This year felt like a year of growing pains for art in Los Angeles. Maybe that's because 2012 started as Pacific Standard Time -- that regionwide, Getty-funded series of exhibitions on SoCal art history -- wound down and the art community shifted attention from past to present. Maybe it's because th ... More >>
This week, an army of minimalist sculptures emits the sent of Pine Sol, a composer uses dry ice to make music and MOCA PDC becomes an arcade.
5. Climate controlled concert
The Quartz Cantabile is an instrument powered by heat. Flames send hot air through tubes of various lengths and sizes, which co ... More >>
This week, artists fix up and sell other artists' artwork, a choir performs songs based on protest techniques and discarded packing material invades pop culture.
5. Paper girls in a dress shop
In Satine Boutique on Third Street, artist Bari Ziperstein's 3-D girl made of newspaper-colored paper is d ... More >>
This week, an exhibition feels like a haunted graveyard, a performer turns his body into a chemistry experiment and a sculptor exploits building codes.
5. Devil's Night in the middle of the day
In urban Detroit in the 1970s and '80s, the night before Halloween, called Devil's Night, was a mess of a ... More >>
To understand the new exhibition of tween-influenced art Alex Gartenfeld curated at West Hollywood's OHWOW gallery, it's best to rewind half a century.
Billie Jo Spears, a tame Texas country singer, was 13 in 1950. That year, she cut her first single, "Too Old for Toys, Too Young for Boys," a "chil ... More >>
"John Baldessari is so successful, he carries absolutely nothing in his pockets," says gravelly-voiced Tom Waits, halfway through a six-minute film about the 80-year-old, 6 feet, 7-inch tall, L.A. pop-conceptualist. "Not a thing," Baldessari confirms.
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the duo behind ... More >>
This week's list includes a show about incarceration, Lena Dunham's dad and art for gamers.
5. Behind bars
Artist Jennifer Moon was incarcerated for nine months, though nothing in her current exhibition at Commonwealth and Council tells us why -- except to say she was "a common criminal," not a "po ... More >>
This week's list includes a tribute, disguise, displacement, hoarder and megalith. It runs the gamut, in other words.
5. Banana face
Urs Fischer likes obstructions and disguises. Better yet are obstructions that double as disguises. For his exhibition at Gagosian in Beverly Hills, he's blown up vin ... More >>
Over the last couple of months I've been doing a lot of what a writer does best -- hanging out in bars and listening to people talk. I live in Echo Park, and around these parts the bar banter is usually centered around one question: what's cool. In L.A., the answer to that changes as quickly as the ... More >>
Mike Kelley was "arguably" the most important L.A. artist of his generation, "arguably" the one who changed the world's perception of Los Angeles, even "arguably" the most important contemporary artist according to obituaries and remembrances published yesterday, after news of the 57-year-old artist ... More >>
Carol ChehEarly works by Kelley at MOCA's "Under the Big Black Sun" exhibit
Los Angeles is now one brilliant mind short, as legendary artist Mike Kelley has been found dead, his gallery confirmed.
Born in 1954 in a suburb of Detroit, Kelley received his MFA from CalArts in 1978, made his wor ... More >>
This week, the stories behind the art are at least as interesting as the art itself, like the one about a small insurance company that started a big art collection, and the photographer who documented Diamond Bar.
5. Anonymous Letters
Odeya Nini, an experimental composer whose music moves between ... More >>
With the exception of a panel of artists talking economics, this week's recommendations are all old-school, exhibitions and performances of artists working before Watergate.
5. Highbrow Comedy
Guy de Cointet is one of those stuff-of-myth artists: He grew up in Paris, was friendly with Yves St. Laur ... More >>
If you're like me, you tend to remember the moment when you fall in love. Perhaps it's the moment when the object of your attention tells a story from his or her childhood that perfectly reveals what a goofy, smart, and devil-may-care kind of person they are. Suddenly, you find yourself deeply hooke ... More >>