June 11, 2006 |
An early-morning, pre-rush-hour walk through the multiracial, multilingual South Los Angeles neighborhood of abstract expressionist artist Mark Bradford, hometown boy made good on the international art scene, reveals the working-class sensibilities and mashed-up cultural influences that shaped his childhood and that continue to shape his work. A Korean body shop stands across the street from a taco & burger joint, which sits kitty-corner from a flower shop with signs in both English and Espanol.
July 20, 2012 |
Who exactly is Benjamin Millepied as a choreographer? Hard to tell. Lots of us have seen his forceful neoclassic inventions for actresses and their dance doubles in the film "Black Swan. " Before that, he showed Southern California audiences an astute, compassionate piece (in several versions) for and about Mikhail Baryshnikov. More recently, he unveiled three relentlessly frothy, unmusical showcases for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. On Thursday, as a kind of fanfare for his upcoming L.A. Dance Project performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall - a September event that appears to have little "L.A.
October 7, 2007 |
Mark Bradford grew up on 101st Street, went to Fremont High, walked past the Los Angeles Coliseum almost every day. Bradford's father, also Mark, had been a basketball player but he would throw passes to his talented son, pass and catch. The father wanted his football-playing youngster to attend USC and play for national champions, that's what father told son. But Bradford went to Stanford.
January 20, 2008 |
Just the sight of a pregnant 1. Jessica Alba was enough to get fellow co-host Rosario Dawson squealing at Glamour magazine's luncheon on Jan. 10 to celebrate the decade anniversary of V-Day, which has raised $50 million to increase awareness about violence against women. Later, Alba, who performed Eve Ensler's monologue titled "My Short Skirt," got the rest of the mostly female crowd going when she lamented that her famous backside was "getting bigger by the second!" 2.
November 14, 2008 |
Mark Bradford had just made the catch of his life, Stanford's do-or-die touchdown that last season beat 41-point favorite USC. Then, came a mistake that even now, a year later, makes Bradford cringe. He committed a turnover -- the kind that doesn't show up in the stats. "I gave the ball to the ref," he said. "I asked myself later: Why didn't I keep it? After the game, I knew it was lost, man. I'd never see it again."
June 11, 2006 |
Choosing a few pieces to represent Mark Bradford's oeuvre is not easy. He works in a wide range of forms, including photography, video, sculpture and site-specific installations, but ultimately I focused on his extraordinary collages. They bristle with energy, evoking the cacophonous, edgy urban environment that is contemporary L.A. They dazzle the eye with flickering color set in undulating, expansive fields, kaleidoscopic reminders of how quickly the terrain of the city shifts.