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CONCRETE ISLAND AT VENUS

Matt Johnson, Drywall #5 (Baby Aqua M440–3), 2017.
Painted wood, 72 x 101 x 72 inches (182.9 x 256.5 x 182.9 cm)
Image credit: Venus Over Manhattan

“Welcome to Concrete Island: an overlooked city within a city, an entropical paradise where leisure is lean….Listen to our walls: they speak in a rare blend of hobo shamanism and contemporary primitivism that captures the texture of the urban psyche.”* This group show at Venus’ Boyle Heights outpost features work by Kelly Akashi, William Anastasi, […]

SIMON BIRCH’S 14TH FACTORY

Still from the film This Brutal House, directed by Scott Carthy, based on a concept by Simon Burch, sound design by Gary Gunn.
Image courtesy of The 14th Factory and Scott Carthy. Special thanks to Gloria Yu.

My favorite attraction at the old-school, long-gone amusement park of my childhood was Aladdin’s Castle, a dimly lit wonderland of tilted floors, collapsing stairways, and mirrored mazes. In 2017, just north of the L.A River, an art funhouse has moved into a repurposed factory in Lincoln Heights. Conceived by British-born, Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch, […]

SPACES: PARC MONCEAU, PARIS

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Spring is coming!

WEEKLY WRAP-UP: MARCH 2-8

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This week on the blog, we went to Montparnasse Cemetery to see “le baiser”; learned more about Thom Andersen; went to the launch of octopusnotes 4 at castillo/corrales; read the studio of Giacometti; passed by the “Awards shows“; discovered the cortot room; advised to go to Bea Schlingelhoff‘s new opening at Corner Door; and listened some […]

BOOK: THE STUDIO OF GIACOMETTI, JEAN GENET

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New Book in my library. Published by Grey Tiger Books First Edition images copyright Marc Camille Chaimowicz Designed by Fraser Muggeridge and Zoe Anspach Edited by Tara Cranswick and Fergal Stapleton

WALK: THROUGH “LE LOUVRE”

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Yestarday afternoon, half an hour before the closing, I passed by the room with all the ancient greek sculpture. Simply graceful, perfect to end this day.    

WEEKLY WRAP-UP: JAN. 19-23

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  This week, we listened the mexican performed by Babe Ruth; we passed by Meliksetian Briggs to see few works by the late artist Bas Jan Ader: we went to Bristol to check Josephine Pryde‘s new exhibition at Arnolfini;  we listened few songs of the singer-songwriter John Grant; we visited the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica and the […]