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What Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Does for Love

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In Plegarias, a collection of Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s new pet project of sort at CB1 Gallery, an intimate painting — appropriately hung all by itself on one wall — is most exquisite among the eclectic gathering of small works on panel and paper, plus one sculptural construction suspended in midair. If the curatorial intent was that of distillation, Por Amor …

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David Klamen Paints Paintings from Angle

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The amazing popularity of Instagram —simultaneously reinforced and dampened by numerous brands advertising their “visual story” — allows for casual, mediated cultural voyeurism of all kinds, including art. While there is the convenience of searching for images from the latest art fairs with taps on a smartphone, most photographed artworks look subpar at best. The situation gets worse as many …

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Sandeep Mukherjee Just Is

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At newly opened Chimento Contemporary, Sandeep Mukherjee’s panoramic paintings just are. Spanning across the two jointed walls, these ten paintings, collectively titled as Mutual Entanglements, quietly float in the space, seemingly hovering over the white floor. The sight offers neither an excitement nor a disappointment. It just is. As a result, a meditative engagement transpires. Olive green and varying evening …

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Meet Beguiling Colin Glasgow

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Quietly hung inside the sun house of a private residence in Los Angeles, Colin Glasgow’s paintings and photographs of eccentric landscapes are filled with seemingly familiar gardens, colored and glittered with borderline NC-17 sensuality. If the lush, succulent urban oasis — of what was once essentially a desert — is to be seen as the embodiment of Hollywood’s manufactured illusion …

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Andy Is Still Here: Penelope Umbrico & David Klamen

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Andy died but he never went away. Virtually omnipresent, his reach extends far beyond the confines of auction houses and museums. He lives in the popular culture. A few years back, many eager shoppers raided Target stores to get their hands on the limited commemorative edition of Campbell’s soup cans. Uniqlo has been selling the licensed images on T-shirts by …

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Small Delights by Russell Tyler and Easton Miller

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Despite the title Complex Decisions, the grouping of small abstract paintings at CES Gallery is an intimate fun little affair that is straightforward in its appeal. It tempts you to reach into your wallet and pull out the plastic; you hope that the 5% cashback bonus is still valid. You think, “These would look really nice on my walls.” Among …

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Exodus of David Jien

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If David Jien’s solo appearance at Richard Heller Gallery, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is to live up to its title Exodus, it should be about the departure and growth of the artist from his previous self. And that’s exactly what Jien has given us. Divided into two sections, the front room features his signature, technically masterful, narrative intensive …

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Here Now at Wilding Cran in DTLA

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Looking up at the wooden beam-filled ceiling, you notice the age of the building in which Wilding Cran, a compact DTLA Santa Fe gallery, is housed. The art on display is what should matter first and foremost, but still, you get the sense that the space is comfortably different than those of pristine, spotless blue chip galleries. You almost feel …

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Bitchin Be Fringing: Robert Williams

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Categorically and as an easy comparative measure, I still find myself at times conversing about art in terms of its high and low stature. Not to say that I hand down the value judgement on one over the other, however, since the only adjudication I dish out is whether or not what I’m seeing is pleasurable and provokes any kind …

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Tongue in Cheeky Jonas Lund

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When I was much younger, I often fantasized about sharing a stage with Eric Clapton, with his Fender Blackie and my replica wailing Leila. When I was a bit older, I dreamed of sharing New York gallery walls with Takashi Murakami, with his Superflat didactics and my paintings screaming post-war Japanese ethos. Suffice to say, neither happened. The latter was …