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May 24, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Keller, Texas — Angels pitcher Dan Haren wanted a special gift for his wife, Jessica. Something personal and out of the ordinary, but not gaudy or sappy. So, he thought, how about a painting? "It is different," Haren decided, staring at the portrait he commissioned as he stood before his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington earlier this month. "It's a unique thing to give someone a painting of yourself, your family. Pictures are one thing, but a painting is really interesting.
August 11, 2010 | Michael Gold, Gold is a special correspondent.
Their weapons are brushes; their battlefields are canvases. And here in China, where political dissent often leads to prosecution, the works of avant-garde artists can sometimes appear as threatening as a mass protest. Enter the Gao brothers, Qiang and Zhen, soft-spoken siblings who have long used startling images of Mao Tse-tung as a focal point for their sculptures, paintings and performance pieces. "I don't consider myself a dissident at all," said Gao Qiang, 48. "I never even think about this question.
Realism is often ridiculed for going to great lengths to depict what we can see withour bare eyes. Its detractors, who usually prefer the abstract perambulations of Conceptual art or the mesmerizing effects of abstract painting, treat Realism as if it were a unified style. The thought is that it's the work of uninspired artists whose sworn duty it is to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. At Koplin Gallery, "Drawings V" dispels such prejudice.
May 13, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Matthew Rolston packed the cavernous JF Chen gallery in Hollywood on Friday night to introduce L.A. to his latest project, "Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits," a series of photographs featuring all-too-human ventriloquist dummies. Much of the early coverage of the book has focused on the eerie and absurd qualities of the dummies (the Huffington Post declared them "creepy"), but through the 5-by-5-foot portraits on view at JF Chen, Rolston was able to reveal much more. Most evident: The large format of the portraits emphasizes the human hand behind each doll face: the rosy cheeks, the bushy brows, the eyelashes brushed on, one by one. Where skin has cracked, where painted makeup has chipped, where the 24/7 smiles yield to the realities of time, Rolston's subjects feel the most human.
November 7, 2008 | associated press
More than 30 portraits and images of Abraham Lincoln are going on display at the National Portrait Gallery in an exhibit that looks at how the 16th president shaped his public image from Illinois to the White House. The exhibit "One Life: The Mask of Lincoln" opens today at the museum in downtown Washington and will be on view through July. It comes just before the city celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in 2009.
March 7, 2013 | By Holly Myers
Given the extraordinary range of Catherine Opie's subject matter over the last 20 years - from Southern California freeways to Minnesota ice houses, the streets of Washington on President Obama's first inauguration to the interior of Elizabeth Taylor 's home, the fierce figure of performance artist Ron Athey to American high school football players - wh at's most striking initially about her recent work at Regen Projects is how closely it...
October 31, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
Wander around the home of Leonard Nimoy and you'll find very few mementos from all those years spent roaming the galaxy as Mr. Spock. He kept the last pair of pointy ears he wore on the "Star Trek" television series, and on one wall of his bright and airy home office there are two Hirschfeld drawings of the actor in his Starfleet uniform. But that's about it -- no movie posters, no models of the good ship Enterprise, no tribbles on the mantel. Instead, the walls and shelves reflect the passion of Leonard and Susan Nimoy for contemporary art. Some of the most interesting pieces are the actor's own photography, and tonight he will be at the Santa Monica Museum of Art for a one-night exhibition culled from his conceptual project "Who Do You Think You Are?"
December 1, 1985
English-born photographer Terry O'Neill has been shooting stars for more than 20 years. The portraits on these pages are from "Legends," a new book of his work from the 1960s and 1970s. From "Legends," by Terry O'Neill. Copyright Terry O'Neill, 1985. Reprinted by arrangement with Viking Penguin Inc.
March 8, 2013 | By Holly Myers
In "Double Feature," his first exhibition with Honor Fraser, Mario Ybarra Jr. explores the probably universal impulse toward cinematic identification, playing with the ways in which we project ourselves into the roles we encounter on the silver screen - or the flickering pixels of late-night television, as the case may be. The work is not especially subtle. In "Transformer, " a short video projected in the back gallery, the artist offers a decidedly hammy performance combining elements of "An American Werewolf in London" with Michael Jackson's "Thriller . " A series of large, occasionally garish self-portraits in the front room depicts Ybarra in the iconic roles of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
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