Catherine Wagley

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Dress Attractively or Dress to Attract

Dorit Cypis, The Rest in Motion 1, 2002, C-print.

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Joshua Harris’ book I Kissed Dating Goodbye starts with a nightmare: Anna stands at the alter in her white dress in a pictaresque chapel facing her soon-to-be-husband, David. She’s holding his hand. Then, as they begin to recite their vows, a girl walks up the aisle and takes David’s other hand. Another[…..]

Anything but the Kitchen Sink

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley The following was originally written for Art21’s Blog and re-posted here with their permission. These musing are all loosely inspired by watching Mary Reid Kelley in the “History” episode in Season Six of Art in the Twenty-First Century, and by thinking about how family, history and family history play into contemporary art.[…..]

Well-Mannered with a Salty Tongue

Installation view of the wall behind Ponti's vanity in the Synesthesia show. Courtesy M+B Fine Art.

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Inimitable novelist Norman Mailer and essayist Gore Vidal feuded on The Dick Cavett show in 1971. Vidal had written these two sentences for the New York Review of Books, in a review of Eva Fige’s book Patriarchal Attitudes: “There has been from Henry Miller and Normal Mailer to Charles Manson a logical[…..]

Summer Social

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Two years ago, I had probably the best art summer I ever had. Ryan Trecartin’s show was at MOCA’s PDC satellite and I went 6 times, and it felt like a group show — or a show made by a group — even though it wasn’t. So as summer show season starts again, here’s a revisited homage to the group. L.A. Expanded: Notes from the[…..]

Free Chalk for Free Speech

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley I wasn’t there last night when L.A.’s downtown Art Walk, held monthly, turned into a stand-off with police. Instead, I was on my couch, three miles away, watching it all on CBS News’ U-stream and following updates on twitter. I dozed off when there were hardly any stragglers left on the street,[…..]

Fandom

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Somehow, Elizabeth Taylor, Tennessee Williams and artist Justin Lowe seem flashy and nostalgic enough to revisit the week of 4th of July. This post originally appeared April 1, 2011. L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley It makes a weird kind of sense that Elizabeth Taylor, who managed to move from sweetheart to sexpot to scandal then back to[…..]

What’s Going on at MOCA?

Installation view of Mike Kelley's "Silver Ball" at MOCA

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Paul Schimmel, who has been at the helm of the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art’s curatorial department for twenty years, was let go on Wednesday. The board voted on the decision, and the story is that billionaire philanthropist and MOCA board member Eli Broad asked Schimmel to his office to tell him[…..]