October 18, 2013 |
When the opportunity came to design a home perched high above the Malibu coastline, all architect Peter Tolkin could think of was the phrase in a 1976 Ed Ruscha painting: “Malibu = Sliding Glass Doors.” PHOTO GALLERY: The Sunglass House in Malibu “I liked the idea he reduced Malibu to looking out to the ocean,” Tolkin confessed. But the architect realized that the interests of his clients -- ambitious art collectors looking to celebrate more than just the view -- could hardly be ignored.
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 |
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.
August 15, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - The term "realism" doesn't exactly fit John Valadez's exceptional work as an artist, even though his paintings and large pastel drawings are characterized by acute observation of men and women going about their business, often in public settings. His compositional framework centers on heightened or self-conscious display - on theatrical performance and human drama, whether striking or routine. The technique simultaneously calls attention to his intervention as an artist.
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.