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Eclectic Museums

Kitsch and Quaint Abound


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1. Museum of Jurassic Technology (9341 Venice Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232)From its name to its introductory slideshow to its lighting to its exhibits to... Read More

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Food & Beverage

Best Bars and Bites During and After the Openings


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BEST BARS NEAR ART VENUES1.  The MandrakeThis laid-back artist-run bar is smack dab in the middle of gallery row in Culver City.2. Molly Malone’sIf you’re... Read More

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Things to Talk About at Openings:

To Make You Seem More Interesting


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 1. What gallery you’ve recently been picked up by, even if it’s still “in the works”2. Mike Kelley3. Wherever you have recently vacationed. Bonus points... Read More

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Unconventional Art Spaces

Not your Run-of-the-Mill Gallery


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1. KingswellThis skate shop in Los Feliz has had some surprisingly good art shows—most recently by the LA-based illustrator, Bonethrower. 2. The StandardThis downtown hotel... Read More

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Women Gallerists

Top Female Gallery Directors in LA


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1. Shoshana Blank: She and husband Wayne Blank run one of the mainstays of Bergamot Station, Shoshana Wayne Gallery.2. Kimberly Davis/Elizabeth East: Two directors of... Read More

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Historic Hot Spots

10 Classic LA Artists' Haunts


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Yee Mee Loo, Chinatown: Dark, exotic and mysterious, this temple dive bar was the touchstone for all Angeleno art legends. Destroyed by an earthquake. Today,... Read More

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Top 10 Billboard Tags

Real Street Art


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They loom on the skyline and beckon us to our duty as citizen consumers. Tagging commercial billboards has the bravado of aerial street art and... Read More

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LA Street Artists

You've Seen 'em Around Town...


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1. BeccaBecca Midwood embraces the sometimes lost connection between children drawing on walls and urban artists doing the same. Signed in lower case—becca—her wheat-poster/chalk creations... Read More

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Artsy Travel Destinations

From Marfa to Beruit!


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 1. Marfa, TX (because of Judd and Prada)2. Cuba (because Cuba)3. Cologne (Germany because pretentious can be fun)4. Detroit, MI (because every art collective is... Read More

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Free Museums in LA

Shouldn't They All Be Free?


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1. Hammer MuseumIf you can tolerate getting to and being in Westwood, this UCLA-affiliated space is an oasis of great curation, a lovely quad with... Read More

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Best Places To Escape the LA Art World

And Boy Do We Need It!


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1. Dancing With Myself  [A Club Called Rhonda; CLINIC AT Couture]Los Globos has a massive footprint on Sunset Boulevard, but A Club Called Rhonda makes... Read More

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Worst Shows of the Last 10 Years

We try to forget, but some we just can't...


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1. Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress LACMA (Winter 2014)The exhibition version of the “promoted article”—adjacent to LACMA, advertised on the museum’s site, but... Read More

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Off the Grid Art Venues

Top 10 Weird, Unusual Los Angeles Spaces


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1. Obsolete Despite its overall ambience of musty, bizarre creepiness, this synergetic cross between antique shop and contemporary art gallery somehow manages to convey a... Read More

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Art-Opening Fashion Cliches

For Men and Women


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MEN1. Apple watch2. Bow ties3. Cocaine4. Acne (the label, not the skin condition)5. Tiny designer purebred dogs (extra points for hairless ones)6. Paint splattered boots7.... Read More

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Top 10 Orange County Galleries

In Alphabetical Order


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Artists Republic Contemporary art with an emphasis on younger, emerging artists, with events including lights, music and independent film nights. Artists include Ben Brough, David... Read More

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Grayer Los Angeles

Top 10 Very Mature Artists in Southern California


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Youth is so overrated. Remember The New Museum’s “Younger Than Jesus” show in New York? It’s time to look to artists“Older Than Moses.” Here are... Read More

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EDITOR’S LETTER

September/October 2016


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Dear Readers  It’s our birthday! We’re 10 years old this September. I’ve been writing this letter for 10 years—it’s almost unbelievable to me. A decade is... Read More

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Grappling with Globalism

Connecting and Collecting in the Webbed World


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The downtown Los Angeles arts district has been evolving, somewhat in tandem with adjacent downtown districts, since at least the 1980s. There was a stabilizing... Read More

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LABOR OF LOVE: Made in L.A.

Investing in Made in L.A. at the Hammer


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With its third installment at the Hammer Museum, “Made in L.A.” has settled into its brand as a well-researched survey of current trends and practices... Read More

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“As a Woman of this Culture”

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad


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Like Robert Mapplethorpe, who has had exhibitions at two LA museums this spring—the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—Cindy... Read More

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The LA River Comes of Age

Strange Attractor


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So much about the Los Angeles River is not immediately obvious. That it’s a river at all, for example, still comes as a surprise to... Read More

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The Battle of Forevermore

Teenage Alienation in a world of Gothic Exaggeration


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The Day of Forevermore, Marnie Weber’s first feature film, is the culmination of the artist’s long career as a weaver of macabre and otherworldly scenarios... Read More

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DECODER

A Little Less Snobby


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I became a Los Angeles artist about the same time Artillery became a Los Angeles art magazine. This 10-year anniversary issue naturally makes everybody wonder... Read More

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ART BRIEF

Freeport Shenanigans: Secret, Secure, Unseen


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The greatest collection of art in the world may not be at the Met or the Louvre any longer. The secret vaults of the wealthiest... Read More

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UNDER THE RADAR

Farewell Rosamund Felsen


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Fifty years ago—in May 1966—the Velvet Underground played their legendary West Coast debut at Hollywood nightclub The Trip as part of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic... Read More

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RETROSPECT

In Search of X-tasy


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Does anyone remember the Paragons and the Jesters? In high falsetto voices they whined about the ache of first love way before I ever felt... Read More

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PRIVATE EYE

Collector Beth Rudin DeWoody


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Native New Yorker Beth Rudin DeWoody may be one of the most energetic collectors in the world, with a collection that includes about 10,000 works,... Read More

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BUNKER VISION

Look At This!


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This is a golden age for people who like to watch movies at home. Films considered obscure or lost are turning up on YouTube, in... Read More

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SHOPTALK

Art Basel; Current LA; Photo LA; Unions for Adjuncts


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ART BASEL IS BIGThe Big Mama of Art FairsArt Basel is big, very big. The main event is on two levels of a circularly designed... Read More

SIGHTS UNSCENE

BCAM at LACMA


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Amelia Clipart

I Saw the Figure 10 in Gold


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The Ninth Berlin Biennale

KW Institute for Contemporary Art


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Curated by the New York-based art and fashion magazine collective DIS, The Ninth Berlin Biennale: “The Present in Drag” (or BB9), attempts to examine a... Read More

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Joseph Stashkevetch

Von Lintel Gallery


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Joseph Stashkevetch is a consummate craftsman, his work suspended effortlessly between drawing and photography. In his recent show at Von Lintel Gallery, the addition of... Read More

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Federico Solmi

Luis De Jesus Gallery


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Federico Solmi’s “The Brotherhood” offers a dystopian nightmare-scape where the cult of celebrity overwhelms one’s every sense. The pseudo-cliché of the beautiful versus the profane... Read More

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Denis Darzacq, Anna Lüneman

De Soto Gallery


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Activities are often pierced by interludes that have little to do with them. One’s reading, for instance, may be interrupted by thoughts, noise, a graphic... Read More

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Barry Anderson, Timothy Paul Myers, Andrew Barnes

Walter Maciel Gallery


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Constructed spaces, both virtual and actual, link the works of Barry Anderson and Timothy Paul Myers (in collaboration with Andrew Barnes). In the front galleries,... Read More

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Nancy Evans

Jason Vass Gallery


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Curated by critic Michael Duncan, this 15-year survey consisting of 40 mixed media works, paintings, textiles and sculptures was evocatively entitled “Tree. Lingam. Void.” The... Read More

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Deanna Thompson

Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery


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The vast, empty expanses of the southern California landscape, whether desert vistas or sprawling webs of highways, have long fascinated artists. John Divola photographed a... Read More

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Jane Hugentober

Harmony Murphy Gallery


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With work that has a firm footing in the traditions of the fiber arts, Jane Hugentober builds the case for a powerful conceptual dimension within... Read More

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Lauren Marsolier, Rachelle Bussières

Robert Koch Gallery


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The endless deluge of photographs from digital cameras—one trillion photos were taken in 2015—seems to have made everyone in the online world both a photographer... Read More

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Shana Moulton

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg


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There is a taut psychological oscillation throughout “Journeys Out of the Body,” Shana Moulton’s current solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.... Read More

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