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Arts, Public Spectacle Thirty Artists Took Over Greystone Mansion for a Gala on Saturday Night

Thirty Artists Took Over Greystone Mansion for a Gala on Saturday Night

Costumed performers with masks over their eyes and black clothes draped over their arms were standing at the foot of the grand stairway or out back near the pool at Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion Saturday night. “Would you like to dance?” they’d ask in a softly mechanical way and then...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Intersection of Stand-Up Comedy and the Art World

The Intersection of Stand-Up Comedy and the Art World

It was hot and stuffy, and comedian James Adomian was performing on a stage in the Highland Park art space Public Fiction, under a spotlight. Hovering behind him was an inflatable globe — or the globe could be in front of him, depending which way he turned, since audience members...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Machine Project and Gamble House Continue the Trend of Artists Taking Over Historic Homes

Machine Project and Gamble House Continue the Trend of Artists Taking Over Historic Homes

Artist Sandeep Mukherjee used only Proctor & Gamble products to work into the thin, tapestry-like painting he made to hang on the metal towel rack in the Gamble house's upstairs bathroom. It was a way to literally interact with the legacy of the Pasadena house, completed in 1909 by architect-brothers...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Scholars in Bed

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Scholars in Bed

There's a lot of lighthearted painting this week, and an attempt to turn a historical house museum into something slightly less set in its ways.   5. Close-ups Steve Hurd’s photorealistic, up-close paintings of open mouths of cats are the hardest part of his Rosamund Felsen exhibition to get out...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Many Big Beards

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Many Big Beards

Three male painters revel in idiosyncrasy and messiness, and two artists revive an old ballet.  5. Dark art with popcorn For the second year in a row, video artists Harry Dodge and Aimee Goguen curated their Afterglow series of summer screenings. The last program of the season is this weekend...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. this Week, Including a Dancing Cheerleader

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. this Week, Including a Dancing Cheerleader

5. Trying to recall In German artist Julia Weissenberg's film Snowstorm, a memory athlete — someone who competes in mental sports — concentrates on memorizing binary code. In Spanish artist Ana Rodríguez León's Memorais, a woman loses her grip on reality while recalling a past relationship. Both screen as part...…
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Calendar, Archive Final Projects: Group 38

Final Projects: Group 38

Twice each year, the MAK Center hosts young artists from outside the United States, giving them an apartment they can stay in for three months while working on a project based on Los Angeles. The spring-summer residency just ended and Copenhagen-based Maria von Hausswolff is showing the four-minute film noir...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Another Cats Show

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Another Cats Show

Painters who don't take themselves too seriously fill up a house in the Hollywood Hills, and some good collages are in a group show downtown.  5. Way too many cats The last show at 356 Mission consisted of big paintings of stylized flowers by longtime New York artist Alex Katz...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Remember LACMA's Rock? A New Film Tells the Whole Story

Remember LACMA's Rock? A New Film Tells the Whole Story

The two-story tall, 340-ton boulder had been sitting in a Riverside quarry for over three years when filmmaker Doug Pray got a call from a friend of his, producer Jamie Patricof. “ ‘I don’t know much about this,’” Pray remembers Patricof saying, “ ‘but there’s a boulder that’s supposed to...…
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Calendar, Archive The Meme Machine

The Meme Machine

Most of the art in "The Meme Machine," the first show Agency is hosting in its new East Hollywood location, has a cobbled-together look, as if it was made from stuff found in the basement or out on the street. Even Luis Gispert's video, Block Watching, fits that bill. In...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Kake, Kake, Kake

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Kake, Kake, Kake

This week, one artist dresses as a clown and another shows that sloppiness can happily coexist with polish.  5. Outsiders Twice each year, the MAK Center hosts young artists from outside the United States, giving them an apartment they can stay in for three months while working on a project...…
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Calendar, Archive Trains

Trains

It's largely the Richard Hawkins collages, hung against the pitch-black walls of Night Gallery's loungelike side rooms, that make "Trains," curated by sculptor Sterling Ruby, worth seeing. They're crude, obsessive and tender, often with bright red and green paint over pasted pictures of teen heartthrobs or other personalities. It's like...…
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The Underground Museum's New Exhibit Combines Contemporary Work With Centuries-Old African Art

Compton-bred, hip-hop bard Kendrick Lamar is singing in his catchy, laid-back way: "All my life I want money and power / Respect my mind or die from lead shower." A lithe guy who's high on life, or maybe high on something else, is strutting along the L.A. River. He is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Neil Young's Nose

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Neil Young's Nose

This week, an obelisk gets covered in handmade bricks, and an artist looks closely at whether Neil Young did or did not have a coke flake on his nose. 5. Family labor This past spring, artist Michael Parker dug out a trench in the shape of an obelisk along the L.A...…
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Calendar, Archive Liz Walsh: Shadow Force

Liz Walsh: Shadow Force

Images repeat in Liz Walsh's show "Shadow Force," up now at the newly opened, artist-run Last Projects. You see the same weird, ghostly psychedelic group in the print on the far wall and in the game-like, animated video playing in the monitor above the little table that holds the press...…
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Communists Invade Silver Lake: The Neutra VDL House Gets a New, Imaginary Family

The little girl who appears to live at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd. has been playing cowboys and Indians. She's set up an all-out, hand-to-hand battle on the living room floor. Little figurines face each other. Some stereotypically shirtless Native Americans crawl along the carpet. A cowboy stands watching from the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including an Echo Park Festival Called Avocados

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including an Echo Park Festival Called Avocados

An art festival rivals a music festival, and an alien from who-knows-where learns to navigate life and Los Angeles. 5. Avocado season While the Echo Park Rising music festival plays out in and around Echo Park, artist-curator Jonathon Hornedo’s three-day festival, called Avocados, will play out in that vicinity as...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Basketball-Themed Chess

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Basketball-Themed Chess

An '80s icon has an intimate show, two artists double as rappers, and dancers try to make the Hammer home. 5. Tastefully kinky Everything in the CB1 show curated by artist Tucker Neel is in questionable taste but tastefully made. Nancy Baker Cahill’s hairy graphite drawings are smartly crafted, as are...…
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L.A. Salons Bring Together Art World Novices and Insiders

Touring the art collection of Cliff and Mandy Einstein, a longtime ad man and a former tennis pro, is a crash course in world-class collecting. You learn that if you want a collection that impresses contemporary art's biggest patrons (the Rubells from Miami, Dakis Joannou from Athens), you have to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A., Including a Mime at Costco

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A., Including a Mime at Costco

This week, a high-energy artist digs into social-media power relations, and another artist gets clean.  5. Ahead of his time James Ensor was a perfectly respectable painter — until suddenly he wasn't. Halfway through the 1880s, the Belgian artist who had been depicting well-dressed ladies in muted parlors started painting...…
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