Fiction transports us. It uniquely captures the experience of human consciousness like no other art form, revealing underlying truth and opening us to life’s possibilities. Like any creative act, writing fiction carries within it an implicit belief in the future. Electric Literaturewas created by people who believe in the future of writing. We’re tired of hearing that literary fiction is doomed. Everywhere we look, people are reading—whether it be paperbooks, eBooks, blogs, tweets, or text messages. So, before we write the epitaph for the literary age, we thought, let’s try it this way first: select stories with a strong voice that capture our readers and lead them somewhere exciting, unexpected, and meaningful. Publish everywhere, every way: paperbacks, Kindles, iPhones, eBooks, and audiobooks. Make it inexpensive and accessible. Streamline it: just five great stories in each issue. Be entertaining without sacrificing depth. In short, create the thing we wish existed.
Of Epic Proportions: Upcoming California Art Itinerary
MOCA’S FIRST THIRTY YEARS November 15, 2009 - March 3, 2010
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) will present the largest installation of its renowned permanent collection, featuring 500 of its best works at both of its downtown Los Angeles locations… in celebration of the museum’s 30th anniversary.
Highlights of the exhibition include: seminal works of abstract expressionism and pop art, such as Jackson Pollock’s large-scale drip painting Number 1, 1949 (1949), Willem de Kooning’s Two Women with Still Life (1952), Antoni Tàpies’s Grey and Black Cross. No. XXVI (1955), Alberto Giacometti’s Tall Figure II and Tall Figure III (both 1960), and Roy Lichtenstein’s Man with Folded Arms (1962); monographic groupings of individual artists drawn from MOCA’s in-depth holdings of works by Franz Kline, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko; significant representations of works by minimalists Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, and Brice Marden; influential post-minimalist and neo-expressionist works, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Six Crimee (1982) and Anselm Kiefer’s Departure from Egypt (1984); conceptual works by On Kawara and Felix Gonzalez-Torres; entire suites of documentary photographs by Diane Arbus, Larry Clark, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, and Helen Leavitt; selections from MOCA’s extensive holdings of work by California artists Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Laura Owens, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Ray, and Jason Rhoades; as well as presentations of several installation-based works, such as Doug Wheeler’s RM 669, (1969), Bruce Nauman’s Four Corner Piece (1971), Edward Ruscha’s Chocolate Room (1970–2004), Renée Green’s Import/Export Funk Office (1992–93), Douglas Gordon’s Between Darkness and Light (After William Blake) (1997), Pipilotti Rist’s I Couldn’t Agree with You More (1999), and Tabaimo’s public conVENience (2006).
IRVING PENN: SMALL TRADES at The Getty September 9, 2009–January 10, 2010 (actually planning the trip around this exhibit, hoping in a day or two before it closes) Featuring all 250 portraits in the Small Trades series.
I’ve always wanted to go to Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, home of some of the most influential, monumental photographs in my life. Sadly, the exhibit up while I will be out west looks awful, hopefully some of their permanent collection is up for the public’s viewing.
Also some mediocre exhibits at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, but again their permanent collection looks stunning.
Click link for slideshow with audio from the curator. Small Trades is a series of photographs Penn made of tradesmen and women mid-20th century. The studio portraits were created when many of their jobs were basically disappearing, and while Penn was strictly shooting fashion.