May 17, 2009 |
CULTURE MONSTER Hockney painting sells for a record "Beverly Hills Housewife," David Hockney's 1966 painting of Los Angeles arts patron Betty Freeman, sold at auction for a record $7.9 million Wednesday night in New York. The 12-foot double canvas shows the pink-sheathed collector on her patio, flanked by a zebra-print Corbusier lounge chair and an abstract sculpture. It was featured in a 2006 exhibition of Hockney portraits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The previous auction record for a Hockney was $5.35 million for "The Splash," a 1966 swimming pool painting once owned by movie mogul David Geffen.
May 6, 1992 |
At the end of the 1960s--a decade of assassinations, demonstrations, war and disorder--government and business invested big money in grand rebuilding projects. Most of them, such as Detroit's $375-million Renaissance Center, didn't work out. But this time it's different. In the wake of Los Angeles' troubles, there is little federal or state money to be spent on rebuilding. So the process, like so much of U.S. business in the years since the '60s, will go entrepreneurial.
August 15, 1986 |
Sture Osten sat stroking a curly red wig in his lap. "A wig isn't like real hair," he said affectionately. "It's a permanent thing." The Swedish-born hair stylist admits he prefers wigs over real hair, mannequins over people. "With mannequins, I don't have to worry about how heavy a wig is," he said, "or how uncomfortable."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2006 |
Bird nests aren't rare, but they're hard to find in a metropolis. That was the problem volunteer bird-watchers faced when they fanned out across 4,083 square miles of mountains, woodlands, beaches, parks, tree-lined neighborhoods and landscaped freeways to gather information for Los Angeles County's first breeding bird atlas.
February 28, 1991 |
Exhibits of "the collection of so-and-so" usually do a fine job of showing off some well-heeled collector's booty but often don't bother to explain why the stuff is worth looking at in the first place. "The Security Pacific Collection, Twenty Years 1970-1990: Prints," at the Security Pacific Gallery, is no different in that respect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2002 |
Ralph Richardson, a former UCLA professor who influenced local education policy during 25 years as a trustee of the Los Angeles city schools and community colleges, died of emphysema Friday in Seattle. He was 83. The veteran of education wars began his political career in 1957 when he won a seat on the Los Angeles city school board as a liberal champion. He served for the next 12 years, a period marked by battles over the landmark Crawford school desegregation case.
June 9, 1991 |
Queen Victoria, so the story goes, declined to declare female homosexuality a crime only because she couldn't bring herself to believe that it existed. Judging from the evidence gathered in Lillian Faderman's "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers," the Queen was not merely misinformed but spectacularly unobservant.
November 9, 1997 |
For almost 350 years, give or take a decade or two, the people of the United States and its precursor colonies largely regarded eating as the human equivalent of putting gas in the car: You had to do it at regular intervals to keep the engine running, but that didn't mean you actually looked forward to it or enjoyed it.
July 12, 1992 |
There is no doubt in my mind that we have entered a new era--one of lowered expectations. You can deduce this from business' modest hiring. Many firms are apparently still smarting over the bulking up they did in the 1980s, when they added layers of management and staff believing that their markets would grow indefinitely. Today senior corporate managers want to be as lean and mean as possible and assume that markets will continue growing slowly--if at all.