Lorna Simpson: Momentum @ Frieze Los Angeles, Paramount Backlot P10

Of all the work I saw at the Frieze Fair LA, the video billboard by Lorna Simpson was by far my favorite. The piece features en pointe ballet dancers of color, sporting afros and golden uniforms, looking slightly bored and more than qualified, on what might be audition or practice floor of a traditional dance… Continue reading Lorna Simpson: Momentum @ Frieze Los Angeles, Paramount Backlot P10

Megan Whitmarsh: “Arts & Leisure Section” @ Los Angeles Municipal Gallery

There is something so feminine about Megan Whitmarsh’s work – her requirement that all things turn soft – the plant pot, the newspaper, the mirror – objects with their own weight and materials turned equal into quilted puffs, to match the pillows that sit in a circular way, under a small living room like bench.… Continue reading Megan Whitmarsh: “Arts & Leisure Section” @ Los Angeles Municipal Gallery

Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe @ Palm Springs Art Museum

As I walked around the Alexander Girard exhibit, my daughter, Olive, was on a search for images she recognized from a children’s book of his work that she had at home, given to us by a friend who had not consciously remembered we had a screen print of his hanging in our living room. The… Continue reading Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe @ Palm Springs Art Museum

Rebecca Bruno: Deux @ the Sowden House

The Sowden House, designed by  Lloyd Wright, impressed me right away: its imposing concrete exterior,  huge inner courtyard — designed originally to be a theatre and then turned, somewhat controversially, into a pool and entertainment space – and long corridors, passing by sometimes extravagantly designed rooms, were unlike any other place I’d been invited in… Continue reading Rebecca Bruno: Deux @ the Sowden House

Allen Ruppersberg: “Lectures and Film Screenings (1994)” @ The Hammer Museum

I had about 20 minutes to get through the entire career of Allen Ruppersberg, but that’s all I needed to fall in love. His capacity to transport you in time and space is so effortless, and his point of view so full of joy and humor, that he redeems the whole of his generation in… Continue reading Allen Ruppersberg: “Lectures and Film Screenings (1994)” @ The Hammer Museum

Karen O & Danger Mouse: An Encounter with Lux Prima @ Marciano Art Foundation

Karen O is the only singer I know whose lyrics are secondary; just there to mark the feeling. But you can recognize her voice in an instant; if you hear a Karen O moan, you know it. It’s croaky and wise beyond its years. There’s nothing better than hearing a female artist age well and… Continue reading Karen O & Danger Mouse: An Encounter with Lux Prima @ Marciano Art Foundation