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How Laura Owens' New Boyle Heights Exhibit Moves Painting Forward

What can paintings do? According to Laura Owens, they can be clocked and stretched, gridded and smeared, silkscreened with armies of cats and personal ads, representational and abstract, both a surface and ever simply, at the end, a picture. In the late '90s and early 2000s, Laura Owens was one...…
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Arts, Art Lucy Raven Turns Test Patterns Into Art, at the Hammer Museum

Lucy Raven Turns Test Patterns Into Art, at the Hammer Museum

The first test patterns I ever saw were slapsticky meta-jokes mixed into after-school cartoons. Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck might walk off frame and into one. Or they appeared as dated references in movies made before I was born, archaic technologies of a visual analog past. I have a vague...…
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Arts, Art JP Munro at International Art Objects and Gustave Moreau at the Hammer Museum

JP Munro at International Art Objects and Gustave Moreau at the Hammer Museum

Ancient dreams and antique corruptions have been haunting a couple of L.A. galleries. The paintings of JP Munro at International Art Objects and Gustave Moreau at the Hammer Museum possess a mischievous magic, creating scenes that look as if they're from a lost Hollywood masterpiece, set in epic ruins, undulating...…
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Arts, Art Michael Heizer's Double Negative: A Journey to a Land Art Landmark

Michael Heizer's Double Negative: A Journey to a Land Art Landmark

I drove 341 miles to see Michael Heizer's 1970 artwork Double Negative, but I have not walked the 150 yards from LACMA's ticket booth to see his freshly installed Levitated Mass. I've been to the museum since the 340-ton boulder was consecrated, but I haven't yet ambled behind the Resnick...…
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Arts, Art Leigh Ledare at the Box, Michel Auder at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Leigh Ledare at the Box, Michel Auder at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Neither Leigh Ledare nor Michel Auder makes art for the complacent. With current exhibitions on opposite sides of the city, the two artists use reality — often their own lives — to subtly creep through desire and fantasies, the instability of meaning and the permeability between the fictional and the...…
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Arts, Art <i>Mono-ha</i>, the Japanese "School of Things," at Blum & Poe

Mono-ha, the Japanese "School of Things," at Blum & Poe

Down on La Cienega Boulevard, things hang in the balance. Held aloft by a single wire, a 14-foot metal I-beam stands delicately balanced on its corner. A giant granite stone nearby perches atop a steel tower. Things are melting and oozing, stacked and cracked, stretched taut and left to dry...…
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Arts, Art Alina Szapocznikow at the Hammer Museum: Sexy Sculptures of a Forgotten Polish Genius

Alina Szapocznikow at the Hammer Museum: Sexy Sculptures of a Forgotten Polish Genius

Though it may seem common, it's almost impossible to get rediscovered. There is likely a handful of novels equal to Moby Dick in some fusty East Coast atheneum ready to be undusted and perhaps actually read by an intrepid librarian. Even discovery is not enough — the thing has to...…
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Arts, Art Pacific Standard Time to Night Gallery: The Year in L.A. Art

Pacific Standard Time to Night Gallery: The Year in L.A. Art

This past year, Los Angeles has been haunted by dreams of itself. For years, I've passed the Olive Motel on Sunset in Silver Lake — such a strange stray dog of a building, eminently adoptable. I've thought of trying to buy it with nonexistent money to start businesses I have...…
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Arts, Art Pacific Standard Time: Celebrating the Freaks and Weirdos of L.A. Art

Pacific Standard Time: Celebrating the Freaks and Weirdos of L.A. Art

In case you hadn't heard, there is art in Los Angeles — and a lot of it. With more than 60 exhibitions by museums, gobs more by commercial galleries, a performance festival and a post-punk parade to wend its way down Broadway, this ginormous art initiative called Pacific Standard Time,...…
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Arts, Art Pacific Standard Time: Timeline 1945-1980

Pacific Standard Time: Timeline 1945-1980

1945: Neapolitan immigrant Simon Rodia is midway through building the biggest, weirdest and least commercially viable sculpture in Los Angeles in the historically black neighborhood of Watts, the Watts Towers. Rumor has it that an alternate site was where the Beverly Hilton is in Beverly Hills, which, some argue, would...…
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Arts, Art Night Gallery, Museum of Public Fiction and Other Eastside Experiments

Night Gallery, Museum of Public Fiction and Other Eastside Experiments

The storefront is unmarked. Thick, white, metal grates hang from the windows. Tonight, just past midnight on a Tuesday, a crowd lingers out front, seemingly uninterested in the choice of Mexican restaurants doubled up on one side or the closed coin-op laundry flanking the other. Cracked and stained and wearing...…
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Arts, Art Piero Golia at Gagosian Gallery

Piero Golia at Gagosian Gallery

On March 4, Piero Golia announced the date and title of his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles on Facebook after 10 years of living here and scores of exhibitions almost everywhere but L.A. "Concrete Cakes and Constellation Paintings, Los Angeles, June 23, 2011," he wrote. The first commenter noted...…
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Arts, Art Natural History: Anthony Lepore and Mark Hagen

Natural History: Anthony Lepore and Mark Hagen

To make a landscape is to tame nature. We think of it as a picture of the land, painted or photographed, carefully framed on four sides, more or less flaccidly hanging on the wall. Landscapes were appreciated first by Renaissance bourgeois ramblers and open-air painters as scenery, as they were...…
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Arts, Art Human Nature at LACMA

Human Nature at LACMA

Permanent-collection exhibitions at museums tend toward either filler or fodder. Filler — and our financially dissolute Museum of Contemporary Art suffered through more than a year of it — is a cheap way to fill gallery space by emptying out the warehouses. Or they're fodder, perhaps to satiate benefactors, but hopefully...…
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