playful and lighthearted, a closer look reveals the disturbing little works... Read More

Paul Anthony Smith

ZieherSmith Gallery


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Paul Anthony Smith’s third solo exhibition at ZieherSmith represents an ultimately fruitful distillation, apparently in both the methods of his practice, and subsequently in the... Read More

ON THE COVER

March-April 2017; Issue 4, Volume 11


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Painting by Mauricio Cárdenas, Make America White Again, 2017, acrylic on canvas, included in the Guadalajara, Mexico, exhibition, “Fuck The Wall,” which is a featured... Read More

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present


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Tony Conrad is one of the unlikeliest figures to be the subject of the kind of late-career historical recontextualization that authenticity-starved hipster youth have made... Read More

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