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  • In Julia Haft-Candell's 'infinite' art, the possibilities are, well ...

    In Julia Haft-Candell's 'infinite' art, the possibilities are, well ...

    At the gallery Parrasch Heijnen, Julia Haft-Candell presents a humble, deeply affecting effort to navigate “the absurd excess of the universe," as poet Jack Gilbert called it — the "endless, endless of going on." A show titled “the infinite” has two bodies of work by the Los Angeles artist, one...

  • Ben Vereen, Ronald Reagan and the travesty of blackface, potently remembered

    Ben Vereen, Ronald Reagan and the travesty of blackface, potently remembered

    The problem with reenacting a blackface minstrel show, even to make a political point, is that on some level, it is still a blackface minstrel show. That was Ben Vereen’s problem at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inaugural gala, where Vereen performed a musical hommage to fellow black entertainer Bert Williams,...

  • The art of religion: Corny, cynical and everything in between

    The art of religion: Corny, cynical and everything in between

    Thirty years ago at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, curator Maurice Tuchman organized an exhibition that explored the intersection of art and spirituality. “The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985” brought together about 250 works by nearly 100 artists to reveal that spirituality...

  • Ulrich Wüst at Christopher Grimes Gallery: A portrait of obsolescence

    Ulrich Wüst at Christopher Grimes Gallery: A portrait of obsolescence

    Barely a single living soul is glimpsed in 48 black-and-white urban photographs from the late 1970s and early 1980s by Berlin-based Ulrich Wüst. When people are there, they’re typically obscured behind the windshield of a car on an otherwise empty city street, hidden within a dark sidewalk shadow...

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