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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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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Glass Skins and Noise Music

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Glass Skins and Noise Music

This week, it's lots of video and sound: a slasher film paired with experimental music in Historic Filipinotown, and an artists' noise band in Little Tokyo. 5. Thin-skinned In 1960s L.A., when the aerospace industry was booming, two youngish architects, Cesar Pelli (who would go on to design the Pacific...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Mike Kelley Movies

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Mike Kelley Movies

This week, a New York performer dances about growing up in the '80s, and two artists project images of pizza on carpet-covered triangles. 5. Collage in the window Artist Kristin Cammermeyer, who cuts into walls with the nonchalance of someone cutting pictures from magazines and who has designed department store...…
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Steve McQueen's Drumroll at MOCA Shows Why He Became a Successful Mainstream Filmmaker

The most impressive thing about Drumroll by Steve McQueen, the video artist who became an Oscar-winning director with 12 Years a Slave, is the way in which it gives an almost omniscient view of a big city without making that city seem any less dense and unwieldy than it is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Crying Artist in Italy

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Crying Artist in Italy

Summer group show season starts, and an artist mines her teenage mind. 5. Coming out CalArts grads nearly always stage a post-graduation show somewhere in the city. It’s like a coming-out party, and it’s sometimes pretty chaotic — lots of work to squeeze in. But this year’s show is tight...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Is Greed Good for Art?

Is Greed Good for Art?

"I'm the hedgehog, Stefan's the fox," said Jonathan T.D. Neil last night. Neil is an art critic, academic and director of the L.A. Sotheby's Institute of Art, a graduate program based out of Claremont. He was comparing himself to Stefan Simchowitz, the art advisor, collector and patron who's become known,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Psychedelic Light Shows

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Psychedelic Light Shows

One young artist projects psychedelic videos in Chinatown, while a group of older artists projects psychedelic videos in WeHo.  5. Sell it on the cheap Artist Julia Sherman has done a tag sale before, going into artists' studios and collecting the unsold or discarded work they don't know what to...…
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An Artist Uses Data to Create Paintings That the Art Market Will Love

Do people ever use "opportunist" as a compliment? Like, "She's really just so great at unabashedly playing the system"? It's certainly not being used that way right now, in contentious conversations about what's up with the art market. The art market is a little crazy right now, but maybe you...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including MOCA's Controversial Loan

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including MOCA's Controversial Loan

There's dancing about kissing at the Hammer and drawing about manliness in Little Tokyo.  5. Small bar The current show at Richard Telles, which includes artist Alex Hubbard's well-crafted, stocked bar the size of a phone booth, is worth seeing mostly because it's funny how much effort the artists put into...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Massages as Feminist Evangelism

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Massages as Feminist Evangelism

This week, a mechanic burns bridges because he's crazy about a Mustang and an artist makes a quilt of masks.  5. Mind-changing massage The Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms (ILGWU) is hosting a night of performance called Surface Tensions. Artist Liz Nurenberg will employ her soft, strange sculptures,...…
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Calendar, Archive The Motorman

The Motorman

The current show at Richard Telles, which includes artist Alex Hubbard's well-crafted, stocked bar the size of a phone booth, is worth seeing mostly because it's funny how much effort the artists put into making objects nearly functional but not. The chair Oscar Tuazon placed on top of an oil...…
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Arts, Art Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A." Biennial 2014: Our Preview

Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A." Biennial 2014: Our Preview

You weren't allowed to take any photos inside the Guggenheim Museum during British artist Tino Sehgal's big show there in 2010. Seghal makes what he calls "constructed situations," such as the situation of couples kissing in the Guggenheim's rotunda. The kissing was choreographed, the couples were dancers and, as Brennan...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Condom Art

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Condom Art

An artist hosts a workshop inspired by the Theory of Relativity and a photographer exhibits covert photos he took of UCSD students 40 years ago.   5. Just like a mixtape It's like a psychedelia-meets-grunge mixtape at Maloney Fine Art. With his nonchalant photos of vacant lots, Ed Ruscha is George Harrison: the...…
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Calendar, Archive Josh Mannis: Sexus

Josh Mannis: Sexus

A nerdy man in glasses with parted wavy hair keeps reappearing in Josh Mannis' "Sexus" exhibition at Thomas Solomon Gallery. The man's sitting naked next to a woman, reading manifestos with a cityscape looming behind him. Or he's dancing next to an ice cream cart with a flapper who has...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including a Clint Eastwood Parody

5 Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including a Clint Eastwood Parody

This week, one artist debuts a dance inspired by weird tech-industry patents, and another breaks piñatas in public. 5. If you like art on a train Artist Doug Aitken is an idealist who's good at securing resources. He figured out how to put artists and musicians on vintage train cars...…
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Calendar, Archive Fred Lonidier

Fred Lonidier

Photographer Fred Lonidier made some of the images in his show at Michael Benevento gallery while still a student at UC San Diego, where he would later teach. He didn't know the term "male gaze" then but, in retrospect, thinks that might be what he was exploring. It was 1972...…
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Calendar, Archive Gabriel Kuri

Gabriel Kuri

If you went to art school, you know what the art undergrads do with condoms, filling them with various fluids, blowing them up like balloons. It's hard to know what to make of Gabriel Kuri's use of condoms in his first show at Regen Projects. Inflated, stuck between rocks as...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Super-Sized Helen of Troy

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Super-Sized Helen of Troy

5. Van Gogh at the bar "End of the Night Café," the show put together by Charles Mayton and Lucas Knipscher at Thomas Duncan Gallery, is meant to resemble an overstuffed bar. A makeshift counter angles out into the main room, a roughly painted menu board and liquor shelf hanging...…
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Arts, Art Takashi Murakami Explains His First Feature Film, <em>Jellyfish Eyes</em>

Takashi Murakami Explains His First Feature Film, Jellyfish Eyes

Takashi Murakami laughs before he sits down on the outlandish patent leather writing chair at which everyone else is staring. This requires straddling the chair so that his torso faces the chair's back and his arms sit on the two unusually high armrests leading up to a wooden writing panel...…
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