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August 6, 2000
It's obvious Ted Wu knows nothing of Charles and Ray Eames (and little of art or design) when he complains that the article "Eames in Name and in Spirit" shouldn't have been placed under the heading "art" (Letters, July 30). His definition of art--subjective, whimsical and answering to no one but the artist--fits the work of the Eameses perfectly and is what lifts their work far above the work-for-hire of mere designers. Long after the efforts of objective, serious and toadying designers are forgotten, Charles and Ray's subjective whimsy will be still be rightfully gracing art museums.
June 20, 2002 | KATHY BRYANT
Tonight at 6:30, L.A.'s Natural History Museum presents "From the Hills to the Sea," a discussion on the development plans and ecology of the Westside green corridor, covering Baldwin Hills, Ballona Creek and Ballona Wetlands to the Santa Monica Bay. Speakers include Steve Fleishli of Santa Monica Baykeeper; Kimball Garrett of the Natural History Museum; Roy van de Hoek of the Sierra Club; and Jim Lamm of La Ballona Creek Renaissance. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd.
October 19, 1989
Architects for Shelter will present a benefit architectural tour of Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group is a coalition of architects in the area. Proceeds will go to the Ocean Park Community Center, which provides a network of shelters and other services for runaway youth, battered women, the homeless and others.
July 11, 2002
* "Mathematica," an exhibition designed by Charles and Ray Eames that celebrates the convergence of design and science, opens Friday at California Science Center in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, and runs through Sept. 8. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $6. For more information, call (323) 724-3623.
November 28, 1991 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Aaron Betsky teaches and writes about architecture
Two boxes face a meadow. They are made of industrial material, including a black-painted metal structural grid and panels of glass, stucco, metal and various compounds. There are no turrets, no sweeping roofs, no bay windows, no picture windows. There is just a simple set of spaces contained by a logical structure and placed almost nonchalantly at the edge of an unwatered meadow. The Eames House is quite possibly the most beautiful house in Los Angeles.
January 9, 2010
Don Kott Longtime auto dealer Don Kott, 78, who established a chain of auto dealerships, including his flagship operation in Carson next to the 405 Freeway, died Dec. 21 at his Long Beach home after battling cancer, his family announced. Kott was born March 21, 1931, in Los Angeles to Karl and Dora Kott. His father owned a Ford dealership in Wilmington, where Don started working in 1953, after graduating from USC. He took over the business in 1971, moved the main office to Carson in 1974 and over the years sold Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep, Mazda, Kia, Isuzu and Hino vehicles.
July 18, 1991 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Aaron Betsky teaches and writes about architecture
Most of Los Angeles is "first growth," that is the buildings you see are the first structures built on their sites. As the city gets denser, those buildings are being hollowed out, their original uses replaced by functions that are often more refined, but also more ephemeral. The anonymous shells of West Los Angeles are becoming enlivened by a continually changing, highly designed interior world.
November 25, 2011
DIGITAL "The Films of Charles and Ray Eames. " $79.99, available at the Museum of Modern Art online gift shop, . NONDIGITAL "California Houses of Gordon Drake. " $39.95, available at William Stout Publishers, . SPLURGE Grasshopper floor lamp, $875 at Design Within Reach, (800) 944-2233 or . BARGAIN Arts & Architecture prints, $19.95 each, . Thanks to Pacific Standard Time and in particular to the ongoing LACMA exhibition "Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965," L.A.'s Midcentury design pioneers are back in the spotlight.
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