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Luke Butler, The End XVI, Acrylic on canvas, 38 x 54 inches, 2013

Luke Butler at Charlie James Gallery

Even before you enter Charlie James Gallery, the aesthetics are compelling: historic doorways beckon, lanterns hang overhead, roofs sweep upward and yellowing graphics in windows all command you to be visually awake. You’re on Chung King Road, the alley across the street from Chinatown’s famous archway and a sometimes-flourishing gallery district. Inside the gallery, the […]

Variations of a theme by Duchamp

Variations of a theme by Duchamp

Artists quote each other all the time, by way of homage, allusion, reference, rhyme and so forth, and have been doing so forever. But sometimes, especially in more recent times, such quoting gets raised up a notch into something qualitatively different, a fresh gambit (featuring a virtually one-to-one transposition) whose resultant works tend to get […]

Looking in the Mirror: Old Rock / New Art Affinities

Looking in the Mirror: Old Rock / New Art Affinities

  Art imitates nature. – Aristotle     It is a truth universally acknowledged, that nothing in the universe is original. Great art is not original. You couldn’t come up with something unrecognizable even if you tried, no matter what Barnett Newman says, because we are nature. We are starstuff. We are a way for […]

“Corporeal Impulse” at the Vincent Price Art Museum

“Corporeal Impulse” at the Vincent Price Art Museum

Despite the successes of Peter Voulkos, Ken Price and other California artists who’ve worked with clay, the medium remains problematic. Heavy but fragile, sometimes bulky, tricky to move, difficult to display, and—still—burdened by notions, real and imagined, of “craft,” works in clay are rarely made and exhibited well. But artists continue to be drawn to […]