Go “Beyond The Streets” In Los Angeles

A union of seminal graffiti artists and those they inspired

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick It’s hard to speak about Los Angeles’ “Beyond The Streets” without mentioning “Art In The Streets,” the landmark 2011 MOCA show that surveyed the world of graffiti and street art. Both incorporate big names in the game (like Retna, SWOON and Barry McGee) with all work displayed in engaging, interactive ways. Both sprung up in Downtown Los Angeles, on the outskirts …

JapanLA Merges The Simpsons + Hello Kitty

Worlds collide for two iconic anniversaries in this new collection by the kawaii retailer

Let the clamoring begin, because it very well may be one of the cutest—and most surprising—combos in history. A year after Sanrio and Twentieth Century Fox announced the The Simpsons and Hello Kitty brand licensing opportunities in anticipation of Sanrio’s 40th anniversary along with The Simpson’s 25th this year (teasing the public with a picture of just the top of the heads of the Simpsons’ …

Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland at MOCA

A retrospective on the work of two of the most influential figures in post-war homoerotic art

Tomorrow, 2 November, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) will unveil Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, an exhibition profiling the works of Bob Mizer (19221992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland (19201991). Organized by MOCA curator Bennett Simpson and guest co-curator Richard Hawkins, the exhibition showcases two artists whose works were focused on the erotic. Hawkins, a contemporary artist who worked …

Teeny Tiny Woman

Amanda Ross-Ho explores the disparate cultural connections through myriad media

LA-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho creates works that feel a little bit like a good trip. The myriad ways in which she explores space and scale often seem to delude the eye, making it hard to distinguish where the work begins and where it ends. Cut-out textiles conflate the background with the foreground and over-sized objects distort perspective and put such a curious emphasis on form …

Transmission LA: AV Club

A massive collaborative exhibition showcases audio-visual delights

by Naheed Simjee A resurrected rapper by way of a hologram wasn’t the only technological breakthrough that had people talking last week. Returnees from Coachella Part I flocked downtown on Thursday night for the opening of Transmission LA: AV Club sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and The Avant/Garde Diaries at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The visionary and creative mastermind of the festival, Beastie Boy Mike D, …