John Waters in San Francisco, 2011, photo by Tyler Hubby.

LIFE AFTER ART

Agents of Misfortune

In order to kill time while waiting for John Waters to take the stage for a Conversation to celebrate the publication of his new book,…
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Hannah Greely’s High and Dry, at Frieze LA backlot, photo by Darren Kinney.

SHOPTALK

New Fairs Part 2; LACMA; Santa Monica Airport Studios

NEW FAIRS IN TOWN, PART 2 I don’t know about you, but Yours Truly is still recovering from our robust art fair season, when for…
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Lisa Adams Mini Power Plant April 5 2019 Mt. Wilson Observatory Angeles Crest National Forest California iPhone 7

CODE ORANGE: MAY/JUNE 2019

Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to our winner Lisa Adams and our finalists. Adams photo is seen above and first in our photo gallery. Her image is also printed in our…
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Robbie Conal, Hammer & Pickle, 2017, Courtesy of Track 16.

ART BRIEF

Artists Unite

On February 15, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a fake declaration of a national emergency at the southern border of the U.S., claiming that criminals…
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Cover, Jeffrey Vallance’s reprinted edition of Blinky the Friendly Hen.

UNDER THE RADAR

A Dismal Decade

Eighties nostalgia is a sad and sick thing. In Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s early-’90s exercise in ’70s nostalgia, the character Cynthia (played by Beck’s…
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Lara Jo Regan, Girl Running from Malibu Fires, 1993, Los Angeles, 1993, courtesy Lara Jo Regan.

DECODER

Urgent Apathy

The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again,…
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Unconditional Surrender, 2005, designed by artist Seward Johnson currently residing in San Diego.

CURFEW

Public Displays of Insurrection

You know the photo. Times Square. 1945. V-Day. A male sailor hugging and kissing a female nurse in fervent joy over the end of World…
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10 Freeway, Morning after Northridge Earthquake, 1994, Los Angeles.

SIGHTS UNSCENE

10 Freeway, Morning after Northridge Earthquake, 1994, Los Angeles.

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Burning Hell mail order DVD cover

BUNKER VISION

Sinners Restored

Ron Ormond is not the sort of filmmaker who usually gets prestigious restorations. His most famous work was a series of Lash LaRue films. He…
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Ask Babs: Street Fighting Man

Ask Babs: Street Fighting Man

Etiquette for Artful Living

DEAR BABS: If an artist wants to make a work of art, say put something up in public, or appropriate an image, or orchestrate a…
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