It’s a small show, but one that packs a punch. Amy Sherald’s collection of five new paintings manage to fill the airy, cathedral-like main space at Hauser and Wirth, Los Angeles with a quiescent power. The exhibition is titled “The Great American Fact.” Sherald’s work, mostly portraits, render scenes ofContinue Reading

A funny thing about “art.” Sometimes the happiest of aesthetic accidents happen as a consequence of totally non-artistic impulses. Take as prima facie example the case of the roller-shutter pictured above. It’s on a warehouse-factory building in the rapidly gentrifying Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood dubbed the Arts District. It’s aContinue Reading

There’s a pattern of tell-tale signs that indicate that a once-undesireable neighborhood is undergoing gentrification. One of these signs is the changing nature of street art, and, more tellingly, the arrival of public art. Although street art is kind of constant throughout the gentrification process, it’s usually in abundance inContinue Reading

On the surface, the sentiment seems straightforward, sensible and pleasantly righteous enough: “Stop making stupid people famous.” That sounds like a great idea. After almost two decades of Hiltons, Kardashians, a Richie, assorted “House Wives of …” and bearded redneck dynasties AND Honey Boo Boo, as well as countless realityContinue Reading

German artist Isa Genzken’s “Rose III” giant rose sculpture at the Los Angeles outpost of the Hauser & Wirth gallery in the Arts District in Downtown LA. Another version of “Rose” was for a while installed on the exterior of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

The post-industrial urban landscape of the Arts District near Downtown Los Angeles is full of wide walls practically begging to be covered with epic street art. The photo-realistic mural pictured here is one of many in the neighborhood that take full advantage of large, empty wall space.

Love is a recurring theme of a lot of street art. And often it’s in its simplest, plainest, most straightforward expressions that resonates with viewers. JGoldcrown’s widely Instagrammed “Lovewall” comes to mind, as does Casey Kulig’s globally-spread “Love Me” meme. “Love Me Anyways” is painted on sidewalks and walls inContinue Reading

The ever-gentrifying Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is home to lots of large-scale street art, including this classic Shepard Fairey politically-tinged mural on Alameda Street behind the Angel City Brewery. The artwork depicts the late U.S. president Ronald Reagan holding a sign that says “Legislative influence for sale.” ItsContinue Reading