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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

Jasper Johns at Matthew Marks

The thing about Jasper Johns that is often overlooked is that his art has become part of the DNA of the Art World. Some might argue that this happened in a Big Bang fashion in the late fifties when his art burst on the scene. It was then that the rather commonplace motifs of Johns’ […]

Jasper Johns at Matthew Marks

Inaugural Group Exhibition at Regen Projects

The New Regen Projects exhibition space opened in late September in an area of Los Angeles that can best be approximated as south Hollywood. At over 10,000 square feet and designed by architect Michael Maltzan, the space meets and exceeds the expectations of ambitious and pretentious (I use this word as a positive) upper echelon […]

Doug Aitken
MOVIE
2012
High density foam, wood, mirror and painted glass
27 1/4 x 79 1/2 x 8 inches (69.2 x 201.9 x 20.3 cm)
Edition of 4, 2 AP

“Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective” at LACMA

I don’t know how it will play in Texas when it comes to the  Nasher Sculpture Center in February 2013, but Ken Price’s magnificent exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is so thoroughly suffused with the bittersweet aura of a memorial that it’s impossible not to be thrilled by the joy that […]

“Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective” at LACMA

Feedback: Sonic Youth’s “The Sprawl.”

    1988 was a rotten time to be a teenager. During the Reagan-Bush era, you had to put in a lot of work to hear something other than Bon Jovi. There was no internet, and the indie revolution in film and music and fashion and new media was still years away. A girl interested in […]

Feedback: Sonic Youth’s “The Sprawl.”

Matthias Düwel at Martha Otero

The concept of an exhibition being perfect for a summertime setting might too easily be misinterpreted as a slight. It is not. The paintings and drawings by Matthias Düwel currently on display at Martha Otero Gallery capture the high key color and sartorial swing that does indeed seem suited for the ratatattat of August. If […]

Matthias Düwel at Martha Otero

Laura Lark Loves You #4: Following The Rules

  (For an introduction to Laura Lark’s advice column, click here.)   Dear Laura, I think I’m ready to approach a gallery about showing my work, and maybe even ask them to represent me as an artist. I’ve heard from older artists that it’s sort of like dating. Is that true? And if it is […]

Laura Lark Loves You #4: Following The Rules

James Fee at Craig Krull

Photography’s greatest Achilles heel may be that it’s too damn illustrative. How then to wrestle the poetry back into a medium which explains so much and leaves so little for interpretation? I was reminded of this re-occuring  struggle when I saw, again, the emotive and evocational prints of James Fee at Craig Krull Gallery. Fee, […]

James Fee, Fly By, 2003, Toned Silver Gelatin Print, 14 x 21 inches

MacCracken and Innerst at Michael Kohn

The thing about group shows, especially in the long dog days of summer, is that they can drive you to distraction. While the art world in general has become a 365 days a year affair, many galleries still work on a “cultural season” of September through May. Summer group shows might not be the best […]

John MacCracken, OH-NANA, 1978 (surface detail)

Alighiero Boetti at the Fowler Museum at UCLA

Pick of the Week for July 25th, 2012 Granted, to write a rave review of a show closing in four days is regretable. But when the art work on display and the curatorial excellence is so remarkable, it would be more of a crime not to sing its praises. The exhibition in question is the […]

Alighiero Boetti Tutto, 1988
Embroidery on fabric 100 x 70 cm Collezione Alessandra Bonomo Photograph courtesy Bonomo Gallery, Rome © Alighiero Boetti Estate by Artists Rights Society (ARS) and Società Italiana di Autori ed Editori (SIAE) 2011