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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Erik Benson, Stumps (sneaky face) (2015), acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96 inches, courtesy of the artist and Tai Modern.

Slide into Decay

Erik Benson’s Urban Ghost Towns

There are indeed ghost towns, despite the well-known edict by Daniel Burnham. Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and…
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Alex Israel’s RIMOWA installation at La Cienega & Melrose, 2019.

Traveling Salesperson

Alex Israel’s New Baggage

You consider yourself an influencer. A few thousand Instagram followers agree. Photos of your cocktails, your midcentury furniture, your body moving through museums, through notable…
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lauren woods, American Monument, 2018

American Monument

Remembering As a Form of Resistance

The University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) recently hosted artist lauren woods’ (lower case intentional, per the artist) project, American…
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Mendez, Food Justice, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas.

Food Justice For All!

The Right to Eat Healthy In Los Angeles

In 1969, the Black Panther Party began its Free Breakfast for Children Program in Oakland, CA, providing healthy meals to hungry school kids in disenfranchized…
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Beatriz Cortez, Trinidad: Joy Station (installation view at Craft Contemporary), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles / Photo: Gina Clyne.

Blurring the Border

Crafts Cross Lines in Time and Space

In concurrent exhibitions at Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles–based artists Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza resist political declarations of border wall funding emergencies that reflect converging…
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Susan Silton, detail from A potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past, 2018–19 (mailed version)

Zombie Newspapers

Susan Silton’s Resurrected Headlines

Imagine you check your mailbox to find a neatly folded copy of The New York Times waiting for you, its headline reading, “Herr Hitler’s Nazis…
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Betye Saar,The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972), courtesy UC Berkeley Art Museum.

Soul of a Nation

The Broad Museum

How do you disappear when you’re already invisible? The unnamed narrator/protagonist in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) would answer by instead choosing to reappear to…
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Russell Crotty and Laura Gruenther, Look Back in Time (2016) [partial view]

Stargazers: Intersections of Contemporary Art & Astronomy

Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Costa Mesa, CA

The Stargazers show at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion in Costa Mesa, curated by gallery director Tyler Stallings to coincide with the opening of…
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Kayla Tange, Defining Boundaries (December 2018), Human Resources. Photo: Tomo Muscionico.

Acts of Selfhood: Female Performance Artists

Los Angeles Performance Artists Explore Identity

If the art world is a microcosm of our society at large, then the performance stage presents a unique opportunity for artists to write or…
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Zoe Leonard, Wax Anatomical Model, full view from above, 1990, courtesy the artist, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Hauser & Wirth, New York.

Zoe Leonard’s Politics and Photos

Winners (i.e. Women) Take All

Right from the start, “Zoe Leonard: Survey,” a career-spanning exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, establishes the artist’s role as an…
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Disgusting Feminist: Alicia McDaid

Disgusting Feminist: Alicia McDaid

Instagram Artist Likes it Her Way

I rarely get out to galleries these days and often resort to Instagram for my visual fix. Like the internet itself, it’s a seemingly endless…
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INcongruence, (installation modules), photo by Baha Danesh.

Diane Williams’ Surreal Visions of Immigration

Woman/Animal/Other

Los Angeles artist Diane Williams engages such historical hierarchies as male/female, human/animal, and self/other in works that focus on her identity as a non-binary immigrant…
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Shirley Morales with Kate Eringer in upstairs office.

Shirley Morales and the Constant of Change

Always Emerging

This year, the veteran LA gallery ltd los angeles marked the start of its 10th season. In some ways, the gallery’s program looks more like…
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Installation photograph, “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” LACMA, November 18, 2018 thru March 17, 2019, photo ©Museum Associates/LACMA

Vivid Vocabularies

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Outsider artists, or untrained artists, have been variously labeled Primitive, Naïve, Visionary and Self-Taught. One of the things I like most about such artists is…
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Installation view, Vague Terrains/Urban Fuckups, Gavlak Los Angeles, April 13–June 9, 2018 ), courtesy of the artist and Gavlak Los Angeles / Palm Beach.

The Call of the Wild

Francesca Gabbiani: Out Of The Darkness And Into The Fire

By the time my studio visit with Francesca Gabbiani is winding up, the conversation has turned to Griffith Park. We talk about our respective walks,…
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