Andrew Berardini

Different Strokes

A gala for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

June 2015 LOS ANGELES

“LAST YEAR on this podium, we were just dating. What do you call it? A one-night stand,” said Philippe Vergne. The director of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art was presiding over his second official gala, held outside the museum’s… READ ON

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Ginger Wolfe-Suarez

DIANE ROSENSTEIN

April 2015

And there they are, a bouquet and a sunset, again and again. In this spare installation, the materials couldn’t really be more basic. A series of landscapes depicting the same cloud-banked sunset, what seems to be another, of flowers, then… READ ON

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Juliette Blightman

Karma | Los Angeles

March 2015

Beneath the long fronds of a potted houseplant, a sizeable black speaker rumbles like a distant party. The noise haunts or taunts, beckons or repulses, depending perhaps on whether you’re invited. From Juliette Blightman, an artist best … READ ON

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Michel Auder/Józef Robakowski

March 2015

I can see you. Perched near a window, looking down on the heat and honk of the sun-bright street or out to the night windows beaming like magic lanterns, you are easily observed. Looking out from their windows, Michel Auder and Józef … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2015 [TOC]

Charles Gaines

Hammer Museum

February 2015

In his early work, Charles Gaines pursued a cool hunt for the unknown at the far end of the hyperrational. Sol LeWitt claimed that Conceptual artists were mystics rather rationalists, but his branch of the movement certainly employed the most… READ ON

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Mike Kuchar

Francois Ghebaly Gallery

January 2015

Burnished bubble butts beam with unholy light. Cut and uncut, huge, veiny cocks blossom from every angle. Angels and gods, gladiators and cavemen, street hustlers and bodybuilders, S-M beltings and four-way pirate fuckfests are all drawn with… READ ON

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Mira Dancy

Night Gallery

January 2015

Under shadowy neon and nighthawk noir, the lithe limbs and strong bodies of Mira Dancy’s numerous psychic ladies, perfume models, and mixed deities invitingly odalisque. This normally coy pose carries here a decidedly intense authority, … READ ON

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Helen Johnson

Chateau Shatto

January 2015

With gossamer lyricism and cartoony glee, Australian artist Helen Johnson paints her meandering mediations in layers of figure and material, wit and research. Loose papers blow over goofy patterns and comic clips, swirling globs of paint … READ ON

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Alma Allen

Blum & Poe | Los Angeles

January 2015

These sculptures bend, loop, puddle, swirl, and arch in ways that are both exquisitely crafted and weirdly natural. Once I heard an earful of Alma Allen’s story, plump with struggle and shitty luck, his artwork beginning as a homeless street… READ ON

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Jonathan Horowitz

January 2015

The dot is a black hole and a simple mark, an infinite void and an eternal asshole, a pregnant period or simply a circle. This figure, which featured centrally in Jonathan Horowitz’s project, was first mentioned by omission—a classified … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]