Contents MAY 2017

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MAY/JUNE 2017 

 

EDITOR’S LETTER

May-June 2017


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Dear Readers, When I heard that Chris Kraus’ feminist cult book, I Love Dick, was being made into a TV series, I couldn’t actually believe... Read More

Chris Kraus: She Loved Dick

Feminist Classic I Love Dick Reaches the Small Screen


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“Get off Bonnie Brae!” Chris Kraus shouts from the car speakerphone when I resort to calling her for directions. I’m lost in MacArthur Park, a... Read More

Culture Clash

Militants, Artists Fail to Connect in Boyle Heights


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Can art hurt people? In mid-February, I sat in Boyle Heights’ El Tepeyac café across from a revolutionary named A. and probed him with questions... Read More

Jason Rhoades at Hauser & Wirth

At Home in the Neon Jungle


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It’s true what they say. You can’t go home again—even if home is a neon jungle. Even if you’ve remade that neon jungle into your... Read More

Luring Millennials into Museums

Shazam for Paintings


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It used to be about the art. It used to be that seeing (and being told to step back from) a Picasso was enough. But,... Read More

Infinite Epiphany: Yayoi Kusama

Connecting The Dots And Auras


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“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, is an ambitious show by any stretch of the imagination, boasting... Read More

Fabulous Tales

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art


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Injecting one or more inane Star Wars puns into a discussion of George Lucas’ proposed museum would be de rigueur; but I’ll abstain. It is... Read More

DECODER

Please Move Over George W. Bush


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The art world is in a genteel panic—reliable work isn’t selling, galleries are moving and closing, Andrea Rosen has said she’ll no longer represent living... Read More

SHOPTALK

Mike Kelley Foundation; Art Palm Springs; Burden: The Doc


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Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Eight recipients have just been named by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to receive their Artist Project... Read More

Water Bottle as Contemporary Artifact

Jami Porter Lara at the National Museum of Women in the Arts


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Jami Porter Lara stumbled upon both the subject and the medium of her current exhibition “Border Crossing” at the National Museum of Women in the... Read More

ART BRIEF

Ivanka Dearest


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President Trump’s proposed plan for a $54 billion increase in the defense budget would be paid for by drastically cutting many agency budgets, including the... Read More

UNDER THE RADAR

Less Art Accountant


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The He-Man Action Movie Appreciation Society meets regularly to interrogate promising high-budget mainstream shoot-’em-ups in the context for which they were designed—big, loud movie theaters.... Read More

RETROSPECT

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)


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Yes sir, every Saturday, the Post magazine would come to our door and I would squeal silently with delight because on the cover was yet... Read More

BUNKER VISION

The Mainstream Gaze


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One of the best ways to gauge how the mainstream views artists is by looking at the movies. Before people associated artists with money, artists... Read More

GUEST LECTURE

Kenny Scharf


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  “Home exterior decorating tips: What to do with excess plastic toy trash!”           Read More

SIGHTS UNSCENE

LA Art Book Fair at MOCA


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Cardboard Abstractions

Ann Weber: Sculpture


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Most customers at Trader Joe’s have food on their minds. Not Ann Weber. While others grab favorite items off the shelves, the intrepid artist heads... Read More

DEAD OR ALIVE: William Hogarth

Come Up and See My Etchings


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RECONNOITER

Pam and Steve Nagler


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In the 1980s, Pam and Steve Nagler founded the performance ensemble Shrimps, which toured nationally and performed locally at venues like LACE. Over the years... Read More

DREAMLAND: A Frank Romero Retro

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach


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Chicano art is at once a unified cultural expression and an ever-changing record of social and geographic situation. But regional inflections invariably emerge—and, certainly in... Read More

Andy Moses

Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery


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The origins of Color Field—one of the more intriguing forms of contemporary abstract painting—seem to lie in 19th-century Romanticism, particularly in a few radically reductive... Read More

EJ Hill

Commonwealth & Council


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Emblazoned in cursive neon light, the affirming phrase “we deserve to see ourselves elevated, as well as grounded” guides EJ Hill’s installation of objects and... Read More

ARNE QUINZE

DENK Gallery


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Arne Quinze’s jubilantly comely show, “Jungle Cities,” propounds fundamental questions about the problematic relationship between culture and nature. These questions align with the artist’s generally... Read More

Masculine-Feminine 

UCI Beall


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Given the current political climate, one in which President Donald Trump in February withdrew Federal guidelines allowing transgender students to use restrooms matching their chosen... Read More

Thomson & Craighead

Young Projects


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Wake Me Up When It’s Over is a compelling and timely installation featuring selected works from 1998–2016 by the London-based duo Thomson & Craighead. Jon... Read More

Peter Zaleski

LA Artcore


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Long dedicated to an elegant abstraction reliant on repeated forms and broken, almost prismatic, visual fields, all rendered in limpid colors, Peter Zaleski has recently... Read More

Othello/Kleberg

Johansson Projects, Oakland


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“Knock-Kneed and Bow-Legged,” on view at Oakland’s Johansson Projects, stakes out territory in a harsh but brilliant realm where contradiction is the order of the... Read More

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