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Art Critic — LA Times
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Los Angeles Times art critic

The sense of adventure in Lakwena Maciver's universe — Seven recent paintings by London-based artist Lakwena Maciver, who often goes by just her first name, fairly shout. They're homemade street signs, a deft cross between commercial logos and personal emblems. Lakwena paints in flat colors on wood panels. The hues are as bright as a Technicolor rainbow.

Getty's Josef Koudelka retrospective is grim yet riveting — Given subjects that repeatedly focus on human barbarism, whether between people or by people against the natural environment, you won't find yourself smiling much in the large Josef Koudelka retrospective at the J. Paul Getty Museum . But again and again, you won't be able to avert your eyes.

At satire's forefront, cartoons press against hard lines — It should come as no surprise that cartoonists would be a focus of attack by fundamentalist Muslim terrorists, like the barbaric assault carried out against the satirical Parisian newspaper Charlie Hebdo recently or, a decade earlier, the deadly violence that erupted in the wake of 12 satirical cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Delacroix's 'Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi' as a rallying cry — They don't make paintings like "Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi" anymore. The slow, ruminative medium of oil paint on canvas has pretty much had it as the sharpest system for the memorable delivery of effective, politically minded propaganda. Painting has long since been replaced by the relentless, 24/7 information cycle repeated nonstop on cable television and the Internet.

Review: 3 San Diego art shows recall abstraction's prominence — Abstract paintings and sculptures were once the gold standard of Modern art. They spoke of adventurous aesthetic expeditions into hitherto unexplored visual realms. Since the 1950s the figurative banner was held high by marvelous painters such as David Park in San Francisco, Jane Freilicher in New York and many others, but abstraction, nonetheless, ruled.

Art review: 'Floral Journey' at Autry shows beadwork with deep meaning — Unless one is Native American, getting a grasp of complex Native American spiritual cosmologies is not easy. And that distinction, which might be called a quality of profound otherness, is in essence what drives a fascinating show recently opened at the Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park.

Some like it not: Grotesque 'Forever Marilyn' leaving Palm Springs — Good news out of Palm Springs this week: Work has begun on dismantling "Forever Marilyn," the grotesque colossus fabricated with typical ham-handedness by sculptor J. Seward Johnson, which has been marring an already vacant lot at a prominent downtown corner for the last two years.

Christopher Knight, Alan Butler: 9781842931639: Books — Christopher Knight has written five very successful books. His first book, The Hiram Key, co-authored with Robert Lomas, was published in 1996 and it immediately went into the UK top ten, bestseller list and remained there for 8 consecutive weeks.

Review: Mike Kelley retrospective resonates at MOCA — Last fall, when the big traveling retrospective of Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) opened at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art's outpost in Long Island City, N.Y., the show looked smashing.

Mike Kelley's riveting adolescent stage — By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade. His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered children's playthings that he scavenged from thrift shops were also generating considerable critical attention far beyond the city.
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