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  • In an interesting bit of synergy, USC's Roski School of Fine Arts recently presented projects by Michael Parker and Ryan Garrett, each of which in their own way grasps at notions of progress and utopia, albeit in their own unique way. Parker's "Intentional and Accidental" is an exhibition in three parts. The first, Brother Arnold Watches, invo...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on September 20, 20109 Comments

  • Last Address from Ira Sachs on Vimeo. Ira Sachs' "Last Address" is a short film that is currently on view on the web and in an installation at NYU's Kimmel Center through October 8th. A series of static camera shots of the city of New York and the addresses of a number of artists who died of AIDS in the course of the last 30 years, it functions as ...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on August 30, 2010 — No Comments

  • I rarely leave a performance at REDCAT feeling anything but elated, but when I do, some form of performance art has been responsible. So when I attended the first evening of the third week of REDCAT's New Original Works Festival, despite my excitement to see the work of Alexandro Segade, I had a bit of anxiety about the two other performances on th...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on August 9, 20103 Comments

  • There’s nothing quite like random discovery. You know what I mean – stumbling into your local hole in the wall and finding they make the most amazing rosemary cocktails or are world famous for Vietnemese style sandwiches. Those of us who spend a great deal of our time looking at art are nearly impossible to surprise. The art world is a clubby ...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on July 27, 201019 Comments

  • Most of Los Angeles has been eagerly awaiting the opening of the LACMA/Tate co-organized John Baldessari retrospective, Pure Beauty. It's impossible to overstate the influence Baldessari has on Los Angeles artists. Even those who never studied with him and whose own work is far afield from his concerns and strategies can't help but pay homage. Alth...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on July 6, 2010148 Comments

  • Relocating, for however brief a period, is always a bit of a shock to the senses. I've elected to spend my summer in San Francisco and have just barely started making my rounds through the city's galleries and museums. I am always shocked, when I leave LA, to see presentations of work by LA artists that for one reason or another I was unaware of, a...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on June 6, 20103 Comments

  • There's a line in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous where Kate Hudson, as Penny Lane, issues one of those wit-of-the-staircase pronouncements the director is famous for: "Never take it seriously, you never get hurt. Never get hurt, you can always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, you just go to the record store and visit all your friends." The lin...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on May 19, 201017 Comments

  • I feel like my entry last week was pretty focused and rigorous, so now it's time for something completely different. I've been seeing a lot of work in the context of group shows lately, and there's been individual pieces that I've loved without loving the entire show enough to write about them. I've decided to cull out these pieces, say a few words...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on May 5, 201012 Comments

  • The second exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter's new Culver City location is of three bodies of work by Los Angeles based artist Karl Haendel. The first is a series of drawings of Shackleton's Transatlantic exhibition to the Antarctic in 1914; the second a series of drawings of various clocks and machina that in some way involve the telling of time; t...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on April 22, 20108 Comments

  • It dawned on me yesterday that I hadn't looked at or even much thought about art since returning from New York to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, so in the effort to distract myself from another subject of study (by the way, if you're driving around with dope in your car, keep it in the trunk) I decided to take a walk around the corner and stop in at ...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on April 10, 201012 Comments

  • My partner and I made the trek to New York a few weeks ago, and since then, I've been trying to figure how best to encapsulate the slate of work we saw, or to focus in on a particular show to pick apart. However, after running around Chelsea and the Lower East Side, as well as popping in to the Whitney and the New Museum, there really was just much...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on March 29, 2010 — No Comments

  • I've always had some trouble with Jack Pierson's work. It isn't that I don't like it; perhaps it's that I like it too much, in a painful sort of way. There's a beauty about it that could seem naive if it didn't also seem so sad, so aware of the passing of time and the way that ultimately brings ruin to things. In a weird way, it's not so much about...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on March 16, 201040 Comments

  • Sometimes the experience of bouncing from opening to opening (or even just from gallery to gallery, museum to museum, etc.) that is more interesting than any individual show would be in and of itself. Sometimes this is the result of the insular nature of the art world itself. If you run between enough galleries showing work by artists who live in t...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on February 25, 2010 — No Comments

  • The last few weeks have been filled with announcements about who is curating what international, national, or local biennial. Artists are being announced, themes considered, etc. etc. I'm sure all of this involves a significant amount of ennui or deja vu for a lot of artists and arts professionals, but it does indeed lead me to thinking a lot about...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on February 18, 20105 Comments

  • What is it about LA that makes artists obsessed with how and why images get produced? Obviously it's not strictly an LA phenomenon, but it seems like everywhere I go these days, the legacy of the Pictures generation is writ large. Art in America actually published shortened transcripts of a colloquy between artists Erika Vogt, Walead Beshty, Elad L...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on January 29, 201014 Comments

  • I'm probably a bit late jumping on the bandwagon with this one, but with all the chatter going on about MOCA's recent announcement of its appointment of Jeffrey Deitch as director beginning later this year, I figured it was time to put in my two cents. A lot of ink has already been spilled on the subject, with reactions running the gamut from lau...
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    Added by GF Wahlquist on January 22, 20104 Comments