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Incognito at Santa Monica Museum of Art

The Santa Monica Museum of Art throws a great party. Every year, around this time there’s a party that’s thrown called Incognito. Should the name conjure images of revelers with bars across their eyes or entire heads pixelated beyond recognition, you might be a little off in your expectations. Incognito is an annual fundraiser for […]

My Silhouetted Form of a Giacometti, executed on a Vintage Map.

Rinko Kawauchi at Rose Gallery

The power of photography, in its infancy, was often associated with magic. To capture the likeness of animate or inanimate objects with chemicals is of course a sort of alchemy. But along with democratic availability of the technology came not only a ubiquity but also a disillusion of magic. Rinko Kawauchi is one of the […]

Rinko Kawachi
Untitled, from the series Ametsuchi, 2012
Lamba Print, 58 x 72 Inches
in a limited edition of three
Courtesy Rose Galley, Santa Monica

Que Serra, Serra at Gagosian

I’ve always been a fan of drawings by sculptors. Perhaps more than any category of artist, sculptors have an innate understanding of line, volume and form on paper. Puryear, Shapiro, Balkenhol, Rodin and Kapoor have all been bilingual in sculpture and drawing. Richard Serra belongs to this group in a distinctive manner. Rather than translate […]

Que Serra, Serra at Gagosian

Paris Photo, Los Angeles

Let’s face facts: art fairs are entertainment. They provide an opportunity for the mildly culturally curious to scan and peruse 40-80 galleries which trot out their chosen “best.” All under one roof.  Art fairs are the malls of the visual culture world. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are pretentious, expensive and self […]

Paris Photo at the Paramount Studios Lot 2013

Matt Wedel at LA Louver

Heroic can come in many forms. More often than not it is content that signals the heroic. And yet, perhaps the most inventive form of the heroic in art slips under the radar in the guise of scale. This is certainly true of a medium that is often, if not always, associated with intimacy and […]

Matt Wedel at LA Louver

George Stoll at Maloney Fine Art

Poetry is in short supply in the art world. It’s as if there’s a general mistrust of even the search for beauty, truth or elegance. Thank god there’s George Stoll to fill the void. With ten pieces installed in the sun-drenched gallery of Maloney Fine Art, Stoll reacquaints us with grace achieved through rigor and […]

George Stoll 
beads, gravity, prime numbers and catenary curves
Installation Viewn(detail)
Courtesy Maloney Fine Art

Neil Wax at Gallery Brown

Every so often one stumbles upon something in the art world that acts like an aesthetic Wasabi. Stopping in at Gallery Brown off 3rd Street the other morning initiated such a moment of palette cleansing recently. Installed in the sunny windows of the gallery were plastic containers, in groupings of two and three, of varying […]

Neil Wax at Gallery Brown

Artful Grit at Gagosian

Richard Prince has come west. Riding into Beverly Hills with a posse of cowboys shouldn’t be surprising. It is perhaps the most natural way the elder statesman of appropriation art should stake his claim in Los Angeles. We are, after all, not only the epicenter of American image broadcasting but also the NASDAQ of artificiality. […]

Artful Grit at Gagosian

Interview: Stephanie Barron, Curator of “Ken Price Sculpture” at the Nasher

  As senior curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Stephanie Barron catalyzed the Nasher Sculpture Center’s current exhibition, Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective. Originating at LACMA and moving next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the show was organized by Barron and Price himself up until his death […]

Interview: Stephanie Barron, Curator of “Ken Price Sculpture” at the Nasher

New Season in Culver City

Communal openings do bring out the crowds. On an evening when frost warnings were posted, LA’s art world denizens came out in serious numbers to attend dozens of galleries in the La Cienega/Washington vortex. It must be said from the onset, openings are probably the worst possible time to actually view art. This malady was […]

Blue McRight, 2010, Oil on Paper, 6 x 9 inches