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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 

 

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EDITOR’S LETTER

January-February 2018


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Dear Reader, The new year is a time to look forward, but in this issue we also take stock. Staff writer Ezrha Jean Black does... Read More

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Artillery Best in Show 2017

Staff Writer Ezrha Jean Black Picks the Top 10 Highlights from a spectacular year of gallery and museum shows


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The experience of art in Los Angeles is always both very specific to its localized encounter and acutely conscious of its engagement with the world.... Read More

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Theory and Experience in the Work of Kandis Williams

Cutting Edge Dissociation


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At Kandis Williams’ studio, sparse and white with tall ceilings and drywall divisions, her studio neighbor Orion Martin and I sit and talk with her... Read More

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Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.

Three PST shows tell it like it is


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In the mainstream, queerness has a way of being pushed into the shadows, forced back into the closet. It happens all around us, especially in... Read More

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Culture Coverup: L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege

Chicana/o Erasure and Endurance in Los Angeles


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Just as there is a certain metaphysical link between acknowledging one’s existence and looking in the mirror, there exists a similar link between the acknowledgement... Read More

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Code Orange

March/April Submissions; Deadline Feb 2, 2018


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CODE ORANGE is a new Artillery feature, a web-based, issue-oriented photography contest curated by LA artist and photographer Laura London. Winning entries will be published... Read More

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Report from New York

Art and China After 1989 at the Guggenheim


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China had its first major avant-garde exhibition in 1989, which was also the year of the Tiananmen protests. The exhibition “Art and China after 1989:... Read More

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SHOPTALK

Fair News; Getty; Pacific Asia Museum; Comings & Goings; Women's March


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Fair News January is fair month in our fair city. The LA Art Show (Jan. 10–14) in all its massiveness returns to the Convention Center... Read More

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ART BRIEF

Selling the Crown Jewels: Norman Rockwell


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Although I’m not a big fan of Norman Rockwell’s artwork, a painting of his caught my eye after becoming the centerpiece of a controversy that... Read More

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UNDER THE RADAR

Sean Tejaratchi's Liartown!


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This whole end-of-net-neutrality panic is a bit of a mystery to me. Sure, it sucks, but what were people expecting? That businessmen would suddenly do... Read More

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DECODER

Incredibly Layered


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Galleries usually just send you their press releases, but sometimes you get them from a whole PR firm. I’m on this firm’s list now, and... Read More

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RECONNOITER

Bill Sheehy


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Bill Sheehy is the director of Latin American Masters, which he founded in 1987.   What led you to exhibit only Latin-American artists? Do you... Read More

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BUNKER VISION

The Lure: The Sum of its Parts


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If you happen to be looking for a textbook example of film as collaborative art, a special feature on the DVD of The Lure might... Read More

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ASK BABS

Etiquette for Artful Living


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DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER DEAR BABS: In my art practice, I gravitate toward using ephemeral media and creating installations. Sometimes my work deals with “difficult” subject... Read More

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SIGHTS UNSCENE

Parent at Art Opening, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2013.


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AbEx East Influences

FIELD REPORT: HONOLULU, HAWAII


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“Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West” is a new exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii seeking to revisit and, in... Read More

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COMICS: Icono Clast

The Exciting Game of Art Vandalism


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Liz Glynn at Mass MOCA

& Barbara Takenaga at Williams College Museum of Art


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Artist Liz Glynn has been taking on increasingly ambitious projects by leaps and bounds, and lately more of it can be seen on the East... Read More

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Merion Estes

CB1 Gallery


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Ages-old art historical forces of the sublime and the picturesque battle it out across a suite of abstract landscapes, in about 20 fabulously chromatic, profoundly... Read More

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Rubén Ortiz-Torres

Royale Projects


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A lowrider’s charisma lies in its transmogrification from prosaic to fabulous: an ordinary old automobile becomes a sparkling iridescent marvel that bounces like a carnival... Read More

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Making Art Concrete

Getty Museum


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“Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros” makes for a companion exhibition to the Palm Springs Art... Read More

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Axé Bahia

Fowler Museum at UCLA


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In a 1994 Paris Review interview, the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe famously quoted an Igbo proverb: “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the... Read More

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Ruben Ochoa

Art + Practice


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Ruben Ochoa’s “SAMPLED y SURVEYED” illustrates the artist’s penchant for transforming basic construction materials into structural installations charged with meaning. Primarily working in wood, metals... Read More

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Ibid Gallery


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The objects in the image seem preternaturally still, pushed off to the left side of the frame: a liquefied elastic globule seems to pull down... Read More

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Michael Lewis Miller

Norco College, Inland Empire


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Care for a pickled egg? How about a mayonnaise sandwich? Or maybe you’d prefer apple butter? With these questions and a simple spread of food... Read More

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Zarouhie Abdalian

Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco


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Known for her minimal interventions in public spaces, creating subtle shifts in environments, either visually or with sound, New Orleans-based Zarouhie Abdalian has garnered significant... Read More

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ON THE COVER

Sean Tejaratchi


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Sean Tejaratchi, from Crap Hound #1/6: Death, Telephones & Scissors, 1994/2012 In this issue’s Under The Radar, our regular column by Doug Harvey. Doug writes... Read More

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RETROSPECT

We Were Jammin’


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In my second year at Cornell my family were happy because they thought they could finally stop worrying about me. I don’t know why they... Read More

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Jesse Benson

Michael Benevento


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In his recent work, Jesse Benson uses appropriation to dismantle “appropriate” interpretation. But unlike other painters who might pursue this goal through dramatic, even offensive... Read More

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