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October 28, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic, Muchnic is a Times staff writer.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is stepping up its support of projects that tell the story of post-World War II art in Los Angeles. The Getty Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the trust, has already awarded about $2.7 million to local museums and libraries to catalog archives that document L.A.'s cultural flowering. Today it is expected to announce an additional $2.8 million in grants to 15 Southern California institutions for a batch of 2011 exhibitions exploring the development of the local art scene, sources close to the Getty say. As reported Sunday in The Times' Calendar section, in 2011 the Getty Museum will present a survey of Southern California painting and sculpture from the late 1940s to the early 1970s in coordination with Getty-funded shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum.
He didn't set out to erect a new landmark on the Westside. In fact, those who know him say that rocket scientist-turned financial wizard Dennis A. Tito is not the flamboyant type. But there it is, a 30,000-square-foot mansion alone on a hilltop in Pacific Palisades that overlooks, well, just about everything, from Santa Monica Bay to the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains. Even among local residents somewhat used to seeing mega-homes being built by the rich and famous, the place turns heads.
December 8, 1985 | BEVIS HILLIER
Benjamin Disraeli, who was a best-selling novelist before he became Queen Victoria's favorite prime minister, said: "When I want to read a good book, I write one." When French aristocrat Charles de Carbonnel and his Californian wife, Katrina, could not find suitable wedding presents for their friends in Beverly Hills, they bought a French pottery factory and started making some.
August 22, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
Over the last couple of weeks, a tiny monochromatic skyline has been growing in my kitchen. Since opening Lego's new “ Architecture Studio ,” my two daughters (who are 9 and 4) and I have been putting together, dismantling and redesigning a group of about 10 buildings. We've kept the results on display on a shelf above the sink. Because the Architecture Studio includes bricks in just two shades - white and transparent - the buildings we've created all seem to be related, at least distantly, to modern architecture.
March 1, 2007 | Lisa Boone
A sampling of spring garden and home tours and major garden- related events are listed below. Many are not wheelchair accessible, and some do not allow children. Call ahead for details. MARCH March 24: Cliff May Tour. A rare look at Cliff May's Riviera Ranch and Sullivan Canyon homes in Brentwood. Sponsored by the Gamble House. $75 general admission, $50 for Friends of the Gamble House members. March 25: Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour.
November 5, 1989 | LEON WHITESON, Whiteson is a Los Angeles free-lancer who writes on architectural topics.
"The ranch house is everything a California house should be . . . to serve the California life style of informality, outdoor living and sunshine." This typically simple statement came from the father of the California Ranch House style, Cliff May, who died recently in his Brentwood office at the age of 81.
April 22, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Gracie wondered at the marriage she'd thought she had. She and Kenny were supposed to be the happily married couple, they were the ones other people talked about in their thrice-weekly therapy sessions, they were the ones who were called the Power Couple in L.A. Confidential. How could the Power Couple break up? The Power Couple cannot break up! From "The Starter Wife" by Gigi Levangie Grazer * WELL. The Power Couple would appear to be calling it quits. Or are they?
"The rebel in me will touch the rebel in you," Jimmy Cliff sang at the Coach House on Monday, and the Jamaican singer's ability to touch and inspire an audience indeed seems only to grow stronger over the years. Cliff first entered a recording studio in 1962, a year before the Rolling Stones cut their first record. But, unlike the moribund, pre-programmed marketing event that Mick Jagger & Co.'
Admirers of vintage Southern California architecture will have an unusual chance to visit four private homes in Santa Monica Canyon today. For $30 a ticket--the money goes to benefit the L.A. Conservancy and the 101-year-old Canyon Charter School--visitors are invited on a walking and driving tour of houses that express what organizers call "the California dream"--comfort, informal elegance and easy access between indoors and out.
May 22, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Robert Lloyd is a Times television critic and a native Angeleno.
Of all the modern marvels a house may possess--intercoms, clap-on-clap-off lighting, dumbwaiters--none is more marvelous than the deceptively simple but aesthetically complex sliding glass door, whose job it is to be there and not there, permeable, impermeable. Its nature is tripartite: door, wall, window, indivisible, invisible. It mediates between interior and exterior, belonging to both, joining even as it separates.
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