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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

You Had to Be There: Performance Art in the Age of Instant Dissemination

Bill Davenport’s recent coverage of a couple of performance art events (1, 2) and the accompanying images made me think about a Tumblr I had started a while back. It is nothing high minded, but a simple collection of pictures from performances that I have come across in blogs, eblasts, and museum/gallery websites. It is […]

You Had to Be There: Performance Art in the Age of Instant Dissemination

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

I generally don’t like movie remakes. I do, however, really love films made with a combination of personal passion, obsessive ambition, and extreme limitation. There is no better example of this than Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation. I do not say lightly that seeing this kid-made, home video epic in a packed theater […]

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Mid-Century Modern at LAMA Auction House, Van Nuys

Los Angeles Modern Auctions in Van Nuys has a stellar reputation for acquiring first-rate material and putting it on the block. Their particular specialty is design, furniture and fine art with a distinct mid-century modern feel and provenance. This Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 20th, 21st and 22nd of February respectively affords Angelinos an uncommon […]

Installation View of the LAMA Showrooms, February 18th, 2014