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

Blogger Transcribes Sheet Music from Tiny Butt in Hieronymus Bosch Painting

A few days ago, a Tumblr blogger named “Amelia” wrote about her experience of looking at the famous painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch, when she and her friend discovered “music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended […]

Blogger Transcribes Sheet Music from Tiny Butt in Hieronymus Bosch Painting

Robert Therrien at Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Robert Therrien might best be considered the Steven Wright of the art world. Starting in the late eighties, Wright delivered a dry conceptual stand up humor, sometimes dark and often twisted. The logic of his one-line jokes was to make you appreciate the absurdity of contemporary life and the impotence of language to describe it. […]

Left: Rene Magritte, The Listening Room, 1952, Oil on Canvas, 55cm x 45cm, Menil Collection Houston, TX
Right: Robert Therrien, No title (Folding table and chairs, green), 2008
Painted metal and fabric
Table: 96 x 120 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 x 304.8 cm); 4 chairs: 104 x 64 x 72 inches each (264.1 x 162.6 x 182.9 cm)
Photo by Josh White,  Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Art Fair Season in Los Angeles

Los Angeles in January is as pleasant as it gets. The forecast for tomorrow is 85 degrees and sunny. The aesthetic forecast for the next couple of weeks is an artistic tsunami of art fairs spanning quite a range of quality and quantity. Here then a shoot from the hip synopsis of the pop up […]

Art Fair Season in Los Angeles