November 28, 1999 |
Despair, optimism and disinterest. Bring a group of creative people together to talk about the millennium, and a healthy dose of each emerges. Audiences, they say, are broadening and are receptive to a mix of media and information, yet it's still hard to get significant quality work made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1999
The one name missing in Kevin Starr's otherwise superb article on the restoration and relighting of L.A.'s neon ("Landscape Electric," Opinion, July 4) is Los Angeles artist Alexis Smith. It was her public artwork in MacArthur Park, which included the relighting of the nearby Westlake Theatre sign, that actually gave birth to the entire citywide neon restoration program that Al Nodal has so brilliantly choreographed. JOEL WACHS Los Angeles City Council
February 8, 1998 |
Alexis Smith is a culture scavenger. For 25 years, she has drawn quotes from authors as disparate as Jane Austen and Jack Kerouac and combined them with found objects such as posters, matchbooks, ticket stubs, toys, puzzles, car parts, costume jewelry or whatever else might catch her magpie eye. Quirky, amusing and wry, she has been labeled a principal second-generation inheritor of the L.A. Pop tradition.
December 29, 1997 |
It's disconcerting--as well as hopeful--that the Getty Center has been commissioning artists to create permanent works for its glamorous new campus in Brentwood. Disconcerting because, to date, the Getty has been strongly identified with art made before the 20th century.
June 10, 1993 |
Alexis Smith, Hollywood's statuesque and aloof but magnetic leading lady of the 1940s and 1950s who made a Tony-winning comeback in the Broadway musical "Follies" at the age of 50, died Wednesday. She was 72. Miss Smith died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said actor Craig Stevens, her husband of 49 years.
October 23, 1992 |
Graceful yet lethal, seductive but dangerous, the snake has long been regarded as a slippery character. Ever since it tempted Eve with a piece of forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge, the snake has been stuck with a reputation as a bad influence. Deep in collective memory, the snake lurks as a symbol of evil and the loss of innocence.