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Top 5: Oct. 16, 2014

Here are our picks for the best art shows in Southern California this week! Subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to get this list piping hot and early in your mailbox.   1. Matsumi Kanemitsu: Metamorphic Effects Through December 20, 2014 The Mistake Room An abstract expressionist with a sense of humor, Matsumi Kanemitsu […]

Top 5: Oct. 16, 2014

PHOTO ESSAY: Frogtown Art Walk 2014

The Elysian Valley was hopping yesterday evening for the ninth annual Frogtown Art Walk. Neighbors and nearby visitors looked at art, listened to music, watched plays, ate tacos and danced on the Los Angeles River Bike Path. Sustainable development was a topic for many of the artists who opened their doors last night. So far […]

PHOTO ESSAY: Frogtown Art Walk 2014

Please Listen Carefully. 323 Projects’ Menu Options Have Changed.

His voice is calm. He speaks in overlapping messages. “Hello, you have reached 323 Projects. Please listen carefully as our menu has changed.” “A customer service representative will be with you shortly.” “If you wish to place an order for the first time, press 1.” “Please stay on the line and someone will be with […]

Please Listen Carefully. 323 Projects’ Menu Options Have Changed.

356 Mission Just Became a Cat Lady. Good Show.

The image of the cat lady is often a sexist one, with connotations of spinsterhood and downright insanity. But so long as the smell is managed, someone who owns a bunch of cats lives in a house full of wonder. There’s adventure around every corner — and apparently something interesting inside them too, based on […]

356 Mission Just Became a Cat Lady. Good Show.

Lucy + Jorge Orta: “Food – Water – Life” at Ben Maltz Gallery

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by 12 countries, making the bottom of the world officially its most peaceful place. Now with 50 signatories, the treaty prohibits military activity, mineral mining and nuclear testing, creating a refuge for scientists to conduct icy research. The symbolic status of the coldest continent is not lost on […]

Lucy + Jorge Orta: “Food – Water – Life” at Ben Maltz Gallery

Korakrit Arunanondchai and the Cult of Bar Soap @ The Mistake Room

You get a not-entirely-pleasant shock when you turn the darkened corner in Korakrit Arunanondchai’s installation at The Mistake Room and see the backs of 100 mannequins, all bald and clad in white. After watching the shorter of two videos in Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift the keeps on giving, you’ve learned the Thailand-born, New […]

One of these is not like the others.

The Los Angeles Museum of Art, Revisited

Two Decembers ago, Alice Könitz constructed a raised deck in the driveway of her Eagle Rock studio and called it the Los Angeles Museum of Art. She gave different artists opportunities to play with the space, and that they did, hosting performances, displaying ceramics and installing sculptures both social and material. Complete with wooden posts […]

Stephanie Taylor's show at Alice Könitz's Los Angeles Museum of Art. (Photo by Fredrik Nilsen)

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 […]

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

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 […]

Variations of a theme by Duchamp

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 […]

Looking in the Mirror: Old Rock / New Art Affinities