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Los Angeles

In upcoming months, Artforum will feature a series of letters from correspondents across the globe, each one detailing developments in art and culture in a different urban center. To begin, Alex Israel looks back at the past year’s exhibitions and events in Los Angeles.

SOMEWHAT FRETFUL and carrying that extra bit of holiday weight, the Los Angeles art world rallied in mid-January of last year for the big season opener: “SHE,” the Wallace Berman–Richard Prince two-man show curated by Berman biographer Kristine McKenna at Michael Kohn Gallery. In contrast to the bleak state of affairs in the immediate wake of the economic downturn, everything felt eerily back to normal that night—if 2007 can be called normal. The event attracted everyone from Beverly Boulevard passersby (swingers, biker chicks, swinging biker chicks) to notables art-world and otherwise: Ed Ruscha, Anthony Kiedis, and Pamela

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