Art + Design

Jack Pierson Takes on the American Dream

Painter/sculptor/photographer/draughtsman Jack Pierson is renowned for his poignant ruminations on the intricacies of desire, desperation, and memory. The Joshua Tree-based artist’s latest collection, of his famed calligraphic word sculptures, is currently on view at Hollywood’s Regen Projects. It marks his ninth solo exhibition at the gallery. Here, Pierson assembles large-scale letters of...

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Laura Owens at the Whitney

Some critics have said that Laura Owens’ art belongs in a category known as “ugly painting.” This isn’t meant in the derogatory, just that the work has elements that we as a culture don’t usually classify as beautiful. Of course, the difference between ugliness and beauty is all subjective...

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Ruth Gruber at the Jewish Museum of Florida

There’s a historic building on South Beach, built in 1936, long before the SoBe of today, that houses the Jewish Museum of Florida. Committed to documenting the Jewish community in Florida—which dates all the way to 1763—the museum has hosted countless exhibitions that expose audiences to the historic importance...

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Bill Powers Brings Rene Ricard to Miami Art Week

From Manhattan to Montauk, with Los Angeles and Miami in-between, Bill Powers is something of a man about, well, towns. He is a renaissance dandy, a renowned gallery owner, a Ditch Plains surfer, an art critic and collaborator, the editor-at-large of Purple magazine, an author (Interviews with Artists, What...

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The Curious Forms of Lynda Benglis

Known for her experimental fusion of Abstract Expressionist techniques, feminist ideologies, and sculptural aesthetics, Louisiana native Lynda Benglis is currently the subject of a near-encyclopedic retrospective at Culver City’s Blum & Poe. Highlighting her formal and conceptual achievements over the past thirty years, this presentation also celebrates the artist’s...

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John Baldessari Takes on Emojis at Sprüth Magers

Fascinated by the intersection of written and visual language, famous art world multi-hyphenate John Baldessari is currently exhibiting his latest collection of twenty-seven mural-sized, emoji-based paintings at Sprüth Magers Los Angeles. Born in 1931, in National City, California, Baldessari became a staple on the West Coast art scene in...

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Art World Double-Timing with Joel Mesler

Joel Mesler is weird. Delightfully weird. Unique to his environment. As an artist and an art dealer, Mesler orbits in a space known, at least superficially, as one more alienating than inviting, where the uninitiated are kept at bay with a percieved air of mystery and pretense. Mesler is...

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Viktor El-Saieh: The Dizziness at Central Fine

In a small, white-cube gallery on Normandy Drive called Central Fine, the artist Viktor El-Saieh is showing a series of paintings that conjure the free-fall of symbolic experience. Titled The Dizziness, the exhibition contains works that build on El-Saieh’s interest in mining political mythologies of Haiti, his home country,...

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Adrián Villar Rojas and His Modern Momento Mori

For Argentinian installation artist Adrián Villar Rojas, time is a fluid, malleable substance. With all of its quirks and oddities, this fantastical dimension is something to be intricately studied and examined. As a whimsical conceptual sculptor, the artist does just that at Geffen Contemporary‘s The Theater of Disappearance. Villar Rojas spends...

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Aria Dean: Baby Is a Cool Machine

How to reconcile the idea of nothingness, when it takes the form of an object? And what of the object, as nothingness? These questions are not as abstract as they seem, especially when considering Aria Dean’s new exhibition of work, Baby Is a Cool Machine, at American Medium. Dean tackles nothingness...

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