February 8, 2010 |
America's Negro problem just won't quit. The Census Bureau has been using the term "Negro" as a racial identifier on its decennial forms since 1950, later joined -- though not supplanted -- by "black" and "African Am." But when the website thegrio.com thegrio.com recently pointed out that "Negro" was going to appear once more on the 2010 census, many black folks reacted with shock and pointed distaste. Bloggers and pundits condemned the term as a relic of the bad old days of segregation and Jim Crow that has no business in official records anymore.
November 20, 2013 |
Like Frida Kahlo's famous La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”) in Mexico City, the sunny green kitchen of John Benson and Molly O'Brien in Silver Lake resonates with bold and unexpected color. Benson's Latin American roots -- his mother was born in Colombia and raised in Chile, and he was born in Ecuador -- influenced architect Barbara Bestor, who said she also was reminded of Kahlo's home during the remodel. “In a Spanish house you can get away with lots of color,” Bestor said.
June 10, 2013 |
The always eye-catching Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio in Las Vegas is celebrating summer through Sept. 8 with giant sunflowers, multicolored kites and real birds. The conservatory, an oasis in the desert, is bursting with such blooms as hydrangeas and chrysanthemums. Nearby, a dozen rosy Bourke's parrots (sometimes classified as parakeets) and 50 finches flutter about a greenhouse, while larger-than-life birds made from seeds and other organic materials soar overhead.
November 21, 2013 |
Jay Kvapil's new, variably intriguing ceramic work at Couturier is largely about surface -- viscous, painterly glazes and cratered shells. With only a few exceptions, the vessel forms are understated and conventional. They call little attention to themselves and instead serve as vehicles for potent color and assertive texture. Kvapil titled an earlier series "Pictorial Vessels," making explicit the priority given to surface as bearer of image or mark. Several works here continue in that vein, their glazes like thick, draping garments extending below the cylindrical body of a cup or vase.
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
When it comes to color, the subject of Kelly Wearstler's third coffee-table book, the Los Angeles-based designer writes: "I do not think there are any rules." That philosophy also applies to her literary efforts. Wearstler gained fame for creating high-voltage interiors filled with color, texture and pattern, but as an author, she plays the die-hard minimalist. "Hue" offers only an introductory Q & A with Wearstler that explores her philosophy of color and cites some of the architects, designers and artists who have inspired her. Photo captions don't exist, and credits and resources are found only in an index at the end of the book.
August 14, 2012 |
Christina Aguilera's hair is going the opposite direction of Miley Cyrus': While Miley was taking the color out and the length short, Xtina is leaving it long and adding color. The color purple, as a matter of fact. Aguilera showed off her new look Sunday at a media event for "The Voice," where she appeared with fellow judges Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine, host Carson Daly and producer Mark Burnett. The series premieres Sept. 10. The big news of the event, in addition to the purple?
HOME & GARDEN
June 18, 2011 |
It's not every home that can teach you about light. More art installation than house, really, one luminously redesigned residence on the Venice canals demands that you halt your walk and contemplate its spectral radiance. Saturated paints shift, gradate and commingle with the light. Sit and watch this home flex its wattage long enough, and you'll gain appreciation for the 2.8 million hues your eye is able to perceive. "For me, this house is the most authentic I've ever been," said owner Nely Galán of three structures she recently renovated into a single compound, largely through color.
August 28, 2009 |
The cramped broadcast booth for AM 680, the Spanish-language outlet for the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays, is close enough to the infield of Tropicana Field to hear it all. The crack of the bat, the ball's loud pop as it is snared by the second baseman, the crowd cheering. Enrique Oliu, color analyst for the Rays' radio broadcasts, takes these sounds and spins them to life, making the game something a listener can see, even if he cannot. Oliu is blind. "And now, for the play-by-play, here's the friend of apple pie, Ricky Taveras!"
February 23, 2003
Thank you for Lynn Smith's comprehensive article on color in the service of character and theme ("Shading the story," Feb. 16). As one who has researched the effects of color on behavior for more than 20 years and who teaches "Color and Visual Storytelling" at the AFI Conservatory, I can unequivocally tell you that color's influence on the emotions is profound. It influences us to form opinions of characters and identify with emotional undercurrents in a film. In "Philadelphia," as dying Tom Hanks clings to his IV stand, translating the lyrics to an opera whose theme is love and loss, he is slowly enveloped by an intense red light from nowhere.
January 31, 2012 |
If you've never seen ranunculus, specifically giant tecolote ranunculus , think of something that looks like a showy rose with a swirled and ruffled heart. These blooms are beyond colorful, and for the last 60 years or so they have been the stars of the Flower Fields in seaside Carlsbad. For the first time in 15 years, the color motif at the 50-acre Carlsbad Ranch will change this spring. "The Flower Fields decided to change the pattern this year to make it more visually appealing and surprise visitors with a new, more beautiful experience," spokeswoman Cambria McConnell said in an email.