carldavis | March 30th, 2014 - 7:51 pm


Mat Gleason, ever the art provocateur, wrote a blog entitled “The God Damned Arts District” on his...

Axman Returns: Suit Shredded

carldavis | March 21st, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Gary Lloyd’s Performance, THEY AN ANSWER DRIVING THE PROBLEM REVISITEDThe Napa Hall Gallery, California State University Channel Islands, March 13, 2014Photograph by...

Mirror,Mirror on the Wall, Who Sees it All?

carldavis | March 19th, 2014 - 10:38 am


Echo Park Rock Band “NO” in the Art Dock, LA Times Article March8, 2014

How, I asked, does the Echo Park Band “NO” started by a New...

Corigliano Interruptus

carldavis | March 11th, 2014 - 11:30 am

Dudamel Conducts Corigliano’s Symphony #1Photography courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

A long “A” note, eerie and persistent, begins the Apologue: Of Rage...

In The Belly of the Whale – Coleen Sterritt at “another year in LA” Gallery

carldavis | December 26th, 2013 - 8:30 pm

“And Then Some,” 2012, wood, bamboo, and strapping tape, by Coleen Sterritt


The Pacific Design Center (PDC) is still called The Blue Whale, after...


carldavis | November 25th, 2013 - 10:09 pm

Jonathan Jerald speaking on the Esotouric Tour of the Pickle Factory, August 24, 2013

The Pickle Factory, as the City of Los Angeles refers to the Citizens Warehouse...

The Offramp To Contemporary Art

carldavis | November 20th, 2013 - 3:34 pm


Mark Dean Veca, Offramp Gallery Mural, 2013

Altadena, California, a funky community above Pasadena squeezed up against the San Gabriel Mountains...

Ulysses Jenkins at Art Dock in the Whitney

carldavis | November 10th, 2013 - 9:16 pm

Ulysses Jenkins performing at The Art Dock

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Film, Video, and New Media Acquisitions Committee has unanimously approved the...

Touring Raymond Chandler’s LA

carldavis | August 15th, 2013 - 3:23 pm


Paper Back Book Cover for “The Little Sister” 1949

“The Little Sister,” my favorite Raymond Chandler novel, begins in the private...

Shadows of the Past – The John Soane Museum, London

carldavis | June 22nd, 2013 - 5:50 pm

The Rotunda in the John Soane Museum

There is no artificial light in most of the John Soane Museum, former home of Sir John Soane, England’s most celebrated...

The Victoria and Albert Museum – Costume Shop with Accessories

carldavis | June 10th, 2013 - 10:09 am

David Bowie

The Victoria and Albert Museum was once a fusty old place chock full of every kind of artifact you could imagine. It still is in many ways. When I first...

My Art Gallery Odyssey in Los Angeles

carldavis | May 8th, 2013 - 12:17 pm


Scott Grieger’s billboard in Venice, California

There really are too many rats in the cage.  Ulysses, the Greek adventurer, only had to deal...

How The Arts District Got Its Name

carldavis | May 3rd, 2013 - 8:29 pm

This is an article that appeared in the LA Weekly May 2, 2013 in an issue featuring the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

How the Arts District Got Its Name

By Catherine...

Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner

carldavis | April 22nd, 2013 - 12:44 pm

The Art Dockuments – Tales of the Drive-by Gallery, The Art Dock was named the winner in the Art and Fine Art categories of the 2013 Beverly Hills Book...

In Your Face Art Exhibition

carldavis | April 5th, 2013 - 12:03 pm

The Art Dock and The Art Dockuments will be featured in the In Your Face art exhibition at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles sponsored by the Los Angeles Downtown Arts...

The Barnes Foundation – The Art

carldavis | March 12th, 2013 - 3:53 pm

For an intimate view of one of the best collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art there is no better place than the Barnes Foundation.  Along with the Frick Museum in New...

Bastardized Barnes – The Architecture

carldavis | February 13th, 2013 - 10:54 am

View of the new Barnes Foundation from a side street

The American Institute of Architects has bestowed on the new Barnes Foundation building its Honor Award for 2013...

Life As Art

carldavis | February 8th, 2013 - 10:36 am


“Art is my Life and my life is art,” Yoko Ono is quoted as saying.  I guess this means that everything Yoko Ono does is art, whether it be the most...

The Most Famous Loading Dock of All

carldavis | February 6th, 2013 - 8:13 pm

333 River Street Hoboken, New Jersey today

The loading dock is a lowly thing (low to the ground and low of status), but it is a feature of every city everywhere. We...

Streaming LA

carldavis | January 28th, 2013 - 1:41 pm


Alex Wand, Heather Lockie, and Jack Rosenzweig perform on Ear Meal

Strange Screeching and guttural sounds accompany Alex...

Los Angeles Weekly Lists Art Dock Event

carldavis | January 17th, 2013 - 10:50 am

The Los Angeles Weekly is listing the Art Dock Event at the Armory Center for the Arts as one of 5 artsy things to do the weekend of January 18th.

Here is the copy;

3. Downtown...

Art Dock on KCRW 89.9 FM Los Angeles

carldavis | January 16th, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Today January 16th a segment on “Which Way LA” about the Art Dock and the event about the Art Dock at the Armory Center for the Arts on January 18th at 7:30 pm will air on KCRW 89.9 FM...

Creative Currents Interview

carldavis | January 8th, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Mat Gleason interviewed Carlton Davis about the Art Dockuments for Creative Currents on the website  See the interview by clicking on this...

Mind Work by Peter Clothier, A Book Review

carldavis | January 4th, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Peter Clothier is a well known art critic. He and I exchanged books after I attended his program, “One Painting, One Hour,” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.  I did not know...

Detroit, The Artist’s UTO PIA?

carldavis | December 26th, 2012 - 11:01 am


Detropia from Loki Films by filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, is the visually exquisite documentary about Detroit and the urban devastation it has...

Review by Peter Clothier

carldavis | December 3rd, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Peter Clothier, a respected art critic and writer, has written the following review on his site “The Buddha Diaries.”

While the review was generally favorable, I was criticized...

ForeWord Reviews

carldavis | November 15th, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Clarion Review


The Art Dockuments: Tales of the Art Dock: The Drive-by Gallery

Carlton Davis


Four Stars (out of Five)

Those whose downtown...

Kirkus Indie Book Review

carldavis | October 23rd, 2012 - 5:18 pm

A personal, wide-ranging account of the artistic community in downtown Los Angeles during the 1980s.

Amid the squalor of an industrialized wasteland, a group of artists coexisted in an...

Book Buzz Bizz Begins

carldavis | October 1st, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Bees buzzing over The Art Dockuments


I have begun my campaign to promote the book.  I hired Author Marketing Experts to help me. They will concentrate...

Art Dockument 52 The Pool Party is Over

carldavis | August 6th, 2012 - 2:28 pm

A Bigger Splash by David Hockney

Pacific Standard Time’s pool party of California art ended completely at the end of June 2012, when the last extended shows...

Kickstarter Campaign for the Art Dockuments

carldavis | June 4th, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Proposed Cover for the Art Dockuments...

Two and a Half Days in Cleveland

carldavis | April 8th, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Cleveland Art Museum Addition by Rafael Vinoly


“Nobody comes to Cleveland! What are you doing here?” the African-American women with hair that...

Comic Kazie calli O’peas

carldavis | March 5th, 2012 - 10:19 am

At the behest of Michael Mollett, artist, poet, and provocateur, I wrote the following DADA Poem.

Kill All...

Pacific Standard Time’s Profusion

carldavis | February 27th, 2012 - 10:37 am


Eugene Choy’s Residence in Silver Lake Circa 1950 Photo by Julius Shuman


The many exhibitions of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 create a...

The Time Is Now

carldavis | February 15th, 2012 - 10:27 am


 The Pickle Factory, Gold Line, and 1 Santa Fe indicated from the First Street Bridge


The time to save the Pickle Factory is now.  The City has completed its...

Perfectly Pellucid in Paradise

carldavis | January 11th, 2012 - 12:07 pm

California Design 1930 -1965 by Hodgetts and Fung, Photography by Lane Barden

California represented an American paradise for much of its history, until the Watts Riots, the Symbionese...

Hammer Museum interview of Ulysses Jenkins

carldavis | December 9th, 2011 - 12:11 pm


Ulysses Jenkins performs "Without Your Interpretation


The Hammer Museum interviewed Ulysses Jenkins as part of the Pacific Time...

Carol Rubenstein’s Comments on the Art Dockuments Act IV and Epilogue

carldavis | November 14th, 2011 - 1:21 pm

Poet Carol Rubenstein






Carol Rubenstein is an American poet and the author of The Honey Tree...

Carol Rubenstein’s Comments on the Art Documents Act III

carldavis | November 12th, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Poet Carol Rubenstein






Carol Rubenstein is an American poet and the author of The Honey Tree...

Carol Rubenstein’s Comments Art Dockuments Act II

carldavis | November 11th, 2011 - 11:54 am


Poet Carol Rubenstein






Carol Rubenstein is an American poet and the author of The...

Carol Rubenstein’s Comments on the Art Dockuments Preamble and Act I

carldavis | November 10th, 2011 - 8:42 pm


Polet Carol Rubenstein






Carol Rubenstein is an American poet and the author of The...

Under the Black Sun in Red High Heels

carldavis | October 23rd, 2011 - 12:44 pm


Carl Davis in Red High Heels from Sheri Gaulke’s piece Peep, Totter, Fly

September 27, 2007 at LACE

At the end of September 2011 the hot ticket in the Southern...

The Pickle has been lopped, but still stands

carldavis | August 18th, 2011 - 2:48 pm

The Pickle Factory at First and Center Streets. Los Angeles

Save the Pickle...

Art Dockument 38 Hate It, Love It – The Street Art Show

carldavis | May 5th, 2011 - 8:48 pm

The “Art in the Streets Exhibition” at MOCA Los Angeles April 17- August 8, 2011

Bus tagged by Risk

I wanted to hate this show, and the first thing I saw confirmed my...