Robert Heinecken, Kim Kardashian and Why Art Doesn’t Change a Damn Thing

Let’s get this out of the way: Kim Kardashian showed her big ol’ greasy butt on the cover of Paper magazine this week. You already know this. People are complaining about what it means, wondering why everyone is talking more about the reality star’s ass than Obama’s landmark environmental agreement with China or the spaceship […]

Robert Heinecken, Kim Kardashian and Why Art Doesn’t Change a Damn Thing

Hello Kitty’s Art Show Matches Her Hairdryer and Bowling Ball

Hello Kitty is a behemoth. In 1974 she appeared on a coin purse between a fish bowl and a bottle of milk. Now she’s 40 years old and pulling in $7 billion a year. Not bad for an anthropomorphic cat who stands five apples tall and doesn’t have a mouth. In addition to clothing and […]

Buff Monster's Melty Kitty Dream

Archibald Motley and Jazz Age Modernism at LACMA

Three men gather around a drink-topped table and look in amicably uncomfortable disbelief at the title character in Archibald Motley’s The Liar. There’s a dachshund sleeping near the edges of the white tablecloth, but that dog is probably the last detail you’ll notice in the painting. The Harlem Renaissance artist has skewed perception and brought […]

Archibald J. Motley, Jr. The Liar.  Collection of Howard University Galley of Art, Washington, DC.

Andy Warhol’s Shadows at MOCA Grand Avenue

Andy Warhol’s Shadows is a monumental painting that is all about variation within repetition. The work is displayed differently wherever it’s hung, depending on the size of the room and the ordering of the panels. In the case of MOCA Grand Avenue, the varied repetition happens across 102 canvases. The images on the panels waver […]

Photo by Brian Forrest. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

How Many Artists Does It Take to Screw Henry and Glenn?

Sometimes two hard-rocking guys just want to settle down together. And fight zombies. Henry & Glenn Forever & Forever, the comic book from Los Angeles artist Tom Neely and friends that imagines musicians Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig as a gay couple, is far more than a one-liner. Over the years the unambiguously gay duo […]

How Many Artists Does It Take to Screw Henry and Glenn?

Barbara Probst Looks Both Ways at Park View

The work of Munich-born photographer Barbara Probst has been displayed in prestigious galleries all over the New and Old World. She’s been written up in Artforum, Time and The New Yorker. The MOMA owns a few of her pieces. If you were to guess the latest step in Probst’s career, you could be forgiven for […]

Exposure #109: Munich studio, 09.19.13, 5:31 p.m., 2013

How the San Fernando Valley Produced Good Art

My mechanic moved to the San Fernando Valley because he could afford to buy a house with a yard. An artist I know moved there because he had a son and could afford to rent a house with a yard. Another artist moved there because she married a man who worked for Anheuser Busch and […]

From Mike Mandel's People in Cars series, North Hollywood, 1970. Courtesy CSUN.

3 Days Awake in West Adams

Nevine Mahmoud’s sculpture sat in the middle of the concrete floor in West Adams, a couple of long miles away from Culver City’s gallery scene. Composed of cement, plaster and multicolored swimming pool noodles, the creation evoked a feeling of summer before I even realized there was a coconut hiding in there. No more than […]

Nevine Mahmoud’s WEDGE

John Altoon at LACMA

In the documentary The Cool School, John Altoon’s death from a heart attack at the age of 43 in 1969 was seen as a big reason for the collapse of the group of Ferus Gallery regulars, no matter that the actual gallery had closed two years prior and morphed into Ferus/Pace. Suffering from depression and schizophrenia, […]

John Altoon at LACMA

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