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Portrait of a Bird: The Work of Frances Stark

Portrait of a Bird: The Work of Frances Stark

Uh-Oh, Frances Stark, 1991–2015 at the Hammer Museum Through Jan 24, 2016   LANGUAGE FLOWS through the work of artist Frances Stark in singular, unusual ways. In several works on paper i...

Acts of Will: Art, AIDS, America

Acts of Will: Art, AIDS, America

Left: Julie Tolentino (born 1964), THE SKY REMAINS THE SAME: Tolentino Archives Ron Athey’s, Self-Obliteration #1, 2008. Chromogenic color print, edition 1 of 5, 17 × 11 inches. Documentation cou...

Broad Appeal: The Gateway Museum

Broad Appeal: The Gateway Museum

Point Counterpoint There is no lack of opinion in contemporary art, but there is a limited amount of space specifically dedicated to opinion editorials on art in published discourse. This series will...

Beyond The Broad: A Better Paradigm Is Possible

Beyond The Broad: A Better Paradigm Is Possible

Point Counterpoint There is no lack of opinion in contemporary art, but there is a limited amount of space specifically dedicated to opinion editorials on art in published discourse. This series will...

Calisthenics at Thomas Duncan Gallery

Calisthenics at Thomas Duncan Gallery

The following is a feature article from the summer issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: Magazine. Click here to get your subscription today.   All photographs courtesy of Thomas Dunc...

A Deep but Unstable Joy: Gazing at Agnes Martin

A Deep but Unstable Joy: Gazing at Agnes Martin

FROM UP CLOSE, the penciled lines of an Agnes Martin grid painting appear to waver, perhaps due to slightly unequal spaces between them or the way they occasionally bend to the weave of the canvas. Fr...

Midcentury California Cohousing

Midcentury California Cohousing

All images from Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia by Cory Buckner, published by Angel City Press. All rights reserved.   THE ORIGIN of Crestwood Hills begin...

Here Be Dragons: On Literary Cartography

Here Be Dragons: On Literary Cartography

THE EPONYMOUS 12-year-old narrator of Reif Larsen’s The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet is a prodigy of cartography. He makes maps of everything, from your basic maps of the geography of his native M...

Still Radical 25 Years On

Still Radical 25 Years On

THE SHOCK WE EXPERIENCE reading Karen Finley’s Shock Treatment is, ironically enough, less than the shock its narrator is forced to endure. Finley’s landmark 1990 collection of percussive performa...

What Does Tom Mitchell Want?

What Does Tom Mitchell Want?

A MAJOR FIGURE in the development of the area referred to generally as Cultural Studies, W.J.T. Mitchell is one of those responsible for the extent to which, where we once studied art and poetry in te...

Living Space: Socialist Blocks as Homes

Living Space: Socialist Blocks as Homes

Left: Block 27 was part of later developments that boast 12 floors of inhabitants. Image credit: Theo Chevallier, 2014   THERE IS a new obsession in the West with “Soviet remains.” Fo...