August 16, 2013 |
At first glance, Jojo Moyes' third novel, "The Girl You Left Behind," bears a striking resemblance to a popular book for kids: "The Daring Book for Girls" by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz. Their covers are doppelgangers, with retro fonts and metallic splashes, and what's inside of each has a similar effect of mobilizing the reader to take charge of her own life. "The Daring Book for Girls" is a call to arms for the independent women of the future, offering instruction on everything from changing a tire to negotiating a salary.
August 15, 2013 |
History, it's often said, is written by the winners. If that task fell to the nut jobs, the world might be more interesting. High school textbooks would certainly be more entertaining. At Monte Vista, Ben White's new paintings treat history as a swirling stew of possibility, a kind of primordial ooze filled with more twists and turns than a pretzel and more wacky coincidences than a conspiracy-theorist could make sense of. Ten midsize panels line the gallery's walls. Each depicts a historical figure or two, at a time and in a place they may never have visited.
August 15, 2013 |
In her first solo show in Los Angeles, Berlin- and New York-based painter Julie Oppermann forces three very different things together: 1960s Op art, '70s video imagery and '80s abstraction. The results - gnarly, quasi-nauseous stripe paintings that look as if they've been to hell and back - come off as if they are trying too hard. Oppermann's three small works on paper have the presence of studies, experiments in which she plays the queasy colors she favors against taped-off sections that create moiré patterns that splinter before they cohere into anything that resembles a harmonious composition.
August 8, 2013 |
In Leonora Carrington's 1938 short-story masterpiece "The Debutante," a young woman wants to disobey her mother's orders to go to a debutante ball, so she asks a hyena she has befriended to go in her place. The hyena fits into her ball gown but there is then the issue of the hyena's face so - spoiler-to-end-all-spoilers alert - they decide the hyena will tear off the maid's face and use it as her own. Aimee Bender comes from a similar planet, black-lit brazen and unapologetically wackadoodle, sidesplitting and buck wild.
August 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Cleaning crews have nearly finished removing green paint splashed on several national landmarks, and a 58-year-old woman arrested in one incident is also suspected in the others, police said. The landmarks included the Lincoln Memorial, the architectural wooden framework behind the altar of the Washington National Cathedral Children's Chapel and an organ in the cathedral's historic Bethlehem Chapel. Green paint was also found Monday on a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in northwest Washington's Thomas Circle and on a statue of Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian, on the National Mall.
July 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A woman was taken into custody Monday after someone splashed paint on two chapels inside the Washington National Cathedral, the third such incident in the nation's capital in four days. The Lincoln Memorial was defaced with paint Friday, as was a statue at one of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall on Monday. The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, is expected to be charged with defacing public property in the cathedral incident, said District of Columbia Metropolitan Police spokesman Paul Metcalf.
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July 29, 2013 |
Attorneys for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking on Monday offered a starkly different take on the life of a Kenyan domestic servant who prosecutors said was forced to work long hours for little pay. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Lincoln Memorial, one of Washington's most popular and iconic attractions, was temporarily closed Friday morning after a vandal threw green paint on the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Authorities from the National Park Service discovered the paint at 1:30 a.m., according to park rangers, but did not know who had defaced the statue or why. The green paint was splashed across the base of the statue, as well as Lincoln's legs and jacket. [ Updated, 7:10 p.m., PST July 26: The memorial was reopened Friday evening.
July 25, 2013 |
Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece "The Time Being" is truly like watching paint dry. This airless tale of struggling artist Daniel (Wes Bentley), who submits to a humiliating series of work assignments by a dying, mysterious recluse named Warner (Frank Langella), attempts to plumb the emotional depths of this pair of tortured souls yet never sufficiently makes us care about either. Director Nenad Cicin-Sain, who co-wrote with veteran producer Richard N. Gladstein, takes a style over substance approach, filling his frames with an abundance of gorgeously lit and composed images (kudos to cinematographer Mihai Malaimare)
July 15, 2013 |
Richard Artschwager, who died in February at 89, was that exceedingly rare artist who made paintings and sculptures of virtually equal merit. In contemporary art, usually it's one or the other. Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, and the differences between them constitute a gulf difficult for one artist to bridge. A few painters, such as Ellsworth Kelly, also manage estimable sculpture. Jeff Koons, to cite perhaps the most prominent current example of a sculptor-who-also-paints, has made some terrific sculptures since the 1980s, but every Koons painting I've seen has pretty much been a sad waste of canvas.