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SPACES is dedicated to the study, documentation, and preservation of art environments and self-taught artistic activity.

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Exploring the Tree Cave of Ra Paulette with Jordan Quant

10 / 20 / 2020

SPACES is excited to share this guest post from Jordan Quant – a recent graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recipient of the ...

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A Look Inside the Towers: Conservation in Watts with LACMA

10 / 7 / 2020

Built from 1921 to 1954 by Italian immigrant Sabato (Simon) Rodia, the Watts Towers are made of concrete, bottles, cups, glass, tile, shells, and stee...

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Thrift Mystery Leads Artist To Creation

09 / 22 / 2020

Several years ago, while living in Dubuque, Iowa, I stumbled upon a small and very beautiful handmade shrine, about a foot tall, in a Goodwill thrift ...

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From the Archives

Seymour Rosen's first visit to the Watts Towers in 1952 informed his emerging photography practice and set into motion what would eventually become SPACES. Check back here for highlights from our expansive collection of Seymour's work. Photo: Seymour Rosen 

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