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Critical analyses of contemporary art
Emily Yong Beck: Spoonful of Sugar at New Image Art, Los Angeles
In Spoonful of Sugar, Emily Yong Beck asks: What is beneath the veil of beauty that we buy into?
The Casual Intimacy of Women Caring for Women: Anne Buckwalter at Friends Indeed and Rebecca Camacho Presents
In the two-venue exhibition, Buckwalter’s domestic scenes have a revolutionary proposition: what would a world of care and support for the needs of all women look like?
The Power of Discrete Things: Ricki Dwyer at Anglim/Trimble in San Francisco
Ricki Dwyer’s vast textiles and small sculptures examine the gravity of human relationships.
Flirting With the Uncontrollable: Peter Gronquist at Winston Wächter Fine Art in Seattle
Felted wool, steel, river rocks, and sound combine to illustrate the vulnerability of all life.
We Vessels of Existence: Jesse Mockrin at Night Gallery
Religious images question the multifaceted nature of human lives.
Who Do I Think I Am? Lynn Hershman Leeson at Altman Siegel
A multi-media artist on the West Coast gets up close and personal with their viewers, unsettling the notion of a fixed identity.
Sponsored Connection | Christine Miller: Syrup on Watermelon at Portland Art Museum Reviewed
Portland artist Christine Miller turns historical racist imagery into tools for Black liberation and love.
Sponsored Connection | Diedrick Brackens & D’Angelo Lovell Williams: The Quick at lumber room Reviewed
Two artists collaborate to explore kinship, multigenerational learning, and community.
Sponsored Connection: Maya Vivas / Ori Gallery
Ori Gallery (Portland, OR) offers artists the space they need to be creative.
Sponsored Connection: devynn emory
devynn emory invites people to engage with grief, death, and community.
Sponsored Connection: Nat Turner Project
Nat Turner Project (Portland, OR) is a fugitive, migratory space working to end the precarity of Black life.
Sponsored Connection: Converge 45
Converge 45 (Portland, OR) is building an organization where curators and artists can work together.
Conversations with outstanding West Coast artists and art workers directly funded by generous organizations
THE BEST West COAST ART
Each week, our regional CLIFF NOTES columnists pick the most exciting events and exhibitions on the West Coast. We send them straight to your inbox.
Intimate conversations with artists about their life, work, and inspiration
We are having this conversation now, yesterday, and tomorrow: Michael Espinoza interviewed
The Portland-based artist talks about Queer Ancestors lost to persecution, disease, fatal sadness, and closets.
Good Taste: interview with Jessie Manning from Street Disco
Good Taste is a new column about West Coast creatives in all industries.
Leveraging Strengths, Moving Forward: Elena Gross and Kimberley Acebo Arteche Interviewed
Roula Seikaly talks to the two co-directors of Berkeley Art Center about how they approach collaboration, creating meaningful life-work balance, and how BAC welcomes diverse audiences.
Surreal Society: Marika Thunder Interviewed
Class, tradition, gender roles, race, and celebrity take center stage in Marika Thunder’s exhibition at de boer gallery in Los Angeles
Theaters for Frankensteins: Yuyang Zhang Interviewed
Yuyang Zhang’s paintings and digital collages offer cultural commentary through memes, Chinese-American culture, and dark humor.
Art of Glass: Emily Endo Interviewed
Through scientific discovery and mysticism, Emily Endo explores the possibility of glass.
Micro essays on artists we can’t stop thinking about
Love Letter to Ben Cuevas
Fiber sculptures explore gendered constructs, feminist ideologies, and the restraints of the body.
Love Letter to Julie Green
An Oregon-based educator and artist inspires her students to find beauty in everything.
Love Letter to Kenjiro Nomura
A Seattle-based painter captures 1930s Seattle, Japanese Internment, grief, loss, and recovery—all with his brush.
Love Letter to Essie Somma
A painter challenges the traditional approach to classical painting through vice, intimacy, and the quotidian.
Love Letter to Jeannene Przyblyski
A Bay Area-based educator inspired students to look harder, ask deeper questions, and to take a stand.
Love Letter to Carlson Hatton
A Los Angeles-based painter’s ripples in time on canvas immerse his viewers in another world.
Art that makes us think of food and food that makes us think of art
Immersive Frida Kahlo & Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
What do blockbuster immersive art exhibits and junk food have in common?
Raúl Guerrero & Mexican food in the United States
Raúl Guerrero’s paintings of food celebrate the Mexican-American experience.
Nasim Hantezadeh and summer stone fruit
An LA-based artist’s biomorphic works on paper evoke the vocabulary of food.
Jim Shaw and The Apple Pan’s egg salad sandwich
The globby Americana of Jim Shaw paintings and an overstuffed egg salad sandwich.
Wayne Thiebaud & Ghia’s Le Spritz
Wayne Tiebaud’s distinctly Californian sense of lighting and the perfect non-alcoholic aperitif.
The stories that inspire West Coast creatives
John Baldessari and Bad Photography
Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick on making her own rules about good photography.
An Endless Pursuit to Describe the World in Watercolor
Artist Alexa Grambush uses painting to understand the world and its complexities.
Aaron Shurin’s Poetic Punctuation
A writer discusses how an unlikely combination of punctuation changed his writing forever.
Tom Friedman’s 1000 Hours of Staring
How a blank piece of paper inspired Variable West’s founder to be an art critic and writer.
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