September 1, 2001
I could not agree more with almost every well-articulated point that Emory Holmes II made in his debate (regarding hip-hop not being art) ("It's Father Versus Son on Hip-Hop," Aug. 22). I have yet to hear a single hip-hop album with the same depth or innovation as that of such rock albums as U2's "The Joshua Tree," Radiohead's "OK Computer" or Pearl Jam's "Vitology." CHRIS KARMAN Burbank Dear Emory Holmes III: Sorry, man, but your Pops comes off like a head-in-the-sand ignoramus.
April 12, 2011
SERIES Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: The chef and nutritionist tries to bring his message to Los Angeles, but the school district locks him out in the season premiere (8 p.m. ABC). Frontline: This week the investigative series takes an in-depth look at high school football (9 p.m. KOCE). Deadliest Catch: New skippers join the crab fleet for the 2010 season in the season premiere (9 p.m. Discovery). Braxton Family Values: R&B superstar Toni Braxton is featured in this new unscripted series (9 p.m. WE)
August 9, 1996 |
Perhaps Hollywood felt that a film like "Basquiat," the Julian Schnabel-directed film about the life, exploitation and addiction of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988, would be a bit too much of a downer to be the focus of a big West Coast shindig. But for the art world, Wednesday night's screening and benefit reception at the Pacific Design Center was something to crow about despite the downbeat nature of the story.
August 9, 1996 |
"The whole point," Julian Schnabel was quoted recently about his debut film delineating the brief life of fellow New York art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, "was not to have a tourist make this movie." Yet for all the difference Schnabel's expertise has made to "Basquiat," he needn't have bothered.
October 31, 2008 |
The bane of documentaries on creative people is that they're often little more than a fan's note, of interest only to those who already know and love the work in question. "The Universe of Keith Haring" starts out that way but the force of the late artist's energy and personality is strong enough to win over the skeptics.
May 4, 2012 |
The Google Doodle of the day is dedicated to street artist and activist Keith Haring in honor of what would have been his 54th birthday. The search engine's logo has morphed into Haring's signature bold lines, vivid colors and active figures swallowing, wiggling and flying to make Google's lettering. The Pennsylvania-born artist learned to draw at an early age, inspired by his cartoonist father and images of Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. As a teenager, Haring moved to New York and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts, where he ran with musicians, and performance and graffiti artists -- including Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat -- of the burgeoning alternative art community that existed outside galleries on the city's streets, subways and clubs.
February 20, 2014 |
A half-century ago, Andy Warhol named his studio the Factory so that people would stop thinking of contemporary art as an esoteric enterprise pursued by lone nuts in lonely garrets, and start thinking of it as an intrinsic part of everyday life - no more mysterious, nor difficult to enjoy, than the goods served up by modern industry. For Warhol, art lost too much power when it got swaddled in sappy fantasies more appropriate to 19th century Romanticism than 20th century reality. Those saccharine fantasies get resuscitated in “Oscar Murillo: Distribution Center.” The inaugural exhibition of the Mistake Room, Murillo's first solo show in Los Angeles wraps Warhol's unsentimental vision of art's place in life in the kind of naivete that would make him cringe.
January 10, 1986 |
An exhibition of new work by New York artist Jean Michel Basquiat looks as though it was pieced together out of debris scavenged at an abandoned elementary school. Weathered doors, the rusted remains of an erector set, banged-up little desks and hunks of pegboard are combined in whimsical assemblages that chronicle the aimless ramblings of a restless young mind. The particular mind at work appears to be that of an unusually hip sixth-grader who's obsessed with jazz and extraterrestrial life.