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Que Serra, Serra at Gagosian

I’ve always been a fan of drawings by sculptors. Perhaps more than any category of artist, sculptors have an innate understanding of line, volume and form on paper. Puryear, Shapiro, Balkenhol, Rodin and Kapoor have all been bilingual in sculpture and drawing. Richard Serra belongs to this group in a distinctive manner. Rather than translate […]

Que Serra, Serra at Gagosian

Paris Photo, Los Angeles

Let’s face facts: art fairs are entertainment. They provide an opportunity for the mildly culturally curious to scan and peruse 40-80 galleries which trot out their chosen “best.” All under one roof.  Art fairs are the malls of the visual culture world. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are pretentious, expensive and self […]

Paris Photo at the Paramount Studios Lot 2013

Matt Wedel at LA Louver

Heroic can come in many forms. More often than not it is content that signals the heroic. And yet, perhaps the most inventive form of the heroic in art slips under the radar in the guise of scale. This is certainly true of a medium that is often, if not always, associated with intimacy and […]

Matt Wedel at LA Louver

George Stoll at Maloney Fine Art

Poetry is in short supply in the art world. It’s as if there’s a general mistrust of even the search for beauty, truth or elegance. Thank god there’s George Stoll to fill the void. With ten pieces installed in the sun-drenched gallery of Maloney Fine Art, Stoll reacquaints us with grace achieved through rigor and […]

George Stoll 
beads, gravity, prime numbers and catenary curves
Installation Viewn(detail)
Courtesy Maloney Fine Art

Neil Wax at Gallery Brown

Every so often one stumbles upon something in the art world that acts like an aesthetic Wasabi. Stopping in at Gallery Brown off 3rd Street the other morning initiated such a moment of palette cleansing recently. Installed in the sunny windows of the gallery were plastic containers, in groupings of two and three, of varying […]

Neil Wax at Gallery Brown

Artful Grit at Gagosian

Richard Prince has come west. Riding into Beverly Hills with a posse of cowboys shouldn’t be surprising. It is perhaps the most natural way the elder statesman of appropriation art should stake his claim in Los Angeles. We are, after all, not only the epicenter of American image broadcasting but also the NASDAQ of artificiality. […]

Artful Grit at Gagosian

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

“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

Grad school confidential

This is an essay about learning Photoshop. Kruger, “Your comfort is my silence’ 1991   I have to learn it for a class. I am in graduate school, see. I still have a hard time believing this. I’m in this multimedia experimental MA program in Specialized Journalism The Arts at the University of Southern California. I’ll […]

Grad school confidential