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  • Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA

    Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA

    I would not have enjoyed living in Teotihuacan, given all the human and animal sacrifice believed necessary to keeping the cosmic wheels of nature and civilization oiled and turning in that ancient Mesoamerican metropolis, just outside modern Mexico City. More than a dozen years ago, few archaeologists...

  • Alison Saar turns things 'Topsy Turvy' at L.A. Louver

    Alison Saar turns things 'Topsy Turvy' at L.A. Louver

    When we first meet Topsy in the pages of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," the enslaved young girl grins, "goblin-like," and repeatedly professes her wickedness. She embodies blackness to her young mistress Eva's whiteness; she plays devil to Eva's saint, base earth to Eva's ethereal spirit. She comes into...

  • One bed photo per day, for years and years: Mesmerizing moments from an art show about daily life

    One bed photo per day, for years and years: Mesmerizing moments from an art show about daily life

    Google the term "daily practice," and you'll get an assortment of mindfulness tips and prompts encouraging a regular, self-actualizing regime. What the search is not likely to deliver are parameters like those adopted by the 15 artists in "Every (ongoing) Day" at Arena 1 Gallery: Place a piece...

  • MOCA fires its chief curator

    MOCA fires its chief curator

    Helen Molesworth, the chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art whose exhibitions have included the critically acclaimed 2017 Kerry James Marshall retrospective that was also a rare popular hit, has been fired, according to sources close to the museum. MOCA Director Philippe Vergne took the...

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  • Gisela Colon's monolithic mysteries and playful wall 'pods'

    Gisela Colon's monolithic mysteries and playful wall 'pods'

    Sleek sculptural objects with misty, mercurial surfaces and at least partial inspiration from aerospace technology have not lost their appeal in more than half a century. In Los Angeles, first there was Craig Kauffman, then Helen Pashgian and now Gisela Colon. For her second solo exhibition at...

  • How the Obama portraits cheerfully buck the trend of instantly forgettable presidential paintings

    How the Obama portraits cheerfully buck the trend of instantly forgettable presidential paintings

    Video killed the radio star, but, save for a few exceptions, photography killed presidential portrait painters. As painting genres go, presidential portraiture was, if only for a few decades, the only way our head of state’s visage could be recorded and interpreted for posterity. Now, U.S. presidents...

  • A walk through Robert Irwin's new 5,000-square-foot sculpture

    A walk through Robert Irwin's new 5,000-square-foot sculpture

    Every morning when we wake up, we put the world together anew, Robert Irwin marveled in an interview with me more than a decade ago. The painter-turned-pioneering artist of light and space had been probing how perception defines reality since the 1970s, but there he was, nearing age 80, and clearly...

  • 29Rooms: Bummed that the DTLA event is sold out? Don't be

    29Rooms: Bummed that the DTLA event is sold out? Don't be

    At a time when the Supreme Court is willing to debate whether a gay wedding cake is free speech, it’s easy to hear about 29Rooms and not know what it is. Housed in a gigantic tent in a parking lot in downtown Los Angeles, the conglomeration of 29 installations is a conflicted mishmash of art, marketing...

  • Alexa, meet Lauren: L.A. artist turns her apartment into an experiment in artificial intelligence

    Alexa, meet Lauren: L.A. artist turns her apartment into an experiment in artificial intelligence

    At 9 on a Friday night, I knocked on a door in a nondescript Los Angeles apartment building. The only distinguishing feature was a small label with red text that read “Lauren.” Soon came a whirring sound and the click of the door unlocking. My night with Lauren had begun. Lauren is the creation...

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