“Besties” Essay in Illuminati Girl Gang Magazine

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I’m excited to be included in the fourth issue of NYC-based ILLUMINATI GIRL GANG Magazine alongside other amazing, young, up-and-coming writers. Here you’ll find my essay “Besties,” a personal, cinematic, pop narrative that weaves together the threads of fraught, hyper-intimate, teen-girl relationships. ILLUMINATI GIRL GANG is available in print! When you purchase this magazine, you are showing your support for […]

In the Spirit of Summer Memories / Hyperallergic

Mungo Thomson, “Inclusion (The Cosmos)” (2014), Lucite embedment (all images courtesy Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angeles)

LOS ANGELES — The summer months are a time of slowing down, going out, hitting the beach, and drinking far too many iced coffee beverages. And yes, I even remember you., a five-person group show at Aran Cravey Gallery curated by Eric Kim, wraps up the summer season nicely, reminding visitors of the slippery line between personal […]

Ancient Statues Pose for Selfies / Hyperallergic

Selfie-ification of Agesandros and Poloydoros Athendoros, “Laocoon and his Sons” (c.1816), plaster, 240 x 141 x 83cm (image via Imgur)

It’s one thing to take a #museumselfie with a work of art, as if to say, “yes, I was here with this artwork” or “yes, here is my reflection in the surface of this piece.” It’s another thing to make Greco-Roman statues look like they were chiseled specifically for selfie-shooting moments. That’s what Reddit user Jazsus_ur_lookin_well has done, finding a way […]

Artists Present Alternative Instagram Models / Hyperallergic

Instagram Mini-Marathon Curator Group Selfie with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kevin McGarry, and Bettina Korek. (image courtesy ForYourArt; all other images by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — The art world has a lot of feelings about Instagram. On a humid Saturday night in Los Angeles, the roving cultural hub ForYourArt spilled their #instaguts about it all through the Instagram Mini-Marathon. Curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, writer and curator Kevin McGarry, and ForYourArts’s Bettina Korek, the two-hour presentation offered 12 art world personalities […]

Minor White’s Vulnerability / Hyperallergic

Minor White, “Untitled (composite print)” (1973). Gelatin silver print. Reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. (© Trustees of Princeton University. Credit: Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser.)

LOS ANGELES — Minor White’s photographs offer a portrait of a life lived in collaboration with the natural world, other people, and the great beyond. This collection of crisp photographs make up the retrospective Manifestations of the Spirit. It is a carefully staggered catalogue of White’s life’s work, weaving together chronological output with the photographer’s inner spiritual quest. The exhibition […]

Curating the Mind of John Altoon / Hyperallergic

John Altoon, “Untitled” (1966), ink and watercolor on illustration board (all images © Estate of John Altoon, all photos © 2014 Museum Associates / LACMA)

LOS ANGELES — John Altoon lived in Venice, California, back in the day, during the 1960s, before the ’70s kicked into polyester high gear. In his current retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, curator Carol S. Eliel organizes a view of this Los Angeles artist’s work that spans from his early beginnings in art — […]

PerezHilton.com – Terry Richardson Has Been Called A Sex Offender, But It’s What He ISN’T Being Called Now That Will Probably Burn Him The Most! [PRESS]

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Perez Hilton picked up the Buzzfeed Terry Richardson article that I’m in! THANKS PEREZ!!! And lastly, Alicia Eler, writer and critic of Hyperallergic‘s opinion was revealed as: “Terry Richardson makes images that ask you to look at them not because they ask hard questions or question cultural norms, but because they are glossy and filled with celebrity.” […]

Terry Richardson Isn’t Much Of An Artist, Art Critics Say – BUZZFEED [PRESS]

Not exactly Robert Mapplethorpe. The Face, 1995/GQ, 2010

Buzzfeed Reporter Jessica Testa approached me with a deceptively simple question: Is Terry Richardson a good artist? Here’s my quote in her article: “Terry Richardson makes images that ask you to look at them not because they ask hard questions or question cultural norms, but because they are glossy and filled with celebrity,” said Hyperallergic writer and […]

This Journal Is Not a Market / Hyperallergic

Reading ‘The Enemy’ (image copyright Julian McLean)

LOS ANGELES — Here’s the problem: “It is how people come to see art as a tool, a flavor, or a device.” So says Charlie White, editor of the The Enemy, a triannual online journal that publishes long-form essays on criticism, social science, poetry, celebrity, and other cultural interests. “When viewed this way, and ultimately utilized or […]

“New Media Selfie” for KC Studio Magazine [PRESS]

Set your selfie straight

I’m quoted in Carrie Riehl and Ross Redman’s article “New Media Selfie” for KC Studio Magazine. Check out the web version here: http://kcstudio.org/blog/2014/06/17/selfie/ Print version here: http://www.calameo.com/read/00000925634d8fef4d53c Quotes from me here: “I think there is a clear measure of disingenuousness in selfies like Ellen’s corporate Samsung-sponsored selfie at the 2014 Academy Awards. This became another version of […]