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Lewis Baltz, New Topographics Photographer, dies at 69

  The photographer Lewis Baltz, one the seminal figures of the New Topographics movement of the 1960s and 70s, died on Sunday. He was 69 years old. Baltz’s straightforward, deadpan images of the American built environment were prime examples of the new wave of American landscape photography. Along with Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel […]

Lewis Baltz, “South Wall, Mazda Motors, 2121 East Main Street, Irvine,” 1974 from “The New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California.” Gelatin silver print (via The Washington Post)

UCSB Starts 1st Undergrad Museum Studies Program in CA

MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach as UCSB’s Gaucho. Anyone who has studied art history has at one time or another been asked, “What are you going to do with that?” by skeptical family members or friends. The presumption that an art history degree is impractical, that it will give the recipient little professional preparation, goes all the way […]

MoMA's Klaus Biesenbach as the UCSB Gaucho.

Gavlak Going Hollywood

  Onetime Angeleno Sarah Gavlak is returning to LA to open an outpost of her eponymous Palm Beach gallery this June. The second Gavlak will be 5,000 square feet, at 1034 North Highland Avenue and neighboring Hannah Hoffman, Michael Kohn, and Regen Projects. The gallery’s press release is careful to note that they will be […]

Sarah Gavlak at her apartment gallery in 2009 [via NYT]

Baldessari’s Camel is Awesome

  In a post worthy of Fox News, Buzzfeed has worked itself into a lather about a John Baldessari sculpture of a camel contemplating a needle. The sculpture was purchased by the State Department for a cut rate of $400,000, and is earmarked for the US embassy in Islamabad, where, Buzzfeed righteously reports, the  “average […]

John Baldessari, Camel Contemplating a Needle, 2013

Southern CA Artists Invade El Paso, Part 2

  In addition to the upcoming show Citizen Culture at the UTEP Rubin Center (which will originate at the Santa Monica Museum of Art), the city of El Paso is also embarking on a major public art program, via a quality of life bond that passed in 2012. One of the key pieces in a […]

Rendering of "Not a Whole Fence" (working title) by Ball-Nogues Studio

Southern CA Artists Invade El Paso, Part 1

One of the things people always say about El Paso is that it’s closer to Los Angeles than it is to the eastern part of Texas. Perhaps that proximity is driving the current flurry of activity by California artists. All over this city in the desert, El Paso curators are looking west for collaborations and […]

Architectural rendering by Teddy Cruz.

Is MOCA’s Board the Better for the Return of the Big 3 Artists?

As reported in Artnet, artists John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie have rejoined the MOCA board after resigning in protest during the troubled tenure of former director Jeffrey Deitch. The artists left the board ultimately over Deitch’s firing of longtime MOCA curator Paul Schimmel. While the return of well-known artists will arguably create goodwill […]

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Welcome to the arts. You will be significantly poorer than your parents.

Planet Money recently did a study of various professions, which revealed something that will surprise nobody who works as an artist or arts professional: of all career paths (if you want to call being an artist a career path), these have the worst downward mobility; i.e. artists, curators and other creative types will be the […]

Welcome to the arts. You will be significantly poorer than your parents.

Bergamot Station to Become Relavent Again, Maybe

As reported in the Santa Monica Daily Press, the plans for an overhaul of Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station have finally been unveiled.  The gallery complex has gotten pretty snoozy (save for a handful of the better galleries there) since arguably being the heart of the LA gallery scene in the 90s. But crafty developers, perhaps […]

Bergamot Station to Become Relavent Again, Maybe