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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

magazines

John Baldessari Stars in a Giant Four-Page Spread in the September Issue of Town & Country

John Baldessari at dinner. (Photo courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Upon leafing through the mammoth, ad-swollen September issue of Town & Country last night on the subway, we were surprised to find not the normal fare—say, a long, detailed list of the world’s top socialite-slash-DJs—but instead a quite lovely package on Los Angeles, with a special focus on that city’s arts scene. There’s LACMA director Michael Govan Read More

galleries

José Freire Talks Team Gallery’s New Los Angeles Space, its First Expansion Outside New York

An installation from "tl;dr" at Team Gallery, 47 Wooster Street (Courtesy Team Gallery)

An intriguing notice recently appeared on the website of Team Gallery, the Soho institution that represents Ryan McGinley, Cory Arcangel and others. “team (bungalow),” it said. “306 Windward Avenue, venice ca 90291.”

Could it be that Team, a New York-only stalwart for all of its 18 years—first in Chelsea before moving 83 Grand Street in 2006 Read More

Expansions

In First Move of Inevitable Worldwide Expansion, Arty Workspace NeueHouse to Open in Los Angeles

The future site of the Los Angeles NeueHouse (Courtesy os Angeles Public Library Photo Collection).

Neuehouse, the members-only workspace and host to many a screening, press conference and panel discussion, will expand to Los Angeles early next year, the company announced today. In what’s the first expansion since the flagship opened in its sumptuous Flatiron headquarters—a hip mahogany-lined club room that’s serves as low-key office space for a “curated” group of high-paying habitués—NeueHouse will Read More

Trailers

Direct Your Attention to a Wonderfully Loopy Exhibition Trailer From Korakrit Arunanondchai

Korakrit (Photo courtesy Patrick McMullan)

We’ve made it pretty clear that the trend of releasing trailers in advance of an exhibition is something we’re totally down with. So wasn’t it a treat to receive word this morning from Korakrit Arunanondchai, alerting us not only to his new exhibition—”Korakrit Arunanondchai (feat. boychild): Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift that keeps on giving,” opening July 18 at The Mistake Room in Los Angeles—but also the trailer for said exhibition. Read More

Los Angeles

Swells and Sales at Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Artwork by Sean Shim Boyle at Various Small Fires. Photo courtesy Mike Windle, Getty Images.

“I kind of find this overwhelming,” fashion historian Cameron Silver said at the opening last Thursday evening of the annual contemporary art fair Art Los Angeles Contemporary. “I need a guide—I’m not an expert, I just know what I like. But there’s lots of potentially good Instagrams.”

Now in its fifth edition in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, the fair, which ran through Sunday, opened to sizable crowds, a flurry of parallel events like panel discussions and collection visits, and copious sales. Early reports indicated that a majority of booths had sold out by the time the invite-only, VIP crowd left later on Thursday night. Read More

Museums

MOCA Los Angeles Delays Koons Retrospective to 2015 [Updated]

A detail of a Koons at Gagosian New York. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Poor Los Angeles. Poor, poor Los Angeles. Last year its Museum of Contemporary Art scuttled plans to host Tate Modern’s Damien Hirst show and an exhibition of Richard Hamilton’s work, and now MOCA is saying that it will not open its Koons retrospective in January, as previously planned. The show will debut at the Whitney in June of next year, and then travel to Paris’s Centre Pompidou in October. A rep for MOCA told The Observer, “We anticipate a 2015 opening.” 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

Art Fairs

Fair Weather in Los Angeles: Making the Rounds at Art L.A. Contemporary

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Actors Emile Hirsch and Anton Yelchin on opening night

“I’m kind of obsessed with it.”

Actor Emile Hirsch wasn’t talking about Sundance—he’d already been there, done that by last Thursday night when, along with throngs of other well-heeled Angelenos, he arrived at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger for the art fair Art L.A. Contemporary (ALAC). He was talking about ALAC, and his attitude reflected that of a lot of attendees. The event seems to have caught on. Read More