November 28, 2001 |
She looks like an ordinary little girl, holding the hand of an ordinary woman. But the 16th century painting of young Giulia de' Medici with her aunt on display at the National Gallery of Art is now considered to be the first European portrait to capture a girl of African descent.
October 3, 1999 |
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.
April 4, 2012 |
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.
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April 29, 2010 |
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."
February 7, 2011 |
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.
May 24, 2011 |
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.
December 16, 2011 |
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.
October 18, 2012 |
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.
March 7, 2013 |
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...
November 18, 2012 |
Call it the democratization of the right to look fabulous. It used to be that only models and celebrities had the wherewithal, through the wizardry of professional airbrushing or digital alteration, to look younger, thinner, fitter and more beautiful in their photos than in real life. But new advances in relatively cheap photo retouching apps and computer software are making it astonishingly simple for anyone to look hot at the push of a button. Computer photo-retouching software options include Portrait Professional (www.portraitprofessional.com, $29.95)