There are times when I hurl art mags unread into the trash, but here is a writeup I was most grateful to discover. I share it with the author’s kind permission. Catalog info for the image is included in the linked article.


In the early 80s there was a big article in an art mag about this artist. The images were so touching, clever, funny.  I’m pretty sure I have the cut out pages in a box somewhere still.  A couple of years ago I finally saw a small painting in person, and now the Hammer Museum has a whole slew of drawings, paintings, and sketchbook pages among many other things.  The show as an exhibition got a sketchy writeup in the local paper, but for me, the art transcends the curators’ success or failure.  Jesus in the Arms of Krishna.  The very idea.  See the real thing.  It will be up until August 28.

PS.  I found Paul Thek, Artist’s Artist for sale online from Walmart. What?

Don’t put off looking at the nice slideshow of Annie Lapin’s paintings at Honor Fraser’s website here:

After July 9 there will probably still be some images online, but maybe not so many as now while the show is up.  These paintings look gorgeous in photographs.  They provide quite a different experience in person.  They hold up though.  I was glad I saw them.

When a friend posted this article on Facebook

I got to thinking about totalitarian art and religious art, Islamic art in particular, the cradle of civilization, and the painting “Onward to the Final Victory of Capitalism” by Komar and Melamid.  Which led me to the illustration above, and to this:

Where do I go?

This is the part one of the first episode.  All four episodes are organized into a playlist here:

Ways of Seeing was produced for the BBC in 1972, but I never saw it until last month courtesy of my clever nephew, Alex Webster.


If you’ve never seen a painting or drawing by Agnes Martin in person you are probably wondering what the heck?  I urge you to go out of your way to see one, or twenty.  She gave a talk at my school when I was in college, stood wringing a handkerchief and saying among other things, “You are either on the side of life or you are not.”  For more information, get yourself a good translation of the Tao te Ching.  Here’s another clue:

This painting, Milk River, is at the Whitney Museum.  Their website is

I hadn’t recognized anything about the current exhibitions when I stopped by MOCA on my way home from San Diego on Monday, but I was so happy to discover William Leavitt:  Theater Objects that I bought a catalog.

Here’s a link to the museum’s blog about the show:

The rest of the building contains selections from the permanent collection new and old, and on this Monday there were groups of high school kids engaged in discussions led by bright young docents in the galleries containing recent acquisitions, which was perfect.

I was sad that I missed seeing her show in LA last month, but turns out one piece, Madame Curie, is installed in the Jacobs Building at MCASD Downtown through June 19.  I get to go on Saturday!  All happy now.

Here’s a link to  the artists’s website with animations and installation views:

There are nice stills at the ACME. website here:

My first contemporary artist was Ed Ruscha.  My dad brought him to my attention on our first museum visit together.  He liked this painting, and I didn’t forget it. You can see it surrounded by a bunch of ads here:


or you could pay a visit to the LA County Museum of Art.

Here’s a link to Ed’s website:

He’s made a boatload of unforgettable images by now.