August 11, 2022

I am a reluctant driver these days, in Los Angeles. I’ve had enough of rude and clueless drivers, of endless traffic snarls around road works, of mad speeds on the freeways. The drive west from where we live at the far east end of the Hollywood hills used to be a pleasant, easy, even somewhat romantic drive along Sunset Boulevard. Nowadays, it’s a nightmare.


May 23, 2017

[Carlos’] paintings are frequently playful, fantastic, always infectiously energetic and vivid, working with iconography that ranges from the landscape of dream to fiery freeway crashes. They explore and expose both the artist’s inner consciousness and the social realities of the outside world.


May 4, 2017

No surprise that I found myself thinking about abstraction as I made my way through the spectacular Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last week. I was pondering some pretty basic, perhaps even naïve questions, like Why abstraction? And, What is abstraction anyway? Also…

‘Van Gogh and Nature’ at the Clark

July 28, 2015

Excellently installed to facilitate viewing, and with usefully informational wall tags, the exhibition starts us off with a handful of the earliest drawings, dating from 1881 to 1883. Here…

Richard Bruland and Sophia Dixon Dillo: Art Review

July 17, 2014

Those who favor a meditative kind of art could do no better than a visit to the current dual exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The front gallery offers a selection of recent paintings by…

Chomsky’s Vessel: Art Preview

June 30, 2014

I’m pleased to note that Gary Lloyd’s 1978 work, “Chomsky’s Vessel,” will once again be on public display in “Valley Vista,” a group show curated by Damon Willick and opening in August at CSU Northridge. I wrote about this particular…

Tim Ebner at Rosamund Felsen Gallery: Art Review

May 9, 2014

Rosamund Felsen Gallery has a current exhibition of Tim Ebner‘s work. What a treat! For readers in the Los Angeles area, this is one absolutely not to be missed. It’s sheer delight. Click on that Rosamund Felsen link and you’ll immediately see what I…

They: An Answer

March 19, 2014

Confrontational art proved itself alive and well at California State University Channel Islands, where the Art Department sponsored an installation and accompanying performance by Gary Lloyd last Thursday, March 13, in a…

Gary Lloyd: A Pre-Review

February 27, 2014

Today I yield space to my friend, the artist Gary Lloyd. I have known Gary and followed his work for more than forty years. It was an exhibition of his work in the early 1970s that originated my migration from…

It’s the Eye…

June 20, 2013

…No, it’s the mind. No, it’s the mind’s eye. The James Turrell exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens all three–eye, mind, mind’s eye, and leaves the visitor… well, ecstatic, if ecstasy is understood as ec-stasis, a knocking…