LOS ANGELES — Type “Frieze Los Angeles” into a Google search bar and you’ll be directed to the website for the much-anticipated art fair making its Los Angeles debut later this week, as well as several related news stories. Do an image search for the same phrase, and the results are quite different. Instead of photos of endless aisles of gallery booths or blue-chip artworks, Google will return many images of impressionistic, figurative paintings hung on white walls above a speckled gray carpet. This is all the work of artist Gretchen Andrew, who created the paintings as well as what she calls “search engine art,” harnessing Google’s search algorithm as a collaborator … Read the rest
Los Angeles is often considered an “artists city,” a backhanded compliment inferring that it’s a great place to make art but not to sell it. Over the past decade, the city’s profile as a well-rounded art center has grown — with the founding of private museums like the Broad and the Marciano, as well as curatorial endeavors that bestow institutional recognition to local talent like the Hammer’s Made in LA Biennial, and the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. It still remains to be seen, however, whether Los Angeles can make that link between creativity and commerce that defines a truly international art capital.
Art fairs are a big part of this equation, and while Art Los Angeles … Read the rest
LOS ANGELES — Inspired by his teen daughter’s near-unintelligible “Valspeak” slang, Frank Zappa’s 1982 hit song “Valley Girl” parodied a distinct type of vapid, gum-chewing female Angeleno, who spends her days at the mall, gossiping with her friends. Followed up a year later by a Nicolas Cage film of the same name, the stereotype became a stand-in for Southern California in the popular imagination, but has its roots firmly in the San Fernando Valley, a sprawling area comprising parts of northern Los Angeles and the surrounding communities of Burbank, Glendale, Pacoima, and Calabasas to name a few. A new exhibition at the … Read the rest
As several recent information breaches — from Wikileaks to Facebook — have shown, access to data has become one of the defining characteristics of life in the 21st century. Depending on who controls it, data can democratize and empower, or wreak havoc on millions of people across the globe.
Organized by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the first Los Angeles Arts Datathon was held a year ago, with the goal of bringing together a diverse group of participants — artists, arts administrators, community advocates, educators, and students — to explore “how data can be used to improve access to the arts for all ten million … Read the rest
LOS ANGELES — In Robert Colescott’s “Portrait of the Artist at 85,” the late painter, who passed away at 83 in 2009, depicts himself seated in front of a tall, white canvas, applying messy strokes of pinkish cream. A buxom blonde wearing nothing but red heels poses in front of a window. The brushstrokes on the canvas seem distracted and uncoordinated, as if the artist’s hand is less concerned with representing the subject and more interested in acting out some libidinal impulse.
During his lifetime, Colescott reached the heights of a master painter, blending figuration and abstraction and becoming one of the first prominent artists to embed … Read the rest
LOS ANGELES — Last Saturday a group exhibition opened at Dalton Warehouse, a gallery located in the middle of an art studio complex in South Central Los Angeles. During the opening, four individuals who at first appeared to be part of the general art audience proceeded to cover their mouths with bandanas and then splash the gallery walls, exhibited artwork, and bystanders with red paint. They started from the back of the space and ended by running out of the gallery and onto the street. The individuals were originally identified by curate.la in an Instagram story as three males and one female, all relatively young. None of the individuals involved in the act claimed open allegiance to a protesting group, nor has any specific group … Read the rest
Over the past several months, a tidal wave of outrage and protest over workplace sexual assault, harassment, and gender inequality has been steadily swelling, accompanied by the hashtags #TimesUp and #MeToo. What began in Hollywood with studio head Harvey Weinstein and a staggering gender pay gap, has rapidly spread across other industries like media and politics. The dominoes are starting to fall in the art world as well, with a few high-profile individuals like former Artforum publisher Knight Landesman and artist Chuck Close coming under fire for their alleged abusive behavior.