Morning Links: Going to California Edition

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with its Chris Burden installation. (Photo courtesy LACMA)

Sam Falls, Jordan Wolfson, and other Los Angeles transplants explain why they came out west, often away from their galleries in New York or London, to work. Apparently the weather is nice there. [T]

And while we’re out in California, let’s note that the Hammer Museum has handed out the prizes associated with its Read More


Really Loving This Exhibition-Trailer Trend

(Courtesy Hammer Museum)

Just want to say that I am really enjoying this new practice of museums and artists making video previews to promote their upcoming exhibitions. Very entertaining and, apparently, very effective. For instance, last year, I was pretty excited for the Carnegie International, but when they started dropping intriguing and crisply edited trailers a few months before the show opened, my excitement turned into unadulterated obsession. Have a look at them. Really great. Read More

The West Coast

Hello, Babylon! The Art World Is Cheating on New York With Los Angeles


When my plane broke through the Los Angeles smog on an afternoon in early spring, I imagined I had willed the town into existence by nothing more than my arrival. It’s the city’s foundational myth—perpetually born yesterday. I was there to cover an art fair called Paris Photo, which was being held at that most mythic of L.A. landmarks—Paramount Studios—and to report on the city’s art world. If New York had a say in the matter, it was something of an accident of history that there were ever artists in Los Angeles at all. The dealers and collectors were always in New York. And who could force the entertainment industry to care? For decades, the most noteworthy thing about successful Los Angeles artists—aside from a core group—was that they left for the East Coast.

The reality is more complicated. New York changed. Downtown ceased being a squatter’s free-for-all and became an outdoor shopping center. The S&M clubs and taxi garages of Chelsea gave way to galleries stacked on top of one another. Increasingly, the creatively minded transplants who migrated each day to New York from all over the country came with expiration dates. Ten years would go by, if you were lucky, before the inevitable fatigue set in. So many migrants have gone to California as a solution to some problem that it’s become an American trope. But in a town where the front page of the largest daily newspaper reports the unsubstantiated rumor that industry blogger Nikki Finke would be fired from Deadline Hollywood, the arts have quietly carved out a home. New York just got more and more expensive. Read More

human resources

Hammer Taps Connie Butler for Chief Curator Job

Marian Goodman and Butler. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum announced today that it has hired Connie Butler to serve as its chief curator, taking the place of Douglas Fogle, who stepped down about a year ago. Ms. Butler was already bound for L.A. to curate the museum’s 2014 “Made in L.A.” biennial with Michael Ned Holte. She had served as chief curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art since 2006. Read More


Morning Links: David Hockney, Miranda July, Ultimate Fighting Edition

"We Two Boys Together Clinging" (1961) by David Hockney. (Courtesy the artist)

Author and artist Miranda July is selling vaguely artistic curios at the pop-up store Partners & Spade over on Great Jones Street. [AnimalNY]

Martin Gayford, chief art critic for Bloomberg Muse, has written a book about David Hockney that focuses, at least in part, on the artist’s iPad drawings. [Bloomberg]

On the difficulties of marketing Jesus at the Detroit Institute of Art. [Detroit Free Press] Read More