Annie Buckley

Keepers of the Frame

The opening of the Getty's survey of California video art

March 2008 LOS ANGELES

More than a thousand people made their way to what one visitor termed “the Mount Olympus of the art world” on Thursday night to attend the opening of “California Video” at the Getty Museum. The crowd included nearly all of the … READ ON

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Full Nelson

A night at REDCAT with Maggie Nelson

February 2008 LOS ANGELES

The thought of driving to downtown Los Angeles on a Wednesday evening, gray skies threatening rain and traffic reaching its peak, is enough to make most Angelenos reach for their cell phones and cancel plans. Nevertheless, an enthusiastic … READ ON

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Jessica Minckley

February 2008

The French theorist Luce Irigaray reframes the nature of being as an expansive web, encompassing its own structure as much as everything held within its fluid, multiplying expanse. The first solo exhibition by Los Angeles–based artist … READ ON

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Dan Webb

February 2008

“Dandelion,” an exhibition of new sculptures and works on paper by Dan Webb, is inspired by a theme with deeper roots in literature and poetry than in visual art: the hope for some sense of equanimity amid the constancy of flux. Webb … READ ON

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Walead Beshty

January 2008

It’s a tricky task to critique commerce through the making and selling of objects. While some artists’ work can appear disingenuous in the effort, Walead Beshty pulls it off with wit and a sheer exuberance for the process of making. Were… READ ON

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Robert Olsen/Adam Ross

January 2008

Ideal yet unavailable, utopia continues to fascinate centuries after the word was coined. “Utopias,” an exhibition pairing the paintings of Robert Olsen and Adam Ross, embraces the gravity and lyricism of this quixotic concept. In the … READ ON

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Michael Rashkow

December 2007

The birth of photography was marked by a necessarily symbiotic relationship between art and science, one that has reemerged in recent decades. This exhibition of new works by Michael Rashkow quietly points to the resurgence. In comparison … READ ON

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Jeffrey Vallance

November 2007

In 1978, Jeffrey Vallance handwrote a letter to every US senator, requesting a drawing along with his or her ideas about art. At least one-third of the senators replied to what seems to have been perceived as a child’s school project. The… READ ON

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Lezley Saar

November 2007

By turning their gaze on lived experience, artists such as Cindy Sherman and Eleanor Antin inspired a subsequent generation to employ surrealist and theatrical strategies in the service of creating a fuller understanding of identity. As this… READ ON

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Marc Trujillo

October 2007

A strip mall, a food court, a near-empty cinema: These are ostensibly the subjects of Marc Trujillo’s sumptuous realist paintings, but a closer look reveals a meditation on time. In using a classical style to represent contemporary suburban… READ ON

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