Find stolen paintings, collect $200,000

An Encino art collection that included works by Marc Chagall, Hans Hofmann, Chaim Soutine, Arshile Gorky, Emil Nolde, Lyonel Feininger, Diego Rivera, and Kess van Dongen was stolen recently from the home of an unidentified elderly couple. They were in another part of the house at the time of the theft, and the maid was … read more… “Find stolen paintings, collect $200,000”

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Dill and Ruscha to lose the alley behind their studios, not the studios themselves

I’ve been pretty swamped lately, so when I glanced at the headlines about Dill and Ruscha, I thought they were going to lose their studios. In fact, they have threatened to leave their warehouse studios if the city takes a fenced-in alley behind their building and turns it into metered parking spots. In the LA … read more… “Dill and Ruscha to lose the alley behind their studios, not the studios themselves”

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Peter Saul: Genuinely scary

Long known for his acid-hued paintings melding cartoon imagery with biting social and political commentary, Peter Saul, 74, has influenced generations of contemporary artists. In the 60s, Saul was associated with a group of imagists in Chicago called the “Hairy Who” that disavowed the various New York styles and schools to focus on the human … read more… “Peter Saul: Genuinely scary”

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Steve Roden: Systematically intuitive and smart

Californian Steve Roden translates sound systems into visual form. His work, based on musical notation, develops from complex sets of self-imposed rules, then folds intuitive strategies into the process. In the LA Times, Holly Myers wonders what makes Roden’s work so appealing, especially to other artists. “The first point is methodological,” she suggests. “Contemporary artists … read more… “Steve Roden: Systematically intuitive and smart”

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“Defiant sex suddenly mingles with mortality”

Christopher Knight’s review steps lightly describing many of the paintings in Marlene Dumas’ s show at the LA Museum of Modern Art. Does he like Dumas’s work or not? At one point he finally asserts that her seductive paint handling feels repetitive. “Dumas often paints children, for example, but she’s no Mary Cassatt — or … read more… ““Defiant sex suddenly mingles with mortality””

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Dennis Hollingsworth’s first LA show in five years

In the LA Times, Holly Myers writes that “the paint — presumably dry, but only recently so — fills the room with a lush, heady scent that seems to seep into one’s very pores, enveloping the viewer in the work’s exceptionally visceral presence….The forms are abstract but made, in large part, from a limited range … read more… “Dennis Hollingsworth’s first LA show in five years”

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Murakami’s marketing organism arrives in Brooklyn (yawn)

If you’re interested in the Murakami spectacle, check out the roundup of reviews TCOP ran when the show exploded in LA : The Takashi Murakami brand at Geffen Contemporary. Meanwhile, back in the present, in this week’s Village Voice, R.C Baker goes Murakami. “Having sold miniature versions of his sculptures as ‘snack toys,’ Murakami has … read more… “Murakami’s marketing organism arrives in Brooklyn (yawn)”

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Mark Bradford’s live feed in LA

IN the LA Times, Christopher Knight reports about a sign that went up over Steve Turner Contemporary, a Wilshire Boulevard gallery directly across the street from the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “On black tarpaulin lying flat on the rooftop, capital letters in white paint implore, ‘HELP … read more… “Mark Bradford’s live feed in LA”

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Pathetic Fallacy (Second Version): Toby Ziegler in Santa Monica

In the LA Times, Christopher Knight reports that 35-year-old British artist Toby Ziegler skillfully mashes up art history and current technology with cheerful, pungent eccentricity in his first solo show in the US. “At once funny, ambitious and loaded with style, the work impresses by virtue of a disarming complexity. At the Patrick Painter Gallery, … read more… “Pathetic Fallacy (Second Version): Toby Ziegler in Santa Monica”

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June Wayne still acting out in Hollywood

In the LA Times, Suzanne Muchnic visits with 90-year-old artist/activist June Wayne. Rutgers University, which established the June Wayne Archive and Study Center in 2002 when Wayne donated a large collection of graphic works, recently published “June Wayne: The Art of Everything.” The richly illustrated, 464-page book documents her work from 1936 to 2006. The … read more… “June Wayne still acting out in Hollywood”

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