Posts Tagged ‘MOCA’

Don’t Crack a Smile

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley We had just left Marc Foxx gallery, where Annette Kelm’s delicate C-prints look like illustrations from the most deadpan Children’s book ever, as if everything but tufts of grass had been excised from, say, Make Way For Ducklings. We were still in the little enclave of galleries off Wilshire Boulevard when a[.....]

And the Money Came Rolling in . . . Or Not.

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Because NEA funding cuts recently prompted Art21.org to stage a telethon, because this is fundraising season (a number of non-profits, included Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, had their annual auctions, galas or other fundraisers this month), and because I’m preoccupied with MOCA’s recent Transmission L.A. festival — which I mentioned in last week’s[.....]

What’s Polished and What’s Not

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Writer David Shields tells a story about being a kid and liking Hunter S. Thompson’s obnoxious gonzo journalism way better than Steinbeck and other more classic fiction writers. With Thompson, you were never sure how fictional a story was going to get and it was always possible the craziest stuff was real.[.....]

Love and Rockets in Los Angeles: An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang

Computer rendering for Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012, courtesy Cai Studio

40,000 bottle rockets make for a lot of noise and a lot of glare. Especially when they come hurtling toward your face. On April 7, 2012, artist Cai Guo-Qiang — known for his gunpowder drawings and performative “explosion events” — opened Sky Ladder at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary location with just such an experience. Called Mystery Circle, the event was pure spectacle. Over a thousand people[.....]

Are you a Rauschenberg or a Johns?

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley A block of Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. was  completely blocked off a few days ago, but hanging across the barricades was a big red arrow pointing down Bunker Hill with “jurors” written across it. No other signs told passers-by anything about the construction or about detours, but to let the jurors[.....]

Photographing Art in the Streets

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Larry Clark’s mother was an itinerant baby photographer, and she took her son with her on her rounds. This means that Clark, the photographer famous/infamous for his grittily voyeuristic depictions of youth culture, began photographing kids when he still was one. Before he reached 20, he was taking his camera deep into[.....]

All Artists are Punks…or Hippies

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley On Saturday, July 16, Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City hosted a panel on Punk. The panel preceded the openings of two shows, one an earnest exploration into punk’s visual precedents and antecedents, and the other an extravaganza of posters, bills, and graphics from the Punk movement of 1970s Britain. The Punk[.....]