Jan Tumlir

“At this stage”

November 2017

In a 1982 essay on the work of Dan Graham, Jeff Wall offered a resoundingly downbeat assessment of the shifting relationship between artists and the city. For recent artists, he argued, the metropolis was no longer a source of inspiration or… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2017 [TOC]

Eric Wesley’s The Bell

February 2017

ARRIVING FOR THE OPENING of Eric Wesley’s survey-scale exhibition at the Los Angeles gallery 356 S. Mission Rd. in January 2015, visitors encountered a new Nissan parked at a rakish angle in the back lot, with its front doors ajar and music… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Cindy Sherman

November 2016

It was in 1977 that Cindy Sherman began work on her breakout series of “Untitled Film Stills,” 1977–80, exhaustively restaging, before a still camera, the range of roles that defined women on the silver screen. Back then, publicity stills … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

Mariah Garnett

September 2016

Titled “Other & Father,” Mariah Garnett’s first solo show at ltd los angeles revolved around a BBC television news feature shot in Belfast in 1971 that addressed the challenges faced by a young couple of different denominations at the start… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis

June 2016

There is a long tradition of artists and writers joining forces—in small journals, limited-edition books, and other printed matter. Yet even when formed on the basis of evident stylistic affinities, these working relationships have rarely … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

Calvin Marcus

May 2016

Calvin Marcus’s first major solo show in Los Angeles was titled “Malvin Carcus,” suggesting, somewhat perversely for this painter just embarking on his professional career, that the works on view were traceable to an alter ego, and, moreover,… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

British Sea Power

November 2015

SEA OF BRASS, the album by British Sea Power released this month, is a collection of songs spanning the band’s entire discography, which they have rescored (with the help of collaborator Peter Wraight) to include a full brass band. This arch,… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2015 [TOC]

“Recesses”

November 2015

As might have been expected, much of the talk around this group exhibition—and it did generate a great deal of talk—blithely skimmed over the art on view. Comprising works by the class of MFA students who dropped out en masse from the USC … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2015 [TOC]

David Schafer

June 2015

Talking sculptures are a staple of amusement parks, trade fairs, and museums of science, industry, and history, and are sometimes even found in churches. In art, however, they remain exceptional for the simple reason that sculpture’s effect… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

Lisa Anne Auerbach

January 2015

Liking the work of Lisa Anne Auerbach can simply come down to liking the things that she likes—knitting, bicycling, books, and zines. These hobbies, each threatened to varying degrees with obsolescence, are all deserving of support. Even if… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]