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Eclectic Museums

Kitsch and Quaint Abound

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

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

 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

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

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

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

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...

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!

 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?

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!

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...

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

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

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

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

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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September/October 2016

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

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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Investing in Made in L.A. at the Hammer

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

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

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

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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A Little Less Snobby

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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Freeport Shenanigans: Secret, Secure, Unseen

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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Farewell Rosamund Felsen

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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In Search of X-tasy

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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Collector Beth Rudin DeWoody

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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Look At This!

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

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



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The Ninth Berlin Biennale

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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