July 5, 2013 |
Fresh paint on the cement wall of an industrial warehouse space across from Handsome Coffee Roasters reveals two sides of Los Angeles' downtown Arts District. Graffiti tags cover one half of the wall; the other has just been coated with glossy red paint and towering gold letters: RISKR … with more letters to come. On a rickety green ladder, wearing his sponsor's blue Osiris sneakers, the artist RISK dispenses another elaborate swoosh of gold paint with his spray can. Once a street tagger, RISK, born Kelly Graval, was one of five L.A. graffiti artists featured in MOCA's 2011 "Art in the Streets" show and has fans all over the world.
June 25, 2013 |
Ed Hardy -- the tattoo artist who spawned a multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand that put his name on items as varied as air fresheners and wine -- will be signing copies of his memoir "Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos" at 7 tonight at West Hollywood's Book Soup, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard. Hardy's book, written with Joel Selvin and published by Thomas Dunne Books, covers Hardy's life and career from his '50s childhood in Corona del Mar to his relationship with legendary tattoo artist and mentor Sailor Jerry, his studies in Japan, the first -- and last -- tattoos he inked and his relationship with Christian Audigier, the branding juggernaut who fanned Hardy's flash art into a household name (and, based on an advance reading copy here in the office, merits his own chapter)
June 23, 2013 |
The saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention, and for Vince Gerard it ended up being the mother of a new gallery in one of Southern California's artiest neighborhoods. The founder of Jazzartz got the idea for his project when he went shopping for fine-art prints of work by David Stone Martin, who designed more than 400 album covers for Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and others. Gerard was unable to find any, though, so he began creating them himself - buying albums on eBay, contacting the artist's estate and making digital replicas of original works.
June 23, 2013 |
When it comes to drug consumption, most everyone always takes the shortest route, Colombian artist Miguel Ángel Rojas tells the Mexico City newspaper El Universal . Drug dealers and smugglers follow the path of least resistance because that's the easiest way to reach customers and make profits. Consumers take drugs because they view them as an express lane to happiness or to escape from mundane realities, Rojas suggests in an interview with the journal. Hence the name of the new art exhibition, "El camino corto" (the short road or shortcut)
June 15, 2013 |
In traditional Native American belief, spirits can inhabit seemingly inanimate things. Can paintings, sculptures, decorative objects and handicrafts also be infused with the spirits of their subjects, and of the people who made them? If so, the new Irene Helen Jones Parks Gallery of Art, which opens Saturday at the Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park with the exhibition "Art of the West," is 4,000 square feet of haunted space where the gathered ghosts may be in tumult.
June 13, 2013 |
“Artifex,” at Koplin Del Rio, is a group exhibition of Chicano artists that claims to transcend Chicano identity. It's not clear exactly what this means, but the show draws some nice connections between artists who are far-flung except, of course, for their Chicano identities. Have we come so far that it is surprising to find Chicano artists have something in common? Or is it proof that there is something called “Chicano art”? At any rate, there is a sympathetic vibration between Shizu Saldamando's delicately drawn portraits of her hip young friends and Harry Gamboa Jr.'s black and white photographs of his Chicano male buddies.
June 11, 2013 |
Federal agents have seized an estimated $100 million in art over the last two years from a prominent Manhattan antiquities dealer they describe as one of the most prolific antiquities smugglers in the world. Subhash Kapoor, a 64-year-old American citizen, awaits trial in India, where he is accused of being part of an antiquities smuggling ring that American and Indian investigators say spanned continents. U.S. authorities have issued their own arrest warrant for Kapoor, saying they have evidence he supplied stolen art to leading museums around the world.
June 6, 2013 |
“Mishima in Mexico” (2012), the standout in the debut L.A. solo exhibition of recent work by Wu Tsang, is a cross-cultural, cross-dressing, operatic telenovela imbued with the stylized elegance of Kabuki theater. The video, which was included in the Museum of Contemporary Art's fall exhibition “Blues for Smoke,” is a 14-minute effort to create art and identity within today's swirling sociocultural hall of mirrors. It succeeds by understanding and conveying two things. First, art and identity are both questions, not answers.
May 25, 2013 |
It was a knotty problem that many curators face at some point in their careers: making sure a three-artist exhibition doesn't look like three completely distinct shows in one space. "We need to find a way to connect the artwork; it should flow from one wall to another," said one curator, who wore disposable blue gloves as she carefully held up a painting. "What if we use these images of trees side by side, so the green works as a transition?" asked another, moving an artwork closer to a corner.
May 23, 2013
Looking for design ideas specifically for the kitchen? Or the kids' bedrooms? Or space-crunched bathrooms? The L.A. at Home team has been developing Home Inspiration galleries where you can click through, see different types of rooms and borrow inspiration (and perhaps a shopping resource or two) from real Southern Californian houses, condos and apartments. Today we're starting with the living room. HOME INSPIRATIONS PHOTOS: The living room Bookmark L.A. at Home and look for more Home Inspirations galleries featuring other rooms of the home in the days and weeks to come.