April 27, 2008 |
IF you believe Gregory Gibson, which for the moment I'm happy to do, it all began with freak shows. American pop culture that is, from highbrow to low. I'm oversimplifying wildly of course, and so is Gibson, but for argument's sake, let's start with the "dime museums" of the 19th century -- palaces of curiosities that displayed portraits of famous men, artifacts of conquered peoples and all manner of oddities from mud turtles to mermaids. P.T.
April 6, 2005 |
A film starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. about the life of photographer Diane Arbus will be shot at Brooklyn's new Steiner Studios. "With 'The Producers' going full blast on the adjacent four stages, and 'Fur' moving in, we're completely full even before we've finished building and officially opened," Douglas C. Steiner, chairman of the Hollywood-style complex in the borough's former Navy Yard, said Tuesday.
October 14, 2006 |
Nicole Kidman premiered her movie "Fur" -- based loosely on the life of photographer Diane Arbus -- at the inaugural Rome Film Fest, which opened Friday. "I wanted to support this festival and Italy," Kidman told a news conference. "Film festivals are very good for small films like this one; the more we have, the better."
October 8, 2008 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently landed the late Marjorie and Leonard Vernon's collection of about 3,500 photographs in a gift/purchase arrangement. But the collectors' daughter, Carol Vernon, and her husband, Robert Turbin, have decided to give a related trove of about 3,000 photographic books and journals to Scripps College in Claremont. The donation, to be used by students, faculty and scholars, includes entire sets of periodicals and rare volumes on key figures such as Peter Henry Emerson, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans and Ansel Adams.
April 19, 2011
POP MUSIC Paul Simon The iconic folk singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his 12th solo album — and his first recording in five years — with a rare Southland appearance. Expect to hear material from the new album, "So Beautiful or So What," plus many hits from his five-decade career that haven't been performed live in years. The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $55. Sold out. (323) 464-0808. http://www.themusicbox.la ART Downtown 81 In conjunction with MOCA's exhibition "Art in the Streets" (on view through Aug. 8 at the Geffen Contemporary)
February 28, 2008 |
A British art dealer said Wednesday that he has agreed to sell a major collection of modern art to national museums at a discount price. London art dealer Anthony d'Offay, 68, has agreed to sell 725 works by artists including Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons at the price for which he bought them -- $53 million. That's just over a fifth of their current estimated value of $250 million. The money has come from the British and Scottish governments and from art funds. The collection, which also includes work by Joseph Beuys, Ron Mueck, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus and the duo Gilbert and George, will tour museums and galleries across Britain under the title "Artist Rooms."
April 8, 2008 |
Fifty-one images by Diane Arbus will go on the block Thursday at Christie's New York in the first round of a three-part sale of about 500 photographs amassed by Los Angeles collectors Bruce and Nancy Berman. Works by William Eggleston will be auctioned in October; the final group, including images by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, will be offered next year. The Bermans, who exhibited some of their photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2006, are selling the works from their 2,500-piece holding as part of a divorce settlement.
October 3, 2013 |
Ten years ago this November singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, then 34, died in an Echo Park bungalow from two knife stabs to the chest. According to William Todd Schultz's "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," a clear-eyed and devastating new biography of the gifted and troubled artist, his death, likely a suicide, was inevitable. The only questions were how and when. Smith is most widely known for the use of his somber, melodic music to soundtrack Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting" and a white-suited performance during the 1998 Academy Awards of the song "Miss Misery.