Art + Design

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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Yayoi Kusama Comes to the Broad

Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama’s much-anticipated survey has landed at The Broad. Infinity Mirrors presents six of her signature infinity chambers, as well as poignant meditations on love, death, sexuality, and the afterlife. Now 88 years old, Kusama has been creating these enveloping rooms filled with lights and polka-dotted sculptures since 1965....

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Abigail DeVille Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Bronx-based artist Abigail DeVille’s name is synonymous with swirling site-specific installations highlighting the plight of displaced and marginalized people. No Space Hidden (Shelter), her current showing at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is no different. As her first solo presentation in the city, these room-filling assemblages employ a...

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‘A Thread of Execution’ at Dimensions Variable

There might seem a gulf between textile and computer code, but an exhibition at Dimensions Variable seeks to stitch the two together. A Thread of Execution, consisting of eleven contemporary artists who primarily work in fabrics, includes pieces and installations that cause pause for thought: what is a line, a...

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Temporal Studies with Philipp Lachenmann

In his latest exhibition, Delphi_Essentials at Mid-Wilshire’s ACE Gallery, German-American photographer Philipp Lachenmann takes inspiration from two radically different yet similarly future-centric sources to better understand the concepts of vision and time. One of these inspirations is the ancient Greek Oracle at Delphi. The other is the Geneva-based CERN...

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‘Shaping Space with Sound’ at MAD

Sound isn’t just a thing you hear with your ears. A new exhibition at Miami’s Museum of Art and Design (MAD) explores the ways that sound impresses upon your other senses, from your eyes to your bones. Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound contains large-scale sound installations and environments...

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Richard Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949-1992

Featuring nearly two dozen ink and charcoal drawings, Venice Beach’s L.A. Louver Gallery is currently presenting Richard Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949-1992, an extensive retrospective tracing the late draughtsman and painter’s fascinating career and monumental aesthetic shifts. Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1922, Diebenkorn first gained popularity on the...

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The Peculiar Marriage of Documentary and Abstract Art

Abstraction is often thought of as an unreal thing: a wash of color or some shape that floats in the mind of the artist. Documentary, on the other hand, is perceived as a very real thing, a true representation of the world as it exists. A new exhibition at the ArtCenter/South...

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The Subversive Still-Lifes of Robert Minervini

Acting as meticulous shrines to natural and manmade beauty, emerging still-life painter Robert Minervini’s captivating three-dimensional scenes burst with lush hanging and potted vegetation, including cacti, palm trees, and ebullient bougainvillea bushes. Also spotted in the backgrounds of these urban garden arrangements are ancient Greco-Roman inspired sculptures representing formal,...

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