Matt Stromberg

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Joan Quinn Captured at the Brand Library and Art Center

Don Bachardy, Joan Agajanian Quinn, 1977, graphite on paper, Joan and Jack Quinn Collection.

The portrait is arguably the clearest illustration of the roles of status and patronage in the arts. Historically, portraits were reserved for the great men (and a few women) who shaped society, religion, and culture—or who had the money to pay for it. They proclaim of their subjects: “I exist and I am important.” In an era when many feel that art should remain above[.....]

Men in L.A.: Three Generations of Drawings at The Box

Paul McCarthy & Benjamin Weissman, Quilting Sessions, 1997-2008 (installation view)

Men in L.A.: Three Generations of Drawings at The Box features a massive collection of over 400 drawings created by artists Naotaka Hiro, Benjamin Weissman, and Paul McCarthy, individually and in collaboration with one another. The title of the exhibition overreaches somewhat—there are not really three generations, but rather three artists separated by less than thirty years in age. Yet what the exhibition does accomplish is[.....]

Allen Ruppersberg: Drawing and Writing 1972-1989 at Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Allen Ruppersberg. Self-Portrait Making a Face Like Barney Bear, 1975; pencil on paper; 23 x 29 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Marc Selwyn Fine Art.

For the first solo exhibition in his new Beverly Hills space, Marc Selwyn Fine Art has mounted a significant show of drawings by conceptual-art pioneer Allen Ruppersberg. Spanning almost two decades, from 1972 to 1989, these deceptively simple works on paper show Ruppersberg dealing with themes similar to those of his contemporaries—appropriation, language, identity, authenticity—but with a wry, nostalgic sensibility all his own. In these[.....]

International Women’s Day at Night Gallery

Lizzie Fitch. Reach, 2012; Wood, ink on paper, ink on canvas, stain, screws, staples; 71.5 x 48 x 3.25 inches. Courtesy of Night Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Lee Thompson.

Night Gallery’s current five-artist exhibition, International Women’s Day, celebrates the holiday by focusing on the legacy of one woman artist in particular, Camille Claudel. Although an accomplished sculptor on her own, she was often overshadowed by her mentor and lover Auguste Rodin, and after suffering a breakdown and destroying much of her work, she spent the last thirty years of her life in an asylum. International[.....]

Annie Lapin: Various Peep Shows at Honor Fraser

Annie Lapin, Various Peep Shows (Through), 2013; Oil and acrylic enamel spray-paint on canvas; 82 x 72 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Brian Forrest.

Whenever it seems that painting has run its course, an exhibition like Various Peep Shows comes along to restore our faith in the medium. For her third solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery, Annie Lapin presents a series that contains within each work the broad spectrum of paint’s physical and representational possibilities. These are much more than postmodern pastiches, however, as they show a sincere[.....]

Best of 2013 – Robert Heinecken at Cherry & Martin

For today’s installment of our Best of 2013 series, we have a selection from co-founder Seth Curcio, who writes, “Robert Heinecken has always lived near the top of my favorites list. So, reading this lovely review of his recent project in LA was a nice little surprise. It gave me the opportunity to reflect on how Heinecken’s work operates in today’s context—shedding light on how[.....]

Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation: Different Kinds of Water Pouring Into a Swimming Pool at REDCAT

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, Different Kinds of Water Pouring Into a Swimming Pool, 2013, Courtesy of REDCAT. Photo: Scott Groller.

The story of Los Angeles is the story of water. Since the creation of the Los Angeles Aqueduct by William Mulholland 100 years ago this month (fictionalized in Roman Polanski’s film Chinatown), water has been intimately tied to power, status, and politics in Southern California. Here, more than in any other major U.S. city, water is an essential part of the urban landscape. Who has access[.....]