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Exhibitions

Forty years rocking the foundations in Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates its anniversary by looking back over the past four decades

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in Los Angeles this week

From the West Coast version of Soul of a Nation, to Roy DeCarava’s photographic studies of blackness

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Museums & Heritage

A train wreck in slow motion? Why Lacma’s new building is an impending disaster

County officials prepare to vote on the $650m project this week, but the museum’s next incarnation could come at too high a cost for culture

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Private view

Private View: must-see gallery exhibitions opening this April

New commercial gallery shows—from East African scenes to Freud’s sitter

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Museums & Heritage

A national treasure of Native American art in Los Angeles is looking for a new owner

The historic Southwest Museum, operated by the Autry Museum of the American West, is seeking proposals for reuse

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Feminist art history

Women are written into online art history at expanded Wikipedia edit-a-thons across Southern California

The group Art+Feminism has organised events at six museums to boost the online presence of women artists and cultural leaders

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Los Angeles

Wearing its art on its sleeve: Los Angeles' enduring passion for murals

The city’s street paintings, vehicles for protest since the 1930s, continue to be a flashpoint

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Exhibitions

Hammer Museum dishes up a feast for Allen Ruppersberg's first major US show in 30 years

The exhibition includes a major new 13-hour video

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Museums

Main Museum’s mysterious closure serves as a cautionary tale about funding

Closure comes just weeks after three key staff members announced their departures

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Satellite Fairs

Frieze Los Angeles brings satellite fairs into its orbit

A local stalwart celebrates its tenth edition, a New Yorker goes West, and a young upstart sets out its stall at the Roosevelt Hotel

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Frieze Los Angeles 2019

Confessions of a dealer: Alex Freedman

We speak to the co-founder of Freedman Fitzpatrick gallery in Los Angeles about coding, George Bush and mistaking dealers for magicians

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Frieze Los Angeles 2019

Action! Cinematic works abound at Frieze Los Angeles as galleries go all out for glamour

First LA edition of the British fair focuses on local artists and pieces that speak to a Hollywood crowd

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Frieze Los Angeles 2019

Frieze LA diary: Leibovitz’s photo finish, Destroyer smashes it and a mushroom-powered rocket (doesn't) take off

Plus, Suzanne Jackson’s modest gallery revival

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Frieze Los Angeles 2019

Max Hooper Schneider: 'my fantasy army of marine-mammal people, across all genders'

The artist dives deep to create a lurid theatre from biological forms for his Frieze Los Angeles Projects commission

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Frieze Los Angeles 2019

Confessions of a dealer: Brian Faucette

We speak to the senior director of Night Gallery in Los Angeles about art world small talk, forgotten studio visits and the resurgence of photography

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Commercial galleries

David Kordansky doubles gallery space and expands diverse artist roster

Last year, the LA gallery took on Michael Williams, Fred Eversley, Huma Bhabha and Lauren Halsey as well as the estates of Tom of Finland and Betty Woodman

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Collecting

Collector's Eye: an interview with Wallis Annenberg

The Los Angeles-based philanthropist tells us what she's bought and why

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Can artists live off art alone? Plus, Los Angeles

Artist Tai Shani and art consultant James Doeser on the grim reality of working as an artist today and Jori Finkel on the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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The Buck stopped here

Patti sings 'Because the night belongs to Annie'

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Exhibitions

Lucas Blalock gives ‘pathetic’ objects a new lease of life at the ICA LA

More than 20 photographs are included in the artist’s first solo exhibition at a US museum

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Frieze Los Angeles

Art and entertainment worlds cosy up at Frieze Los Angeles

Having for years viewed each other with suspicion, relations between agencies and galleries may start warming up

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Diary

Gavin Rossdale goes shopping at the LA Art Show

The fair gets short shrift in the art media, perhaps for its street-y nature or for its focus on spectacle and maximalism

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Obituaries

Lyn Kienholz, champion of art in Southern California, has died at 88

She founded the LA History Project, which led to the exhibition series Pacific Standard Time

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Museums & Heritage

LA stories: Deborah Marrow looks back

The Getty Foundation’s leader, who retired in December, discusses her feminist credentials and the broader challenges in cultural philanthropy

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in Los Angeles this weekend

From 3D illusions at Lacma to environmental disasters at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

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Art market

Fairytale of New York in La-La land—artists to take over film set at Frieze Los Angeles

For Frieze Projects, artists including Barbara Kruger and Paul McCarthy will create site-specific works within Paramount Pictures Studios's fake New York city

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Los Angeles

Artists’ homes and work destroyed in California wildfires

It was not just Malibu’s celebrities who lost their property in the Woolsey Fire that ravaged the beachside community

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In the frame

LA Philharmonic pays tribute to Fluxus

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Exhibitions

The Getty’s Renaissance Nude explores issues of power and sexuality—but don’t expect a #metoo reckoning

The show includes male and female examples for historic accuracy, its lead curator says

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Exhibitions

Eleanor Antin revisits her dieting diary, 45 years on, for Lacma show

Artist who photographed herself naked every morning in 1972 has recreated her "Carving" work, to be shown in May 2019

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Exhibitions

For her final show at MoCA LA, curator Helen Molesworth chews on the meaning of 'termite art'

Inspired by an underground essay written by the late artist Manny Farber, the exhibition concept is anything but clear-cut

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Acquisitions

Getty acquires archive of Betye Saar

Purchase is part of a new programme known as the African American Art History Initiative

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Artist interview

Hayv Kahraman on the Kurdish exodus—and the trouble with humanitarian campaigns

The Baghdad-born, Los Angeles-based artist talks about the impetus for her new work at Susanne Vielmetter

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Obituaries

Josh Roth, Hollywood deal-maker who was the head of UTA's fine arts division, has died, aged 40

His death comes just weeks after the opening of the agency's new gallery in Beverly Hills, designed by the artist Ai Weiwei

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Art market

Hollywood stars and art world A-listers come out in support of Frieze Los Angeles

Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire and Serena Williams are among those on the fair’s host committee, while Gagosian, Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth and Ropac will exhibit

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USA

Naked 'clown Trump' statue installed on Los Angeles billboard

In their latest project, the guerrilla group Indecline compares the US president to serial killer John Wayne Gacy

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Exhibitions

Black Power and Shirin Neshat take centre stage at the Broad in 2019

LA museum will be last stop for Tate Modern's acclaimed Soul of a Nation show examining race relations in the US

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Artists

West Coast wave of Ai Weiwei shows puts Chinese artist in Los Angeles spotlight

Activist launches Jeffrey Deitch’s new Hollywood gallery and will show works with talent agency UTA

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Art market

New York gallerist Tanya Bonakdar to open first space in Los Angeles

The dealer says her artists encouraged the expansion

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Exhibitions

From Riga to Los Angeles, biennials are searching for answers in troubled times

Manifesta 12, Made in LA, Riboca and the tenth Berlin Biennale explore whether art can make a difference in a rapidly changing world

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In the frame

A portrait of the artist as a mother

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In the frame

Nancy Baker Cahill drops AR art bombs

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Conservation

Army helicopter paint used to restore outdoor sculptures

US Army research on the use of matte black on helicopter blades is aiding conservators working on outdoor sculptures

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Acquisitions

Lacma acquires major works by women through lively Collectors Committee Weekend

Ten works are added to the permanent collection, including a striking slavery themed installation by Betye Saar and the museum's first sculpture by Ruth Asawa

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Linda on the loose

Artists bring a breath of the contemporary to the Getty Villa

Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists Visions is a group exhibition marking the precedent-shattering debut of contemporary art at the Getty Villa

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Linda on the loose

Hockney’s sitters face their painted selves at Lacma

The real subject in the show, and the source of each portrait’s fascination, is the tension between self-image and outward appearance

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Exhibitions

Los Angeles’s David Kordansky Gallery gives Betty Woodman her first retrospective in years

The posthumous survey traces the artist’s trajectory, from classic pottery to wildly dramatic forms

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Exhibitions

Face to face with a Mesoamerican metropolis—in Los Angeles

Largest city of the ancient Americas brought back to life in show of Mexican treasures at Lacma

Museums

Will Ferrell and Joel McHale try to make sense of the art at LA’s Hammer Museum

We’ve all been there: walking through an exhibition like the Hammer Museum’s Stories of Almost Everyone, a show “about the interpretation of art objects”, asking ourselves, “Is that thing art?”

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craft

Scholars weave craft into the art history canon at College Art Association

The subject appears throughout this year's programme for the leading US conference for art historians

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Frieze

Frieze Los Angeles will launch next February

Annual contemporary art fair to open at the Paramount Pictures Studios on Valentine's Day

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Exhibitions

Pioneering curator Harald Szeemann celebrated in two Los Angeles shows

Getty draws on vast archive while ICA LA reconstructs 1974 exhibition in Swiss apartment

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Art market

Is Frieze Los Angeles bound?

Rumour mill goes into overdrive as reports circulate of new event in January 2019 as the art fair’s directors discuss options with West Coast dealers

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Diary

A very fond farewell to Machine Project

A post from Maxwell Williams' Take It To The Max

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Diary

High hopes for Cheech’s art centre

Part of Maxwell Williams' Take it to the Max

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Diary

Peter Shire shares Memphis memories

Part of Maxwell Williams' Take it to the Max

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Diary

Catherine Opie’s first film is right on queue

Part of Maxwell Williams' Take it to the Max

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Art market

Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair perks up, but is it enough?

The city could use a circuit-making commercial event, but a lack of momentum is holding it back

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Collectors

‘I’ve never met anyone who collects cynically’: an interview with Steve Martin

The polymath performer Steve Martin has written An Object of Beauty, a novel set in the art world. So should every dealer he’s ever met be afraid?