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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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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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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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Calendar, Archive May Contain Explicit Imagery

May Contain Explicit Imagery

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 John Weston's psychedelically colored paintings of cartoonishly shaped, colorful genitalia. Kiki Seror's montages of stills from porn are hung on the wall...…
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Calendar, Archive Patrick Nagel

Patrick Nagel

If you know Patrick Nagel, the illustrator who got his start drawing for Playboy in the 1970s, maybe it's because you've seen his prints, or rip-offs of them, on beauty shop walls and windows. There are plenty there, nationwide. Nagel died young in 1984 — he had a heart attack...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Mindshare Creates L.A.'s First Junto, a Dinner Where Strangers Trade Ideas

Mindshare Creates L.A.'s First Junto, a Dinner Where Strangers Trade Ideas

It’s Thursday night at a downtown Arts District loft. Heavy yellow-gold curtains block the remaining sunlight and red and blue lanterns suspended from the ceiling light the space. Kate Tonge, who has just started serving lunches out of her nearby apartment, is cooking in the kitchen. Karen Silva, who just...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including an Art Talk Show

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including an Art Talk Show

There's a maze of ladders off of La Brea and fantastic, surprisingly funny paintings by an old-school L.A. artist in Hollywood.  5. Post-Its for the Internet Hans-Ulrich Obrist, the globetrotting Swiss curator, has nearly 42,000 Instagram followers. Mostly he posts photos of sticky notes written or drawn on by people...…
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Calendar, Archive Motoyuki Daifu: My Family is a Pubis, so I cover it in Pretty Panties

Motoyuki Daifu: My Family is a Pubis, so I cover it in Pretty Panties

The photographs Motoyuki Daifu took of his family in the tiny Tokyo apartment they all share comprise the debut show at Little Big Man Gallery downtown. The photos are fantastically colorful and casual, like candid shots taken by someone who's a bit more composition-conscious than famously gritty Nan Goldin, far...…
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Calendar, Archive Korakrit Arunanondchai

Korakrit Arunanondchai

The Mistake Room's current show, an installation by New York–based Korakrit Arunanondchai, is a timed experience — it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. When you arrive, you're led into a viewing room, where you watch a film in which the artist, played by the performer Boychild, explains...…
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