Caetano Dias, Delírios de Catharina (The Ravings of Catherine), (2017), courtesy Caetano Dias, photo by Andrew Kemp

Axé Bahia

Fowler Museum at UCLA

In a 1994 Paris Review interview, the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe famously quoted an Igbo proverb: “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the…
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Jill Mulleady, The Green Room, I (2017); The Green Room, II (2017), ©Jill Mulleady, courtesy of the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery, Los Angeles.

Jill Mulleady

Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery

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…
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Deanna Thompson, Interior #1, 2011,  ©Deanna Thompson, courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles.

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…
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Julie Beaufils, The heat, 2016.   Courtesy of Overduin & Co.

Julie Beaufils

Overduin & Co. / Los Angeles

Perhaps it is a bit cliché to read Julie Beaufils’ French nationality into her work, but there is certainly something undeniably chic, irreverent and casually…
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Sant Khalsa, Pray for Rain (Prayer Wheel) (detail), 2015

Sant Khalsa

The Boone Family Art Gallery at Pasadena City College

Sant Khalsa isn’t reticent about her artistic influences. In artist statements, she points to the photographs of Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, and the Bechers as…
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Steven Hull, Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Unbelievable!, 2015-16, photo by Grant Mudford, 2016.

Steven Hull

Rosamund Felsen Gallery / Los Angeles

Like a modern-day Ishmael, Steven Hull spent the last few years sailing and seeing the watery part of the world. Hull’s enthusiasm for his new…
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Kenton Parker, Anouk (Detail), 2015.

Kenton Parker

CES Gallery / Los Angeles

While it would not be incorrect to say that Kenton Parker’s work primarily deals with nature, it would be rather misleading. There are no polite…
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Candice Lin, Female Penis/Beast of Burden, 2015, courtesy of the artist and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, image credit: Jeff McLane.

Candice Lin

Francois Ghebaly / Los Angeles

One measure of a contemporary artist’s success is that he or she allows us to view the world, our history, or ourselves differently; Candice Lin…
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Video Projection on facade of NeueHouse Hollywood

NeueHouse Hollywood

Felix the Cat Welcomes the Cultural Center to the West Coast

The opening of NeueHouse Hollywood on the West Coast—their second location—would warrant our attention regardless of any new piece of art attached to it. After…
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Shana Lutker, Paul, Paul, Paul, and Paul, 2015, Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Shana Lutker

Susanne Vielmetter / Los Angeles

Shana Lutker’s exhibition of new work at Susanne Vielmetter is best understood in the context of her wider oeuvre, which of late has been singularly…
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Adrian Ghenie, Self Portrait in Winter, 2015.

Adrian Ghenie

Nicodim Gallery / Los Angeles

Romanian painter Adrian Ghenie’s work is clearly indebted to that of his artistic forbearers. Not since Anselm Kiefer has a painter dealt so explicitly with…
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Cuneiform, 2015, inkjet prints, 160 prints, each: 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 1 5/16 inches (29.5 x 21 x 3.3 cm), installation dimensions: 99 3/4 x 186 1/2 x 1 5/16 inches

Andrew Dadson: Painting (Organic)

David Kordansky Gallery

At first, Andrew Dadson’s newest exhibition at David Kordansky, “Painting (Organic),” seems to lack cohesion, with medium and mood shifting frequently. There are three very…
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Edward Burtynsky
Phosphor Tailings Pond #2, Polk County, Florida, USA
48 x 64 inches (121.9 x 162.6 cm)
Edition of 6, courtesy of Von Lintel Gallery.

Toxic Sublime

Edward Burtynsky at Von Lintel; David Maisel at Mark Moore

The philosophy of the sublime was first manifested in art through 19th century Romantic painters’ vast and awe-inspiring landscapes that emphasized mankind’s diminutiveness in the face…
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Theodora Allen, The Snake, No.2, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe.

Theodora Allen

Blum & Poe / Los Angeles

William Blake’s proverb “Eternity is in love with the productions of time” from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is an apt lens through which…
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Stephanie Syjuco, Cargo Cults series (2013/2014) C-Prints, 40 x 30 in. each
Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery

Wunderkammer at Pitzer College Art Galleries

Objet d'art Piquing Curiosity

For many centuries, the wunderkammer model of organizing collections of art and objects of curiosity was de rigueur. The earliest wunderkammer, or cabinets of curiosity,…
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