presented by

Editorial Archive


Filter by features, profiles, reviews, recommendations, previews, reports, audio, video, news or everything.





Charles White
Currently the subject of a LACMA retrospective, Charles White's aesthetic progeny are popping up elsewhere around L.A. to amplify his message. More...


In Praise of Art Criticism
Serious journalism in general and art criticism in particular has honestly never been very lucrative, but it may be more important than ever. More...


Performance Art is Where Liberal Humanism Thrives
That stuff that's not really performance art is being called performance art, argues Lisa Wainwright, ignores the context of its emergence and direction over the last half century. It has from the start been an expression of the tradition of liberal humanism. More...


A Tale of Two Art Sites
Between the recently opened Ed Paschke Art Center and the much ballyhooed Lucas Museum of Narrative of Art to be opened in four years, which do you suppose tells us more about Chicago? More...


A Beautiful Mess
Moving away from the crowded galleries of a blockbuster museum show can lead to unexpected rewards, as Maria Porges recently learned. More...


Art Films
With the recent release of attention grabbing films set in or about the art world, DeWitt Cheng offers a "best of" selection of such films styled as satire, drama and documentary.. More...


What I Didn’t Take Pictures of in Nepal
Leery of social media's trivializing effects he may be, but Richard Speer concedes that it has raised public awareness of the visual realm. On a recent stay in the Himalayas he found plenty of things to photograph and post, but also learned something about what not to photograph. More...


Painting for the Green New Deal
The final exhibition at the now defunct Pasadena Museum of California Art focused on a revision of the traditional landscape through the sensibilities of a selection of female artists. More...


Two Novels for Millennials
Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies" (1930) follows a circle of post-WWI twenty somethings; while Dawn Powell's "The Golden Spur" (1962) follows another twenty something from rural Ohio to Greenwich Village after WWII in two books that Matthew Kangas finds well targeted for today's millennials. More...


That Minimalist Wall
There is the idea being discussed of turning Trump’s Great Wall into a monument to folly, greed and stupidity. Screw the wall, save the prototypes. More...


Civics Lesson from a Mural
A group recently sought to have a mural located at a Los Angeles school painted out because it reminded them of the Japanese battle flag, More...


Art and Houseplants
Richard Speer visits some Portland businesses that take their art seriously, not just using it for ambience, but with real curatorial intent and with artists sporting solid art world resumés. More...


Black and Blue
David S. Rubin finds new and unexpected insights to the art of Alexander Calder and Betye Saar in their recent exhibitions. More...


Melting Pot Aesthetics
In direct contrast to the current political tribalism, key artists have been freely and effectively blending racial and cultural signifiers. More...


“Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy”
Ragnar Kjartansson's recent durational performance "Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy" posted 30 women throughout San Francisco's Women's Building, each performing familiar songs with casually misogynistic lyrics. More...


Portland Evolves from Figure to Field
Visiting from Seattle, Matthew Kangas explores the unique virtues of Portland's current scene, starting with its one but singular major art museum, the popular Pearl District galleries, and the upstart Northeast district across the river. More...


Midterms -- Where Will You Be?
The midterm elections this year reflected a key moment in the current perilous zeitgeist. DeWitt Cheng reflects on art's place in it. More...


Liminal Art
"Liminal," meaning between two states, worked its way into art jargon some time ago, and its aesthetic presence has made itself known in a number of recent exhibitions. David S. Rubin looks at some of the best such recent examples. More...


When Artists Play with Fire
Certain of the exhibitions in San Francisco that Richard Speer recently visited refreshed memories of the recent wildfires the consumed so much acreage in Northern California. Coincidental these shows may have been, but that renders the symbolism that much more felt. More...


Never Give a Inch
Ken Kesey's Stamper family stubbornness makes Bill Lasarow wonder why a third of the country acts as though we never had it so bad. More...

© 2019 Visual Art Source. All Rights Reserved.

Web Analytics