Art In America

Flattening Exercises: Q+A with Jordan Wolfson

Raspberry Poser, the single work in New York-based artist Jordan Wolfson's latest show, at REDCAT in Los Angeles [through Jan. 27], unfolds on a delirious 14-minute loop of animation, photography and video, all bound together in a meditation on...

Open Systems: Q+A with Abraham Cruzvillegas

Best known for his "Autoconstrucción" series, Cruzvillegas often lends use-value to the castoff by calling attention to reclaimed or neglected materials. His 2009 film of the same title documented impromptu architecture in his native Ajusco,...

Agathe Snow's Moral Surfaces

Snow is best known for ephemeral sculptures made of vernacular materials—eggs, wigs, inflatables, papier-mâché flowers and water hoses. Earlier this year at Maccarone, New York, she dangled floor-to-ceiling sculptures from the rafters of the...

Frequent Flying with Ei Arakawa

New York-based artist Ei Arakawa opened his latest performance-cum-exhibition at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, "I Am An Employee of United, Volume 2" [through Oct. 27] with a vision of excess compressed into a YouTube clip. The artist dimmed the...

Art Platform LA Faces Traffic, Uncertainty

A bad omen was the weekend's shutdown of the 405 freeway between the San Fernando Valley and the 10 freeway in the basin, one of the busiest auto corridors in the world, and an artery that many speculated would affect attendance at the fair, which...

Samara Golden and Davida Nemeroff Face the Press

With a trenchant sense of hyperbole, the exhibition emulates a press conference, complete with a complimentary meal (boiled eggs with skulls painted on the shells for visitors to eat, coffee and rosé to drink) and brown metal folding chairs. Navy...

HUO Has Epiphanies

The indefatigable curator Hans Ulrich Obrist arrived in Los Angeles last month to launch the Institute of the 21st Century, aiming to digitize the entirety of his 20-year spanning interview project, which includes interviews with artists and...

Ruby Neri's Primordial Visions

Writing in his 1946 manifesto, "Rehabilitation of Mud," the artist Jean Dubuffet advocated for the creation of paintings made of "monochromatic mud . . . to discover an order (an image) within formlessness of matter so that one can rehabilitate...

Biographical Marks: Q+A with Amanda Ross-Ho

Amanda Ross-Ho's current show at L.A. MOCA's Pacific Design Center (PDC), "TEENY TINY WOMAN" [through Sept. 23], reinterprets the retrospective. Presented with the opportunity to survey her practice, the L.A.-based artist has chosen to reconfigure...

Down by the Boardwalk

This past weekend saw the "first and only" (a promotional brochure touted) Venice Beach Biennial, a festival of performance, sculpture and installation organized by Hammer Museum curator Ali Subotnick as part of "Made in LA" [through Sept. 2]. The...

Valerie Snobeck Makes Networks

New York-based artist Valerie Snobeck's solo show opened at Thomas Duncan Gallery in Los Angeles at the unconventional hour of 7:30 PM [through May 26]. The pitch darkness outside ensured that the objects in Snobeck's sparse exhibition, "They Seem...

The Perfect Arrangement: Q+A with Rachel Foullon

The title of Rachel Foullon's latest exhibition, "Ruminant Recombinant" [through May 26 at ltd los angeles], refers to the four-compartment stomachs of cows, goats and sheep. By chewing, swallowing, processing, regurgitating, re-swallowing and...

Painting in Silver and Noir: Q+A With Jacqueline Humphries

Over the course of a more than two decade-long career, Jacqueline Humphries has approached every canvas with the intent to mess it up. She sees its blank white form as the perfect last painting, and she's nowhere near her last. Lately, the artist...

B Wurtz's Legacy Is Unfinished

The group show "B. Wurtz and Co." at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, announces itself plainly [on view through April 21]. Engraved onto an office placard, the title, adapted from a 2001 MoMA exhibition, "Walker Evans and Co.," juts out on...

Physical Pictorial: Q+A With Daniel Joseph Martinez

For over thirty years, Daniel Joseph Martinez has explored physical bodies as political instruments. In his current exhibition, "I want to go to Detroit: Cheerleaders CHEER," at LAXART [through March 3], Martinez shows two series of photographs...

Matthew Marks on His New West Hollywood Outpost

Matthew Marks opened the fifth location of his gallery (he has 4 in New York) last week on the east side of West Hollywood. Located just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, the building features a permanent architectural intervention by Ellsworth...

Dean Valentine and Craigslist Sex at Art LA Contemporary

The crowd gathered outside of Santa Monica's Barker Hanger last Thursday for the preview of Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) was heavy on volunteers. Dressed in matching white workman jumpsuits, these young men and women were arranging blocks of...

XL T's: Asher Penn at Young Art

Asher Penn tends to upload images of his new bodies of work to the Web like leaked tracks of a pop singer's forthcoming album, publishing them on his own site sometimes more than a month before the show's opening. He did just this for his latest...

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