January 23, 2000 |
Like some melancholy deity desperately seeking worshipers, the woeful, homely mug of the late French wrestling champ Andre Roussimoff, a.k.a. Andre the Giant, has for the last two years quietly observed Los Angeles from utility boxes, construction sites and hijacked billboards. So it comes as no surprise that a tour abroad was in order.
February 15, 2014 |
Growing up in a working-class London suburb beset by dull classes and endless winters, Dean Stockton often escaped into a dream vision of California fueled in equal measure by "Back to the Future" and the skateboard bible Thrasher magazine. "When I was 12 or 13," he recalls, "I watched this guy in 'Back to the Future' holding onto the back of a car skateboarding down beautiful-looking streets in the sunshine and I was like: 'That's where I need to be!'" Decades later, Stockton, who signs his work as "D*Face," finally made it to Southern California, bringing with him a cheeky anything-is-fair-game aesthetic.
April 11, 2014 |
Barely three months after their release from Russian prison, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova sit outside a Santa Monica hotel, smoking cigarettes, insisting that their group Pussy Riot is not a band. "People sometimes think we are a musical group and think we can do a performance," Tolokonnikova, 24, says with a smile, leaning forward. Alekhina, 25, nods between drags, and adds, "But it's not true. We're another thing. " Still, the noise from a notorious one-song performance of "A Punk Prayer" inside Moscow's Orthodox Christian cathedral in 2012 was potent and outrageous enough to land the pair a nearly two-year prison stay in the Gulag for what prosecutors called "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.
October 29, 2012 |
The foundation of the late artist Keith Haring has awarded a $1-million grant to the Whitney Museum of American Art to help fund exhibitions at the museum's planned space in downtown New York. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano in New York's fashionable meatpacking district, is scheduled to open in 2015. It will feature space for temporary exhibitions and gallery area for the museum's permanent collection. The building will also feature a retail shop, restaurant and cafe.
April 9, 2013 |
An 18th century Chinese bowl fetched a record $9.5 million at a Sotheby's auction. The Ruby-Ground Double-Lotus "falangcai" bowl sold Monday to Hong Kong antiques dealer William Chak after 11 bids. The price surpassed pre-sale estimates of about $9 million to set the record for Chinese Kangxi ceramics. The Qing Dynasty bowl wrapped in lotus flowers is thought to be one of the earliest imperial ceramics made with Western enameling techniques. ART: Can you guess the high price?
December 17, 2013 |
Singer, songwriter and producer Linda Perry has been chosen as the "visionary" for the Art of Elysium's seventh annual Heaven Gala in Los Angeles in January. The Art of Elysium is a charitable organization that brings creativity into the lives of hospitalized children through its network of volunteer musicians, artists, fashion designers, writers, filmmakers and actors. “We create a world around them that's very, very different from the world they're in and we empower the children to see things far beyond their hospital rooms,” says founder Jennifer Howell.
October 11, 2012 |
It has become an art-world axiom that street art is big business. But how much is a piece of wall graffiti by a big-name talent worth exactly? Bonhams has announced that it will hold an auction in Los Angeles featuring more than 80 works by some of the most prominent names in urban art, including Banksy, Blek le Rat, Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Revok, Speedy Graphito, Space Invader, Saber and more. The auction, set for Oct. 29, is being billed by...
October 24, 2012 |
Still a relatively new presence in the Los Angeles art scene, Matthew Marks Gallery is already expanding the footprint of its West Hollywood space. The gallery said it is opening a new building -- and a space for visitor parking -- just a few steps away from the one it opened in January. The gallery's newest building, located at 7818 Santa Monica Blvd., is just around the corner from the one at 1062 N. Orange Grove Ave. (The buildings aren't physically connected.) It said the new space is expected to open Nov. 1 for the gallery's exhibition devoted to Jasper Johns.