A Case for Art. Why Art Matters! at Torrance Art Museum

A Case for Art Why Art Matters! Torrance Art Museum By Lorraine Heitzman Through August 12th   Anybody reading this review won’t likely need to be convinced that art matters, but if they did entertain any doubts, the show at the Torrance Art Museum provides ample justification. Why Art Matters! is TAM’s response to the…

Book Club: Going Native at Durden and Ray

Book Club: Going Native at Durden and Ray By Sydney Walters Through May 28th   For Durden and Ray’s latest show, Book Club: Going Native, curator Stephen Wolkoff assembled artists he knew could take a bizarre novel and produce experimental and innovative art. He asked a bartender, a hair stylist, an architect and a composer…

Black Mirror at Charlie James Gallery

Black Mirror at Charlie James Gallery Fighting for Survival By Jacqueline Bell Johnson Through May 13th   In the bunker-like basement space of Charlie James Gallery resides the exhibition, Black Mirror.  Curated by Julia Schwartz, it is easily labeled a political show.  However, the collection of works can be seen another way: an exploration of how…

State of the Union: Politically Charged to #resist

State of the Union: Politically Charged to #resist by Genie Davis On view through February 25th   Brainworks Gallery, Erin Adams’ new artist-run space in mid-city, hosted the opening of State of the Union last Saturday, a politically potent exhibition featuring cutting edge art work offering visually strong support to #resist. Curated by Erin Adams,…