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GUEST LECTURE

GUEST LECTURE

Patssi Valdez

“Before I went to the U.K. I had already decided to make a dress called Queen to honor the journey.” In the wake of LACMA’s…
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Façade of Marciano Foundation on Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, courtesy of Marciano Art Foundation.

ART BRIEF

All in the Family

In the past two years two art museums endowed by Los Angeles billionaires have opened. Eli Broad opened The Broad museum in 2015 and the…
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“The Curated Loo: The Dick Pic Show,” curated by Katie Bode and Kenton Parker, installation view, photo by Ruben Diaz, courtesy Chimento Contemporary.

DECODER

“Penises: 1850–2017”

“Regrettably, the provocative nature of your content is likely unsuitable for our audience at this time.” It may shock you to discover that artists still…
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Jordan Belson, Mandala, 1953

UNDER THE RADAR

Visual Music 1947–1986 from the CVM Archive

Avant-garde artistic movements have a funny way of morphing into the mainstream—witness the fridge-magnet ubiquity of Impressionist paintings, or the integral role of appropriated samples…
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Diego Rivera, Murals/Palacio Nacional de Mexico, painted between 1929 and 1951, Mexico City.

RETROSPECT

Diego Rivera (1886–1957)

Diego Rivera’s murals are a tale—no, a single impression—of the epic journey of a country. It is chopped up into events, into battles, and years…
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Pale intruder say his tribe called “Settlers”

BUNKER VISION

East Meets Western

With all of the recent hysteria about immigration, it seemed like a good time to explore the original American immigrants. There is quite a rich…
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Illustration by Petra Larsen

Ask Babs

Etiquette for Artful Living

I GET NO KICK FROM CHAMPAGNE Dear Babs, Recently I was invited to a private art preview and cocktail party, co-hosted by a prestigious Los…
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Installation view of Anna Maria Maiolino, August 4–December 31, 2017 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

SHOPTALK

PST; New Art Press; Wine & Moses; Comings & Goings

PST & NEW ART PRESS OK, Stalwarts, here comes… ARTMAGEDDON 3! That is, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, with some 70 arts organizations participating, plus about…
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Art Reviews

Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Mecalux Retro-fit: Framework for Incremental Housing, installation view, 2017, ©Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, courtesy of the artists and OCMA

2017 California-Pacific Triennial

Orange County Museum of Art / Newport Beach, CA
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, The Evanesced #107, 2016, © Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, courtesy of the artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

California African American Museum / Los Angeles
Star Montana, Sandra, 2017, © Star Montana, courtesy of the artist and the Main Museum, photo by Elon Schoenholz

Star Montana

The Main Museum / Los Angeles
Grace Hartigan, The King Is Dead, 1950, Permanent Collection, Snite Museum of Art,
University of Notre Dame, 
Estate of Grace Hartigan.

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Palm Springs Museum of Art
Chris Antemann, Forbidden Fruit Dinner Party (detail), 2013, Meissen Porcelain®, image courtesy of MEISSEN®

Chris Antemann

Crocker Art Museum / Sacramento, CA
Like a Bird, 1984, ©Richard Deacon, courtesy of the artist, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, and the San Diego Museum of Art

Richard Deacon

San Diego Museum of Art
Surajlal Mukherjee collection, Dum Dum.

UNDER THE RADAR

Dusty Raga: Robert Millis
Kota Ezawa,The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 2015, courtesy of the artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Kota Ezawa

Christopher Grimes Gallery / Los Angeles
Steven Hull, Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Unbelievable!, 2015-16, photo by Grant Mudford, 2016.

Steven Hull

Rosamund Felsen Gallery / Los Angeles
George Legrady, Day & Night Transylvania Hunt, 2015, courtesy of the artist and Edward Cella Art + Architecture

George Legrady

Edward Cella Art + Architecture / Los Angeles
ClaudiaParducci, Murrah Building Rope Drawing 2, 2015, image courtesy of the artist and Ochi Projects.

Claudia Parducci

Ochi Projects / Los Angeles
Jessica Rath, Water Feed #2 (2016), courtesy of the artist, images courtesy of Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA, photo by Ruben Diaz.

The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard

Pitzer College Art Galleries

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