Travis Diehl

Matthew Brannon

David Kordansky Gallery

September 2017

Americans born in 1971, such as Matthew Brannon, have a range of astrological signs, but share a political one: Richard Nixon. Thus the artist has given himself license to base a body of work on that retrograde subject, the Vietnam War. The… READ ON

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Harry Gamboa Jr.

Harry Gamboa Jr. speaks about his recent work and the early days of Asco

September 2017

A native of Los Angeles, Harry Gamboa Jr. is a photographer, performance artist, writer, educator, and founding member of the Chicano collective Asco. He will be the subject of several shows this fall, including a comprehensive exhibition of… READ ON

500 WORDS

Gene Beery

Shoot The Lobster | Los Angeles

August 2017

“TRA as the background music of life” is written on a painting by Gene Beery—but what is “TRA”? Nothing less than “ART” backward, like “dog” from “god”: the wordplay of white-bread irreverence. TRA skates across the sixteen midsize black-on-white… READ ON

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Jonathan Monk

Cherry and Martin

August 2017

The artworks here are real—that is, original. Given artist Jonathan Monk’s taste for close citation, this doesn’t go without saying, especially since Monk didn’t simply curate the show: he turned the gallery into a fanciful re-creation of … READ ON

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Cosmic Thing

KNOWLEDGES at the Mount Wilson observatory

August 2017 LOS ANGELES

FOR SOME PERSPECTIVE, SOME ART: In 1917, the year Duchamp signed a urinal, the one-hundred-inch reflecting telescope on Mount Wilson saw what astronomers lovingly call “first light.” The cost of a certain Basquiat would build the so-named … READ ON

DIARY

“Whistleblowers and Vigilantes”

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

July 2017

In the lobby is a grid of prime suspects, drawn up like “wanted” posters. The Whistleblowers—Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning—join the checkered Vigilantes: a police sketch of the hooded, sunglasses-sporting Unabomber and the Guy Fawkes–masked… READ ON

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Oliver Payne and Keiichi Tanaami

Hammer Museum

June 2017

It’s called “bullet hell” for a reason: In this die-hard subgenre of 2-D shooters, the player’s lone plane makes twitchy forays against radiating swarms of missiles and beams. Oliver Payne is a fan of the games, though, he admits, also very… READ ON

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“Maven of Modernism”

Norton Simon Museum

May 2017

Galka Scheyer thought blue was a mystical color. Her Richard Neutra–designed house, built in 1934, still stands in Hollywood on Blue Heights Drive. Her poodle was named Blue Blue. And when it came time to brand her favorite quartet of modernist… READ ON

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“You May Add or Subtract From the Work”

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Mackey Apartments

April 2017

In 1977, artist Christopher D’Arcangelo placed a blank centerfold in the journal of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art along with a note suggesting that readers paste the insert to the institute’s walls. Blank would meet blank: … READ ON

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Sarah Ortmeyer

POTTS

March 2017

Is it sad or is it “Sad!” when any embroidered hat immediately evokes the white-on-red MAGA brand? Never mind that the ball caps that make up Sarah Ortmeyer’s installation INTERNATIONALIS, 2010, bear little family resemblance: white and … READ ON

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