Travis Diehl

Great Ballz of Fire

April 2016

IT’S HAPPY HOUR IN AMERICA. A day’s work done, the gainfully, under- and self-employed rush home by way of a well-earned pint. On South Main Street in Los Angeles, from a sidewalk cluttered with chalkboards, a dozen upscale haunts beckon… READ ON

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Judy Fiskin

Richard Telles Fine Art

April 2016

“Last April,” says Judy Fiskin, “I turned seventy.” Her latest video, Three Funerals and Some Acts of Preservation, 2016, dryly ponders what comes next. Most of Three Funerals’s fifteen minutes follow conservation interns, khaki… READ ON

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Fiona Banner

1301PE

February 2016

An unflattering view of a power suit’s trousers greets visitors to Fiona Banner’s exhibition: aqueous gray lines diverge down a big Day-Glo orange sheet to form Pinstripe Bum Face, 2015. If the intrepid financiers who steered the 2008 … READ ON

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Kota Ezawa

Christopher Grimes Gallery

January 2016

On March 18, 1990, two men dressed as cops famously boosted thirteen artworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Partly because Gardner’s will allows no changes to the displays, partly in hopes that the stripped canvases will… READ ON

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East of Eden

December 2015

PERCHED PARTWAY DOWN Bunker Hill, as if sliding off toward the braid of freeways in the valley below, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel marks the ragged westernmost edge of downtown LA. Its quintet of one-hundred-plus-meter mirrored cylinders, … READ ON

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Noah Davis

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

December 2015

In imitation of the grittier storefront spaces often rented by emerging gallerists—and as a parody of the trendy “micro-storefronts” dotting downtown Los Angeles—the Storefront at MoCA opens with a display of contemporary masterworks… READ ON

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“In the Flesh Part I: Subliminal Substances”

Martos Gallery | Los Angeles

November 2015

Ivana Basic’s Asleep (all works cited, 2015), one of three glossy lumps of flesh cast in wax and silicone, resembles a slightly torn organ resting on a pillow. Listed among its materials are “weight,” “pressure,” and “body.” … READ ON

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Ann Hirsch

SMART OBJECTS

November 2015

Burnt-orange carpet runs head high up the gallery walls like an institutional merkin. Paintings cling there. In one, The Restauranter’s Daughter (all works 2015), a girl wearing the outline of a frock tilts her head up at the heroic, … READ ON

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Sean Townley

Night Gallery

November 2015

Classical Greek artists, having never seen actual lions, based their funerary lion sculptures on a combo of house cats, dogs, and other sculptures of the real thing. Sean Townley has possibly never seen a lion sculpture. For his series … READ ON

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Faith Wilding

Armory Center for the Arts

November 2015

“Waiting for my breasts to develop . . . Waiting for my breasts to fill with milk . . . Waiting for my breasts to shrivel up”: So goes the arc of Faith Wilding’s poem Waiting, delivered at the installation Womanhouse in 1972, a video … READ ON

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