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 — […]

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 […]

June Wayne’s Farewell / Hyperallergic

June Wayne, “The Tunnel” (1949). Oil on canvas. (all images from the June Wayne Collection, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts via the Pasadena Museum of California Art)

LOS ANGELES — June Wayne’s retrospective at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is a tightly curated, chronologically arranged exhibition of paintings, prints, tapestries, and video by a founder of the feminist art movement. Wayne, who died in 2011, was born and raised in Chicago, and moved to LA in 1942 after a three-year stint in New York City. […]

“Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie” by Jerry Saltz — New York Magazine [PRESS]

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I am honored to be a part of Jerry Saltz’s take on the selfie in his column for this week’s New York Magazine. Check out the quote here: Selfies are usually casual, improvised, fast; their primary purpose is to be seen here, now, by other people, most of them unknown, in social networks. They are never […]

The Last Selfie

The 3.2 gigapixel Global Selfie mosaic, hosted by GigaPan, was made with 36,422 individual images that were posted to social media sites on or around Earth Day, April 22, 2014. (via NASA)

LOS ANGELES — It’s the end of selfies as we know it. Dearest selfie fanatics, this will be my last story for the Hyperallergic selfie column; after one year of chronicling the selfie’s rise to fame, we collectively decided to let this investigation go off into the netherlands of internet data trails. I want to tell you that this is […]

It’s a Bitchy World / Hyperallergic

Juan Martin Del Campo, “Clouds (for Dolly)” (nd) Mixed media (all photographs by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — The self-titled exhibition and zine release Bitches Rule, Cycle 3 is nestled in the back of & Pens Press, an art bookstore in Culver City set to become a roving/pop-up shop and online gallery come June 2. The show marks the third effort of the “casual” collective of the same name, a group of by 14 queer artists in working […]