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X-TRA is a contemporary art journal published quarterly in Los Angeles. Edited by a collective of artists and writers, X-TRA publishes expansive features, historical essays, commissioned artist's projects, interviews, columns, and substantive reviews. X-TRA is published in print and digital-reader format, and the complete archive is available online. Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism is a n

X-TRA is a contemporary art journal published quarterly in Los Angeles. Edited by a collective of artists and writers, X-TRA publishes expansive features, historical essays, commissioned artist's projects, interviews, columns, and substantive reviews. X-TRA is published in print and digital-reader format, and the complete archive is available online. Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism is a n

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#fromthearchives Bradford Nordeen reviews the films of Charles Ludlam, screened on February 22, 2010 as part of the Q***...
06/29/2021
The Lost Films of Charles Ludlam

#fromthearchives Bradford Nordeen reviews the films of Charles Ludlam, screened on February 22, 2010 as part of the Q***r/Art/Film series at IFC Center in New York. “The Lost Films of Charles Ludlam'' was published in Fall 2010.

“If cinema is more or less a fantastic mirror of popular culture, then the playful magnification of these exotic impulses generates a space respective of Ludlam’s q***r countercultural perspective.”

#charlesludlam
#q***rfilm
#ifcfilms
#pride

It seems hard to believe that avant-garde playwright Charles Ludlam kept anything in the closet, but there they sat for 23 years: two reels…

#fromthearchives Travis Diehl reviews ‘Trespass Parade’, a public project organized by Arto Lindsay, Rirkrit Tiravanija,...
06/25/2021
Arto Lindsay, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and West of Rome Public Projects: Trespass Parade

#fromthearchives Travis Diehl reviews ‘Trespass Parade’, a public project organized by Arto Lindsay, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and West of Rome as part of the Getty's inaugural Pacific Standard Time, Art in L.A. 1945–1980. Published Spring 2012. Link in bio.

“It was a fun art parade that at times seemed to occupy an interstitial city, to exist between and within the regimentation of everyday life. The police, as they ushered Trespass from block to block, appeared banal yet out of place. Indeed, in its ambivalence towards the realities of Los Angeles—the deployment of power in particular —Trespass exemplified the surreal complacency in which art of this kind—relational art, public art—has entrenched itself.”

#artolindsay
#rirkrittiravanija
#westofromepublicart
#pacificstandardtime
#publicart

One person can never see a city. You can miss it, hate it, or realize that it’s taken something from you, but you can’t…

Old News presents: Rome’s MaXXI museum opens Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla’s home to the public; Williamsburg gets its ...
06/24/2021

Old News presents: Rome’s MaXXI museum opens Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla’s home to the public; Williamsburg gets its first Hasidic Art Gallery; and ‘Night Watch’ was cut to fit through a door. And as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

ARTnews
The Art Newspaper
Hyperallergic
#giacomoballa
#maxximuseum
#italianfuturism
#hasidicart
#rembrandt
#rembrandtnightwatch
#davidlynchweather
#oldnews

Old News presents: Rome’s MaXXI museum opens Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla’s home to the public; Williamsburg gets its first Hasidic Art Gallery; and ‘Night Watch’ was cut to fit through a door. And as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

ARTnews
The Art Newspaper
Hyperallergic
#giacomoballa
#maxximuseum
#italianfuturism
#hasidicart
#rembrandt
#rembrandtnightwatch
#davidlynchweather
#oldnews

#fromthearchives Lucas Hilderbrand reviews Axis Mundo: Q***r Networks in Chicano L.A., co-curated by C. Ondine Chavoya a...
06/22/2021
The Worlds Los Angeles Maricóns and Malfloras Made

#fromthearchives Lucas Hilderbrand reviews Axis Mundo: Q***r Networks in Chicano L.A., co-curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz at the MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery, as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.. “The Worlds Los Angeles Maricóns and Malfloras Made” was published Summer 2018. Link in bio.

“Part of what makes the exhibition and the creative milieus it represents q***r—in terms of refusing reductive identity categories—is that the artists and their affinities are neither homogenously gay and le***an, nor all Chicana/o, thereby complicating the very categories of identity that undergird its organizing framework.”

The largest image in the exhibition Axis Mundo: Q***r Networks in Chicano L.A. at the MOCA Pacific Design Center greets visitors with an inviting…

Old News presents: Collaborating with Beavers; Matisse on the road; Getty adds another “Great Woman Artist” to their col...
06/18/2021

Old News presents: Collaborating with Beavers; Matisse on the road; Getty adds another “Great Woman Artist” to their collection, and as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

Old News presents: Collaborating with Beavers; Matisse on the road; Getty adds another “Great Woman Artist” to their collection, and as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

#incaseyoumissedit New online: Elliot Reed speaks with Laura Brown about his recent exhibition, “Three Works,” at OCD Ch...
06/16/2021
Pyx and Other Words

#incaseyoumissedit New online: Elliot Reed speaks with Laura Brown about his recent exhibition, “Three Works,” at OCD Chinatown in New York. Link in bio.

“I used to think of myself as a perfectionist, but I’m really just extremely meticulous. I think memory and place are the most imperfect things of all. It’s impossible, maybe, to hold a space or a period in time. All of these works are made by reaching toward catching some of that.” - Elliot Reed

“I used to think of myself as a perfectionist, but I’m really just extremely meticulous. I think memory and place are the most imperfect things of all. It’s impossible, maybe, to hold a space or a period in time. All of these works are made by reaching toward catching some of that.” Elliot R...

#fromthearchives: Christopher Bedford reviews Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, at MOCA Los Angeles. “Erratically Ec...
06/15/2021
Erratically Ecstatic

#fromthearchives: Christopher Bedford reviews Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, at MOCA Los Angeles. “Erratically Ecstatic” was published Spring 2006. Link in bio.

“We are asked to accept the assertion that the experience of art ‘is itself an altered state,’ while the more radical and indeed genuine terrain of the exhibition—the effect of psychoactive substances on the conception, ex*****on and perception of visual art—remains implicit.”

@therealpaulschimmel
#christopherbedford
#themuseumofcontemporaryart
#ecstasy
#L*D
#drugculture
#paulschimmel

  In Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, exhibition organizer Paul Schimmel argues that the sundry works that comprise his show are part of…

Old News presents: Gospel Icon Mavis Staples sold Ernie Barnes painting; Met to Repatriate two Benin Bronzes; and San Qu...
06/11/2021

Old News presents: Gospel Icon Mavis Staples sold Ernie Barnes painting; Met to Repatriate two Benin Bronzes; and San Quentin’s legal battle with Death Row inmate, artist Richard Valdez, over art magazines with nudity. And as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

Old News presents: Gospel Icon Mavis Staples sold Ernie Barnes painting; Met to Repatriate two Benin Bronzes; and San Quentin’s legal battle with Death Row inmate, artist Richard Valdez, over art magazines with nudity. And as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

#incaseyoumissedit: Mark Pieterson explores the role of territory, mapping, and utopia in Stanley Brouwn’s opaque poetic...
06/10/2021
Strained Terrain

#incaseyoumissedit: Mark Pieterson explores the role of territory, mapping, and utopia in Stanley Brouwn’s opaque poetics of belonging. Link in bio.

“In Brouwn’s conceptualist acts of dematerialization and refusal, we see a further disconnect from postcolonial and abolitionist strategies that prioritize national affinity in their liberatory praxis, like the Back to Africa movement created by Jamaican revolutionary Marcus Garvey.”

@overfleekedyute
#stanleybrouwn
#poetics
#fluxus
#edouardglissant
#conceptualism
#markpieterson
#africa
#amsterdam

Brouwn’s 1964 manifesto proposes an abstract future in 4000 AD “when science and art are entirely melted together to something new,” a “world of only colour, light, space, time, sounds and movement.” Why 4000 AD? Perhaps this is the length of time needed for the violence of colonialism to ...

#FromTheArchives Federica Bueti writes about experience as an important form of experimenting with and theorizing about ...
06/09/2021
Lobsters, Hormonal Storms, Brittlestars, and Sticky Things: Matter of the World

#FromTheArchives Federica Bueti writes about experience as an important form of experimenting with and theorizing about the world in “Lobsters, Hormonal Storms, Brittlestars, and Sticky Things: Matter of the World.” Published Summer 2015.

“How could anyone write or speak about love, for instance, without having experienced its uplifting tunes and dreadful turns? How could one write about advanced capitalism and its regimes of surveillance and control if not by pushing at its normative permissions and restrictions?”

#paulpreciado
#testojunkie
#karenbarad
#louisehervechloemaillet
#susannewinterling

There is a world of things. There are things that cause us headaches. Things we have a hard time understanding. Things that challenge our…

New online: Elliot Reed speaks with Laura Brown about his recent exhibition, “Three Works,” at OCD Chinatown in New York...
06/08/2021
Pyx and Other Words

New online: Elliot Reed speaks with Laura Brown about his recent exhibition, “Three Works,” at OCD Chinatown in New York. Link in bio.

“What led me to this show was thinking about what it means to perform without a performer present. What are different ways I can use the codes of my life practice and the embodied way that I’m used to working, and translate that into objects?” - Elliot Reed

“I used to think of myself as a perfectionist, but I’m really just extremely meticulous. I think memory and place are the most imperfect things of all. It’s impossible, maybe, to hold a space or a period in time. All of these works are made by reaching toward catching some of that.” Elliot R...

#fromthearchives Review: Nizan Shaked reviews WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, ...
06/02/2021
F is for Finally

#fromthearchives Review: Nizan Shaked reviews WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles. Published Summer 2007.

“WACK!’s contribution to art history is made by opening up, rather than attempting to fix, possible categories and classifications of feminism.”

#wackexhibition #artandthefeministrevolution #feministart #feministartist #martharosler #judychicago #marinaabramovic #lyndabenglis #marykelly #yaoikusama #anamendieta #yokoono #adrianpiper #faithringgold #betyesaar #caroleeschneemann #cindysherman #nancyspero #hannahwilke #miriamschapiro #FaithWilding

Any discourse which fails to take account of the problem of s*xual difference in its own enunciation and address will be, within a patriarchal…

New online: Mark Pieterson explores the role of territory, mapping, and utopia in Stanley Brouwn’s opaque poetics of bel...
06/01/2021
Strained Terrain

New online: Mark Pieterson explores the role of territory, mapping, and utopia in Stanley Brouwn’s opaque poetics of belonging.

“By adopting a poetics of refusal, and allowing memory, gestures, and a participatory ethic to map and produce bodies through lived experiences, Brouwn leaves us with a set of propositions for transcending the boundaries of the corporeal.”

#stanleybrouwn
#poetics
#fluxus
#edouardglissant
#conceptualism
#markpieterson

Brouwn’s 1964 manifesto proposes an abstract future in 4000 A.D. “when science and art are entirely melted together to something new," a “world of only colour, light, space, time, sounds and movement.” Why 4000 A.D.? Perhaps this is the length of time needed for the violence of colonialism t...

Old News presents: The Vatican issues a street art stamp, ends up getting sued; Climate change is erasing humanity’s old...
05/26/2021

Old News presents: The Vatican issues a street art stamp, ends up getting sued; Climate change is erasing humanity’s oldest art; you can now pick vegetables in the parking lot of the Geffen Contemporary at Moca! And as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

#davidlynchweather
#oldnews
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The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Old News presents: The Vatican issues a street art stamp, ends up getting sued; Climate change is erasing humanity’s oldest art; you can now pick vegetables in the parking lot of the Geffen Contemporary at Moca! And as always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

#davidlynchweather
#oldnews
The Crenshaw Dairy Mart
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

#fromthearchives Vijay Masharani on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, contemporary art, and the role of the c...
05/21/2021
No words: on the status of BDS within contemporary art

#fromthearchives Vijay Masharani on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, contemporary art, and the role of the critic. Published online April 2020.

"Right now, art’s harm is made to seem distant, both in space and time. If left unelucidated by critics—and I think BDS can help here—this abstraction becomes a boon for cynics and apologists of the existing order as they make incessant pleas for recourse to dialogism and moral complexity sans action."

Read “No words: on the status of BDS within contemporary art" online.

If all it took was an emergency, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) would already be the norm within contemporary art and this essay would not be necessary.

New online: Isabelle Bucklow considers how early videos by Joan Jonas preempted the fragmented identities of the Zoom wo...
05/18/2021
Both Sides, Now

New online: Isabelle Bucklow considers how early videos by Joan Jonas preempted the fragmented identities of the Zoom workplace by decades—and how they just might help us survive. Link in bio.

“Using the tools of representation to create plural selves, Jonas’s exercises in productive estrangement embrace, even wield, the crisis of representation so aggravated by unrelenting videocalls.”

From watching myself watch myself, I’ve come to know my face intimately. I’ve also developed a deep distrust of my face. If facetime has taught me anything, it’s that I really don’t know my face at all.

New Online: Juliana Halpert speaks with Meriem Bennani about her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, “Guided Tour of a...
05/13/2021
Full Slap All the Time

New Online: Juliana Halpert speaks with Meriem Bennani about her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, “Guided Tour of a Spill,” Francois Ghebaly.
“I need people to feel it. The music vibrates in your chest. I wanted this show to slap you, where you feel rage and joy and all these visceral feelings, stripped down from this need to be articulate all the time.”

#meriembennani
#julianahalpert
#meriembennani
#videowork
#newonline

“I have anger, like everyone else, but I am always pretty polite, on the sweeter side, maybe. I didn’t want to conceal my anger.” Meriem Bennani in conversation with Juliana Halpert.

Last spring X-TRA commissioned the inaugural X-CHANGE Portfolio, a pair of limited edition prints by Monica Majoli and H...
05/11/2021
X-CHANGE Edition: Monica Majoli and Hanna Hur

Last spring X-TRA commissioned the inaugural X-CHANGE Portfolio, a pair of limited edition prints by Monica Majoli and Hannah Hur. Majoli contributed “Blueboy Introduces Roger” (pictured), a Japanese mokuhanga woodblock print from her Blueboys series, named after a gay men’s magazine published in Florida from 1974 to 2007. The Blueboys, including “Blueboy (Roger),” are currently on view as part of Made in L.A. 2020: a version, Hammer Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Majoli’s print for X-TRA was produced with esteemed carver Shoichi Kitamura and printer Keizo Sato at Sato Studio in Kyoto, Japan. Signed and numbered prints are available, along with Hannah Hur’s lithograph “Moonbather,” in a limited edition of 25.

10% of proceeds go to one of the following nonprofit organizations of your choice: Crenshaw Dairy Mart, L.A. Art Workers Relief Fund, Equal Justice Initiative or L.A. Community Action Network. For more info, visit our website.

#monicamajoli
#hannahhur
#limitededition
#MadeInLA2020

Inaugural X-CHANGE Edition: MONICA MAJOLI & HANNA HUR Pair of exclusive prints to benefit X-TRA With the generous support of the artists, we are…

#fromthearchives Doris Berger reviews Larry Johnson’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Published Winter 200...
05/06/2021
Larry Johnson

#fromthearchives Doris Berger reviews Larry Johnson’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Published Winter 2009, Vol. 12 No 2. Link in bio.

“We might wonder about the relation between the ‘signified’ and the ‘signifier,’ when we see suggestive images of a creator having pictorial s*x with his creations.”

You can see Johnson’s work in Made in L.A. 2020: a version, at Hammer Museum and on five billboards in the MacArthur Park neighborhood.

#larryjohnson
#dorisberger
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
#MadeInLA2020
#macarthurpark

Larry Johnson is often considered an artist's artist. Although colleagues such as Pae White and Nate Lowman reference Johnson's work, he has yet to…

#fromthearchives Kandis Williams spoke with Shana Lutker and Candice Lin about her Artist’s Project, “The Waters of Leth...
05/03/2021
Conversation with Kandis Williams

#fromthearchives Kandis Williams spoke with Shana Lutker and Candice Lin about her Artist’s Project, “The Waters of Lethe”, published in Spring 2019, Vol. 21 No 3. Link in bio.

“I’m interested in how the democracy of raced beings is posed through the confrontation of drastically different image cultures—abstract and figurative.”

You can see Williams’s work in Made in L.A. 2020: a version, at the Huntington and Hammer Museum.

Shana Lutker
#candicelin
#kandiswilliams
Hammer Museum
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
#MadeInLA2020

"More pointedly, the figuration of black bodies is not visually absent from any moment of Western history. I am thinking through sites of hybrid architecture or ruin, like the presence of Moorish architecture in Europe."

Old News presents: How much would you pay for a digital lowrider?; Poussin ‘Copy” to hang in main National Galleries; No...
04/30/2021

Old News presents: How much would you pay for a digital lowrider?; Poussin ‘Copy” to hang in main National Galleries; Nonprofit Nonstarters; Three years on, Manifesta 12 Workers are still waiting to be paid; and a Goya balloon! As always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

artnet
The Guardian
The Gray Market
#michaellobel
The Art Newspaper
The Art
#oldnews

Old News presents: How much would you pay for a digital lowrider?; Poussin ‘Copy” to hang in main National Galleries; Nonprofit Nonstarters; Three years on, Manifesta 12 Workers are still waiting to be paid; and a Goya balloon! As always, David Lynch’s Weather Report. To keep up to date with OLD NEWS visit X-TRA online every 24hrs. Remember, today will soon be old news, so make the most of it!

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The Guardian
The Gray Market
#michaellobel
The Art Newspaper
The Art
#oldnews

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