August 23, 2009 |
Only months out of graduate school, painter Jeni Spota had her first solo gallery show. Not that unusual, perhaps, in an art world that mirrors the broader culture's lust for youth and novelty. The show, at Chinatown's Sister gallery, sold out before it opened. A few months later, Spota had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, part of a series featuring emerging area artists. Such a show, early in a career, is also becoming less out-of-the-ordinary, but hers was the first in the series, recalls curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, "where I had to borrow every piece from collectors, major collectors," most notably Paris-based FranÃ§ois Pinault, and L.A.'s Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson.
May 7, 1989 |
The new Edgemar development on Santa Monica's Main Street is more than merely a mini-mall with class. Edgemar is the flagship for a new armada of sophisticated and urbane neighborhood shopping complexes sailing onto the streets of Los Angeles. In the early 1980s, the deluge of poorly planned and crudely designed mini-malls that flooded the city gave the type a bad name. Traffic problems, front-apron parking, garish signage and cheap materials created instant eyesores. Neighboring residents were provoked to lobby City Hall for anti-mini-mall zoning restrictions and building moratoriums.
January 30, 2011 |
Forever 21, the Los Angeles-based retailer famous for selling runway-ready looks for less than the cost of lunch at La Scala, will debut its first-ever designer collaboration on Friday ? with local designer Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia. The 11-piece collection includes cardigans, knit and denim hot pants, bandeau tops, mini-dresses and over-the-knee socks ? all in the famously pink-haired designer's beloved stripes and bright colors. Standout looks include a hot pink sweater with embroidery detailing and tiered, ruffled short sleeves; a black V-neck cardigan with red and hot pink trim; and a striped tube dress with spaghetti straps (strictly for the very young, of course)
February 12, 1989
Your reporter (Tracy) Wilkinson wrote an article about the criminal arraignment of a Santa Monica developer, Abby Sher, in connection with events surrounding her Edgemar museum-restaurant complex on Main Street. (Times, Jan. 15.) On Jan. 29, you printed a letter from the museum director, Thomas Rhoads. Rhoads' letter attempted to "correct some factual errors" in the Wilkinson article, regarding the relationship between this developer, Edgemar and the museum. Rhoads went to some length to draw a distinction between Sher's business dealings and the operations of the museum, objecting to Wilkinson's use of the term "private museum," and commenting that "in fact, the museum is a separate entity from Edgemar."
November 28, 2002 |
WHAT happens when you take a museum, a mall, an artist, an idea and 200 kids and put them together? The first installation from the Santa Monica Museum's "Wall Works" program, a 19-foot mural whose components are surprisingly varied, an imaginative collage of shapes and images, from frogs to turtles, lizards, fish and serpents. The mural, on display at the Santa Monica Place Mall just outside the third floor of Robinsons-May, is a collaboration of the museum, Santa Monica Place, L.A.
November 30, 1994 |
A new show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art is called "The Layered Look: Towards an Aesthetic of Accumulation Among Six Los Angeles Artists." In addition to being too long, that title sounds a little odd for an art exhibition. It evokes the world of fashion and the shameless self-aggrandizement that surrounds it. Potential viewers may rest assured the handle is ironic to the point of hostility. This exhibition is about desperation. The French call it desespoir , which literally means "without hope."
November 14, 2002 |
Jeremy Blake's digital art is painting made animate, color and pattern transformed from stagnant image into slow, liquid, meditative motion. Working initially with ink and gouache drawings (and at times sketching directly onto the computer), Blake manipulates his work into dreamlike DVD animations.
July 29, 2001 |
In the lofty main gallery of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Liga Pang is overseeing the construction of her room-sized installation using bamboo, part of a "New Work" show. While that may suggest a thicket of tall and solid poles, the raw materials of her opus are the twiggy tips of Japanese bamboo, thousands and thousands of them, painstakingly tied together to create a delicate web that hints at the dual essence of bamboo, flexible but strong, simple yet versatile.
September 10, 2008 |
There are giants of the art world, and then there are true giants of the art world. Martin Kersels -- sculptor, videographer and performance artist -- stands 6 feet 6 and weighs more than 350 pounds. To say that he is a big man would be a gargantuan understatement. Usually, an artist's physical size bears little if any relationship to his work, but that's not true in Kersels' case. His art is often about scale -- his own girth but, more important, the idea of largeness and how that affects a person's movement through space.