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September 27, 1998 | ROBERT A. JONES
In Los Angeles, the good things often slip away in the night. One morning you head for your favorite breakfast spot only to discover it's been turned into a used-clothing store. No one seems to know why. It's just got switched. When I first came to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, I remember walking past the old Sunkist building in downtown and thinking how perfect it seemed.
January 30, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Just as we were catching our breath from the recent wave of art fairs, another is about to hit Thursday night, when opening receptions for Art Los Angeles Contemporary and the L.A. Art Book Fair are held. Both events run through Sunday.  Art Los Angeles Contemporary is a smaller but more focused art fair than the recent L.A. Art Show. Now in its fifth year, Art Los Angeles Contemporary runs in a converted airplane hangar near the Santa Monica airport and features established and emerging artists at more than 70 galleries from Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Dubai and beyond.
Heavy cost overruns may have caused Occidental Petroleum officials last summer to use accounting devices to switch millions of dollars from the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center books to other corporate categories. In order to settle a shareholder suit over financing of the center, Occidental had earlier agreed to hold costs for the Westwood facility to $60 million or less. To meet the goal, the oil company had to reduce the price of the museum by $18.
August 24, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
In 1928, William Nickerson Jr., along with Norman Houston and George Beavers, founded the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Los Angeles to provide insurance to black people unable to purchase policies from white-owned institutions. The company flourished, evolving into one of the largest black-owned insurance companies west of the Mississippi. Through the years, the company amassed an extensive assemblage of African American art, one of the biggest corporate-owned collections in the nation.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the landmark California Art Preservation Act--enacted a decade ago to protect artworks from unauthorized alteration or destruction--is powerless to prevent demolition or painting over of murals. But in issuing the ruling, Judge Harvey A. Schneiderman observed that there is virtually no case law to act as a road map for judges called on to adjudicate cases of mural destruction and urged artists and their lawyers to appeal.
Alfredo Ramos Martinez is back. The Mexican artist was a big name in Los Angeles during the '30s and '40s when he lived here and did his best work. A powerful painter of monumental portraits and evocative Mexican themes, he exhibited his paintings in local galleries and museums, accepted commissions from Hollywood luminaries and painted murals on garden walls. When he died at 73, in 1946, he left a vast, unfinished mural in the Margaret Fowler Memorial Garden at Scripps College in Claremont.
Back in 1954, when Fred Marer learned that something revolutionary was going on at Los Angeles County Art Institute's new ceramics department, he decided to check it out. Marer, a mathematics professor at Los Angeles City College, would stop by the institute (now Otis School of Art and Design), watch Peter Voulkos and his students throw pots in a basement studio, schmooze a while and occasionally buy a piece.
The big stone needed a little rocking. So the homeless man gently nudged it left and right, and then front to back. The basketball-size hunk of granite seesawed for a moment before coming to a stop--perfectly balanced on top of a delicately stacked pile of stones. Fernando Anglero carefully pulled away his hands and slowly stepped back. "It gives me such pleasure when I find the center," he said. "It brings me peace."
November 29, 1992 | KRISTINE MCKENNA, Kristine McKenna frequently writes about art for The Times
There's a pastoral calm to Chris Burden's sprawling retreat deep in the heart of Topanga Canyon. One of a handful of Los Angeles artists to achieve international acclaim, Burden lives in a tastefully quirky Sunset-magazine-style house with his wife of six years, artist Nancy Rubins, and Guido, Fudge and Lulu, three large, greatly loved hunting dogs.
For weeks, the street had rumbled with rumors that "Slick" and "Hex" were headed for a showdown. On Friday, it erupted at an industrial, weed-choked site between the Levitz furniture warehouse and the Los Angeles River on the Glendale-Los Angeles border. At stake was nothing less than the title of graffiti king of Los Angeles. The battle--which lasts until sundown on Sunday and involves judges and hard-core partisans on both sides--will determine whose artwork rules the street.
June 5, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
It hasn't even been three years, and the art-world experiment known as L&M Arts in Los Angeles is ending. The gallery, which opened in September 2010 in an odd spot on Venice Boulevard not far from the beach, has announced that it is closing its doors at the end of August. The news is not shocking, considering that the gallery is owned by Dominique Lévy and Robert Mnuchin, who dissolved their partnership in their main New York gallery at the start of 2013. Sarah Watson, director of the L.A. branch, said, “We're sad, of course.
November 16, 2011
MUSIC Vince Gill The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has multiple studio albums on his resume, not to mention 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards. Catch a display of his high, lonesome tenor voice and soul-country guitar licks during his current U.S. tour, featuring material from his latest long-player, "Guitar Slinger. " Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $29.99. (310) 276-6168. . ART Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics Los Angeles artists Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Betye Saar, who used the medium of assemblage to comment on the political climate of postwar America, will discuss the connection between art and social critique.
October 26, 2011
MUSIC Bleeding Knees Club The youthful musical duo from Australia's Gold Coast burst upon the music scene early this year with a catchy treasure trove of garage-pop and surf-punk flavored demos. With the summer release of their first official single, "Have Fun" from the British Noir label, they've solidified their reputation as an irreverent rock 'n' roll force, making their first Southland appearance a must for indie fans. Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake.
September 24, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Most of the dozens of art spaces now showing off Southern California art history weren't even around when Ed Ruscha set up his easel and his style in Los Angeles in the 1950s . Ruscha's classic, defining works are keystones in Pacific Standard Time , a series of exhibitions whose 1945-to-1980 range takes a stab at framing two of the biggest and most elusive concepts around: "art" and "Los Angeles. " Ruscha's vision has had a defining hand in both. With his rescue dog Woody padding around his new Culver City studio, Ruscha uses one of his favorite mediums, words, to paint the vast and ambitious canvas of Pacific Standard Time -- and his place in it. What does this exhibition mean to you?
January 27, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
When Art Los Angeles Contemporary opens at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar on Thursday night, hundreds of visitors are expected to make the rounds at more than 65 gallery booths. Also planning to attend are some executives from Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., which is organizing a new art fair to debut here Sept. 30. Depending on whom you ask, the MMPI group will either be quietly observing the competition or actively working to win over disgruntled galleries for its new venture, which it hopes will be a game-changer in the city.
December 5, 2010 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Congratulations are in order ? and maybe a sigh of relief. With its "Nutcracker" performances this weekend at the Alex Theatre in Glendale (plus repeats through the month in two other Southland venues), Los Angeles Ballet entered its fifth season as a resident professional company. Season 5 and counting: not exactly a golden anniversary but definitely a hard-won benchmark. It's been a turbulent demi-decade for all arts organizations, one in which long-established companies such as Orange County's Ballet Pacifica vanished from the landscape.
January 9, 1988 | Reuters
British artist David Hockney has fallen into deep water with local health authorities over a painting at the bottom of a Hollywood hotel swimming pool, but legislators may have come to his rescue. Democratic Assemblyman Mel Roos and City Councilman Michael Woo entered the fight Friday by unveiling a bill that would save the Hockney mural from being obliterated by a coat of white paint.
Portraits of the rich and powerful are proof that both the sitter and the artist have arrived. Artist Julian La Trobe would like Angelenos to know he has arrived--from San Francisco, where for five years he has been painting portraits of that city's elite society crowd. Now, seeking to stretch his reputation south, he has rented an apartment in Hollywood--a 1920s-vintage domicile near the Hollywood Bowl--with barrel vaulted ceilings and a secret passageway that leads up to a tower.
June 20, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
When John Baldessari's retrospective "Pure Beauty" opens at the L.A. County Museum of Art on June 27, expect to see several generations of artists on hand for the opening-week events. For as long as he has been making art in Los Angeles, Baldessari has also been, in a less tangible way, making artists: offering suggestions, encouragement and above all conversation to twenty-something students eager to follow in his footsteps by living a life of art. Follow they did, with their own gallery shows, museum shows, teaching gigs, and some commercial successes that have at times even surpassed their teacher's.
April 28, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Bellhops with luggage carts walked right by. So did teenage girls in tank tops. But a stylish thirtysomething businessman in the lobby of the Standard Hotel downtown couldn't take his eyes off the words. While talking on his cellphone, he stared at a 25-foot-tall, stainless steel LED tower that delivered from floor to ceiling a stream of one-liners, such as "Symbols are more meaningful than things themselves" and "Survival of the fittest applies to men and animals." The businessman might have recognized the LED tower as one of Jenny Holzer's signature artworks, featuring the "truisms" and other sayings that have made her famous.
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