Michael Duncan

Beaus of Holly

The Holly Solomon Estate auction

November 2005 LOS ANGELES

What's it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live? The Holly Solomon Estate auction on Sunday afternoon at Bonhams in Los Angeles was not your usual sale. In conventional terms it was something of a bust, attracting only a tiny … READ ON


Charles Henri Ford

January 2003

IN THIS SUGAR-FREE ERA, what artist has a life more interesting than his art? The death of Charles Henri Ford (1908–2002) puts the capper on a time when precociousness and chutzpah were art forms in themselves. In 1927, on the eve of his … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2003 [TOC]

Peter Saul

November 2001

TEEMING WITH POOP, spew, blood, guts, and jism, Peter Saul's visceral, virtual-toon paintings pop off the wall and go straight for the eyeballs. The proper response is to duck and cover, but the comic-book insults and all-round humiliations—evidenced… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2001 [TOC]

“Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism”

September 2001

For those desperate to jump from Venice Biennale curator Harald Szeemann’s “Plateau of Humankind,” SITE Santa Fe provides the perfect place to land. Devoid of slo-mo videos and feel-good/feel-bad Cibachromes, “Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2001 [TOC]

a new appointment at the Hammer

April 2001

The secret strength of the LA art world is its instability, which spells blessed unpredictability. Each season witnesses a wholesale reinvention, with new galleries, styles, and power bases quaking the status quo. The exception is a relatively… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2001 [TOC]

Steven Watson

June 1999

STEVEN WATSON’S ROUSING CHRONICLE of the making of the 1934 Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, is a 42nd Street for the American avant-garde. This is a backstage saga that seems itself the stuff of opera, replete… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 1999