September 12, 2002 |
A sure sign of the new art and culture season in Ventura, and summer's end, comes with the opening of the art galleries at Ventura College. The spaces usually showcase artists visiting from outside the area, giving us something fresh to look at and think about. Last week, the gallery doors opened on two very different shows, in Gallery 2 and New Media Gallery.
August 5, 1993 |
Los Angeles' gallery scene is perpetually in flux, but the boom of the late 1980s and the bust of the early 1990s set off an unprecedented upheaval. Following a period of rapid growth and decline, Southern California seems to have settled into an interminable recession in which one of the few constant elements is change. With every passing week, however, another gallery opens, even as others move, shrink, merge or close.
May 22, 1994 |
After 14 years of running a nonprofit art gallery out of a Downtown warehouse, Lydia Takeshita decided it was time for a change of scenery. Takeshita vacated 3,500 square feet of gallery space in a three-story building on Mateo Street and moved LA Artcore Center to a commercial complex in Little Tokyo on 3rd Street. What eventually drove her away, said the 67-year-old center director, was exactly the same thing that chased her gallery visitors from the area: Downtown blight.
December 12, 1992 |
Santa Monica's art scene has sunk further into recessionary gloom with the loss of another gallery. And not just any gallery. James Corcoran--who in 1986 started the city's art gallery boom by moving his prestigious showcase from West Hollywood to the beach--will terminate his exhibition program at the end of February.
August 21, 1989 |
Studio Leonardogavinci, an art gallery in the mid-Wilshire area, is owned by artists Leonardo Chalupowicz and Gavin Dillard, who also go under the name Leonardogavinci. And, in their spare time, these Leonardogavincis are also animal-rights activists. Last Thursday evening they turned over their gallery to 11 artists who, in various media, celebrated their relationships with other species.
August 28, 2009 |
It's a typical weekday afternoon at the Malibu Country Mart. The weather is perfect. Suntanned women stroll through Henry Beguelin, Madison and Morgane le Fay. Young mothers cluster around the counter at 98% Perfect, buying designer swimwear and shoes for 5-year-olds who would rather be somewhere else. Stylishly scruffy men tend to their BlackBerrys and laptops on the terrace of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. But on the second floor of a Spanish-style building on one side of the mall, a different kind of action is underway.
March 16, 1990 |
When the late Nicholas Wilder left Los Angeles for New York in early 1980, the decision to move seemed utterly perverse.
July 6, 1988 |
In the beginning, the FBI believed that it was investigating a routine case of art theft. One of Carmel's largest art galleries had reported several paintings missing from its walls, and two agents arrived to take a report. They debriefed the staff and then segued to the showroom filled with thundering seascapes and bucolic scenes of French villages. That's when the surprises began.
August 6, 1988 |
A stooped, grandfatherly man walked slowly into a packed press conference here Friday and announced that he was the French painter Paul Valere, the artist whose very existence has been questioned by the FBI. "I am here," the elderly artist said, summing up what he and his gallery hope will be the last chapter in a remarkable tale that started as a simple art theft and blossomed into accusations of international art fraud.
December 28, 2006 |
LIZA SIMONE is the executive director of an art gallery that has no fixed address. Part curator, part real estate broker, she scours the Los Angeles area for vacant buildings that might serve as a temporary home for her artists. The concept behind Phantom Galleries L.A. is simple: Get permission from the owners of empty retail spaces to display art in the windows.