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Taking on the Armory

Rejection is hard to take, but artists are used to it — dealers, after all, toss aside their slides as if they were swatting flies. But recently, with the immense popularity of art fairs, the tables have turned for many dealers, who get spurned on a regular basis. One of......

Art for Artists’ Sake

Photos by Kevin ScanlonSitting on John Baldessari’s porch on a brilliant, sunny morning talking about art seemed as close to an artist’s wet dream as one could get — at least this artist’s wet dream. The ubiquitous conceptual-art guru, whose slightly bedraggled looks (stark white hair and beard atop a......
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Hot Spot

Photo by Anne Fishbein So what exactly do art dealers do, anyway? Work weekends, for one thing. Tim Blum and Jeff Poe were already into the daily business of running the Blum & Poe gallery on a recent Saturday morning. As an assistant busily sawed away at some wood outside......

Lush Life

Photos (top, center) courtesy Magnolia Pictures To pay tribute to a man is to make him less dangerous. —Charles Bukowski Midway through Bukowski: Born Into This, the new documentary about L.A.’s lush laureate, there’s a short passage about his literary groupies — about all the women, all over the world,......

Most Overrated Art Shows

Bill Viola at the Getty. High-tech emotion doesn’t really work. Video screen after video screen of crying, screaming, laughing, gesticulating, highly emotional people in ridiculously slow motion (like the blinking of an eye may take 10 minutes) with amped-up sound (like a splash of water might sound like thunder in......
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Sexy Beasts

It’s been over 10 years since Larry Clark’s last photography book, 1992, the fallow period obviously owing to his controversial movie making. Still, after I purchased his new Punk Picasso from the Stephen Cohen Gallery (you won’t find it anywhere else in L.A.), it sat around my house, unopened, for......

The Dinner Fight

Director Larry Clark says he has finally landed a U.S. distribution deal for his new film, Ken Park, co-directed with Ed Lachman. It’s been a long haul to get the movie shown here, as is the case with most of Clark‘s films (Kids, Bully), mainly because of sexually explicit material......

Pussy Galore

1. Shaved pussy. It’s not just for porn stars anymore. Art wrangler Vanessa Beecroft’s hairless models make a stubble-free fashion statement in “VB46” at the Gagosian Gallery. 2. The Vagina Monologues. Shut your hole — please! 3. Old vaginas. Esquire runs a splashy summer exposé on what the pussy looks......

Lust and Liberty

What is with this guy, Larry Clark, who at 58 is still obsessing on the teenage underworld? Why all the sex and guns and drugs and loser characters? Clark is certainly no teenager himself, even has kids of his own in their teens. But no matter how much he moves......

How ’Bout a Little Paranoia?

Illustration by Jordin IsipI never dealt with The Man when I scored drugs. Never even wanted to meet The Man. Hooking up with the right friends got me by. Then one of the friends I’d relied on for coke suggested I just go to the Valley and get the stuff......
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