• Art & Urgency

      Monday, 19 December 2011 17:46

      I believe that bringing diverse groups of people together to listen to each other’s stories is an end in itself.  Life stories have the power to dispel fear, challenge one’s values and inspire compassion.  There is urgency in the impulse to tell these particular stories, considering that one out of every 30 Santa Monicans is […]

    • Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals

      Thursday, 15 December 2011 16:58

      The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will display the first major public sculpture by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, titled Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. The installation will comprise twelve monumental bronze animal heads that are re-creations of the famous traditional zodiac sculptures that once adorned the fountain clock of Yuan Ming Yuan, the […]

    • Experiment and Experience: Peter Weiss Interviews Erica Simone

      Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:22

      Peter Weiss: You have a very energetic personality; you seem very confident and secure. Am I reading it right and to what do you attribute that security? Erica Simone: Yes, I like to think of myself as being confident and secure (most of the time). We do only have one life, one body, and one […]

    • In Your Face Grotesquerie: Paul McCarthy in New York & London

      Wednesday, 14 December 2011 19:47

      This week I uncovered a number of reasons to count my blessings. Foremost amongst them is the fact that I don’t live in Paul McCarthy’s head. Paul McCarthy is currently the lucky recipient of the first transatlantic show to be presented by Hauser & Wirth, his work simultaneously filling their New York gallery space and […]

    • In Conversation: Carrie Moyer, Sheila Pepe & Alice Randall

      Tuesday, 13 December 2011 17:53

      “Re-imagining what it means to be armed. Re-imaging my humanity by veiling my hand, framing what I offer to the public and what I retain for myself as an intimate gift. Stepping into the conversation between Sheila and Carrie. Carrie’s colors are lyric with a lightness of the earth. Sheila’s structures have something of the […]

    • Eleanor Antin: Excerpts Of A Memoir

      Monday, 12 December 2011 17:03

      I fell in love with ancient Greece. I played hooky from school and got to the museum early so I’m the only one in the Greek rooms. Except for the guard, of course. The guard’s a killjoy.  But when he isn’t looking I can go up to a youth on a pedestal and stroke his […]

    • The Suspension of Time: Simon Dinnerstein & The Fulbright Triptych

      Friday, 9 December 2011 17:15

      Seeing an abundance of photographic details of a single painting (about 40) combined with the heft of this book (over 300 pages) led me to expect a typical art history, a formal and iconographical analysis focused on a single masterpiece. I was wrong. This is not to say that The Fulbright Triptych (1974) is or […]

    • The Cadaver and the Aging Woman

      Thursday, 8 December 2011 22:40

      My body now is that of an aging woman. Its texture changes with time; the skin’s tightness loosens one inch at a time, its plumpness fading as a mirage that never was. My body is the body of a woman… For centuries, male painters have exalted the curves of the female body’s immaculate skin, gravity-balanced […]

    • In Conversation: John F. Moore, Jr. Interviews Juan Uslé

      Thursday, 8 December 2011 20:05

      John F Moore, Jr:  Tell us about your method. Are your paintings preconceived? Juan Uslé:  I’d say that my paintings are partially planned and partially unplanned.  When I start, there’s always a vision that’s parallel or prior to the work.  But planning how it’s put together, that’s what changes with each painting.  Sometimes my strategies […]

    • BRAZILIAN ROOTS IN PARIS EARTH: Radical Art from the Tropics

      Wednesday, 7 December 2011 18:13

      Henrique Oliveira is a Brazilian artist who has shown extensively in his home country and in the States, not in the typical art-scene cities but in places like Houston, Boulder, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. His recent solo show in Paris, which is his first in Europe, has been a popular and critical success. Paris—no […]

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