Michael Ned Holte

Jimmie Durham

May 2017

YEARS IN THE MAKING, Jimmie Durham’s long-overdue first career survey in the United States couldn’t be more timely. As if to prove the point, the exhibition—which opened two days after President Donald Trump issued a discriminatory travel … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2017 [TOC]

Michael Ned Holte

December 2016

1 HENRY TAYLOR (BLUM & POE, LOS ANGELES) Taylor’s blunt, compelling portraits wove together three spaces in which sculptures and found objects conjured archetypal Los Angeles tableaux: a blighted urban landscape, a pastoral pool scene, an … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]


November 2016

IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD, the Million Dollar Theatre was the crown jewel among the grand movie palaces lining Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Its ornate exterior, designed in the elaborate Spanish churrigueresque style, abounded with… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

Anthony Hernandez

September 2016

Curated by Erin O’Toole Anthony Hernandez might be to Los Angeles what Eugène Atget is to Paris. While he has taken photographs in Rome, Baltimore, and elsewhere, Hernandez has, for more than four decades, persistently documented the … READ ON



February 2016

THIS STORY BEGINS somewhere other than the beginning.  It’s a hot summer night in Los Angeles, and the artist D’Ette Nogle is onstage accompanied by two big, restless dogs. Nogle is recounting the plot of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2016 [TOC]

“Kathryn Andrews: Run for President”

September 2015

Curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm While Chicago is the birthplace of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the adopted hometown of POTUS no. 44 Barack Obama, the title of LA-based Kathryn Andrews’s first solo museum show in the… READ ON


Michael Ned Holte

December 2013

1 “BLUES FOR SMOKE” (THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MoCA, LOS ANGELES; CURATED BY BENNETT SIMPSON) By all accounts, LA MoCA had a truly woeful year, so it’s fitting that Simpson (one of the institution’s two remaining curators) would lay his … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

“Jason Rhoades, Four Roads”

September 2013

Curated by Ingrid Schaffner Curator and critic Daniel Birnbaum once described Jason Rhoades as “perhaps the most American of contemporary American artists.” So it is somewhat surprising that the Los Angeles–based master of sprawling sculptural… READ ON


Made in L.A. 2012

October 2012

HAVE YOU SEEN “The Californians,” the Saturday Night Live sketch in which Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and Co. play bleached, surf-drawling dimwits whose soap-operatic interactions always lead to discussions about the best way through the … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2012 [TOC]


January 2012

FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, Sharon Lockhart’s films (and, more recently, HD videos) have maintained a consistent approach to their varied subjects, whether laborers or children playing—so consistent, in fact, as to constitute a kind of signature.… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2012 [TOC]