Author Archives: Robin Newman

Everybody Loves Urs

In the art world, the site of construction is commonly a guarded one, kept far from the immaculacy of the site of presentation. This custom does not entirely hold true in the retrospective of Urs Fischer held at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA. This dichotomy in fact is prevalent in the site both [...]

E-Thay Inward-Yay Ourney-Jay

The emerging artist Dan Finsel initially developed his new body of work by performing exercises found in the 1974 book The Inward Journey/Art as Therapy for You. This work is on view now in his linguistically deconstructed show, E-Thay Inward-Yay Ourney-Jay. Although Finsel developed the works’ symbology through the exercises he performed, the aesthetics of the [...]

A Point of View

In 2009, media theorist Laurence A. Rickels wrote a piece on True Blood for Art Forum. This interest in transgressive, contemporaneous subject matter is present in his art collection as well. Recently, 122 works from his collection were gifted to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, including many outstanding works on paper and [...]

Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie’s current exhibition at Regen Projects in Los Angeles shows a marked progression and change in the artist’s work. Though Opie is best known for her portraiture of LGBT subjects, this show includes portraits as well as landscapes (which she has produced in the past, notably in her freeway series) visibly engaged in psychology [...]

Llyn Foulkes

A long overdue retrospective of Llyn Foulkes is currently on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Foulkes, himself based in Los Angeles, is a compelling and significant yet under-recognized contemporary artist, and this extensive retrospective consists of 140 works spanning the breadth of Foulkes’ career. Although Foulkes had a solo exhibit in 1961 [...]

Lauren Elder, Amalia Ulman and Parker Ito

Steve Turner is currently presenting two separate exhibitions in each of their galleries. Although the exhibits are of different kinda of work, they share a commonality beyond physical distance. Both exhibits start with a strong conceptual base and inject elements of camp into the actual work, and both are collaborative efforts to one extent or [...]

Lesley Vance and Ricky Swallow

The exhibition currently taking place of work by Lesley Vance and Ricky Swallow is the first showing of contemporary art taking place at the Huntington Art Gallery. The Huntington is a library, art gallery and garden established in the early 20th century in the mansion of the Huntington family. This is the first show of [...]

Soul Food

Even from outside, you are thanked for your appearance at the new Los Angeles restaurant where “Thank You For Coming” is emblazoned across the front windows. Thank You For Coming is an experimental food and art space with a rotation of artists (and musicians) that participate in month-long residencies creating a collaborative space within the [...]

Keeping up with the Johns

Jasper Johns is having a bit of a moment. In addition to being profiled in the December issue of Vogue, the artist also has a retrospective up at the SFMOMA and an exhibition of new work at Matthew Marks’ two L.A. galleries. For Johns, now 82, this will mark the first time he has premiered [...]

Clouds in My Coffee

Last week, the artist Jen DeNike’s show Star Card opened at the Anat Egbi Gallery. The new multimedia exhibit draws its name from a Major Arcana tarot card. At the centerpiece of the show, is a video of nude woman kneeling at the edge of a pool of water, using pitchers to pour water into [...]