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From the Archives – Rogue Wave at L.A. Louver

Matthew Brandt. Rainbow Lake WY 1, 2013, C-print soaked in Rainbow Lake water, 72 x 105 in. Courtesy of L.A. Louver

From San Francisco to Los Angeles, California suffered an unseasonably early heat wave this week. With temperatures in Los Angeles breaking 100 degrees, everyone is dreaming of a day at the beach. Today we bring you Catlin Moore‘s review of L.A. Louver‘s annual summer show; though it was originally published on August 15, 2013, the feeling of the show seems apropos for right now. It’s July[.....]

A Producer’s Journal, or Judgment A-Go-Go

Stephanie Syjuco, Shadowshop, 2010; installation view, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Courtesy of the Artist; © Stephanie Syjuco.

From our San Francisco partners at Art Practical, today we bring you curator Frank Smigiel‘s essay on considering regional contemporary art. He notes, “If I can skip the jet-setting of the global contemporary, it is because my people and purposes are here and not there.” This essay was originally published in Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and is republished here with permission from the author. It appeared[.....]

Senga Nengudi: The Material Body at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

Senga Nengudi. R.S.V.P., 1976/2003; nylon mesh and bicycle tire; 20 x 26 x 12 in. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

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, Deanne Gertner reviews Senga Nengudi: The Material Body at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.   In her solo exhibition The Material Body at Museum of[.....]

Valuing Labor in the Arts: Appropriate Technologies

The Thing Quarterly, John Baldessari edition. Courtesy of The Thing Quarterly. Photo: Michael O'Neal.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you an essay on artistic projects that use strategies of self-empowerment and local control. Author Abigail Satinsky notes, “There is no definite solution for a more just and democratic art world—not everyone wants that, anyway—yet critically examining these projects offers possibilities for the way that many kinds of art worlds can create models of survival and perhaps[.....]

Jumana Manna: Menace of Origins at SculptureCenter

Installation view, Jumana Manna: Menace of Origins, SculptureCenter, 2014. Photo: Jason Mandella.

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, Vanessa Thill reviews Jumana Manna: Menace of Origins at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York.    At SculptureCenter, a single strange object made from egg cartons[.....]

Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Ponte City, 2008-ongoing; installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Courtesy of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Ian Reeves.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you Larissa Archer‘s review of Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, currently on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The review highlights the work of photographers Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, whose portraits, video projects, and zines reveal the lives of the residents living in a famous Brutalist building in Johannesburg. This article[.....]

Will Rogan: MATRIX 253 at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Will Rogan. Erase, 2014; still from video, silent; 8:10. Courtesy of the Artist, Altman 
Siegel, San Francisco; and Laurel Gitlen, New York.

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, Maria Porges reviews Will Rogan’s exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. Viewing Will Rogan’s MATRIX show at the Berkeley Art Museum leaves one with[.....]