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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. this Week: What Is Karaoke Really All About?

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. this Week: What Is Karaoke Really All About?

This week, karaoke gets a close examination at USC, and an animated cat appears repeatedly in an immersive Hollywood installation. 5. Playing with foodRobert Heinecken’s TV dinners, gritty, dimensional photographs of dinners from the frozen-food aisle, look as if they actually went through the microwave themselves. The dinners alone make...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How Do You Talk Productively About the Whiteness of Art Institutions?

How Do You Talk Productively About the Whiteness of Art Institutions?

By ten minutes after eight o’ clock last night, there were already no chairs left at Human Resources. About 150 people had shown up for “decolonizing the white box,” a discussion of racial and ethnic diversity or the lack thereof in art institutions. But the lack of chairs would become...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Hardly Anyone Showed Up at This L.A. Art Fair. Was It Ineptness or a Scam?

Hardly Anyone Showed Up at This L.A. Art Fair. Was It Ineptness or a Scam?

The Los Angeles Convention Center hosted the inaugural World Wide Art Fair last weekend with 64 exhibitors from China, Colombia, Pakistan and other places, including greater L.A. The show purported to offer a populist-sounding “art experience that transcends borders and honors the universal pursuit of creative expression”and was in the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Discussion About Whether L.A. Artists Are Too White

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Discussion About Whether L.A. Artists Are Too White

Self-realization is beside the point in a show in West Adams, while in Chinatown, a group of artists and writers are grappling with the art world's resistance to real diversity.  5. Small city of cubicles When you enter “Small Museum for the American Metaphor,” the group show at REDCAT, through...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle When Creating Paintings, Amir Nikravan Tries to Mimic Photoshop

When Creating Paintings, Amir Nikravan Tries to Mimic Photoshop

Painter David Hockney, the moody Brit turned part-time Angeleno who made those fantastically flat, sunny pool paintings in the 1960s, had no idea, when Adobe executives invited him up to Silicon Valley in 1989, that he would become obsessed with drawing on his iPhone. Adobe was launching a program it...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Film Starring Bush, Clinton and Reagan

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Film Starring Bush, Clinton and Reagan

A British artist plays with time, while an L.A. painter who would have been nearing 90 shows up at a space that has featured young artists until now. 5. Out of focus on purpose Sometimes pixilation can be romantic. In London-based Cyrus Mahboubian’s show at De Re Gallery, two Polaroids...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Downtown Buildings Are Creating Art Spaces — and Some of the Art Comments on Downtown

Downtown Buildings Are Creating Art Spaces — and Some of the Art Comments on Downtown

By the end of this week, the new residential high-rise at Eighth and Hope streets downtown will have tintype portraits of its initial residents, and the construction workers who built it, in its collection. Artist Omar Lopez took these in a portable dark room he set up just outside the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Archaic Computer Animation

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Archaic Computer Animation

There are multiple rooms-as-artworks this week, from an arcadelike space downtown to a gated chamber in Westwood. 5. Alone with the flashiness Cayetano Ferrer’s Endless Columns, part of his show “Composite Arcade” at Chateau Shatto, is a mirrored room with a column at the center. The column, lit with flashing...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Totems That Could Be on <i>Sesame Street</i>

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Totems That Could Be on Sesame Street

This week, big, formal objects are weirder and better than they at first appear, and MOCA's new chief curator takes the stage. 5. Poetry and painting minus gravitas Spencer Longo has work involving loofahs and suspended white sneakers at artist-run Levy Delval in West Adams. John Roebas has some low-hanging,...…
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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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Calendar, Archive Lily Simonson: On Ice

Lily Simonson: On Ice

Lily Simonson does serious research for her paintings. She studies specimens or goes on expeditions (she's on her way back to Antarctica this fall). But her paintings, like the ones in her "On Ice" exhibition at CB1, don't necessarily read as scientific. They read as intuitive, painterly explorations of what...…
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Calendar, Archive Steve Hurd: Paintings 1992 Through 2014

Steve Hurd: Paintings 1992 Through 2014

Steve Hurd's photorealistic, up-close paintings of open mouths of cats are the hardest part of his Rosamund Felsen exhibition to get out of your head. The cats are aggressive and whiny in the way only cats can be, and Hurd made them look pixelated and used pastel-ish, Instagram-worthy colors. So...…
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Calendar, Archive Lisa Anne Auerbach: Spells

Lisa Anne Auerbach: Spells

The night Lisa Anne Auerbach's "Spells" opened at Gavlak Gallery, two girls in yellow shirts and white gloves were charged with turning the pages of the 5-foot-tall American Magazines the artist had laid out on white tables. One magazine features photos and descriptions of churches; another features photos of psychics'...…
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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 Cyril Kuhn: Mirrored Face Off

Cyril Kuhn: Mirrored Face Off

An undefeated middle-weight from Kazakhstan, boxer Triple G smiles a lot and looks relatively naive even when he's destroying an opponent. In artist Cyril Kuhn's portrait of him, he's even more big-eyed and endearing than in real life. It's hard to tear your eyes away. Kuhn's new show at Jancar,...…
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Calendar, Archive Katherine Bernhardt: Doritos and Diet Coke

Katherine Bernhardt: Doritos and Diet Coke

The objects Katherine Bernhardt depicts in her quite large paintings at China Art Objects are so flat that they start to look more like letters, or symbols in a secret code. Probably, given the quirkiness of the flattened-out cigarettes and messiness of the Coke cans, they're code for joke telling...…
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