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Art's Secular Illusions

Art's Secular Illusions

Things are placed right in front of our eyes, not covered by any veil. This is where religion and art part company. — Wittgenstein Psychology is a half way science justified, if at all, by its the...

A Unified Vision

A Unified Vision

THOUGH HE’S PROBABLY best recognized for his series of iconic photographs taken across America in a number of separate and meticulously documented road trips throughout the 1970s, over the course o...

Collecting and Correcting

Collecting and Correcting

I ONCE TALKED with a very rich collector who said he hated going to public museums and art galleries because nothing there was for sale. He wanted, and in many cases could afford, to buy the exhibits ...

[VIDEO] Geoff Nicholson Maps the Territory

[VIDEO] Geoff Nicholson Maps the Territory

The Los Angeles Review of Books and Los Angeles magazine launch a joint publication today with the release of “Geoff Nicholson Maps the Territory”: a multimedia collaborative story. Featuring au...

Expanding Criticality

Expanding Criticality

Take It or Leave It at the Hammer Museum.Through May 18, 2014.10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024 .   STEPHEN PRINA’S 16mm film Vinyl II (2000) begins in tight focus on Gerrit van Ho...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Michael Wolf

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Michael Wolf

More from the Photographer Spotlight Series: DENNIS HOPPER TOM HUNTER EDWARD BURTYNSKY ¤  It began with a midlife crisis, 20 years ago. At 39, German photojournalist Michael Wolf had become b...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Tom Hunter

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Tom Hunter

More from the Photographer Spotlight Series: EDWARD BURTYNSKY VALERIE BELIN SEBASTIAN COPELAND A lot of the photographers we’ve shown here have set off for distant zones to find their images...

Escape Artist

Escape Artist

ONE OF THE FEW genuinely cool moments amid the slack moralistic sightseeing of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up comes toward the end, when photographer David Hemmings runs into the model Veruschka a...

Walter Benjamin: Writings After Death

Walter Benjamin: Writings After Death

IN JUNE 1986, Walter Benjamin stood before an audience at the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and delivered a lecture on a set of recent paintings by Piet Mondrian, each dated between 1963 and 1...

A Repository of Ideas

A Repository of Ideas

LOOK FIRST UPON this, a printed image of the Lasius niger, or Black Garden Ant, which adorns a page of the Robert Hooke’s world-changing Micrographia; or some physiological Descriptions of Minute Bo...

A Mirror For Our Delusions

A Mirror For Our Delusions

I DIDN'T NEED TO KNOW about art to know about Norman Rockwell; it seems I arrived in the world already conscious of him. As a child one Thanksgiving in Texas, I pressed my grandmother to hold back the...

Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills”

Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills”

The following essay is an excerpt from Dahlia Schweitzer’s book Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer: Another Kind of Monster (Intellect Ltd), which will be published on May 15, 2014.  ¤ BORN IN NEW ...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Valerie Belin

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Valerie Belin

Since its inception, photography has been a busy arena of arbitration of the real.  As a purely mechanical device with a disinterested eye, it captures what we have until recently tended to trust is...