December 6, 2013 |
Banksy has proved bankable in Beverly Hills. The mysterious British street artist's "Flower Girl" mural, which he stenciled onto the wall of a Los Angeles gas station in 2008, was sold for $209,000 Thursday evening at Julien's Auctions, where it was the highlight of a sale of nearly 100 works by 33 street artists. The gavel price was $170,000 for the 9-by-8-foot, nearly 4-ton rectangular slab of white brick with black spray paint. The mural, which came with a customary additional "buyer's premium" to yield the final total, shows a little girl holding a flower basket under the eye of a surveillance camera planted atop a tall, leafy stalk. PHOTOS: Art by Banksy With about 150 people gathered in the auction room, bids rolled in by phone and online.
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December 3, 2013 |
Three months after the Los Angeles City Council lifted a ban on murals, it agreed to further relax the law by permitting large public artworks on single-family homes--but only in limited areas. On a 14-1 vote Tuesday, the council tentatively approved a pilot program that would permit murals on single-family residences in council districts that take in Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Boyle Heights, downtown and the eastern end of South Los Angeles. Murals would still be prohibited on residences in other parts of the city. A final vote on the program is set for next week.
October 3, 2013 |
When art critic Ken Johnson recently described Sol LeWitt's line drawings as something "anyone who has the instructions and access to wall space could reproduce," he could have been describing a recent LeWitt project in a Hollywood Hills kitchen. Jack Latner's kitchen, part of our feature on the house last week, had a dynamic black and white LeWitt design that demonstrates how far a ruler, painter's tape and black paint can go toward...
September 21, 2013 |
Aside from Mayan temples and Emiliano Zapata's mustachioed visage, perhaps nothing is more emblematic of Mexico's mysterious grandeur than the films of Gabriel Figueroa. In a career that consisted of more than 200 movies in multiple genres, made in Mexico and Hollywood with some of the leading directors and actors of his time, Figueroa crafted a lasting national iconography. The cinematographer's monumental shots of burnished landscapes and close-ups of campesinos ' weathered, earnest faces are as instantly recognizable to his countrymen as the great murals of Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.
September 17, 2013 |
When does a Jackson Pollock painting look more like a Jackson Pollock painting? Simple: When it's clean. That's the not-altogether surprising thought that came to mind when I dropped by the J. Paul Getty Museum's conservation lab the other day to check out progress on Pollock's monumental 1943 “Mural.” Star of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art , the epic painting had arrived in Los Angeles a year ago for extensive treatment....
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September 2, 2013 |
Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into one another. He used a piece of wood to draw straight lines, a task complicated by Parkinson's disease. Slowly, the mural took form, a layered portrait of early 18th century life, mission-building and Catholic faith in California.