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EDITOR’S LETTER

July-August 2019


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Dear Reader, Traveling can sometimes seem like a pursuit for the privileged. But many of us have the wanderlust, and even the poorest of the... Read More

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Whitney Biennial: Speaking Softly

Serious “wokeness” at the Whitney Biennial


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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... Read More

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ON A COUNTRY ROAD: Glenstone

The Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland


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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... Read More

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Bilbao Guggenheim: Fuck the Box

Thoughts after seeing the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao


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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.... Read More

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APOCALYPSE NOW: Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale Reckons with Troubled Times


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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... Read More

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Mexico City: Bursting with Vitality

Mexico City’s sprawling and dizzying art scene


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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... Read More

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No Vacancy

Art-Filled Rooms For The Night


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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... Read More

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Paradise Found

Rich Untermann’s Santa Barbara Idyll


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“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... Read More

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CODE ORANGE: JULY/AUGUST 2019

Winners & Finalists


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Congratulations to our winner LARRY MANTELLO and our finalists. Mantello’s photo is seen above and first in our photo gallery. His image is also printed in the... Read More

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SHOPTALK

RIP Lydia Takeshita; Artificial Intelligence; COLA Grants


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Artificial Intelligence Gets Uppity The future is closer than we think. Yours Truly has been binge-watching the series Humans on Amazon Prime, which has a... Read More

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David Hammons

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles


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David Hammons, an infamously reclusive yet pervasive figure, is undoubtedly a pioneer and solidified staple of the art world. His thought-provoking work permeates the visual... Read More

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Desert Places

Andrea Zittel's “Planar Pavilions at A-Z West”


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Picking up Highway 62 on the outer edges of Palm Springs takes you up to the high desert in which you drive through endless urban... Read More

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Art Brief

ARTISTS & BAD BEHAVIOR


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The Me Too movement has pushed the private behavior of artists and performers into the public square. Accusations of sexual harassment have damaged the reputations... Read More

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Under the Radar

Eighties Trilogy, Part Three


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If you’ve been following my recent columns here, you’ll know I’ve been on a bit of an ’80s counter-nostalgia binge, looking at an alternate history... Read More

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Decoder

Recognized Value


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To see the Goddess Durga Slaying the Demon Buffalo Mahisha you take the green train in Manhattan to the most boring neighborhood during the most... Read More

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SIGHTS UNSCENE

Ode to Eggleston, Shirley Temple on a Plane, circa 2011


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Bunker Vision

THE FINE ART OF PROPAGANDA


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In 2012 a YouTube user named Sabine started uploading a film in 10-minute segments. The story went that while on a visit to North Korea,... Read More

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COMICS

William Beckford Esq.


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Reconnoiter

Giorgio de Finis


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Giorgio de Finis is currently the artistic director of MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art Rome) where he has organized the sprawling MACRO Asilo project. He... Read More

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TONY CONRAD

ICA / Philadelphia


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“Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective” is the first large-scale museum survey devoted to work originally presented by the artist in his museum and gallery exhibitions.... Read More

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RABBIA SUKKARIEH

Robert & Frances Fullerton Museum Of Art / San Bernardino


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Lebanon-born, Los Angeles-based painter and sculptor Rabbia Sukkarieh regards her art as a means of transmuting a traumatic past. Having experienced the 1975–90 Lebanese Civil... Read More

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CHIACHIO & GIANNONE

MOLAA / Long Beach


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Argentine artists Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone who together form the duo Chiachio & Giannone were painters at one point in their careers. Their combined... Read More

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REICH RICHTER PÄRT

The Shed / New York


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Joy, transformation, transcendence—all lofty goals of early abstract expressionism—are exalted in the present tense at The Shed in the world premiere collaboration of three major... Read More

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JAMES BENNING

MCA Santa Barbara


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Milwaukee-bred, California-based filmmaker James Benning’s current exhibit at MCASB is nothing less than a brilliant baklava of America, a solemn layering of the country’s heartbreaking... Read More

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ALAN RATH

San Jose ICA


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Ever since man created robots, there have arisen ethical and moral questions regarding when and how they should be used. Isaac Asimov created the concept... Read More

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NOAH ADDIS

Blue Sky Gallery / Portland


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Most people, when confronted with the mind-bending vastness and ubiquity of urban slums, experience some amalgam of shock, disorientation, fear, recoilment, sympathy and outrage. Witnessing... Read More

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Jeffrey Gibson

Seattle Museum Of Art / Seattle


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When Push Comes to Shove (2015), take what you know and simply make—make objects, make observations, make connections, make people listen, make people think, make... Read More

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BEL CANTO

Site Santa Fe / Santa Fe


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With a theatricality apposite to its subject, Bel Canto exploits the rapturous, dolorous and mysterious allure that can make opera, in its premier manifestations, indistinguishable... Read More

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FIRELEI BÁEZ

James Cohan / New York


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Just last summer and fall, Firelei Báez brought a touch of joy to Harlem, along with a sense of her past. Even with five paintings,... Read More

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ON THE COVER

Randy Polumbo


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Randy Polumbo graces the cover of our July/August 2019 issue. Polumbo’s art is featured in our hotel art story by contributor Genie Davis on page... Read More

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