Los Angeles Times art critic

'Someday Is Now' reflects influence of the '60s and Warhol on artist Sister Corita

latimes.com — Pope Francis, meet Sister Corita. The timing is coincidental, but the opening of the large survey exhibition "Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" resonates with the publication last week of "Laudato Si,'" the pope's encyclical on the worldly crisis of environmental degradation. Sister Corita was an activist nun in the 1960s and 1970s.

Bling with a cheeky ring in Luis Gispert's 'Aqua Regia' exhibition

latimes.com — Fourteen new works by Luis Gispert offer art as the high-end collector’s design equivalent of a hip-hop artist’s gold chains. There are plenty of different styles to flaunt and parade - Figaro, rope, curb, Byzantine, herringbone, bead and snake - each with intrinsic value inflated by context.

Chloe Piene's videos have the power to disturb

latimes.com — Three short, single-channel videos, the longest just under three minutes in duration, anchor a show of nine large drawings by New York-based artist Chloe Piene at Susanne Veilmetter Los Angeles Projects. The drawings are all rendered in clipped, spindly, agitated lines that loosely describe fragmented, luxuriously reclining female nudes, all shattered in the amorphous space of large sheets of paper.

A process that ricochets between chance and order

latimes.com — A dozen recent paintings by New York artist Elizabeth Neel show how process has been moving into the foreground of her work in recent years. It has been there in prior paintings, but its prominence in her second solo show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is a provocative turn for an artist whose abstractions have direct ties to visual experience outside the canvas.

Sarah Cain's painting, with grit and spark

latimes.com — As a painter, Sarah Cain is a major fangirl. Not the vapid or uninteresting kind, but an incisive, seriously playful and intensely talented obsessive. She is fixated on putting paint where it belongs, which could be just about anywhere. The 20 results in her second solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery range from splendid to magnificent.

Charles Ray's sculptures cast a forceful modern eye on antiquity

latimes.com — Artists often turn to older art as a guidepost in developing new work. And why not? All art has a contemporary dimension, since it's chattering away today as surely as the day it was made, even if that was centuries ago. Listening to past art is simply a sensible thing to do.

Caitlyn Jenner's courage is bold, Annie Leibovitz's portrait cliched

latimes.com — The Annie Leibovitz photograph of Caitlyn Jenner slated for the July cover of Vanity Fair - prime magazine real estate - was revealed Monday. The trumpeted publicity still is the latest and, in some ways, most dramatic step in the difficult gender transition of former Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner.

Jasmine Swope's photographs make familiar sights seem almost alien

latimes.com — The relationship between photography and national parks is a long, varied and often fruitful one. Among other examples, it dates to the era 150 years ago when Carleton Watkins' dazzling pictures inspired Congress and President Lincoln to federally preserve the untrammeled area around Yosemite Valley.

Chris Burden's 'Ode to Santos Dumont' inspires wonder, delight

latimes.com — In the 1970s, Chris Burden's radical performance art courted danger and grappled with violence. He had himself shot, conducted harrowing endurance tests, crawled bare-chested over glass on a dark city street, held a TV talk-show host hostage at knifepoint on camera and was kicked down two flights of concrete stairs during the opening of the 1974 Basel Art Fair.

The Whitney Museum replies to my request to withdraw a false statement

latimes.com — Eight days after asking the Whitney Museum of American Art to remove an exhibition wall-text that refers in a false and defamatory way to a review that I wrote 22 years ago, I received a reply from Whitney director Adam Weinberg. The short answer: No.
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Jul 05, 2015

RT @TheTweetOfGod: Standing up for what you believe isn't a virtue if what you believe in is awful.

Jul 03, 2015

GianLorenzo Bernini designed fireworks displays for the births of the French Dauphin & Spanish Infanta. lat.ms/1Ra0Ebd #July4th

Jul 03, 2015

@hammer_museum @KnightLAT And pay no attention to the acid colors in the Annette Kelm reproduction. Digital yikes!

Jul 03, 2015

@CraigClunas Phew. (The Northampton sale was very disturbing.)

Jul 02, 2015

RT @culturemonster: Making photos, not taking them; the distinction in 'Perfect Likeness' lat.ms/1CeGOFe

Jul 02, 2015

Anonymous was a tea drinker: Unidentified artists built a tea house in Griffith Park lat.ms/1LDESYX Doomed? lat.ms/1JA9mLZ

Jul 01, 2015

Curators gone wild? Some current LA alternative art spaces and the "new money stream": bit.ly/1f1XLIB

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