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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...

  • Adam Silverman's 'Ghosts': Old souls, battered but still standing

    Adam Silverman's 'Ghosts': Old souls, battered but still standing

    The 14 clay vessels in Adam Silverman’s exhibition at Cherry and Martin in Culver City look great from far away. They look even better up close. From a distance, their silhouettes stand out: rough and tumble contours that bespeak the bumps and bruises accumulated on rides through life. Hell-and-back...

  • Eduardo Sarabia's dream world in L.A., by way of Guadalajara

    Eduardo Sarabia's dream world in L.A., by way of Guadalajara

    Eduardo Sarabia’s installation “Drifting on a Dream” is a collection of old and new work that explores dreams and fantasies, particularly as they play out in global commerce. The ambitious exhibition is the Mistake Room’s contribution to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty-led initiative looking...

  • Artist's simulated banana grove is a stinking indictment of American corporate greed

    Artist's simulated banana grove is a stinking indictment of American corporate greed

    Walk into “Video Art in Latin America” at LAXART and you’ll wonder: Why does it smell like rotten bananas in here? The gallery’s contribution to the constellation of exhibitions known as Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a sprawling survey of video from the 1970s to the present. Deftly curated by...

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  • Why a Massachusetts museum selling its prized Norman Rockwell painting should worry art museums everywhere

    Why a Massachusetts museum selling its prized Norman Rockwell painting should worry art museums everywhere

    Maybe it’s the record-breaking summer temperatures, exacerbated by global warming, but some art museum folks in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts seem to be suffering from heatstroke. Plainly they’ve lost their minds. In late July, the Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield’s local newspaper, reported...

  • 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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