Author: Colette Copeland

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In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists

In Wonderland at LACMA is the first exhibition dedicated to Surrealism as practiced by women artists. Featuring 47 artists from the U.S. and Mexico, the curators examine the relationship between Surrealism and the emergence of gender politics. Previous Surrealist surveys excluded or minimized the role of female artists. While I acknowledge the monumental significance of […]

In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists

“A Tribute to Mike Kelley” at MOCA

Mike Kelley’s untimely death sent a shockwave throughout the art world. It seemed unthinkable that L.A.’s subversive “bad boy” artist was gone. Within two weeks of his death, MOCA L.A. organized a special tribute exhibition celebrating Kelley’s work. Knowing how far in advance museums plan exhibitions, this is nothing short of miraculous. The 23 exhibited […]

“A Tribute to Mike Kelley” at MOCA

CAA Part II: Design, Food, Weegee and Naked Hollywood

  The College Art Association Conference was a great excuse to play in L.A. for a few days. Arriving at the swanky L.A. Marriott Live hotel, I immediately noticed the intersection between art, design and advertising. The bathroom lobby resembled a pink Dan Flavin installation. Huge Guess banners filled the lobby walls and columns. Guess […]

CAA Part II: Design, Food, Weegee and Naked Hollywood

CAA Part I: Conference Highlights

Mary Kelly, “Post-Partum Document 1973-79 Documentation I Analyzed fecal stains and feeding” My grumble with College Art Association conferences is that historically the programming primarily targets art historians. Last year’s New York conference was a notable exception with some of my favorite artists on the roster. Shirin Neshat participated in a panel on censorship. The […]

CAA Part I: Conference Highlights