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The Walking Cure
The heartlessness of much contemporary art, argues DeWitt Cheng, reflects the lack of an ethical center in American culture. More...


Moonlighting Movie Stars
Hollywood celebs like Brad Pitt or Jim Carrey tend to infuriate many artists by gaining undeserved attention for art that is half baked. Still, reminds Richard Speer, everyone is entitled to their own free expression. More...


Whose Kickstart Was This Anyway?
A Kickstarter campaign in support of Michael Rakowitz’s “Enemy Kithen” project seemed honorable enough until James Yood noticed it wasn’t exactly the artist who was doing the solicitation. More...


Robbie Conal's Political Art
In the current zeitgeist, there is a need for political activist artists. Robbie Conal meets and then exceeds this need. More...


Not “Good Muse”
San Francisco's Legion of Honor's latest effort to bring contemporary artwork into dialogue with its collection simply flops. More...


“Reflections on the Yokohama Triennale”
The Yokohama Triennale’s opposition to the kind of “me-first” separatism that is so troubling back home was palpable. More...


The Kangas Six
The third Seattle Art Fair drew a large and diverse audience. Matthew Kangas discusses a half dozen artists who stood out for their ability to absorb and connect multiple genres to bring together memorable ideas with ambitious studio practice. More...


An Ode to Old School Curators
Walter Hopps, in his day, altered curatorial practice to configure exhibitions according to the aesthetic demands of the art being exhibited. That, for better and for worse, must now be considered the old school of contemporary art curating. More...


A Talent for Talent
The late curator Walter Hopps, "elusive, unpredictable, outlandish in his range, jagged in his vision, heedless of rules," was as responsible for the emergence of L.A's 1960s avant garde as any one individual. A new book on Hopps helps explain why. More...


The Eclipse is Coming
The August 21st full solar eclipse crosses the U.S., offering a unique visual experience to millions in approximately two minute intervals. Bill Lasarow takes a look at how that visualization has impacted global culture over millennia. More...


“Tomorrow is Another Day”
Mark Bradford's Venice Biennale installation covers multiple rooms in an impassioned aesthetic wail that laments a disgraced nation. More...


The Swimming Pool as a Springboard
It being summer and his return to Los Angeles being recent, two artists that prominently feature SoCal's most notorious trope, the swimming pool, immediately drew David S. Rubin's attention. More...


Urs Fischer and the Art of Juxtaposition
Daniel Dennett, a critic of postmodernism, argues that "Postmodernism, the school of 'thought' that proclaimed 'There are no truths, only interpretations' has largely played itself out in absurdity," disabled by distrust of the very idea of truth. More...


“Basquiat and The Artist Next Door”
If billionaires can wheel and deal in cattle futures, crude oil, shipping, technology, and defense contracting, why not in art? More...


Paul Allen’s Emerging Vision for Seattle
Paul Allen is only the latest major civic-minded donor to Seattle's cultural maturation, but he may be exerting the most impact. He has he backed the Seattle Art Fair and added his museum, Pivot: Art+Culture to the South Lake Union neighborhood; and it seems he is just getting started. More...


Ghosts of the Cultural Past May Fuel Visions of the Future
From MacArthur Park, near downtown L.A. the Berggruen Institute will peer into our public policy and cultural future from a revamped Spanish Revival building. That building and its current tenants reveal much about L.A.'s deeper cultural history. More...


Art Business as Unusual
Documenta and the Venice Biennale have opened; major retrospectives are gearing up. Beneath the surface, all is not well. More...


Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Not perhaps as much an event as the recent Monet or Matisse and Diebenkorn exhibitions, Stuart Davis dazzles at the de Young Museum. It clarifies his path from early Ashcan to the electrifying visual music he is best known for. It is work that still has important things to say about America. More...


An Artist’s Line Drawn in Quicksand
Daniela Repas' short documentary/animation "Mnemonics" embraces the ethnic heritage of this former Bosnian refugee as subject matter. There are larger lessons in how Repas tolerates values she cannot assimilate while celebrating those that she can. More...


Marimekko, With Love
The rise and continued cultural influence of the Swedish fashion design house Marimekko is here traced and assessed. More...

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