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  • Review: The serious artist's cat painting and other idiosyncratic standouts from Jess

    Review: The serious artist's cat painting and other idiosyncratic standouts from Jess

    In a sense, all artists are eccentrics: people who do their own thing in ways that may seem strange to others. Jess (1923-2004) is an eccentric among eccentrics. He was born Burgess Franklin Collins in Long Beach, got drafted into the military and worked on the production of plutonium used in the...

  • When the cover of a book becomes postcard art: Captivating messages in surprising packages

    When the cover of a book becomes postcard art: Captivating messages in surprising packages

    "Through-Line: Drawing and Weaving by 19 Artists" at the Steve Turner gallery brims with small gems and large wonders. Not everything in the show reinforces the profound connections between line, language, image and weave, but the sampling is rich and varied — materially, conceptually and geographically....

  • A to-do list for MOCA's new director, Klaus Biesenbach

    A to-do list for MOCA's new director, Klaus Biesenbach

    Now that the Museum of Contemporary Art has named Klaus Biesenbach the sixth director in its 39-year history, expect three immediate responses: Celebrity hipsters will be thrilled, the art world will do a collective eye-roll and everyone else will just have to cross their fingers and hope for the...

  • Review: Random junk takes on weirdly personal meaning in this UC Riverside Arts show

    Review: Random junk takes on weirdly personal meaning in this UC Riverside Arts show

    In the 1950s, a lot of artists began using the discarded castoffs of thriving commercial culture to make sculptures. Assemblage art was born. The flood of mass-produced material goods that fueled their diverse assemblages continues. But, it has long since been joined by something more evanescent,...

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  • Review: Photographer Todd Gray traces African roots

    Review: Photographer Todd Gray traces African roots

    The strongest work in Todd Gray’s latest exhibition at Meliksetian Briggs is one of the least complex. Like all the other works in the show, it’s a combination of layered, framed photographs — the artist’s signature technique. But it radiates clear exuberance around a core of calm. The larger of...

  • Review: 'This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists' at ICA LA

    Review: 'This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists' at ICA LA

    Norm Laich has produced more astonishingly diverse, profoundly significant art during the last 30 years than just about any other American artist. The catch: He’s made just about all of it for other artists. At least two of those works, one by John Baldessari and the other by Mike Kelley, are incomparable...

  • This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars

    This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars

    The Candy Store never did sell candy. Unable to get permits from the health department in Folsom, Calif., to manufacture her family nougat recipe, Adeliza McHugh pivoted, and instead made art history. She opened the Candy Store Gallery in 1962 and ran it for 30 years, showcasing a rising generation...

  • In Shinique Smith's 'Refuge,' bits of past make for a compelling present

    In Shinique Smith's 'Refuge,' bits of past make for a compelling present

    Call it activist assemblage. Shinique Smith has set up a "Donation Center" in one corner of her stirring show at the California African American Museum. Bins of travel-size toiletries, pillows, tarps, socks and toys load the shelves. "Be an American," declaims the plastic cover on a plush red,...

  • The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak

    The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak

    Alex Anderson has tremendous material wisdom in his hands and a penchant for barbed beauty. The ceramic sculptures in his intriguing show "Wonderland" at the L.A. gallery Gavlak slip in and out of familiar categories, settling uneasily in memory and enduring as strong, ambivalent impressions. Textures...

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