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November 17, 1990
The "California Light" Impressionism show is a remarkable collection of painting by artists highly skilled in capturing the unique unspoiled beauty of early California as no other artists--before or since, foreign or domestic--have done. Their best work is anything but "Ho-Hum" (Oct. 17, by Cathy Curtis). For example: Curtis' comment on Edgar Payne as an "indoor" painter of the High Sierra from "recomposed outdoor sketches" into "idealized visions." I submit, as a backpacker who has spent many hundreds of days and nights at the altitudes in the Sierra (9,000-11,000 feet)
February 26, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
In case anyone is confused, Ryan Welty likes to point out that the Flesh Club is not a Christian Science Reading Room, nor is it a church or high-minded civic organization. "We are not a sympathetic member of society," the club owner concedes. "There are naked ladies in there. It's a very sexually charged atmosphere." That's putting it mildly, San Bernardino officials say. They allege the strip club is little more than a front for a brothel. Patrons go there for sex, they say, not to see a show.
July 14, 1989
Firefighters hurried against the changing weather to contain a stubborn arson fire that has blackened more than 3,000 acres on one of the most scenic stretches of the California coast. Light wind and moderate daytime humidity helped crews gain 70% containment of the blaze near Big Sur, but higher temperatures and drier breezes were expected. "It's warming and drying but not drastically," state Department of Forestry spokesman Bill Jones said. "The wind has been good.
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 | WILLIAM WILSON
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)
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.
September 7, 2006 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
KARLA Stevens, the costume designer who kept teen idols skimpily outfitted on "The OC," now is dressing up beachfronts and backyards. At the newly opened Patio Culture, Stevens sells throw pillows and outdoor cushions in fabrics by designers such as Scalamandre, Lulu DK, Joe Ruggiero, Summit and SeaCloth. (Prices start at $45; the two-cushion stacked cube shown here is $300.
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