Los Angeles


The Teddy Bears and Soda Cans of Clare Graham

by Erin Joyce on December 30, 2014

Post image for The Teddy Bears and Soda Cans of Clare Graham

LOS ANGELES — The term “craft,” especially in the context of the art world, is tricky. Who decides what’s art and what’s craft, and is there a hierarchy between the two? Happily, an exhibition sometimes comes along to further blur the line, as is the case with Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer is Yes at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Continue Reading →
Post image for The Great Echo Park Cardboard Box Art Feud of 2014

LOS ANGELES — The art world is full of rivalries. Add to this list Echo Park denizens Robin and Noodles.

Continue Reading →


ArtRx LA

by Jillian Steinhauer on October 28, 2014

Isaac Cruikshank,

There’s so much good stuff happening this week, it’s almost hard to keep track. Among our picks are two intriguing performances by three up-and-coming LA artists, two shows devoted to 20th-century artist pioneers, and a discussion of art and political activism. And don’t forget about Halloween — we suggest you celebrate with a demonic show at the Huntington.

Continue Reading →
Art in the Loews Hollywood Hotel lobby (photo by Tim Hailand)

The Loews Hollywood Hotel on Los Angeles’s Highland Avenue may look like just another generic hotel, but its lobby benefits from some extra glitter and grit thanks to a pair of large-scale photographs by New York artist Marilyn Minter. Or, rather, its lobby features two large photos tailor-made to look just like Minter’s work, but they are not the genuine article.

Continue Reading →
Post image for A Character Actor Gets a Trilogy of His Own

LOS ANGELES — “Who is Tony Longo?” my editor inquired, after I pitched her on this piece about Thom Andersen’s new short film “The Tony Longo Trilogy” (2014).

Continue Reading →
Post image for Young Joon Kwak’s Trans/Feminine Visions

LOS ANGELES — There is a new mutant form emerging, pushing its way past the thin layer that separates the interior and exterior world.

Continue Reading →


The Life and Death of an Exhibition

by Erin Joyce on October 7, 2014

Post image for The Life and Death of an Exhibition

LOS ANGELES — It’s a rare opportunity to be present at the birth of an exhibition as well as the death of one. It affords the prospect of seeing how the same group of artworks can shift greatly in meaning, beauty, and cohesion based on the varying location and curation of an exhibition.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Wrangling Snakes and Flies to Make Art

LOS ANGELES — Upon entering Emma Gray’s 5 Car Garage, you must step delicately over writhing white masses to get a good look at the paintings.

Continue Reading →


An Encyclopedia of Kitsch

by Alicia Eler on September 16, 2014

Sara Cwynar's 'The Kitsch Encyclopedia,' published by Blonde Art Books

LOS ANGELES — It took a while for me to actually sit down and stop flipping through the channels and start leafing through Sara Cwynar’s gorgeous book, The Kitsch Encyclopedia.

Continue Reading →


Revisiting Steve McQueen’s Early Work

by Erin Joyce on September 15, 2014

Post image for Revisiting Steve McQueen’s Early Work

LOS ANGELES — In a city whose name is synonymous with the motion picture industry, it’s common for the worlds of film and art to collide. It’s less common, however, for them to collide in a way that’s critical and not simply flirting with the idea of celebrity.

Continue Reading →