March 30, 1991
Hypocrisy enters into the vote to move the Super Bowl to Southern California in light of recently publicized racism in the area. The Rodney King "incident" has been given enough exposure that no one can be ignorant of it. What about a prominent African-American athlete being thrown to the floor at LAX because he "looked like a drug-runner" or another being arrested on the excuse that his auto registration was about to expire? Are the powers that be aware of how much Los Angeles has paid out for abuse of minorities?
October 17, 1986 |
Mary Corse came to notice in the '70s, seemingly weaned on the old song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale." She still pursues a purist mode in a baker's dozen of large paintings made of glass microspheres. They are the stuff of those street signs and jogging-shoe heels that glow when your headlights hit them at night. Corse has elevated the material to a poetic, if not religious, version of California Light and Space art. Obliquely approached, the paintings seem a uniform light gray.
April 20, 1991
Hooray for Counterpunch! Someone is finally speaking out against The Times' disagreeable and critical critics, Martin Bernheimer in music and Peter Ranier in films. I would like to add a third: Cathy Curtis in art. These people seem to think writing a critique is to write critically in a mean-spirited, negative sense. I have been appalled at Peter Ranier's film reviews. Starting with negative comments, he then proceeds to tell the story of the film (I'm not happy to learn the whole story before seeing it)
October 17, 1990 |
There have been moments in history when agroup of creative visionaries have put their hometown on the cultural map. More commonly, provincial art styles beloved by the locals never make the big time, and for good reason. So-called "California Impressionism" is one of those styles, a timidly conservative attempt to capture the look of a coastal Shangri-La using techniques pioneered by artists in France more than a generation earlier.
April 4, 2010 |
Franklin Sirmans occupies a conspicuously neat space in a complex of glass-front offices at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The new head of LACMA's contemporary art department arrived in January with plenty of ideas, but it takes time to pile up the mountains of books and files that overwhelm many of his colleagues. Around the corner, Christine Y. Kim has settled in, but just barely. She joined the museum's staff last September as associate curator of contemporary art. And down the hall, another notably uncluttered office belongs to Britt Salvesen, who came aboard in October as chief of two departments: photography, and prints and drawings.
March 29, 2014 |
On this dark, drizzly afternoon, one could easily miss Helen Pashgian's Pasadena art studio, a converted piano warehouse nestled down an alleyway between a parking garage and a coffee house. Except that Pashgian's brick studio is painted sunny yellow and ocean blue, and it pops against the surrounding blur of concrete and gray sky - a spot of light and levity amid the heavy and the dreary. The 79-year-old artist, a pioneer of Southern California's Light and Space movement of the '60s and '70s, also pops when she appears in the entrance.
September 18, 2011 |
The artists associated with Light and Space, the movement dedicated to investigating patterns of visual perception and attention that began in Southern Californa in the 1960s, are an unruly bunch. Most reject the label out of hand. Two of the movement's giants, Robert Irwin and James Turrell, stopped speaking to each other decades ago and have never completely mended fences. One of the few women associated with this work, Maria Nordman, refuses to be in group shows on the subject.
June 13, 1992 |
Two Southern California light-heavyweights advanced to today's championship match in the U.S. Olympic boxing team trials, and both Oscar De La Hoya and Pepe Reilly also won Friday night and will be in weekend finals bouts. The only semifinal loser from Southern California at the Centrum in Worcester on Friday, before 3,879, was light-welterweight Shane Mosley of Pomona. He lost a decision to world champion Vernon Forrest of Augusta, Ga.
March 27, 1985 |
A storm system the National Weather Service is hoping will bring no more than spring showers began moving into Southern California early today with light rain falling from the San Fernando Valley to midtown Los Angeles. The winterlike trough of low pressure from the Gulf of Alaska will bring rain and winds "but nothing ferocious," a forecaster said Tuesday.