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  • 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...

  • 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...

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