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Shana Nys Dambrot
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Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for WhiteHot Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., Arts Editor for VS. Magazine, and a contributor to the LA Weekly, Flaunt, SCENE, and KCET’s Artbound.

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Jane Szabo: Sense of Self

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:00 AM

"Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order." -- Virginia Woolf

"The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own." -- Susan Sontag


The images in Jane Szabo's Sense of...

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Culture, Courtesy of [Your Name Here]

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Alex Midler skates a half-pipe covered in art by Lisa Hanawalt

Last month in Santa Monica, I attended a multiplatform art event sponsored by Audi to promote their new A3. As many friends of this page know, I...

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Jonmarc Edwards: The Language of Abstraction

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:44 AM

"And the external never remains outside. What's at stake here is a decision about the frame, about what separates the internal from the external, with a border which is itself double in its trait, and joins together what it splits. At stake are all the interests caught up in the...

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The Temptation of Moses Feigin

(7) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Florid in palette, thick and gestural in style, and rich in sublime allegory, the work of Russian avant-garde painter Moses Feigin has been largely unknown in West. But now, a few years after his death at the age of 104, this embattled lion of the 20th century Moscow...

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Greg Miller's Painterly Pop

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Greg Miller: Buena Vista
Now through April 30, 2014
Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco


About ten years ago, American painter Greg Miller admitted the truth -- that he's a Pop artist -- and it felt good to own it. And he's right;...

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Lekha Singh's Global Society

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:17 PM

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." -- Rumi


As an artform, photography's magic lies in its unique choreography of documentation and interpretation. This paradox unfolds as the choices the artist makes are overlaid onto the outside world....

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Jason Shawn Alexander: Paint It Out

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:54 PM

First be a magnificent artist and then you can do whatever.

-- Francisco de Goya


The filigree of tight lace panties, the flush of bright red ears, the architecture of a long and heavy braid, the tethered hovering of a...

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Jennifer Vanderpool: Family Stories in Ukraine

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 3:06 PM

In Jennifer Vanderpool's world, history has a way of repeating itself. That is to say, the past has a way of making itself known in her life and in her art. That is not only her own past, such as family heritage and personal experience, but also art...

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Jamie Johnson: Vices, or I Will Not...

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:22 AM

The photographs in Jamie Johnson's new series, Vices, or I Will Not..., comprise an updated twist on the old-timey school-days punishment of writing on the chalkboard; but her titles refer to the crimes of a new generation -- "I will not date actors; I will not play with...

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Ray Atkeson: Pacific Northwest

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:14 PM

The current exhibition at Duncan Miller Gallery is Pacific Northwest: Vintage Photographs by Ray Atkeson. On view through March 29, this exhibition presents rare darkroom-printed photographs, many of which have never been exhibited.


Prominent among photographers of the American...

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Sam Erenberg: Geography of the Imagination

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:01 PM

"Like the moon on the water, in a way. When you confront a Zen master, what you're really seeing are not his limitations but yours." -- Pico Iyer

There are forms of meditation rooted in the real world, grounded in the rituals of handmade industry. There are realms of spirituality...

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Elements: Andy Moses, Ned Evans and Stephen Robert Johns

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:20 PM

LA ArtCore, February 2014

I selected Andy Moses and Ned Evans to show with me for a few reasons. Andy's shaped canvases, shimmering compositions and his unique processes for applying paint collude to create rhythm and motion using the laws of fluid dynamics. Ned's directional, repeating geometry, elaborated detail, and...
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THREAD/BARE at Studio Channel Islands Art Center

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:46 AM

thread/bare: Nurit Avesar, Michael Clinite, Elana Kundell, Susan Kurland, Janet Neuwalder, Sigrid Orlet

In this exhibition at the Studio Channel Islands Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, threads converge and commonalities are laid bare among a group of artists who each in their own way pursue the elusive connections between nature, experience,...

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Ward Roberts: A Conversation About Maximum Minimalism

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:34 PM

The compelling and mysterious photographs of Australian artist Ward Roberts ask more questions than they answer -- to begin with, why are they photographs at all? Their profoundly delicate and counterintuitively abstract aesthetic in some ways more closely resembles minimalist color field paintings than the detail-rich conventions of...

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Laura & Manfred Menz: Natural Security

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 3:35 PM

The concept of surveillance is ingrained in our beings. God was the original surveillance camera.

They are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them.

You only need sit still long enough in...

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Amy Barkow: Ink on Paper

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Amy Barkow would like you to read between the lines. She'd also like you to contemplate the shape of the space between those lines. In her previous work, combining elements of drawing with photography and/or mimeographic printing, she has addressed aspects of the interactions between space and text...

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Simon McWilliams: Abstract Armature

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 2:21 PM

All architecture is what you do to it when you look
upon it;
(Did you think it was in the white or gray stone? or
the lines of the arches and cornices?)

-- Walt Whitman, from A Song for Occupations

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Suzan Woodruff: Making the World

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 1:36 PM

My art is grounded in the belief of one universal energy which runs through everything: from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant from plant to galaxy. My works are the irrigation veins of this universal fluid. Through them ascend the ancestral sap, the original beliefs,...

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