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Xavier Veilhan, Lautner, Aluminum and polyurethane paint. From the exhibition "Architectones" in 2013 at Goldstein Sheats Residence Los Angeles. Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.

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The Architect, the Artist, and the House That’s Become a Star

Looking at Los Angeles

The Architect, the Artist, and the House That’s Become a Star

Catherine Wagley visits the famous Sheats-Goldstein House and considers the pop culture present of this fifty-year-old residence by architect John Lautner.

Irwin and Turrell in the anechoic chamber. Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Escaping the Corporate Frame

Looking at Los Angeles

Escaping the Corporate Frame

More than 40 years ago James Turrell and Robert Irwin teamed up on a “hair-raising” art and technology initiative. Columnist Catherine Wagely looks back.

Human Rights Campaign's pinkk-on-red equal sign

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Looking at Los Angeles | Seeing Pink

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Seeing Pink

Columnist Catherine Wagely makes the leap from the Human Rights Campaign’s pink-on-red equal sign to an exhibition of works by Brad Spence.

Barbara T. Smith. Excerpt from "Poetry: Child Voice," 1965-1966. Courtesy The Box Gallery.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Barbara T. Smith: Cheek To Glass, Electric Impressions of the Material Body

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Barbara T. Smith: Cheek To Glass, Electric Impressions of the Material Body

Danielle McCullough recounts the life of politically-engaged performer and “body artist” Barbara T. Smith.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Being Difficult

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Being Difficult

Llyn Foulkes “has never had nor seemed to want any conceptual smoothness.” Columnist Catherine Wagley on the maverick artist’s retrospective exhibition at the Hammer Museum.

Slavs and Tatars. Screen capture from "79.89.09." lecture-performance. 2009. Photo courtesy of Slavs and Tatars.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Slavs and Tatars: “Help the Militia, Beat Yourself Up–Only Solidarity and Patience Will Secure Our Victory”

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Slavs and Tatars: “Help the Militia, Beat Yourself Up–Only Solidarity and Patience Will Secure Our Victory”

Danielle McCullough attends the Los Angeles Art Book Fair and is introduced to the Slavs and Tatars collective.

Still from Jim Shaw's The Whole (2009). Courtesy MOCAtv and the artist.

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Looking at Los Angeles | What Have Bangs Got to Do with It?

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | What Have Bangs Got to Do with It?

All the talk about Michelle Obama’s new haircut inspires Catherine Wagely to look at bangs in art.

Heather Rasmussen. "Untitled (Block City)." Hi-res digital photo. 2005. Photo courtesy of Heather Rasmussen.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Heather Rasmussen: Cataclysmic Collections

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Heather Rasmussen: Cataclysmic Collections

Columnist Danielle McCullough writes about the work of Los Angeles-based artist Heather Rasmussen and her ongoing interest in catastrophe.

Claire Danes in the last episode of Homeland's second season, after the attack.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Natural Born, Dead on Arrival

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Natural Born, Dead on Arrival

Two exhibitions in Culver City right now do exactly what Showtime’s “Homeland” should have done.

“Cuantos Mas?,” installation in Tijuana. Mexico. November 1998

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Looking at Los Angeles | Tanya Aguiñiga / Transnational Arts Operative

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Tanya Aguiñiga / Transnational Arts Operative

Danielle McCullough profiles Tanya Aguiñiga, an artist/activist whose works take many forms, many of which engage notions of transnational autobiography.

Courtesy the artist and Sergio Bromberg

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Looking at Los Angeles | Truth and Illusion, Pigeons and Freeways

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Truth and Illusion, Pigeons and Freeways

Catherine Wagley details an L.A. artist’s Quixotic efforts to hack freeway signs using homing pigeons. But was any of it for real?

Stanley Livingston, Photo of the Ridges.  2009. Courtesy of The Kennedy Museum of Art.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Moving Time: A Fossil-Fueled Journey from Appalachia to Los Angeles through Motion Pictures

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Moving Time: A Fossil-Fueled Journey from Appalachia to Los Angeles through Motion Pictures

New “Looking at Los Angeles” contributor Danielle McCullough surveys the independent film scene in Los Angeles.

Laura London, Once Upon A Time..., Garage Text, 2012, Color Photograph on Vinyl Stretched on Aluminum Strainers. Copyright Laura London.

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Looking at Los Angeles | When Rock Star Fantasies Go Too Far

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | When Rock Star Fantasies Go Too Far

Catherine Wagley looks at several LA shows that occupy the slippery space between truth and reality.

Jennifer Bolande, Marshall Stack, 1987. Photo by Eeva Inkeri.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Landmarks

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Landmarks

Lily Simonson looks at Jennifer Bolande’s survey exhibition Landmarks, on view at Cal State Los Angeles’ Luckman Gallery.

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Ken Price outside Hotel Caesars in Tijuana, Mexico, 1968. Image courtesy of Larry Bell.

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Looking at Los Angeles | I Already Know I Exist: Ken Price at LACMA

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | I Already Know I Exist: Ken Price at LACMA

Catherine Wagley considers the role that personal biography plays–or doesn’t–in LACMA’s newly-opened “Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective.”

Mash Up: Collage from 1930 to the present, Installation view East Gallery L & M Arts.  Courtesy L & M Arts.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Mash Up: Collage from 1930 to the present at L & M Arts

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Mash Up: Collage from 1930 to the present at L & M Arts

Lily Simonson reviews a group show featuring collage works by Art21 artists John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Mark Bradford, and Paul McCarthy.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Anna Piaggi and the Summer One-Off

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Anna Piaggi and the Summer One-Off

The writer and fashion icon Anna Piaggi, who died this week at 81, serves as a reminder that in art, as life, one-off gestures are often the most memorable ones.

Vishal Jugdeo, Goods Carrier, 2012.  Installation view by Brian Forrest.  Courtesy the Hammer Museum.

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Looking at Los Angeles | An Interview with Vishal Jugdeo: Making “Goods Carrier” for Made in L.A.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | An Interview with Vishal Jugdeo: Making “Goods Carrier” for Made in L.A.

Lily Simonson talks to an LA artist whose recent video installation evokes the domestic tension of familial and romantic relationships.

Alfred Barr, with MOMA's art.

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Looking at Los Angeles | The MOCA Debacle: What Does ‘Visually Stimulating’ Even Mean?

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The MOCA Debacle: What Does ‘Visually Stimulating’ Even Mean?

Catherine Wagley on Paul Schimmel’s controversial departure from the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

Opening reception for Lily Simonson: Wet and Wild at CB1 Gallery, inside the black light installation.  Courtesy Jason Chang CB1 Gallery.

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Looking at Los Angeles | A Live One: Painting Joan Quinn

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | A Live One: Painting Joan Quinn

Fresh off her solo exhibition in LA, Lily Simonson has the opportunity to paint a portrait of Joan Quinn, the legendary West Coast editor of Interview magazine.

Screenshot from the 2002 remake of The Forsyte Saga.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Anything but the Kitchen Sink

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Anything but the Kitchen Sink

Catherine Wagley muses on family, history, and the relation of both in artworks by Patricia Fernandez and Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle in the Los Angeles Biennial.

Eve Babitz and Marcel Duchamp playing chess at the Pasadena Art Museum, October 18, 1963. Photo by Julian Wasser.

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Looking at Los Angeles | In Search of Eve Babitz

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | In Search of Eve Babitz

Eve Babitz is more than just the nude woman famously photographed playing chess with Duchamp; she is an influential writer whose books are now much-coveted items.

Screen shot of Debo Eilers and crew performing "My Little Sunshine" during the Art21 Telethon

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Looking at Los Angeles | And the Money Came Rolling In . . . Or Not

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | And the Money Came Rolling In . . . Or Not

When the display of a luxury car leads Catherine Wagley to mistake a performance festival for a fundraiser, the slippery relations between art and commerce become clear.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Mystery Circle," April 7, 2012. Photo by Zen Sekizawa, Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles

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Looking at Los Angeles | Sparks Fly from MOCA for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Sparks Fly from MOCA for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder

Lily Simonson confronts mortality and the expansive scale of the universe on viewing Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Sky Ladder” at MOCA Los Angeles.

Cover of the catalog for Jeffrey Vallance's 2004 exhibition on Thomas Kinkade

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Looking at Los Angeles | The Painter of Light is Radically Not Me

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The Painter of Light is Radically Not Me

Catherine Wagley reflects on the passing of Thomas Kinkade, the infamously popular “Painter of Light” who pushed the idea of coziness to mind-numbing extremes.

The Granite Boulder abord its custom transporter nearing LACMA at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10. Courtesy Gene Blevins, L.A. Daily News.

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Looking at Los Angeles | LACMA’s Rock Star

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | LACMA’s Rock Star

Lily Simonson looks at Michael Heizer’s 340 ton sculpture “Levitated Mass,” and wonders why relatively few female artists have produced large-scale public works.

Berwick Street Film Collective, still from Nightcleaners, 1970-1975. Courtesy of LUX.

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Looking at Los Angeles | A Wonderland That Wasn’t Meant to Be

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | A Wonderland That Wasn’t Meant to Be

Catherine Wagley reviews the group show “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” on view now at LACMA.

College Art Association Conference 2012 Logo.  Courtesy College Art Association.

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Looking at Los Angeles | CAA #ProTips from an Adjunct Pro

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | CAA #ProTips from an Adjunct Pro

Lily Simonson offers some valuable advice for newbies navigating the annual CAA conference, held this week in Los Angeles.

Mike Kelley, Still from the "Day is Done," 2005

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Looking at Los Angeles | Mike Kelley’s Elegance

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Mike Kelley’s Elegance

Mike Kelley gained renown for his sprawling, mixed-media installations, but Catherine Wagley argues that Kelley’s oeuvre should also be remembered for its elegance.

Andrea Fraser, Museum Highlights A Gallery Talk, 1989, video still of performance. Courtesy UCLA.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Andrea Fraser’s Men on the Line

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Andrea Fraser’s Men on the Line

Responding to the legacy of the Woman’s Building, Fraser’s new performance revisits 1970s-era gender issues and evaluates feminism’s progress.

Still from John Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978)

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Looking at Los Angeles | Dirty Laundry

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Dirty Laundry

Suzanne Lacy’s performance “Three Weeks in January” reminds us that after all these years, sexual violence is still swept under the rug.

James Franco, The Dangerous Book Four Boys at Peres Projects, Berlin.  Installation View.  Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Top 5 of 2011: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Top 5 of 2011: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

Simonson counts down the Top 5 celebrities who also maintain avid art-making practices.

Marina Abramovic's "An Artist's Life Manifesto," MOCA Gala 2011.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Local Dancer Meets Mother of Performance

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Local Dancer Meets Mother of Performance

When it comes to paying artists whose bodies provide the art, when is mere “compensation” not enough?

Asco. "First Supper After a Major Riot,"1974, printed 2011. Photograph by Harry Gamboa Jr. Courtesy of Harry Gamboa Jr. Image via LACMA.

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Looking at Los Angeles | ASCO and Activisim in Pacific Standard Time

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | ASCO and Activisim in Pacific Standard Time

  When I moved to LA from Northern California, my Bay Area friends accused me of taking up with a city that was historically cultureless and apolitical.  If Pacific Standard …

Woody Harrelson in a still from "Rampart" (2011)

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Looking at Los Angeles | Ladies of Old School L.A.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Ladies of Old School L.A.

  Rampart, an “L.A. Noir” set for limited release the day before Thanksgiving, is a relentless film with a hero who’s impossible to love but a narrative thrust that forces …

Porkchop, a DPW crew member, pounds a T-Stake into the desert floor, helping to build the fence that surrounds perimeter of Burning Man's temporary metropolis, Black Rock City. Courtesy John Curley.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Working for The Man: Building Burning Man’s Infrastructure

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Working for The Man: Building Burning Man’s Infrastructure

  When I first found out about the Black Rock City Department of Public Works, it was like finding out that Santa Claus did not exist. I was disappointed, and …