Annie Buckley

“In Search of the Dot That Created the Circle”

CB1 Gallery

February 2015

In “Under the Gaze of Theory,” an essay published on e-flux that tracks the relationship between art and theory, Boris Groys suggests one possible explanation for a notable absence of the spiritual in contemporary art: “Philosophy … READ ON

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Ai Weiwei

FOR-SITE Foundation | Alcatraz Island

January 2015

The voice of Tibetan singer Lolo, who was imprisoned by Chinese authorities for his pro–Tibetan independence songs, eases through the grate of a tiny, dilapidated cell in the prison’s “A Block,” which once housed conscientious objectors… READ ON

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Beatrice Wood

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

August 2014

Beatrice Wood is best known for her lusterware pottery, so this exhibition of nearly fifty works on paper, made over the course of a staggering eighty-seven years, is surprising and also gratifying. Despite drawing on styles that veer from … READ ON

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Gina Osterloh

Francois Ghebaly Gallery

August 2014

On the opening night of Gina Osterloh’s show, visitors encountered an enigmatic sight: a large, red paper screen supported by a simple wood base. The installation turned out to be a prop for Osterloh’s brief but impactful performance. … READ ON

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“LA Heat”

Chinese American Museum

May 2014

When the Chinese American Museum developed an exhibition inspired by two locally made hot sauces, there was no doubt that some found the show’s premise a dubious proposition at best, anticipating flippant treatments of food and multiculturalism.… READ ON

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Jacob Hashimoto

MOCA Pacific Design Center

April 2014

This third and final rendition of Jacob Hashimoto’s two-story installation Gas Giant, 2014, includes thousands of small rice-paper disks, squares, diamonds, and other shapes, each supported by a thin bamboo frame and suspended from the … READ ON

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Rena Small

Angles Gallery

March 2014

The word handmade unravels in the near-impossible task of identifying a divide between tools and technology; what makes a clay pot handmade and a photograph something else, if a human hand is at the helm of both? The word organic is often … READ ON

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Shizu Saldamando

Vincent Price Art Museum

November 2013

Whether drinking, kissing, or huddling in bathroom stalls or on concert room floors, Shizu Saldamando’s subjects exude a sense of glittery calm—the girls are tough, the boys are vulnerable, and nonconformity rules. Cool kids dangle … READ ON

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“Ignite! The Art of Sustainability”

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

September 2013

From its organizing principle of putting artists in dialogue with scientists and environmentalists down to the reused shipping crates that were used to transport the pieces on view, this traveling exhibition takes a thoughtful and holistic … READ ON

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Antonio Adriano Puleo

The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex

May 2013

Stripping away affect and objective referent, Antonio Adriano Puleo’s new body of work relies on form, color, and process. Composed primarily of bits of string, fabric, wood, cardboard, and a large quantity of paint, these paintings and … READ ON

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