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November 25, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay
As the international creative director of Elle magazine for 40 years, fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon had the opportunity to shoot the world's most beautiful women. From supermodels to screen icons, many of his subjects reached icon status in fashion and pop culture. A newly opened photography exhibition celebrating women showcases a selection of his most captivating work for the magazine, where he was creative director and head photographer until 2009. On display to the public throughout the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles' lobby and Riviera 31 Bar, the 25 portraits in "Elles by Gilles Bensimon" have been mounted here after traveling throughout the country, with prior displays in New York, Washington and Chicago.
May 29, 2005 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
Sometime in the mid- to late 19th century, an artist whose identity is mysterious painted an elegant likeness of an older, rather grim-faced Peruvian woman wrapped in a luxurious royal blue shawl elaborately embroidered with white flowers and trimmed in fringe. The good-size painting -- about 3 feet tall and 2 1/2 feet wide -- turns up well into an absorbing survey of Latin American portraiture at the San Diego Museum of Art.
October 3, 1999 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, Christopher Knight is The Times' art critic
What, pray tell, was all that trembling, quaking and tearing of the hair about? When the calendar was set to tick over to the year 1000, only those Christians who took their New Testament bibles literally thought the big meltdown was at hand. Their dread, fueled by prophecies in the Book of Revelations, had been growing for a couple centuries--and for naught. If only they'd read their St. Augustine. He had condemned a literal interpretation of John the Evangelist as far back as the 5th century.
December 16, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The fist-sized rocks looked completely pedestrian, like something one might find in the backyard. The only hint that they might be exceptional was their location in a gallery at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, resting on pedestals inside individual display cases. In fact, the rocks are anything but ordinary - they're borrowed from the UCLA Meteorite Collection. The university had wanted to loan fancier-looking specimens, but curator Stephen Nowlin deliberately chose the least impressive space debris he could find.
April 4, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times
Tony Millionaire spends his nights in the garage. That's where you'll find him, in a space built just wide enough for a Model T, bent over his drawing table until 4 a.m., a beer never far from his fingertips. The wife and kids can hear him in there, listening to talk radio or laughing and shouting, with the occasional crash when things are not going well. He is happy this way, a cartoonist left to his own whims and solitude at his 1926 home in Pasadena, drawing his weekly "Maakies" comic strip about a hard-drinking, suicidal crow or his ongoing series of portraits of the famous and infamous for publications such as the Believer and New York Magazine.
February 7, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Owen Roizman has spent his career behind a camera, first as the five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer of such classics as 1971's "The French Connection," 1973's "The Exorcist" and 1976's "Network" and for the last 14 years as a still portrait photographer. In fact, he says he never travels without a digital camera in his pocket just in case he meets an interesting face. It was photographer Douglas Kirkland who introduced Roizman, 74, to the world of digital photography and software such as Adobe Photoshop.
April 29, 2010 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Their expressions are solemn, their smiles subtle, their postures proud. One clenches his fists in the air, another stares intently at the Bible. There is a 96-year-old former Thai tennis champion who helped found the Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood. An 88-year-old Polish woman who helped hide Jews during World War II. An 88-year-old Iranian professor who said, "Tragedy has made my softer skin hide behind a harder one." Their photographs and stories are part of a new exhibit called "Quiet Heroes/Over 80."
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.
October 18, 2012 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 384 pp., $28 Edward Curtis was given many names by the native peoples he encountered in his journeys across the North American continent. The Sioux named him for a rock formation, "Pretty Butte. " The Hopi saw him sleep on an air mattress and called him "The Man Who Sleeps on His Breath. " And the Navajo gave him the moniker that was perhaps most apropos to his profession: "Shadow Catcher.
October 27, 2011
ART With his instantly recognizable style and near epic status in the art world for many decades running, the return of Chuck Close to Los Angeles is suitably grand. Blum & Poe will mount an exhibition of the acclaimed artist's works — not only his first exhibition with the gallery but also his first one-person show in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years — which will occupy three downstairs gallery spaces and will feature portraits of artists Kara Walker, Laurie Anderson and Zhang Huan, musician Paul Simon and arts patron Agnes Gund, as well as the latest batch of Close self-portraits.
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