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March 6, 1990 | MARTIN BOOE
Four years ago, Egan L. Badart was a successful, hard-driving real estate agent. He lived with his family in a 6,000-square-foot home with a swimming pool and an acre of ground in Pasadena. He had assets totaling "a little over $2 million." Then calamity struck. A perforated, cancerous colon incapacitated Badart for more than two years. Inexorably, his business and investments slipped away. He lost it all. The cars, the house, the money--even his family.
April 26, 2014 | By Anne Colby
What would Los Angeles look like if it were a landscape of ever-changing native plants instead of one composed of evergreen lawns and shrubs? L.A. artist Fritz Haeg set out to help people visualize Southern California this way. "In Los Angeles, we've tended to promote landscapes that look the same all the time," Haeg says. "Not only the same within radically different landscapes from the coast to the desert but also looking the same throughout the year. " Last October, Haeg launched Wildflowering L.A. Working with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, or LAND, he recruited participants to plant wildflowers on 50 diverse, viewable sites countywide.
January 21, 2010
The colorful Los Angeles Art Show will have more than 100 international exhibitors, a lecture series and special events. Highlights include a sculpture garden, art exhibits and installations, and a fine art fair that will offer viewing and sales of prints, including antiques and the works of modern masters. L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today to Sun. $20. (213) 741-1151.
April 26, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may have wrapped up last week, but still unfurling in Coachella's Pueblo Viejo District is an ambitious project that has brought together about a dozen muralists and international contemporary artists. "Coachella Walls," which has no formal connection to the Goldenvoice-produced festival, is billed as an "arts-driven community revitalization project. " Its organizers are 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.
October 31, 2012 | By Sharon Mizota
Known for exceedingly subtle photographs of the windows and interiors of famous modern homes, Luisa Lambri is fascinated with barely perceptible shifts of light and color. Since moving to L.A. from her native Italy, she has turned her eye to the work of Minimalist and Light and Space artists. The images in her current show at Marc Foxx are elegant abstractions that truly capture the visual experience of looking at such art. “Orange Wedge, #01” depicts a slender tower of translucent color vertically bisecting a pure white picture plane.
August 30, 2011 | David Lazarus
Fake-check scams have been around for a while. But here's the first one I've seen that specifically preys on artists. When not editing the magazine Tango Reporter — which, yes, covers the sultry world of tango aficionados — Carlos G. Groppa paints cheerful watercolor landscapes depicting cottages, gardens and other friendly subjects that one could easily imagine seeing on the wall of a hotel room or at the doctor's office. Groppa, 80, of West Hollywood, sells his original art online.
October 1, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Subscription music services offering unlimited access to a massive online jukebox have been around for more than a decade, but they're still struggling to attract a mass audience. Meanwhile, some musicians complain that the likes of Spotify and Rhapsody pay such minuscule royalties, it's counterproductive for artists to support them. Now, one of those services -- Rdio -- is trying to solve both problems at once. On Tuesday it plans to launch a new payment system that gives money directly to artists for attracting new customers to the service.
February 18, 1989 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Seven months after an unprecedented auction of Soviet contemporary art in Moscow, artists whose works brought record prices remain in the news. Exhibitions of their work are springing up throughout Europe and the United States, and critical reviews of their shows appear with increasing frequency in the art press. But what about Soviet artists who were left out of the sale? Have they benefited from glasnost?
October 27, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Plastic lined the floors of the Little Tokyo gallery and globs of brightly colored paint ? neon yellow, poppy orange, Easter egg blue ? were splattered everywhere: in the gallery entranceway, out front on the sidewalk, down the shirts and across the faces of the artists setting up their mural installations. A four-person street art crew ? which goes by, simply, Nomadé ? worked in sync to a mix of punk, hip-hop and thrash music, putting finishing touches on a mural of contemporary Los Angeles anchored by a nine-foot-high Greco-Roman soldier.
May 31, 2009 | Susan Spano
As soon as the rail line from Paris reached Fontainebleau in 1849, the forest became a popular destination for day-trippers. But artists such as Theodore Rousseau soon found reason to lament their arrival; they were accompanied by litter, crowds and souvenir shops. Fortunately, the forest is now part of the Gatinais National Park, and the village of Barbizon is a carefully tended French treasure. But other villages around the woods have retained their rural charm too, despite their popularity.
April 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo was a muralist, graphic artist, painter and art collector. In 1981 he donated his artwork and important art pieces he had collected to a museum in Mexico City that bears his name. Next month selected works from the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art will debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego' s La Jolla site. The show underscores the diversity of the museum's collection, including pieces that have been purchased since Tamayo's death in 1991.
April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
On this warm Easter Sunday morning, New York street artist Jason Shelowitz (a.k.a. Jay Shells) is on the streets of Inglewood. He pulls over his rented silver Chevy at the bustling intersection of Imperial Highway and Western Avenue, hip-hop prattling on the car stereo. Then he grabs a step ladder from the back seat, adjusts his black “Rap” baseball cap and races across three lanes on foot. Now on the traffic island, cars whizzing by on both sides, he eyeballs a pole sporting a “One Way” street sign.
April 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters. The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog.
April 19, 2014 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Dancer-choreographer Danielle Agami, artistic director of Ate9 Dance Company, dislikes voice mail, cameras and mirrors. Indeed, for someone whose career is so body-centric, the mirror has been noticeably absent in her dance practice for more than a decade. But Israeli-born Agami, 29, has never been one to hew to tradition. When her eight-member troupe premieres her latest full-evening work, "Mouth to Mouth," at Los Angeles Theatre Center April 26 and May 3, expect a supremely idiosyncratic performance.
April 19, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Matjames Metson's Silver Lake studio is in a 1930s Art Deco duplex perched atop a steep flight of aging, concrete stairs overlooking a cul-de-sac, which overlooks a hillside, which overlooks a bustling intersection that, from above, appears to be teeming with tiny toy cars and action-figure people. Inside, Metson's dusty, sunlit living room-turned-art studio is also full of tiny treasures. The assemblage artist builds intricate, architectural sculptures, wall hangings and furniture made from his abundant stash of objects, most of which he finds at estate sales.
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
December 1, 2011
Skid row may be known for its devastating poverty and homelessness, but the Festival for All Skid Row Artists will underline a different aspect of the downtown community — its artistic potential. Lots of neighborhood artists (those who live and work there) will participate in visual art, music and spoken word as well as a documentation project meant to preserve the neighborhood's creativity. Gladys Park, 6th Street and Gladys Avenue, L.A. noon-4 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Free.
August 30, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Emerging artists are continuing to push boundaries and involve visitors in their work at the P3 Studio at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The studio's fall lineup highlights the diversity of its artists-in-residence. Through Sept. 15, David Sanchez Burr is converting the public space into an experimental sound and interactive sculptural installation titled “New Citadel.” Sanchez Burr's website notes that his work “is based on the study of a material's physical response to natural processes such as decay, vibration [and]
April 15, 2014 | By David Colker
Cuban-born drummer Armando Peraza, a self-taught musician who transformed himself from a homeless orphan in Havana to a world-recognized bongo and conga expert who performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades, died Monday in a South San Francisco hospital. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josephine Peraza. Peraza had also battled diabetes for many years. Officially, Peraza was 89, but he admitted that he made up a birth date to give to authorities when he came to the United States in the late 1940s and was never sure of his exact age. Peraza, who also played with George Shearing and other jazz greats, was known for combining a blindingly fast drumming technique with a flamboyant style that audiences loved.
April 14, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
A new art show in Washington, D.C., spotlights national park posters from the Depression years, including the frothy falls of Yellowstone, the jagged mountains of Glacier and the native ruins of Bandelier National Monument. Titled “Posterity,” the show at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum is built around six original posters that date to the Depression years. But it also includes later reproductions and contemporary posters in similar style, covering more than three dozen parks and wildlife refuges.
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