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[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Mona Kuhn

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Mona Kuhn

Photo Credit: Jesse Diamond Mona Kuhn is a Brazilian of German descent who landed in Los Angeles in 2005, where she became enamored of the regional light, particularly in nearby deserts. She spent ...

“Sincerely Most Sincerely”

“Sincerely Most Sincerely”

ONE NIGHT in January, 1995, the artist Ray Johnson parked his car at a 7-11 in Sag Harbor, Long Island, walked to a bridge next door, jumped into the water, and started doing the backstroke. Two teena...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Matthew Pillsbury

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Matthew Pillsbury

Photo Credit: Kathy Ryan BORN AND RAISED in Paris by American parents, Matthew Pillsbury has admired Atget’s revelations of that capital from early on, and loved Brassaï’s “Paris By Night...

Actually, Images Have Meanings of Their Own

Actually, Images Have Meanings of Their Own

HENRI MATISSE received considerably less critical attention during the last half of the 20th century than either Pablo Picasso, primary point of reference for the New York School painters of the ’50...

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Image: Detail from the cover of Semina #1. ¤ PALE AND SLENDER, she is wrapped in a black-and-white shawl that once belonged to Rudolph Valentino, a Spanish comb fanning out from her fiery red hai...

Library in the Future Tense

Library in the Future Tense

 1. HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of South Korea sits one of the oldest intact libraries in the world, located in the Haeinsa Temple. Since 1398, it has preserved, on spare wooden shelves, the 81,258 print...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Jo Ann Callis

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Jo Ann Callis

Many photographers use images to get under the skin of reality and touch the more elusive corners of human experience. For Jo Ann Callis, that more often than not means a carefully constructed zone ...

Atrocity Exhibition

Atrocity Exhibition

IN THE WINTER of 1945 Czeslaw Milosz and his wife Janka arrived in New York harbor onboard a British ocean liner, a “small half-cargo ship” as he later described it in A Year of the Hunter. Milosz...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...