Beyond the Streets LA 2018

Breaking Down the Walls in Street Art: “Beyond the Streets” in L.A. Through July 6th By Evan Senn In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA) held the first major museum retrospective of street art in one of the epicenters of the genre, “Art In The Streets.” Co-curated by Jeffrey Deitch, the…

SHIVA SPACES at The Rendon

SHIVA SPACES: Hidden Rooms, Art At The Rendon June 1 – June 3 By Betty Brown In “Hidden Rooms,” Cindy Schwarzstein has assembled over 50 visual artists, along with numerous musicians and other performers, to “activate” the abandoned spaces of the former Rendon Hotel (2055 E 7th St, DTLA.) This essay surveys some of the…

Six Artists Define Success

Why am I Doing This Again? Six Artists Define Success By Sydney Walters Every day an artist chooses to renegotiate societal structures in order to make their creative habit a profession. Because this kind of exercise drastically differs from the reliability of structured professions which grant dependable income, artists must also calibrate what it means…

Three Exciting Shows at Corey Helford Gallery

Camilla D’Errico: Sky, Tarntara Sudadung: Behind the Mythic Veil, Erika Sanada: Meet Me Halfway, Alessia Iannetti: Aurora Consurgens and Dosshaus: Paper-thin Hotel Corey Helford Gallery Through May 5th   By Sara Fortson Since the move to the Downtown location from their previous Culver City home, Corey Helford has been able to redefine what it means to…

BioPerversity at Nicodim

BioPerversity at Nicodim Gallery through April 28, 2018 By Shana Nys Dambrot We tend to use anthropomorphized animals as proxies in metaphors and morality plays, fairy tales and Freudian projections, tattoos and illuminated manuscripts. Old myths are full of half human, half animal creatures, often gods or at least demigods. Minotaur, mermaid, centaur, Anubis, wood…

Installation view of Catherine Opie "The Modernist" at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, January 12 - February 17, 2018, Photo: Brian Forrest, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Catherine Opie’s “The Modernist” at Regen Projects

Catherine Opie’s “The Modernist” through February 17 Regen Projects, Los Angeles By Mario Vasquez A “flaneur” is defined in the dictionary as “an idle man about town.” In the context of modernism, the flaneur is a wanderer of the city, who seeks to connect with the experiences of modernity and modern life. What happens when the…

Debra Scacco at Klowden Mann

Debra Scacco: The Narrows through February 17 Klowden Mann, Culver City   By Shana Nys Dambrot Debra Scacco is a rare presence in contemporary art — a mindfully reductive conceptualist with the emotional soul of a storyteller. As schematic abstraction goes, Scacco’s work is warm, evocative, and unusually lyrical. Her previous work has often included…