Catherine Wagley

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Extreme Friendship

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley I had a lazy Monday afternoon two weeks ago. A friend defended her dissertation and then we all migrated from the Inland Empire to my place, where I tried to show video art to one friend while another, the dissertation defender, slept. The internet connection was slow, and so we never finished[…..]

Rain, Fantasy and Freedom

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Rain in Los Angeles is apparently bimodal — there are dry years followed by a few wet ones — which means the average precipitation is reached by factoring the wet and dry years together. We must be in a wetter year now, because there have been multiple rainy days just this week.[…..]

Peter, Don’t You See What You Have Done?

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley   Unless you really take Lent seriously, and I don’t know many Protestants who do, Easter is a quick event. It’s especially so if you consider all it encompasses: betrayal on Thursday, death on Friday, mourning on Saturday, new life on Sunday. To condense all this into one weekend feels very Christian.[…..]

Architects on Bicycles

A version of this post was originally published on the Art21 blog a year ago, right after the second CicLAvia, a city-wide event that closes down seven miles of city streets. The fourth CicLAvia happens in L.A. this Sunday, April 15. L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Reyner Banham, a British architectural historian, had blatant enthusiasm for Los[…..]

It’s Embarassing

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Two years ago, I met this guy, an artist from New York who was in L.A. to collaborate with an Indie rocker. I met him the day I was rendezvousing with someone I’d met through Twitter — we both wrote about art-like things, had similar taste, knew some of the same people[…..]

Personal Opinions

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Driving home on March 28, the last day of the SCOTUS affordable health care hearings, I had the radio on and heard interviews with two or three female picketers who had set up outside the Supreme Court. I haven’t been able  to find the transcript of what I heard, but I remember[…..]

When Good Taste is Good Enough

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley “It was mainly about trying to escape my own good taste, or good taste in general,” said John Baldessari, when asked why, in the 1970s, he first took his own photographs, then had someone take photos of him, then started using photos he’d found. Fashion matriarch Miuccia Prada has said the same[…..]