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Rhonda Holberton: YOU BECAUSE FREE INSTANTLY NEW at Pro Arts Gallery

Rhonda Holberton. YOU BECAUSE FREE INSTANTLY NEW, 2014; installation view; Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California. Courtesy of the Artist and Pro Arts Gallery.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Amanda N. Simons reviews Rhonda Holberton: YOU BECAUSE FREE INSTANTLY NEW at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, California. Pro Arts Gallery in downtown[.....]

From the Archives – Curating Activism: An Interview with Julio César Morales

Julio César Morales, "Undocumented Interventions #1," 2011. Watercolor and ink on paper. 32.5 x 24.5 in.

Today from our archives we bring you an interview with Julio César Morales, curator of the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe. Morales says, “I am working to develop the largest Latin American video archive in the U.S., housed in the city most threatening to Latinos in the U.S. This juxtaposition reflects the ongoing struggles between the U.S. and Mexico and their parasitic need[.....]

The Artist as Player in “Girls” & “The Golden Girls”

Jesse Peretz. "Bad Friend," Girls, 2013 (film still); 00:30:00. Courtesy of HBO.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you an excerpt from an essay on artistic personae by Jim Gaylord. This article was commissioned by guest editor Jonn Herschend as part of Issue 5.5, Slapstick and the Sublime, and originally published on July 10, 2014. [...] Helping to keep the artist/heartbreaker stereotype alive today is the character of Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone) from the HBO series Girls (2013). The creation of writer/actor/director[.....]

John Altoon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

John Alton, "Untitled (F-46)," 1966, Ink and airbrushing on illustration board, 30x40inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington, anonymous gift, 1997 | © 2014 Estate of John Altoon

Today from our friends at Artillery Magazine, we bring you John David O’Brien’s review of John Altoon’s retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. O’Brien notes, “…Altoon’s art lives up to any expectations a viewer might have for it.” This article was originally published on September 2, 2014. John Altoon couples his relaxed, entirely convincing painterly hand with a flippant disregard for norms, whether social,[.....]

From the Archives – Eugene Isabey: Fishing Village at the Legion of Honor

Caption: Eugene Isabey. Fishing Village, 1854-8155; oil on canvas; 53.7 x 35.43 in. Collection of the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky. Courtesy of the Athenaeum.

This week, the opening bustle of the fall art season has us thinking about exhibitions and art criticism, and since we often publish Shotgun Reviews on Sundays, it seems especially relevant to share a previous submission from our archives. Although all the Shotgun Reviews we have published are written with sensitivity and care, this one always stands out in our minds as exceptional—not just for the quality of[.....]

Finding Photography “Secondhand” at Pier 24

Maurizio Anzeri. Pierre, 2013; Courtesy of the artist.

From our friends at KQED, today we bring you Matthew Harrison Tedford’s review of Secondhand, the new exhibition at Pier 24 Photography. Tedford notes, “[...] these works possess the power to convey a corporeal and emotional truth [...]” This article was originally published on August 14, 2014. Secondhand, the first new exhibition to open at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco since July 2013, presents the work[.....]

Happy Labor Day!

Wish you were here! Love, DS

In honor of Labor Day, we’re taking the day off! See you tomorrow, when we kick off an impressive lineup of exhibition reviews, essays, and interviews from around the world.