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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Dog With a Pink Leg

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Dog With a Pink Leg

An ambitious retrospective that includes a fair amount of wildlife opens at LACMA, and a cathedral hosts a surprisingly eerie exhibition. 5. Church art In the late 1990s, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels commissioned artist Simon Toparovsky to build a life-size bronze crucifix for its altar. Currently,...…
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Calendar, Archive Chris Kraus Lectures on Frances Scholz's Amboy

Chris Kraus Lectures on Frances Scholz's Amboy

Writer Chris Kraus appears in the film that Cologne-based artist Frances Scholz made for her exhibition at Tif Sigfrids Gallery. The film is about an artist named Amboy, who may or may not be real, and Kraus is purportedly lecturing about him. But since Kraus, like everyone else, does not...…
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Calendar, Archive Arjuna Neuman: Caesium Forest

Arjuna Neuman: Caesium Forest

In the trailer for Arjuna Neuman’s new film, Caesium Forest, you see a swat team outside a hotel room, then a Christian man in a space that looks like a slapdash club, talking about how grateful he is. Later, there will be an explosion in the hotel room and the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Young Artists Hope MOCA's Cameron Show Will Legitimize Art That Combines Feminism and Mysticism

Young Artists Hope MOCA's Cameron Show Will Legitimize Art That Combines Feminism and Mysticism

Last week, L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight reviewed MOCA's "Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman," a show about the artist Marjorie Cameron, who went by just her last name and has been better known for her occult and cult-film involvement than for her art making. Her notoriety, Knight acknowledged, hinged...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Can Techno Be Church Music?

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Can Techno Be Church Music?

This week, two artists react to Vegas and a writer lectures on an artist no one has ever heard of.  5. Big plants and basketballs The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new Mid-City gallery are Jonas Wood's 9- to 11-foot tall paintings of single plants in...…
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Calendar, Archive A Gal Palace for Gal Palace

A Gal Palace for Gal Palace

The medieval French writer Christine de Pizan, whom feminist forerunner Simone de Beauvoir idolized, was essentially a 15th century women’s rights activist. Her Book of the City of Ladies, in which she imagines a utopian city in which women are appreciated and included, inspired the Echo Park-based Gal Palace’s workshop:...…
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Calendar, Archive Memories of Absence / North Africa

Memories of Absence / North Africa

Artist Orly Olivier’s work is almost all about food and heritage, particularly the heritage of her Jewish-Tunisian family. She is cooking this weekend at Clockshop while Chris Silver, a PhD student who was formerly acting director of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, is spinning records from his...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Two Downtown Gallery Shows May Be Too Cool for Their Own Good

Two Downtown Gallery Shows May Be Too Cool for Their Own Good

A year ago, during his debut podcast, novelist Bret Easton Ellis fielded questions from Twitter followers, including one about how he handles reviews. The novelist mentioned a tendency among critics to only champion art that gives them hope for humanity, which his doesn't. But this seems a slight mischaracterization. Ellis'...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Politically Charged Dollhouse Building

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Politically Charged Dollhouse Building

A photographer documents his eccentric, glamorous parents obsessively and a group of women host a utopia building workshop. 5. Dinner can mean a lot Artist Orly Olivier’s work is almost all about food and heritage, particularly the heritage of her Jewish-Tunisian family. She is cooking this weekend at Clockshop while...…
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Calendar, Archive Roni Schneior: I Can See You Can You See Me

Roni Schneior: I Can See You Can You See Me

Roni Schneior, the first artist to show at garage-turned-gallery Diana, attached a photograph of herself to a globular ceramic pot she made. The photo, taken at the school she works at, looked foreign, not like a representation of her, and it somehow seemed right to have it hovering strangely above...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Can Witchcraft Be About Self-Realization?

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Can Witchcraft Be About Self-Realization?

A woman with eyes on her rear end stares into the eyes of a man's glass enclosed head in Culver City. A drummer in an evening dress appears in a painting in WeHo.  5. Artists as deities, or not As she did with her last one, art writer Sarah Thornton...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Playwright-Psychic Asher Hartman's New Work Combines French Revolution With Food Puppets

Playwright-Psychic Asher Hartman's New Work Combines French Revolution With Food Puppets

On a Wednesday night two weeks ago, a human-sized head of happy-looking kale named Salad Bar and a similarly sized pink-and-white bag of popcorn named Donkey, both made of new-looking fabric, made appearances at Echo Park alt space Machine Project. Puppets animated by unidentified individuals whose legs were visible from...…
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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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