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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

Roy Dowell at Various Small Fires

It’s always a pleasure to witness the work of an artist who, by sheer originality and talent, has developed an iconography and stylistic vocabulary that is at once familiar and completely foreign. Familiar and foreign are not, as many might think, contradictory. Roy Dowell understands the dissonant interdependence of classic modernism and inventive, rule bending […]

Roy Dowell at Various Small Fires

Leon Benn at Carter & Citizen

Painting continues to be relevant. If one has any doubt on this subject one need only witness the strong and mysterious paintings by Leon Benn currently on exhibit at Carter & Citizen in Culver City through October 12th, 2013. There are a multitude of qualities on exhibit. Three elements that Benn has firmly in his […]

Leon Benn at Carter & Citizen

Five Exhibitions to anticipate in the up coming season

While the Fine Art Landscape is really more of a 365 days a year affair, September still feels like a renewal of promise. Perhaps our affection for the academic calendar is in our aesthetic DNA. Perhaps cooling tempertures index a return to culture. Regardless of catalytic source, here are five excellent exhibitions which will grace […]

Five Exhibitions to anticipate in the up coming season

California-Pacific Triennial at Orange County Museum of Art

The California-Pacific Triennial opened a couple of weeks ago at The Orange County Museum of Art. The ambitious exhibition, which runs through November 17th, is the debut of a new format that used to be the California Biennial and has morphed to include 15 artists from countries that border the Pacific Ocean. The premise that […]

Triennial Mash up by Mario M. Muller

Windshield Perspective at A+D Museum

I’m a sucker for sidebars. Small boxes filled with tantalizing stats about a certain topic, augmented by a pie chart or per cent breakdown lure my eye away from a substantive narrative article almost every time. Now imagine an exhibition based on the sidebar concept and you have an approximation of Windshield Perspective currently on […]

An Interactive and colaberative map of Los Angeles festooned by notes by visitors and map pins.
Windshield Perspective-Installation View
(Photo: M. M. Muller)