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CULTURED’s Top 10 Stories of February 2023

1.  Mia Goth tells Kid Cudi She Wants Every Role to Feel Like Her Last 

Behind her soft blonde locks and airy voice is an actor well-versed in horror, thrills, and sexual provocation. As CULTURED's February/March 2023 cover star, Mia Goth, prepared for the X trilogy's third and final installment, MaXXXine, she ruminated on artistic vulnerability, creative challenges, and evolving her craft with her castmate, Scott Mescudi aka the multidisciplinary performing artist Kid Cudi.

Photography by @JulieSkarrattphotographyinc and courtesy of Wendy Cromwell.

2. Four Top Art Advisors on How to Navigate Frieze LA

Veteran art advisors Nancy Gamboa, Anwarii Musa, Wendy Cromwell, and Karyn Lovegrove know how to do Frieze LA the right way. In other words, they know how to come out unscathed, and with a few choice purchases to boot. Here, the group shared their advice for getting oriented, the not-to-be missed events on their lists, and their favorite places to unwind when the day is over.

Image courtesy of One Trick Pony.

3. LA's Ambitious New Galleries to Visit During Frieze LA

From Little Ethiopia to East Hollywood, the Los Angeles art scene has been reinvigorated post-pandemic. A new wave of innovative and enterprising galleries have emerged to dish up an assortment of experimental art and daring curation. CULTURED highlighted 11 of the best new spots to put on your radar, from a novelist's new joint on South Fairfax, to an architectural feat in the Mount Washington hillside.

Reese White, Zora Casebere, and Chance the Rapper. Photography by Marc Patrick.

4. What Went Down After Hours at Frieze LA 

Frieze Los Angeles is unique among the art fairs in the international circuit for its proximity to stardom. Nestled in the lap of the entertainment industry, the fair—and the parties that take place after the sun goes down—attract rising stars and established names like moths to a flame; bringing artists, gallerists, and art lovers together for an unprecedented array of gallery openings and celebrations. Take a glimpse at this year's after hours happenings.

Photography by Jay Po Gordon and courtesy of the artist.

5. 6 Emerging Black American Artists to Keep On Your Radar

While the debate about the qualifications of “emerging” artist continues, the simplest approach is to look at artists in the early stages of their careers. In other words, artists who know how to drive and have their foot on the pedal. In the midst of Black History MonthCULTURED looked across geography and disciplines for this group of interesting, committed, and dynamic emerging Black American artists primed to change the world.

Kevin Umaña, Film Development of Roman Walls, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater.

6. The Breakout Artists That Stole the Show at Frieze LA

With its unequivocal SoCal sheen and dreamy, light-cum-high culture pizazz, Los Angeles has emerged as the brightest, buzziest star of the Frieze franchise. This year, over 120 galleries trekked to the art fair’s new home at the Santa Monica Airport, where the show’s VIP opening day welcomed Hollywood buyers, museum curators, and art world stalwarts alongside a bevy of social media influencers and Angelenos. Here are five artists who caught their attention.

Photography by Brad Torchia.

7. Is Jim Shaw Too Weird for the Art World?

“Look at the art I do. It’s pretty clear that there’s something wrong with me,” said artist Jim Shaw. In his debut show at Gagosian Beverly Hills, he took on Hollywood's innate absurdity. With references ranging from Hiernoymous Bosch to MAD magazine, Shaw's work is a form of referential psychedelia. Nestled in LA's Highland Park, the artist gave a peek into his studio, and his enthralling practice. 

Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Photography by David Benthal.

8. Love and Art Are Intertwined for These Four Artist Couples

CULTURED’s hat-tip to Valentine's Day explored the joys and hazards of artist couples whose creative endeavours cross paths both at home and work. Do they compete with or complement one another, and do their relationships find their way into their art? Hear it all from April Gornik and Eric Fischl, Naima Green and Sable Elyse Smith, David Brandon Geeting and Lina Sun Park, and Ian Lewandowski and Anthony Cudahy.

Yun Hyong-keun. Image courtesy of e-flux.

9. How Yun Hyong-keun Helped RM Find His Way

As one of the leading artists of the Korean Dansaekhwa movement, Yun Hyong Keun’s work evokes a sense of tranquility and stillness, despite being made during the height of social unrest and political turmoil in 20th century Korea. After several years outside the limelight, his work re-emerged into the mainstream thanks to attention from RM, the Grammy-nominated frontman of BTS, who credits the artist as the inspiration for his debut album Indigo.

M. Knoedler & Co. circa 1880-1860. Image courtesy of the Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views.

10. The Hammer Family's Most Costly Scandal Doesn't Even Include Armie

Everyone followed the rapid downward spiral of Armie Hammer's career over the past couple years, but the media attention brought another, even more expensive scandal back into the conversation. Michael Hammer, grandson of Armand and father to Armie, once had to shutter his New York gallery, Knoedler, after unwittingly selling $80 million worth of forgeries crafted in a Queens garage.