April 16, 2006
I enjoyed reading J.R. Moehringer's appreciation of the Frank Sinatra house ("'The House I Lived In,'" The Travel Issue, March 26). However, I was disappointed that he did not include the name of the architect who designed the building, E. Stewart Williams. All too often design is taken for granted, as if it just happened by itself, as if it sprouted from the ground or grew on a tree. Williams is featured in the documentary film "Desert Utopia: Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs," which premiered at the Palm Springs Art Museum a few weeks ago. Bill Stern Executive Director Museum of California Design Los Angeles
May 23, 2013 |
Palm Springs, already in the midst of a long-overdue makeover, is now scrapping an empty downtown shopping mall along once-fashionable Palm Canyon Drive, reopening some closed streets and preparing to showcase the start of its Downtown PS redevelopment. After losing its mid-century luster and enduring decades as a second-tier tourist destination, the desert city of nearly 46,000 is building again. Its target: to attract visitors to Palms Springs' burgeoning night life, art scene and retro-cool culture, supporters say. "There's been a changing of the guard," said commercial real estate broker Mark Spohn of Sperry Van Ness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 |
David Gilhooly, a prominent Northern California sculptor of fanciful frogs who was a founder of the Bay Area funk art movement at UC Davis in the early 1960s, has died. He was 70. He died Aug. 21 after collapsing at his home in Newport, Ore., said his wife, Camille Chang. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Whimsical and irreverent, Gilhooly was internationally acclaimed for his imaginative ceramic works of animals, food and other subjects. He started his career in 1962 as an assistant to sculptor Robert Arneson, who ran the freewheeling TB-9 ceramics studio at UC Davis.
HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2007 |
AS the architect of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Frank Sinatra's desert house and the mountaintop station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, E. Stewart Williams helped shape the look of that city. "He was an early environmentalist with his own spin on desert Modernism," says Michael Stern of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, a nonprofit preservation group that will honor Williams at 2 p.m. on Friday with a star on the city's Walk of Stars.
June 29, 2008 |
"This IS when I started leaving the smile behind. I felt calmer and I didn't feel the need to have all my models looking at me and blasting you with a histrionic expression." D.J. Hall is talking about "Reflection," her 2001 painting of fellow artist Candice Gawne. Neither blond nor giddy, like Hall's signature subjects, Gawne is seen in profile as if lost in thought over an afternoon cocktail.
June 23, 2012
No artists were more serious than the New York School of Abstract Expressionists. Even the word "school" carries with it something stiff and formal. Pop art, by way of contrast, was anything but solemn. If it could even be labeled a school, it would be of the variety for delinquents. "Pop! Goes the Humor," a new exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum (through Oct. 7), gleefully illustrates the theme of artists who don't take themselves too seriously. Originating in Britain in the 1950s, Pop really flourished in the U.S. in the following decade.