CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2006 |
Downtown Los Angeles turned into a canvas dabbed with colorful contrasts Saturday as old-school art found itself combined with the new -- and well-heeled suburbanites found themselves mixing with down-and-out street people. A self-guided "art walk" along an eight-block section of the center of the city drew some 3,000 visitors to two dozen independent galleries. Most have popped up over the last two years in long-neglected storefronts to tap into downtown's burgeoning residential loft scene.
March 14, 2008 |
Marcel Duchamp is probably the most famous prankster who is also taken seriously as an avant-garde artist. Best known for tipping a urinal on its back to transform it into a modern sculpture, the French expatriate made a name for himself making fun of just about everyone who felt that their understanding of art elevated them above ordinary folks, especially those with a fondness for profane gags and laugh-out-loud silliness.