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Maxwell Williams is a freelance writer based in Cypress Park, Los Angeles. His essays about art and culture have appeared in The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, W, Grantland, Interview, The Hollywood Reporter, GOOD, and Art in America.

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A woman looks up to appreciate the Watts Towers, circa 2011 | Carren Jao
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Artbound

What Is the Role of Public Art in Creating a Sense of a City?

Public art in America has changed a great deal in scope and scale. What role does it play today?
Yushan Men, A Forest in the City: Mass Timber Infill Urbanism with Neil Denari | Courtesy of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
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Southland Sessions

Archi Students Wonder, ‘Is it Worth It?’ As Student Exhibitions Go Virtual

A big part of architecture school is getting real-world experience holding exhibitions. With the closures, many students feel shortchanged, but exhibits increase access to professionals.
A piece from Jake Sheiner’s "Scenes from my Quarantine," a series of 19 paintings completed from March 15 through May 1, 2020. The series is still on going as stay at home orders continue. All paintings are acrylic on 11x14 inch wood panels. Courtesy of
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Southland Sessions

These Orgs Are Helping Us Remember These Historic Times

Whatever you want to call these times we’re living through, they are certainly historic. Four local institutions share with us their approach to archiving COVID-19.
Jeffrey Deitch at work | Still from "Artbound" Jeffrey Deitch's Los Angeles
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Artbound

Inside and Out: Jeffrey Deitch's Life in the Art World

Over four-plus decades, Jeffrey Deitch has grown to a position of influence in the contemporary art world. Read his tale as he navigates being both art world insider and someone above the fray.
Doug Aitken, "Underwater Pavilions." | Photo: Matt Crotty (featured)
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Artbound

Swim Through This Underwater Exhibition, Which Aims to Raise Awareness of Our Dying Oceans

Our oceans are both beautiful and in trouble. This is the message running through Doug Aitken’s project on Catalina Island, “Underwater Pavilions.”
The Kronos Quartet are featured in opera "Vireo." Photo by Remsen Allard
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Artbound

Kronos Quartet on the Sound of 'Vireo'

The Kronos Quartet created music that accompanies the performers on "Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser."
Kandis Williams and Josh Johnson perform "Affect: Network: Territory" at Human Resources L.A.
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Artbound

Bearing Wit(h)ness: The Art of Kandis Williams

Densely packed with imagery, each collage and performance by Kandis Williams can lead to a million different microanalyses about race, femininity, and violence.
Echo Society "V" performance at the Ace Hotel theater, August 31
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Artbound

These Composers Pair Classical Music with a Light Projection Spectacle

For years, the world of classical music has tried to court a younger audience. The Echo Society, a group of composers who collaborate with established musicians and light designers, might be the missing link.
Chris Onesto, "California Drought Billboard," 2015 (featured)
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Artbound

Making a Splash: 11 Artists Who Have Used Water as a Medium

As Californians enter the fifth year of drought conditions, we consider 11 artists who have worked with water as a subject or a medium -- individuals who make us rethink the way we engage with this vital resource.
Cindy Sherman, "Untitled #92," 1981.
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Artbound

Cindy Sherman's Cinematic Cosmos

In her movie-like photographs, Cindy Sherman seems to be able to transform into any character. Though she’s a New Yorker, the artist's work has had a consistent basis in Hollywood film.
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