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Haiku Reviews: From Vivaldi To Vivid Pop Art (PHOTOS)

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First Posted: 01/06/12 04:02 PM ET Updated: 01/06/12 04:02 PM ET

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are biweekly features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet or even a string of words. This week Peter Frank and Laurence Vittes give quick takes on visual arts, theatre and classical music from 'invisible artwork' to the Los Angeles avant garde. Is there a show or performance that you think people should know about? Write a Haiku with a link and shine a light on something you think is noteworthy. We'd love to hear about it!

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Linda Stark paints intense, iconic forms with an opulent palette and equally sensuous brush; once entirely abstract, these minimal-but-sexy apparitions have been getting more and more identifiable, almost to the point of Pop objecthood - a necklace, a billiard ball "8," Jesus' praying hands, and other visual clichés. While their loss of formal mystery is a bit regrettable, their odd magic has increased now that you can clearly see how Stark transforms real-life things into meditative ciphers. Through her approach Stark invests the banal and fatuous with renewed charm and resonance; having decided to tip her hand, she amplifies her knack. Judie Bamber explores an even more debased kind of image for her similarly (and more surprisingly) contemplative drawings based on a series of dated photographs. The photos train an apparently amateur, but clearly hungry, eye on various anonymous women caught in various poses - nothing to give Betty Page or the better pages of current on-line soft-core a run for their money, but the more poignant and appealing for that very vulnerability, a vulnerability shared by gazer and gazed alike. Bamber ups the poignancy factor by asking these images, "Are You My Mother?" (Angles, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA; closed. www.anglesgallery.com)

- Peter Frank

LINDA STARK, Brand, 2010, Oil on canvas over panel, 36 x 36 x 3 inches

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