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June 25, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
Choreographer Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project will make a sneak-peak debut in July with a performance in the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Millepied is creating a 30-minute, site-specific duet, “Framework,” to a narrated soundtrack by Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford. The free performances, in conjunction with the MOCA show, “The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol,” are scheduled for July 19, Aug. 2 and 9. Bradford has two large paintings in the exhibition, “Untitled” (2011)
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December 12, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Part of what drew choreographer Benjamin Millepied to Los Angeles -- in addition to his wife, Natalie Portman -- - was the creative electricity and pioneering spirit of the city. One goal of his L.A. Dance Project, formed earlier this year, is to present dance outside of the traditional confines of theater walls. L.A., Millepied said, is the perfect place to execute this.  "The light, the architecture, hanging out with visual artists -- there was so much discovery every time I came here,” he said by phone from London.
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July 19, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Few people these days would go out of their way to say no to Benjamin Millepied, the celebrated choreographer-dancer who lives with actress Natalie Portman. But when Millepied asked artist Mark Bradford if he would appear in the dance portion of "Framework," their collaboration that debuts at MOCA Thursday, the rejection was swift and certain. Before Millepied could even describe what he had in mind, Bradford shook his head and laughed: "Use my body? Oh, God, no," said the artist, who at 6 feet, 8 inches is a good head taller than Millepied.
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July 20, 2012 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 11, 2006 | Ernest Hardy, Ernest Hardy has written for Rolling Stone, Vibe, LA Weekly and the New York Times. He is also the author of "Blood Beats: Vol. 1: Demos, Remixes & Extended Versions," a collection of cultural criticism.
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.
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July 20, 2012 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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October 7, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 20, 2008 | Jenny Sundel
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.
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November 14, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Farmer is a Times staff writer.
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."
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June 11, 2006 | Gary Garrels, Gary Garrels is senior curator at the Hammer Museum.
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.
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July 19, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Few people these days would go out of their way to say no to Benjamin Millepied, the celebrated choreographer-dancer who lives with actress Natalie Portman. But when Millepied asked artist Mark Bradford if he would appear in the dance portion of "Framework," their collaboration that debuts at MOCA Thursday, the rejection was swift and certain. Before Millepied could even describe what he had in mind, Bradford shook his head and laughed: "Use my body? Oh, God, no," said the artist, who at 6 feet, 8 inches is a good head taller than Millepied.
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June 25, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
Choreographer Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project will make a sneak-peak debut in July with a performance in the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Millepied is creating a 30-minute, site-specific duet, “Framework,” to a narrated soundtrack by Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford. The free performances, in conjunction with the MOCA show, “The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol,” are scheduled for July 19, Aug. 2 and 9. Bradford has two large paintings in the exhibition, “Untitled” (2011)
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June 17, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Artist Mark Bradford still talks about his fifth-grade teacher from Crescent Heights Elementary School, Wilma Chappelle. The artist known for bringing the gritty, multilayered texture of urban life into painting remembers Chappelle's real-world art projects and her personal support: "She gave me permission — my creativity and my personality." So he was thinking about Chappelle, he says, when he decided to develop a set of free lesson plans for K-12 teachers that makes its debut on the Getty Museum website Thursday.
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April 18, 2010
Mark Bradford is on a roll. Last year he received a MacArthur "genius" award for his "richly textured," collage-style paintings, which draw from posters, billboards and other urban visuals. Earlier this month he wrapped up a show of works on paper at the Aspen Art Museum. And May 8 marks the opening of his first retrospective at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. With more than 50 works from the last decade, the show is billed as Bradford's "first major museum survey."
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September 22, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
A Los Angeles artist who specializes in incorporating found objects into his pieces and a USC law professor whose own battle with schizophrenia has informed her advocacy for those suffering from mental illness are among the 24 winners of this year's "genius" grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Mark Bradford, Elyn Saks and 22 other winners will each receive $500,000 over the next five years to spend any way they please. For Bradford, 47, the MacArthur award is the third major prize he has received in the last three years.
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November 14, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Farmer is a Times staff writer.
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Part of what drew choreographer Benjamin Millepied to Los Angeles -- in addition to his wife, Natalie Portman -- - was the creative electricity and pioneering spirit of the city. One goal of his L.A. Dance Project, formed earlier this year, is to present dance outside of the traditional confines of theater walls. L.A., Millepied said, is the perfect place to execute this.  "The light, the architecture, hanging out with visual artists -- there was so much discovery every time I came here,” he said by phone from London.
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April 18, 2010
Mark Bradford is on a roll. Last year he received a MacArthur "genius" award for his "richly textured," collage-style paintings, which draw from posters, billboards and other urban visuals. Earlier this month he wrapped up a show of works on paper at the Aspen Art Museum. And May 8 marks the opening of his first retrospective at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. With more than 50 works from the last decade, the show is billed as Bradford's "first major museum survey."
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April 2, 2008 | Christopher Knight, Times Art Critic
On Sept. 2, 2005, four days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast with stupefying force, New Orleans' Times-Picayune ran an enormous headline above a half-page photograph of a middle-aged woman kneeling in the street, her hands pressed together in prayer and agony smeared across her face. "Help Us, Please," the headline pleaded.
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January 20, 2008 | Jenny Sundel
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.
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