Art Review

‘Year One’ by Loren Philip & Tomoaki Shibata @ Castelli Art Space
Year One was a triumphant opening at the Castelli Art Space for its feat in advancing Los Angeles contemporary fine art. While this does not deny the fact that many contemporary galleries in Los Angeles are well capable of providing the space for such an installation, Castelli is expanding the boundaries of the field of
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‘Now and Then’ by Jo Ann Callis @ ROSEGALLERY
With this exhibition at ROSEGALLERY of Ms. Jo Ann Callis’ work done over 40 years ago, we have a positive element of timelessness to the collection. While there is a strong current of autobiography, the success of the artistry is in its ability to take the subjective and make it universal. Indeed, this is what
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‘Artificial Memories’ by Corey Grayhorse @ dnj Gallery
Corey Grayhorse brings tremendous felicity to photography with her exhibition Artificial Memories at dnj Gallery. She presents generally eccentric and mildly zany photographs which, while having an autobiographical subtext, can stand alone as cheerful gum drops of contemporary life. It is striking that she is able to take such profane settings such as a McDonald’s
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Inglewood Open Studios 2018 Review
Off the beaten path of commercial art galleries in the city of Inglewood is a network of artist studios with an annual weekend “open house”. Exploring the open studios with no expectations, I was astounded at the artistic liberty and mastery of many of the artists. In the process of creating for the sake of
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‘River of Styx’ by Peter Williams @ Luis De Jesus Los Angeles & ‘Gap in the Net’ by Alex Roulette
Recently within the Arts District of Culver City there was one disappointing and one intriguing opening. River of Styx by Peter Williams at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles unfortunately smudged the sacred artistic landscape with brutish political dogma, rendering no public outlet of common life safe. Is the whole of human existence rendered to just
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‘Recent Paintings’ by William Lane @ FIG
William Lane presents a provocative return to mid-century minimalism at FIG. To be honest, I was initially worried we would be seeing nothing but derivatives of that long-ago foray by 20th century artists into finding, almost akin to a scientific methodology, an irreducible complexity to the aesthetic form of color. As is typical with minimalism,
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Ai Weiwei: Zodiac @ Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
The opening of Jeffrey Deitch’s Los Angeles Gallery of the artist Ai Weiwei does well to showcase the expansiveness of the space. The 15,000 square feet gallery is phenomenally curated, most notably with the center-piece Stools acting as not only the anchor-point and talking piece but as a center stage for which the entire exhibition
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Michael Arntz @ The Landing
In an unnamed exhibition with perhaps an unnamed collection of artworks, Mr. Michael Arntz puts forward a rare breed of meticulous depth to his compositions at The Landing while simultaneously interconnecting each piece to portray a larger commentary on immigration. What makes the narration purely aesthetic and an anvil which hammers away at any suspicions
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Chinatown Arts District
In Los Angeles there is typically a flurry of art openings the weekend immediately following Labor Day. It is the ignition to a new art season after the phlegmatic slumber of summer. I dropped by the formidable Tieken Gallery to catch a glimpse of the old and new.   View this post on Instagram A post
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‘Made in LA’ 2018 @ The Hammer Museum – Review
In the most recent show at The Hammer Museum titled ‘Made in LA’, there was a potpourri of works that most provocatively were racially charged, yet the strongest works by Charles Long created an atmosphere of mysticism which made the visit worthwhile in itself. It is not to say, however, that the racial works (despite
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