Outside the venue, a very long line winds down and around several blocks. Art aficionados wait patiently in the sun. Inside, the exhibition visitors wander and wonder. THE MARVELOUS SUGAR BABY regally inhabits the space.
One might forgive Serrano for his use of neutralizing euphemisms in the titles for all three art projects -- I know firsthand from running my museum that the mere mention of the word "homeless" can shut doors, eyes and minds.
In the meantime, I cannot help wondering about the "subtlety" of inviting an African American artist to highlight the historic past of labor exploitation in the sugar trade before erasing one of its monuments and replacing it with a monument to gentrification.
The women we look up to in the arts -- from New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan soaring above the stage at Lincoln Center to action hero Elizabeth Streb scaling a building in London -- have their own inspiring heroines, some famous and others less known.
As music throbbed, bodies writhed and shadows danced over the torch-lit sand outside Dasha's half-million dollar party celebrating Art Basel Miami Beach, I couldn't help but think of Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned.
A decade before toxic mortgages led to the worst housing crisis in history, artist Rick Lowe was addressing the issue of affordable housing through art. I met up with Rick to discuss art's role in community activism.
A Night of Growth and Discovery will be an unforgettable night for art in Los Angeles; we have over 20 artists involved in different capacities, it will be a performance festival in a benefit disguise.