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MOCA Announces New Performance Festival, Step and Repeat

The Los Angeles art world has been saying a collective "hallelujah" since the arrival in January of Philippe Vergne as MOCA's new director. Although some East Coast commentators condemned the appointment — citing in particular a budget crisis scandal in which Vergne resorted to selling off a number of works...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 9 New Alternative Art Spaces in L.A. to Check Out Now

9 New Alternative Art Spaces in L.A. to Check Out Now

With so many artists living in L.A. and the local art schools churning out hundreds of eager graduates every year, new alternative art venues are opening all the time. In the past year, for example, 356 S. Mission Road (a downtown exhibition hall, community space and indie bookstore opened by artist Laura Owens...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Shia LaBeouf Shunned as an "Artist" by Other Galleries Before Landing at Cohen

Shia LaBeouf Shunned as an "Artist" by Other Galleries Before Landing at Cohen

In the latest celebrity assault on that trendy-but-widely-misunderstood medium known as performance art, actor Shia LaBeouf can currently be seen at Cohen Gallery on Beverly Boulevard, performing a piece called #IAMSORRY. The performance, an apology for recent acts of plagiarism, has LaBeouf welcoming visitors while sitting silently with a paper...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Hammer Museum's Controversial Mohn Award Returns  -  With a Twist

Hammer Museum's Controversial Mohn Award Returns - With a Twist

The Mohn Award launched in 2012 as Los Angeles' first $100,000 art prize, given to an outstanding artist in the Hammer Museum's biennial "Made in L.A." survey of local, contemporary art. Now it's back and, like any good Hollywood sequel, it's sporting some extra bells and whistles. For this year's...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Downtown L.A. Art Scene Reaches a Critical Mass of Cool

Downtown L.A. Art Scene Reaches a Critical Mass of Cool

Certain places at certain times seem to exert a gravitational pull. Last year, the small, cutting-edge Night Gallery raised their game by taking over a warehouse in the farthest reaches of downtown Los Angeles. That same industrial corridor on eastern Washington Boulevard recently welcomed two more avant-garde art spaces: The Mistake...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle MOCA's Appointment of New Director Philippe Vergne Gets Mixed Reactions

MOCA's Appointment of New Director Philippe Vergne Gets Mixed Reactions

After five years of turmoil - during which the museum battled near-fatal financial troubles while enduring the widely criticized tenure of mismatched director Jeffrey Deitch - MOCA needed to score a perfect 10 in the long awaited hiring of its new director. With faith in the organization so seriously eroded,…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Whitney Biennial 2014: L.A. Artists Represent, Again

Whitney Biennial 2014: L.A. Artists Represent, Again

A flurry of excitement went through the Los Angeles art world late last week following the announcement of the artists selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, which remains the largest and most watched survey of contemporary art in America. Out of a total of 103 artists or artist collectives, 26...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Gallerist Displays Paintings Inside Her Own Ear

Gallerist Displays Paintings Inside Her Own Ear

L.A.'s hippest new art gallery launches this week, and with a flourish. Tif Sigfrids, formerly director of the prestigious Thomas Solomon Gallery in Chinatown, is opening her own space in the burgeoning Hollywood arts district with a solo show by provocative L.A.-based artist Joe Sola. Known primarily for his edgy...…
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Wilshire Boulevard Temple Launches a Unique Project to Bridge Religion and Art

These days, a lot of people want to get in on the game of exhibiting contemporary art in Los Angeles. Talk of soon-to-open venues is proliferating, from Eli Broad's museum downtown and the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery co-headed by former MOCA curator Paul Schimmel to a new space housing...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Bizarre Exhibit in a Foreclosed Home That Was Turned Into a Gallery...Is Now in a Gallery

A Bizarre Exhibit in a Foreclosed Home That Was Turned Into a Gallery...Is Now in a Gallery

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *10 L.A. Art Spaces That Change Our Idea of What an Art Space Is *10 Best L.A. Art Galleries For Partying Back in October, we told you about artist Olga Koumoundouros' A Notorious Possession project, in which she took...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Asshole Festival 2013: Artists Yell at the Assholes of Los Angeles From a Street Corner in Chinatown

Asshole Festival 2013: Artists Yell at the Assholes of Los Angeles From a Street Corner in Chinatown

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *10 Best L.A. Art Galleries For Partying Forget the Fuck Yeah Fest -- on Sunday Los Angeles had its own Assholes Festival, courtesy of the artist collective Llano del Rio. Held on the street corner outside of the Chinatown...…
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Arts, Art Night Gallery Opens a New Space Downtown, Transitioning From Feisty Alternative Space to a Full-Fledged Art Experience

Night Gallery Opens a New Space Downtown, Transitioning From Feisty Alternative Space to a Full-Fledged Art Experience

Since Night Gallery opened in a shabby Lincoln Heights strip mall in February 2010, it has carved a singular niche for itself in the Los Angeles art landscape. More than just an art gallery, more than just an artist-run space, Night Gallery, which in its old incarnation was open only...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Google Art Project's Crazy Bloopers Become an Art Show in Echo Park

Google Art Project's Crazy Bloopers Become an Art Show in Echo Park

In the race to see which high-tech super-company is the creepiest and most Orwellian, Google has recently pulled far ahead of the rest of the pack. Its various tools, from Google Maps to Gmail to Google+, have become so powerful and indispensable that they are literally everywhere you look. The...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 L.A. Art Spaces That Change Our Idea of What an Art Space Is

10 L.A. Art Spaces That Change Our Idea of What an Art Space Is

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *25 Alternative L.A. Art Spaces to Check Out Now In May, L.A. Weekly told you about 25 alternative art spaces that are at the vanguard of Los Angeles' vibrant scene. These are galleries located in funky storefront spaces, artists'...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Katie Grinnan's Astrology Orchestra Turns Zodiac Signs Into Music, in Joshua Tree

Katie Grinnan's Astrology Orchestra Turns Zodiac Signs Into Music, in Joshua Tree

If the cult of astrology is to be believed, our personality traits are largely determined by the positions that the nine planets were in at the moment of our birth. Artist Katie Grinnan recently found a way to bring this conceit to life through sculpture and musical performance: she created...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle '1 Image 1 Minute' Event Is Like Show and Tell, But With Republican Porn, Dolly Parton and Horse Bestiality

'1 Image 1 Minute' Event Is Like Show and Tell, But With Republican Porn, Dolly Parton and Horse Bestiality

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *Our Latest Theater Reviews As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, X-TRA Magazine, a Los Angeles-based art journal, presented the fourth installment of its popular 1 Image 1 Minute event series, in which a few dozen members of the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle When Olga Koumoundouros' Neighbors Abandoned Their House, She Took It Over...and Turned It Into Art

When Olga Koumoundouros' Neighbors Abandoned Their House, She Took It Over...and Turned It Into Art

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week Artist Olga Koumoundouros' takeover of the abandoned property at 3411 Holyoke Drive in Glassell Park began as an act of desperation. She and her partner, who live across the street, were having trouble paying their mortgage and were trying...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Last Chance to See 'Ends of the Earth,' MOCA's Landmark Land Art Show

Last Chance to See 'Ends of the Earth,' MOCA's Landmark Land Art Show

"Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974," a historical re-examination of the land art movement that closes Sunday, comes at a perfect time. It provides some thoughtful background information as we indulge in the large-scale public spectacle that is the unveiling of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass at LACMA. It...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle MOCA Crisis: What Do Younger Artists and Curators Think?

MOCA Crisis: What Do Younger Artists and Curators Think?

See also: *Marina Abramovic Speaks Out About the MOCA Gala *Dennis Hopper at MOCA: Double Trouble *Mike D of the Beastie Boys on Curating His New Show at MOCA *Street Art at MOCA The crisis at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, which exploded with the June 27 ouster of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Karen Finley Channels Dead Celebrities for Perform Chinatown, But Event Fails to Add Up to a Satisfying Whole

Karen Finley Channels Dead Celebrities for Perform Chinatown, But Event Fails to Add Up to a Satisfying Whole

Perform Chinatown, a one-night festival of performance art, took over the Chinatown arts district on Saturday night. More than 40 artists occupied various nooks and crannies of Chung King Road and beyond with performances that were short or long, dour or humorous, heavy or light. While there were some excellent...…
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