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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Tim Hawkinson, Installation view (2019), courtesy Denk.

Tim Hawkinson

Denk

While the underlying engineering of Tim Hawkinson’s artworks appears to be of an extraordinarily complex order, the raw materials with which they are made, taken…
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Fred Wilson, ...kept you here (2018), courtesy Maccarone.

Fred Wilson

Maccarone

“The aim of the dreamer…is merely to go on dreaming and not to be molested by the world… But the aims of life are antithetical…
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Cayetano Ferrer, Mmry Scrn (2019), courtesy Commonwealth & Council.

Cayetano Ferrer

Commonwealth & Council

“Many years ago,” Maggie Nelson writes in her memoir, The Argonauts, “[the poet Anne] Carson gave a lecture …at which she introduced (to me) the…
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Sara Kathryn Arledge, Stellar Garden (1956), courtesy Armory Center for the Arts.

Sara Kathryn Arledge

Armory Center for the Arts

Featuring over 60 works on paper and seven films, “Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment” discloses the brilliance of one singular artist who never…
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Zina Saro-Wiwa, Precious Eats Boli and Fish with Oil Bean, Table Manners: Season 2, (2019), courtesy of the artist and Fowler Museum.

Inheritance

Fowler Museum

Three immersive films from Africa about political and cultural resistance use tropes of the Imaginary from Fanon to Lacan to challenge inherited postcolonial mindsets. Kudzanai…
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Hilary Baker, Deer, Pacific Ocean Park (2017), courtesy 515.

Flora and Fauna

515

Sometimes there is that rare and ineffable dialogue between artists that resists being quantified or easily understood. It’s like snow or the first time you…
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Galen Trezise, Zirs Peripheral Self, detail (2018), courtesy Lowell Ryan Projects.

Color Out of Space

Lowell Ryan Projects

A lot happens in the room at the Lowell Ryan group show Color Out of Space, so much that it seeps into more than one…
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Oli Epp, The Germaphobe (2019), courtesy of the artist and Richard Heller Gallery, photo by Alan Shaffer.

Oli Epp

Richard Heller Gallery

Oli Epp is a young London-based artist whose humorous paintings depict contemporary pop culture and our abject relationship to technology and commerce. The brashly colored…
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Purvis Young, Untitled (c. 1980s), courtesy James Fuentes.

Purvis Young

James Fuentes, Salon 94 - New York

A single black scrawl—Young—hovers over painting after painting. It may cover the side of a building or a truck—and indeed the artist hung his work…
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Erica Weitz photograph (detail).

Erica Weitz

Instagram Art Pick

Instagram, for all its corporate complications and endless lifestyle posturing has become a viable avenue for artists to share work. It’s the open, free for…
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Charles White, I Have a Dream, 1976, lithograph on Arches buff paper, 22 1/2 × 30 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cirrus Editions Archive. Purchased with funds provided by the Director's Roundtable, and gift of Cirrus Editions, © The Charles White Archives, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Charles White: A Retrospective

“What happens to a dream deferred?” This question asked by Langston Hughes in his poem Harlem sets the stage of Charles White’s development as an…
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Installation view from "Rubber Pencil Devil," 2018, Alex Da Corte, Photo by Clayton Campbell

Museum Joy

The 57th Edition of the Carnegie International 

The last time I was bowled over by an artist’s installation was Damien Hirst’s Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings at Gagosian, New…
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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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Laura Owens, Untitled (2016,) oil, Flashe, screen printing, ink, charcoal, and wallpaper on dibond, courtesy MOCA, © Laura Owens.

Laura Owens

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Why, exactly, is Laura Owens’ art so compelling? This is a question I’ve been asking myself since I was in art school. Elusiveness seems intrinsic…
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Cécile B. Evans, Something Tactical Is Coming (2018), installation view, courtesy of the artist and Château Shatto, Los Angeles. Photograph By Elon Schoenholz.

CÉcile B. Evans

Chateau Shatto

Cécile B. Evans’ stand alone installation, “Something Tactical is Coming,” generates a deliciously satisfying SciFi dystopian theatricality. The bulk of the installation at Chateau Shatto…
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