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HERE, THERE & OTHERWISE

Elsewhere

WHATEVER ELSE HAS ACCRUED to it in the much-vaunted moment of its art-world upturn and euphoria, Los Angeles has had its “other side” written out or written over. The pomp and circumstance of regional self-assertion has necessarily ignored, disavowed, or effaced whatever resistance to tickertape and tinsel arrivisme has survived the incorporation within the LA art scene of new structures, new managerial protagonists, and new pretensions. And now that the dust has settled on the various institutional unveilings, real questions are emerging about the whole constitution of the LA scene. These questions counter the rhetoric that Los Angeles is “becoming the Athens of the Pacific Rim” with the proposition that the area is, in fact, “flunking as an arts Mecca,” as the L.A. Weekly headlined it in March. (One notes but passes over the conflation of Athens and Mecca as a hybrid, wished-for art

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