Los Angeles

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From medical deformities to military enemies, the impulse to turn the unknown and threatening into mythical monsters has endured for centuries.

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Last week, the first of 100 signs that are part of an initiative to rethink parking was installed in Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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LOS ANGELES — Benjamin Lord’s grossly delectable photographs, on view in his exhibition The New Retail Mycology at Monte Vista Projects, invite viewers to closely consider the social construction of a landscape.

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Galleries

An Artist Turns Surveillance into Affection

by Alicia Eler on February 12, 2015

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LOS ANGELES — Artist Jennifer Moon is not the first or the last to experiment with self-surveillance, documenting selfies of her every moment for anyone and no one.

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LOS ANGELES — Sometimes the best scenes and characters come to writers and performance artists through improvisation.

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Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair opens on Thursday, January 29, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

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Museums

The Teddy Bears and Soda Cans of Clare Graham

by Erin Joyce on December 30, 2014

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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.

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

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Events

ArtRx LA

by Jillian Steinhauer on October 28, 2014

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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.

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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.

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