No more bootlicking 

Thursday, Mar 28 2013
You have to walk through Cady Noland's Office Filter, a metal gate with a jacket hanging on one end of it, to get into the second gallery of LACMA's "Ends and Exits" show. There you'll find a yellow tarp across which Keith Haring painted his red, rambunctious characters, and the dress of white gloves artist Lorraine O'Grady made in 1980 and wore when she showed up at art openings reciting poems that attacked art-world segregation ("THAT'S ENOUGH!/No more bootlicking.../No more ass-kissing...," she said at a Tribeca opening). The show, about that decade from 1980-90, when mass media, new money and Reagan-era politics all affected art in an insidious way, feels like this throughout -- visually upbeat but irritated with the state of things. 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; through Aug. 4. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through Aug. 4, 2013
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