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ARTIFICIAL COMPLEXION

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The new group exhibition at Various Small Fires, Artificial Complexion, is inspired by the work of poet/artist/bohemian Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, an influential Dadaist figure who collaborated frequently with Man Ray and may have conceived Marcel Duchamp’s infamous Fountain. The show features rarely-heard Dada sound pieces played in VSF’s entryway “sound corridor”, and numerous found-object […]

JOSEF & ANNI ALBERS

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This morning, I found a few drawings made by Josef Albers. Looking through them, I also rediscovered the works of his wife, Anni Albers. What an amazing couple! They were the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Josef Albers (1888–1976) was an influential teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist—now best known for the Homages to the Square […]

L.A. BOULEVARDIER DOUG SUISMAN

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Architect and urban designer Doug Suisman was at the Architecture and Design Museum last night to give a brief presentation and sign reissue copies of Los Angeles Boulevard, an in-depth examination of the planning and development of L.A.’s major streets. Suisman noted that Los Angeles Boulevard was first published as a limited run of 1,500 […]

PIERRE HUYGHE AT LACMA

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Walking through the new Pierre Huyghe retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which opens this weekend after traveling to LACMA from the Centre Pompidou, is an enigmatic and immersive experience. The entire Resnick Pavilion has been transformed into a postapocalyptic wonderland full of confounding objects and stunning installations on black stone floors, […]

DIRTY LOOKS ROADSHOW

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Dirty Looks Roadshow, a queer experimental film and performance series by New York publisher Dirty Looks, was at the Hammer Museum last night for a raucous two-and-a-half hour showcase of music, film, dance, drag, stand-up comedy, and–yes–a PowerPoint presentation. Changes from NARCISSISTER on Vimeo. Organized by Brooklyn-based artist Bradford Nordeen, the performance featured Jibz Cameron […]

D.E. MAY AT LAXART

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The first Los Angeles exhibition of the work of D.E. May, a Portland-based artist, is currently on view at LAXART in Culver City. Since the 1970s, May has been conducting formal experiments with modernist abstraction using materials found near his Pacific Northwest home. The show was curated by art historian and UCLA professor George Baker, […]

NOAH PURIFOY, OUTDOOR DESERT ART MUSEUM OF ASSEMBLAGE SCULPTURE

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Artist Noah Purifoy (1917 – 2004) created his Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture over 15 years in Joshua Tree. The non-profit, all-volunteer Noah Purifoy Foundation (NPF) established in 1998 preserves and maintains the site for public participation. Born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1917, Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua […]