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September 11, 2009 | Holly Myers
Discussing the genesis of his recent project, "Migration," which has its West Coast debut at Regen Projects this month, Doug Aitken tells the story of a conversation he had in Las Vegas with funk musician George Clinton. "He was staying at a Days Inn," Aitken recounts, "but he was playing at some really fancy casino. So I said to him, 'Why aren't you staying at the casino? I'm sure they would have given you a penthouse or something.' And he said" -- here Aitken slips into a low, world-weary, rock star voice -- " 'Yeah, you know, I've been on the road since, like, 1968 and I've been staying at the Days Inn since 1968, and all I want to do is fall asleep and wake up in the exact same place.
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April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
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March 4, 1994 | BARBARA BRONSON GRAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Barbara Bronson Gray writes regularly for The Times.
Sometimes a parent knows the minute the masterpiece is pulled out of a child's backpack that it is something to save for all time. Or a child's artwork may gradually become more dear after months of display on the front of the refrigerator. As kids grow, parents begin to realize that special art projects may have almost an archival value years from now.
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April 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Some of the most colorful art at Coachella this year will be on view outside the music and arts festival. An ambitious public mural project, the first “Coachella Walls,” is underway in downtown Coachella's Pueblo Viejo District. The project, which brings together about a dozen muralists and contemporary artists internationally, has no formal connection to the concurrent, Goldenvoice-produced Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, happening this and next weekends.  Billed as an “arts driven community revitalization project,” “Coachella Walls” was organized by the Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, a.k.a., the artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, who grew up in the area and now show their work at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.
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February 21, 2010 | By Martha Groves
From the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu's Zuma Beach, vibrant artworks will soon sprout from the bland sands of Los Angeles County's coastline. For five months starting in May, more than 150 lifeguard towers spanning 31 miles of beach will be enveloped in panels and rooftop canvases painted fuchsia, turquoise, orange, green and yellow by thousands of Los Angeles-area children and adults. "Summer of Color — Lifeguard Towers of Los Angeles" was conceived by brothers Ed and Bernie Massey, founders of Portraits of Hope.
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March 26, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
With some city arts centers on the verge of shutting their doors, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to shift money earmarked for public art projects to keep classes and other cultural programs running over the next two years. City leaders have authorized as many as 4,000 job cuts to address a $485-million budget shortfall next year. Arts supporters pleaded with the council to intervene after the first pink slips were issued to employees at the William Grant Still Arts Center in West Adams, the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center in Watts and the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
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October 17, 2012 | Jori Finkel
Michael Asher, the pioneering conceptual artist who challenged expectations of what constitutes a work of art and what happens during an art critique, died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home early Monday after several years of poor health. He was 69. His death was confirmed by his assistant, Yoko Kanayama. A teacher at the California Institute of the Arts since 1973, Asher was famous for his wit and candor -- and marathon-style "crits," or critiques, that left vivid memories with generations of students.
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August 25, 1990
I am convinced that the National Endowment for the Arts should be completely dismantled. Many artists are in an uproar because the government wants to tell them what to do--and what not to do. If artists cannot make a living without government help, they should find some other work. A capitalist government has no business funding any art projects. But let's face it folks, with our tax dollars funding art projects, we are like any other socialist government. Our tax dollars are going toward such "works" as a nude woman smearing food on her body, a portrait of Jesus Christ hanging on the cross while immersed in urine, and other very offensive things.
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August 5, 2012
Today the Pasadena Convention Center is home to two of the public's greatest access points for the shared experience of watching the Mars Curiosity rover landing.  On one hand, the Mars Society in Pasadena's Conference Center hosts the 15th annual International Mars Society Convention.  It boasts appearances from speakers such as professor J. Richard Gott, a world renowned cosmologist, and Dr. Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division.  ...
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May 8, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
James Franco seems way too preoccupied in his experimental art projects (and day job as an actor) to care about something as superficial as appearance, but that doesn't mean we don't have to look at him. When images of the Oscar nominee surfaced from "Spring Breakers," his latest project from director Harmony Korine, the looking-at-him task got a bit difficult thanks to his rapper character's loud tattoos and Kevin Federline-esque cornrows....
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September 24, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The mystery behind @Horse_ebooks, the Twitter account long suspected to be a spambot, has been revealed -- and it has an artistic twist. The account, which spews random bits of text and phrases, is run by real people as part of a years-long conceptual art project, the New Yorker reported . Jacob Bakkila, a creative director at Buzzfeed, and Thomas Bender, a former vice president of product development at Howcast, are the minds behind @Horse_ebooks...
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September 16, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
The Modernist tract homes designed by California developer Joseph Eichler feature light-filled interiors courtesy of atriums and expansive walls of glass, but the street-facing facades are often closed off like a fortress. "I think a lot about how our ideas are influenced by our environments," said artist Nate Page, who will screen nine short videos on the front of Eichler homes in the Balboa Highlands tract of Granada Hills on Thursday. "The psychological phenomenon of how we idealize modern living.
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April 4, 2013 | By Kate Mather
It was hard to miss the big red ball wedged underneath a downtown Los Angeles marquee this week. But in case you didn't catch it, the same ball is set to make appearances throughout California in the coming days. The inflatable red ball, part of a public art project by New York-based artist Kurt Perschke, was set up in Hollywood on Wednesday and was slated to move to downtown's Pershing Square on Thursday before eventually heading to San Francisco and Sacramento.  The public art project -- appropriately titled RedBall Project -- was also spotted Tuesday at the Edgemar Building in Santa Monica.
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December 14, 2012 | By David Ng
Their business partnership lasted nearly two decades, but even in the art world, all things must come to an end. Superstar artist Damien Hirst is parting company with his longtime dealer Larry Gagosian. The split, which was first reported Thursday in London's Financial Times, comes several months after Hirst's spot-painting project that took over all Gagosian galleries around the world. The gallery issued a statement Thursday saying that it "has been a great honor to work with Damien over the last 17 years...
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November 15, 2012 | By David Ng
This post has been updated. When artist Mike Kelley died this year he left behind a number of unfinished projects. One of the biggest was "Mobile Homestead," a planned large-scale replica of the artist's home in suburban Detroit. Now it appears that the project will come to life posthumously thanks to a grant awarded to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. The museum has announced that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for the completion of "Mobile Homestead.
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October 17, 2012 | Jori Finkel
Michael Asher, the pioneering conceptual artist who challenged expectations of what constitutes a work of art and what happens during an art critique, died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home early Monday after several years of poor health. He was 69. His death was confirmed by his assistant, Yoko Kanayama. A teacher at the California Institute of the Arts since 1973, Asher was famous for his wit and candor -- and marathon-style "crits," or critiques, that left vivid memories with generations of students.
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September 9, 1993 | ED BOND
An ordinance requiring city developers to donate 1% of their project costs to the arts--which passed last year but has not been implemented--will go into effect Nov. 16. The Burbank City Council rejected a proposal to delay the effective date of the ordinance, which was originally approved in April, 1992. Councilwoman Susan Spanos, the swing vote on the issue, hesitated as roll was called, but in the end voted against the proposal, which lost 3 to 2. Mayor George Battey Jr.
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December 23, 1989
At an elementary school in Wilmington, where I work as a speech and language specialist, like at most schools the week before Christmas, there was a flurry of Yuletide activities. Art projects, plays, programs and songs lent a festive spirit to this school in a neighborhood where gang graffiti spreads its threatening message to all. This past week I witnessed some ironies of life in a city where the grip of crime is ever tightening and threatening to strangle us all. One morning this past week, the schoolyard assembly began with the shrill sound of a long bell telling the children to drop to the ground for a drive-by shooting/sniper drill.
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August 5, 2012
Today the Pasadena Convention Center is home to two of the public's greatest access points for the shared experience of watching the Mars Curiosity rover landing.  On one hand, the Mars Society in Pasadena's Conference Center hosts the 15th annual International Mars Society Convention.  It boasts appearances from speakers such as professor J. Richard Gott, a world renowned cosmologist, and Dr. Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division.  ...
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May 17, 2012 | By David Ng
An art project by the late Mike Kelley will be completed later this year and is expected to open in 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit announced this week. Kelley, who died unexpectedly in January in the Los Angeles area at the age of 57, had been working on the project for a number of years with the intention of unveiling it in Detroit, his hometown. "Mobile Homestead" will be a full-size replica of the artist's childhood home from the suburban town of Westland, Mich.
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