February 7, 2010 |
To set eyes on a photo by Lillian Bassman is mesmerizing. The image, usually that of a striking woman, hits with the force of an epiphany. Suddenly those heroin chic ad campaigns of the '90s seem shopworn and flat. And the clunkily posed spread in this month's glossy feels oh-so-forced. In the '50s and '60s, when Bassman clicked her shutter, she created a visual time capsule. One wonders, eyeing the elegant angle of a gloved arm or the mysterious tilt of a hat, "If I stare long enough at this picture, will I hear the rustle of taffeta and tulle swaying?
April 17, 2008 |
A Faberge icon of Jesus Christ in a silver frame studded with rubies, sapphires, pearls and emeralds sold today for $780,000, more than five times its high estimate, at a Sotheby's auction in New York. A Moscow dealer in the room lost to a telephone bidder in a drawn-out, five-minute battle for the icon, made in about 1900. The icon was the most expensive lot in Wednesday's sale of Faberge items, imperial porcelain, icons, bronzes and enamels. On Tuesday, Sotheby's sold $36 million of Russian 19th and 20th century paintings.
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January 3, 1987 |
An icon of the Virgin Mary that appears to be weeping has been declared a miraculous sign by leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church. The icon, one of several paintings on canvas glued to a low wooden wall in front of the altar at St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church, has drawn thousands of visitors since reports of the tears surfaced in December.
September 30, 2004
Re "Mystery of the Model," Column One, Sept. 27: It has been 64 years since I first set eyes on Myrna, the white and lithe figure adorning the front walkway to Venice High School. I thought she was beautiful. Legend was that Myrna Loy had attended our school and had posed for the statue. Whether that was true, the "Myrna" came to represent our school. She was an icon, a way to say we were somehow connected to the aura of Hollywood success, and that we were proud of one of our own. After football games, our rivals doused her with paint, but she was quickly cleaned up and stood proudly again, her arms held up to the sky. To see our dear statue lying broken and headless in a heap behind the school gardens was heart-wrenching.
March 3, 2010 |
When I was a boy, my father took me to see my first live professional basketball game downtown at the Sports Arena. Good parochial school boy that I was, I spent most of the pregame trying to figure out where John F. Kennedy might have stood during the recent Democratic National Convention. Then, I saw the Lakers with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor play the Cincinnati Royals with Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas, and I became a fan for life. In retrospect, it's easy to understand why I did since, like the Boston Celtics' Tommy Heinsohn tells Roland Lazenby in his marvelous book "Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon," I had seen three of the five finest NBA players ever to take the floor.
March 23, 2011 |
It was a simple white slip ? an everyday undergarment for women in the 1960s. But in "Butterfield 8," one of Elizabeth Taylor's most memorable films, the violet-eyed actress ? playing the tragic, fiery Gloria Wandrous -- made the staple seem like the sexiest getup in the world. Making mundane clothes seem magnificent was one of Taylor's most potent onscreen powers. Her heyday on the big screen ? which spanned from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s -- is rife with such moments. The white Edith Head-designed debutante dress that showed off her impossibly tiny waist in "A Place in the Sun"; the rustic Western wear designed by Marjorie Best for "Giant"; and the Grecian-goddess-esque white dress designed by Helen Rose for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" are among Hollywood's least-complicated and most iconic looks.
January 31, 1999 |
The Russian Orthodox Church will investigate the allegedly miraculous properties of an icon of the country's last czar, Nicholas II, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted a leading clergyman as saying. The icon at Moscow's Church of the Ascension has reportedly been exuding myrrh since Nov. 7, the anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. The czar and his family were shot by a Bolshevik firing squad in July 1918.
January 20, 2002
Re "Guilty Plea by Garofalo Ends Finance Probe," Jan. 11: Note to former Huntington Beach Councilman Dave Garofalo: Look up the word "icon" in your Webster's unabridged. You are not an icon. You're not a scapegoat either, which is probably the word you meant to use. Marcia Goodman Santa Ana
December 2, 2010 |
It's long been said there are only seven basic story lines in all of literature. Increasingly, the same might be said about cars, whose styles are becoming more of a monoculture with each model year. Sedan or subcompact, each genre seems to be defined by a single, rather predictable silhouette. But not in Van Nuys, where Icon builds low-volume custom automobiles that take classic car shapes and updates them with modern, under-the-hood technologies and stylish in-the-cabin appointments pulled from aircraft, boats and fine watches.
May 4, 2003
Regarding "Singer Clooney's Home Is Sold" (Hot Property, April 27): I can understand that a recently deceased well-known entertainer's home in Beverly Hills has been sold; life goes on. But it's tragic that "the buyer, a businessman who owns several large retail and wholesale properties in the downtown L.A. fashion district, plans to raze the house." This undoubtedly classic and beautiful home was owned by Rosemary Clooney for 50 years and before that by an American icon, George Gershwin.