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Lita Barrie

Lita Barrie is a freelance art critic based in Los Angeles. Her writing appears in Hyperallergic, Riot Material, Apricota Journal, Painter’s Table, ArtnowLA, HuffPost, Painter’s Table, Artweek.L.A, art ltd and Art Agenda. In the 90s Barrie wrote for Artspace, Art Issues, Artweek, Visions andVernacular. She was born in New Zealand where she wrote a weekly newspaper art column for the New Zealand National Business Review and contributed to The Listener, Art New Zealand, AGMANZ, ANTIC, Sites and Landfall. She also conducted live interviews with artists for Radio New Zealand’s Access Radio. Barrie has written numerous essays for art gallery and museum catalogs including: Barbara Kruger (National Art Gallery New Zealand) and Roland Reiss ( Cal State University Fullerton). Barrie taught aesthetic philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, Art Center and Otis School of Art and Design. In New Zealand, Barrie was awarded three Queen Elizabeth 11 Arts Council grants and a Harkness grant for art criticism. Her feminist interventions are discussed in The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand and an archive of her writing is held in The New Zealand National Library, Te Puna Matauranga Aotearoa.

articles by this author

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills Explores a Vital Missing Chapter of Art History

Highlights of Frieze Los Angeles

Luna Luna: The Forgotten Art Carnival Featuring the Great Art Titans of the ‘80s

Tiffany Shlain’s Feminist Tree Ring is a Moveable Monument Which Has Become a Visual Locus for Galvanizing Collective Action in Feminist Interventions

The Terrible Beauty of Juanita McNeely’s Moving Through at James Fuentes Gallery, Los Angeles

Art of Devotion: Astrid Preston and Blue McRight at Craig Krull Gallery

The Flower Show at L.A. Louver Coincides with a Rare Superbloom in California

David Kordansky Gallery Celebrates a 20th Anniversary with a Quintessential Californian Art Show

“I am a mocking bird in a painter’s space”: Peter Shelton discusses his love of making improbable sculptures

Kehinde Wiley: The Power of Art to Change Thinking

Highlights of Frieze Los Angeles

Jim Shaw: Thinking the Unthinkable at Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Marc Dennis: Dances with Old Master Paintings at GAVLAK Gallery

Sharon Ellis’ Romantic Paintings of Summer Nights in the Mojave Desert at Kohn Gallery

Kelly Berg’s Breakthrough Exhibition of Volcanoes and Pyramids at Craig Krull Gallery

Studio Visit with Larry Bell: The Backstory Behind His Joint Exhibition with John Chamberlain at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles

Jonas Wood’s Monumental Still Lifes of Pots, Plants and Pooches at David Kordansky Gallery

Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Works for a Post-Worker’s World at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Katherina Olschbaur uses Aesthetic Ambiguity to Reinterpret the Mythic Tale of Venus and Adonis in Live Flesh at Nicodim Gallery

Alison Saar’s Defiant Black Warrior Queens and Afro-Deities are Agents of Change at Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

Larry Madrigal Injects Humor into Domestic Scenes in How Dare We Now Live at Nicodim Gallery

June Edmonds’ 40-Year Survey at Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University and Solo Exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Louise Bonnet Discusses Her Interest “in the body we cannot control” In An Interview At Her Studio in Los Angeles

Inaugural Gallery Weekend Los Angeles Maps Out an Exciting Beginning for the Future of the City of Artists

Frank Gehry’s Water Ballet with Giant Illuminated Fish at Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Albert Oehlen’s Tramonto Spaventoso Takes Mashups to a New Aesthetic Level At Gagosian’s New LA Location in Marciano Art Foundation

Louise Bonnet’s Absurdist World of Grotesque Beauty at Nino Mier Gallery

Meaning in the Handmaking: Nine LA Women Sculptors and Textile Artists at Craig Krull Gallery

Liz Larner: The Horrific Beauty of Plastic Polluted Sea Foam and Asteroids Meeting on Earth at Regen Projects

Twenty Artist-Parents Use the Iconography of Empathy to Expand the Paradigm of Family Constructs at The Landing Gallery

Fred Eversley’s Ethereal Kinetic Parabolas at David Kordansky Gallery

Shattered Glass: An Exhibition of 40 Artists of Color Ushers in a New Era of Inclusivity at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery Los Angeles

Hayv Kahraman’s The touch of Otherness at Vielmetter Los Angeles

Kate Barbee’s Feral Flora at Kohn Gallery

Doug Aitken’s Pandemic Metropolis at Regen Projects

The Dystopian Aesthetic in Lisa Adams’ and Kelly McLane's Paintings