Richard Clar inside the dome of the Cote d'Azur Laser Ranging Station (MeO), Calern Observatory, Plateau de Calern, Grasse, France, 21 July 2019. Photo by Rebecca Marshall.

Man on the Moon

Richard Clar's "Giant Step"

The Moon landing’s 50th anniversary can’t be avoided. Waxing at full, it feels like the last gasp. The defining moment for some in the baby…
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Andreas Mühe, Vater, 2017

The Living Dead

Andreas Mühe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin

There’s something undeniably seductive about Andreas Mühe’s spare, yet sumptuous photographs. A superb technician and gifted storyteller, Mühe uses both formal and narrative elements with…
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Brendan Fernandes, The Master and Form, 2018. Photo by Brendan Leo Merea.

Whitney Biennial: Speaking Softly

Serious “wokeness” at the Whitney Biennial

A wise person once said that if you want to catch people’s attention, speak softly. The curators of the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Rujeko Hockley and…
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Approach to the Glenstone Pavilions. Photo by Iwan Baan.

ON A COUNTRY ROAD: Glenstone

The Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland

In a short drive into the countryside of Maryland, about half an hour outside Washington, DC, is an exceptional private museum sited on 230 rolling…
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Eloise & Richard Serra the Guggenheim Bilbao.

Bilbao Guggenheim: Fuck the Box

Thoughts after seeing the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

I had wanted to see the Guggenheim Bilbao since it first opened. Ed Moses and I had once met up, completely by accident, in London….
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Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019.

APOCALYPSE NOW: Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale Reckons with Troubled Times

The malaise of our times is encapsulated and iterated over and over in this year’s Venice Biennale—whether racial conflict, gender redefinition, women’s rights, immigration, environmental…
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Salón Silicón, Mexico City.

Mexico City: Bursting with Vitality

Mexico City’s sprawling and dizzying art scene

On a narrow one-way street in San Miguel Chapultepec, it’s impossible to miss the disparate wood-paneled exterior of Kurimanzutto. Surrounded by modernist apartment buildings in…
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FOUND:RE Hotel Burt Reynolds mural in lobby. Photo by Genie Davis.

No Vacancy

Art-Filled Rooms For The Night

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in a gallery or a small museum, and wished you could walk…
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Hotel interior with Rich Untermann's paintings. Photo by Zeke Ruelas.

Paradise Found

Rich Untermann’s Santa Barbara Idyll

“I paint almost every day,” says Rich Untermann, owner of the Spanish Garden Inn in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. “When I like a…
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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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