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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

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Spaghetti, Smithson, Dramatic Reading of ‘The Flamethrowers’ Tonight in L.A.

(Courtesy 356 S. Mission Road)

It’s apparently a big day for items about Los Angeles and food over here at the offices of The New York Observer. This one has both. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. there’s going to be a dramatic reading of Rachel Kushner’s new book The Flamethrowers in Los Angeles at 356 S. Mission Road, the huge warehouse space that artist Laura Owens is using to show her gigantic and beautiful new paintings and host various events. Read More

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Catherine Opie on Why She Quit the L.A. MOCA Board

Catherine Opie. (Courtesy

The Los Angeles Times ran a profile over the weekend of artist Catherine Opie, who has a show of photographs at L.A.’s Regen Projects opening in February. The most interesting bit is her explanation of why she resigned from the artist board at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles last summer along with John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha, amidst the departure of the museum’s curator Paul Schimmel. Read More

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Getty Plans ‘Pacific Standard Time’ for Modern Architecture

L.A. (Courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

If, like The Observer, you enjoyed the Getty’s 2011 Pacific Standard Time initiative, and are looking for an excuse to return to Southern California (love visiting, couldn’t live there, as they say!), you are in luck. The Getty announced today that a new project focused on the area’s modern architecture, “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.,” is in the works. Read More