The Fussy Eye

  • The Fussy Eye: Michael Heizer’s Art Parade

    I love a parade, and so does Los Angeles, though that’s not the view shared by the pioneering earth artist Michael Heizer, whose eponymous 2012 … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Inside Out

    The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has an uneven record with its outdoor Heaven & Earth exhibitions at Carkeek Park, mainly because the works are … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Drawn to Childhood

    It’s dark in back of the gallery, and at first you think Scott Kolbo, in his first solo show, is simply displaying dense pencil drawings … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Setting the Price

    Because there’s a new documentary screening this week about the Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei, now’s a good time to consider SAAM’s new permanent … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Dim the Lights

    One of the reasons Suyama Space is my favorite gallery for large one-off installations are the skylights facing east and west above the creaky wooden … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: The Little House That Would

    Edith Macefield became a celebrity in the last two years of her life (1921–2008), a symbol of gentrification and its discontents. She wouldn’t agree to … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Stick a Pin in It

    The name of this group photo show is Process, which certainly describes its very procedural, materials-focused theme. Forget about digital; these prints—some made without a … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Cone and Selection

    Nothing is symmetrical in nature. Trees are warped by the wind, streams meander, and even mountains are (mis)shaped by the elements (glaciers, erosion, what have … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: All Dried Up

    Some people roam the city looking for stray animals to shelter and adopt. My mission is to find public artworks that are ignored, neglected, or … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Leaves of Light

    Art and memorials are inseparable, and some might consider prehistoric funerary rites to be the origin of what we now consider Western art. During her … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Front and Centered

    Whose mug should EMP use to publicize its new photo show: George Clooney’s or that of some Amazon tribesman? What do you think? And yet … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Pillows, Paper, and Straw

    The best kind of conceptual art confounds you, confronts you, and possibly even annoys you before the dawning smile of an idea. Maybe not the … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: The Philosopher Behind the Photos

    Certain big names emerged among postwar American street photographers. Saul Leiter wasn’t one of them. He moved to New York in the mid-’40s, began shooting … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Forgotten Music

    Opened ahead of SAM’s big new Peru show, and located just outside those treasure-filled galleries, is a mountain of scrap, perhaps the cheapest thing in … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Gone to the Dogs

    Still actively painting at 92, it seems like Gaylen Hansen has been around forever. Based in eastern Washington, given a 30-year retrospective at SAM six … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Burnt Nest

    Brooklyn artists Stephen Nguyen and Wade Kavanaugh have filled the Suyama atrium with 900 pounds of black craft paper. Flat or folded, the sheets would … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Fence of Light

    I first saw Carsten Höller’s Neon Circle a few years back at Western Bridge, the now-closed SoDo gallery where collectors William and Ruth True showcased … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Endless Summer

    If you want a reprieve from the heat, holiday traffic, and Bumbershoot throngs, the Frye offers a calming, Zen-like video for 20 minutes of contemplation. … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Place of Peril

    For the past five years, it feels like I’ve written the exact same sentence about the outdoor Heaven & Earth shows organized by the Center … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: A Roof With a View

    SAM’s efforts to add short-term, seasonal installations to the Olympic Sculpture Park haven’t been enormously successful. Temporary works mean cheaper materials that can be easily … More »