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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

Luke Butler at Charlie James Gallery

Even before you enter Charlie James Gallery, the aesthetics are compelling: historic doorways beckon, lanterns hang overhead, roofs sweep upward and yellowing graphics in windows all command you to be visually awake. You’re on Chung King Road, the alley across the street from Chinatown’s famous archway and a sometimes-flourishing gallery district. Inside the gallery, the […]

Luke Butler, The End XVI, Acrylic on canvas, 38 x 54 inches, 2013

Variations of a theme by Duchamp

Artists quote each other all the time, by way of homage, allusion, reference, rhyme and so forth, and have been doing so forever. But sometimes, especially in more recent times, such quoting gets raised up a notch into something qualitatively different, a fresh gambit (featuring a virtually one-to-one transposition) whose resultant works tend to get […]

Variations of a theme by Duchamp

Looking in the Mirror: Old Rock / New Art Affinities

  Art imitates nature. – Aristotle     It is a truth universally acknowledged, that nothing in the universe is original. Great art is not original. You couldn’t come up with something unrecognizable even if you tried, no matter what Barnett Newman says, because we are nature. We are starstuff. We are a way for […]

Looking in the Mirror: Old Rock / New Art Affinities

“Corporeal Impulse” at the Vincent Price Art Museum

Despite the successes of Peter Voulkos, Ken Price and other California artists who’ve worked with clay, the medium remains problematic. Heavy but fragile, sometimes bulky, tricky to move, difficult to display, and—still—burdened by notions, real and imagined, of “craft,” works in clay are rarely made and exhibited well. But artists continue to be drawn to […]

“Corporeal Impulse” at the Vincent Price Art Museum

You Had to Be There: Performance Art in the Age of Instant Dissemination

Bill Davenport’s recent coverage of a couple of performance art events (1, 2) and the accompanying images made me think about a Tumblr I had started a while back. It is nothing high minded, but a simple collection of pictures from performances that I have come across in blogs, eblasts, and museum/gallery websites. It is […]

You Had to Be There: Performance Art in the Age of Instant Dissemination

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

I generally don’t like movie remakes. I do, however, really love films made with a combination of personal passion, obsessive ambition, and extreme limitation. There is no better example of this than Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation. I do not say lightly that seeing this kid-made, home video epic in a packed theater […]

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

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