Serkan Özkaya, “We Will Wait,” installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters Gallery, New York.

Camera Obscura: Duchamp’s Tortured Nude

Serkan Özkaya at Postmasters / NYC

Who knew that Nude Descending a Staircase landed flat on her back? Who knew, too, that an artist who did so much to bring Cubism…
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Wendy Red Star, Spring, from the series “Four Seasons,” 2006, courtesy of the artist.

Tectonic Shift at Nevada Museum of Art

Exhibition "Unsettled" Reorients to “Greater West”

Perhaps the best way to think about “Unsettled,” the ambitious fall exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, is from a planetary perspective. As a…
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Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 1999, 70 glass lamps, courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York

The Problem with Jorge Pardo

Is it Art, and If So Does it Matter?

This past August I decided to brave the coastal traffic to make a visit to the Lux Art Institute near San Diego. I was on…
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Cosey Fanni Tutti in Ritual Awakening, Zap Club, 1986

Zak Smith in conversation with Cosey Fanni Tutti

Strange Forms of Discipline

You find out about Cosey Fanni Tutti’s various bodies of work by rumor or implication—did you know that someone once did this? Did you know…
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Meet Vaginal Davis: Film Scholar

Meet Vaginal Davis: Film Scholar

Vaginal Davis is one of the better examples of somebody who mixes life with art. Her activities include performing, curating, composing, painting and writing. From…
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Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens in Luis Valdez’s La Bamba (1987), ©1987 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., All Rights Reserved, courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Latin Nights

The Academy Joins PST with “From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967–2017”

Half the population of Los Angeles is now Latino, but its signature industry, the film business, fails to include a significant number of Latinos in…
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Rubén Ortiz Torres, Alien Toy (La Ranfla Cósmica), 1997, kinetic sculpture, video projection, dimensions variable, collection of Tom Patchett, courtesy of Track 16, Los Angeles.

Beyond Escapism

Science Fiction’s Alternate Worlds

Apocryphal notions, like northern superiority and European “discovery” of land already populated, pervade the Western Hemisphere. Even before Thomas More’s 1516 book Utopia, our so-named…
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installation view

Richard Turner: Air Becomes Breath

Santa Ana College Art Gallery

What do we have when those closest and dearest to us pass away and what do we do with the things that were once theirs?…
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photo courtesy of Carolina Restepo at La Mama Experimental Theater Club.

Karen Finley at REDCAT

Taking on the (Art) World

Karen Finley’s The Expanded Unicorn Gratitude Mystery unfolds similarly to a dream that makes complete logical sense when experiencing it, but is difficult to piece…
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Charles Atlas

The 57th Venice Biennale: Old with the New

I have had the opportunity to visit the Venice Biennale on numerous occasions. In reflecting, I realize that what makes one trip stand out over…
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Spacechola Live!, 2012

Sandra de la Loza’s bookish, spirited activism

Ghosts of the Archive

In Sandra de la Loza’s art, research—what she calls “the archive”—is central to her process. Treating archival material as mutable; she relies on it to…
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Salon of Beauty, 2011, cardboard, paper, site-specific installation commissioned by Rice Gallery, Houston, photo by Nash Baker

Ana Serrano Shifts her Latino Neighborhoods

Barrios de Cartón

Ana Serrano’s colorful cardboard sculptures of cityscapes and buildings, inspired by Latin American vernacular architecture, will be featured prominently this fall in two PST: LA/LA…
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Jose Dávila, Sense of Place, 2017. Concrete, 40 pieces, Overall: 8'x8'x8', individual dimensions variable. 
Courtesy of Estudio Jose Dávila, 2017

Guadalajara artist Jose Dávila moves around LA

Hollywood Squares

When I heard the title of Jose Dávila’s recent book, Daylight Found Me with No Answer, it sounded familiar. During the years I was living…
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Nature Self-Portrait #10, 1996, gelatin silver print

The courageous photography of Laura Aguilar

Natural Beauty

Every morning I wake up and see At Home with the Nortes (1990). In this black-and-white photograph, a family sits in the living room watching…
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Claudio Caldini, Argentina, Un enano en el Jardin, 1981,© Claudio Caldini 1981.

PST: LA/LA Artillery Recommendations

Latin America in LA: Getty Crush Spawns Exhibition Explosion

Even more than its predecessor, the first Getty Pacific Standard Time initiative that ignited Los Angeles’ arterati six years ago, PST: LA/LA conjures a kind…
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Los Super Elegantes: I Am The Door Los Angeles, 9 9–11-4-17
Opening 9-9, 6-9pm
Performance at 8pm
Gavlak Gallery

Galerías en LA/LA

Participating Los Angeles Area Gallery LIstings Recommendations.

Mid-Wilshire 1301PE Jorge Mendez Blake 0/9–10/21/17 Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles David Lamelas: “Time as Activity” 9/7–10/21/17 The Loft at Liz’s “South of the…
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