July 7, 2012 |
Inside the 12th floor conference room of his Broad Foundation in Westwood sat Eli Broad, the man the art world wanted to hear from after the forced resignation of Paul Schimmel, the longtime chief curator of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. Broad, who helped found MOCA in 1979 and is now its biggest donor, didn't have an official vote in the museum board's decision to oust Schimmel - his status as a "life trustee" means he's not a voting member....
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June 24, 2012 |
With the chilling pulse of the"Drive"movie soundtrack flooding their van, Calder Greenwood and his cohort sped into the shadows of the bridges overlooking the L.A. River east of downtown Los Angeles. They were on a mission to humanize the harsh industrial landscape of concrete, rusting metal, graffiti and whitewash. Their installation: A life-size papier-mache surfer. Deftly using wires and a concrete block, Greenwood placed the surfer smack in the middle of the waterway.
June 4, 2012 |
Shepard Fairey and Neil Young helped to unveil art dealer Perry Rubenstein's new Los Angeles gallery at a swank party on Saturday. The new art space isn't scheduled to officially open until late June, but Saturday's event was a soft launch attended by the press and a handful of art-world luminaries and celebrities. Fairey was on hand to unveil "Americana," a small exhibition of paintings inspired by songs from Young's new album of the same name. "Americana," by Young and the band Crazy Horse, features re-interpretations of classic American folk songs, including "Oh, Susannah," "Jesus' Chariot" and "Clementine.
May 25, 2012 |
Before the era of the 24-hour news cycle and weekly televised debates, the predominant and most creative outlet for presidential candidates to communicate their vision was the campaign poster. With "Presidential Campaign Posters" (Quirk Books), the Library of Congress takes a look back at two centuries of memorable election art. The book begins with the 1828 Andrew Jackson / John Quincy Adams race, spanning through 2008's Barack Obama / John McCain battle - including Shepard Fairey's memorable Obama "Hope" poster - and covering every campaign in between.
May 15, 2012 |
Shepard Fairey has a prominent new canvas - or 11. The street artist has teamed up with Neil Young to create the artwork for the rocker's new album with Crazy Horse, "Americana," the band's first release in nine years. Fairey isn't just tagging the cover - he's creating an original painting for each track on the album. The artwork will be for sale at a one-day private exhibition at Santa Monica's Perry Rubenstein Gallery on June 1 and is expected to be on display for the masses in upcoming music videos and the staging of Young's "Americana" tour.
May 4, 2012 |
Shepard Fairey has made his mark on an unexpected spot -- Drew Barrymore's Pinot Grigio. The street artist and actress teamed up to create a label for her eponymous variety that was released last month. The label features Barrymore's family crest and was designed by Fairey's Los Angeles-based creative firm Studio Number One, which counts Disney, Google and Comedy Central among its clientele. The $20 bottle of wine distributed by Wilson Daniels is made from grapes grown in Italy's northeast area of Triveneto.
April 25, 2012
ART The director Morgan Spurlock's debut exhibit as an art curator, "New Blood," lasers attention on his favorite themes of consumerism and media.It features work from L.A. fine art and street art staples, including Camille Rose Garcia, Shepard Fairey, Gary Baseman and many others. Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 8 p.m. Sat. thinkspacegallery.com.
October 27, 2011
BOOKS The Young Literati, a core group of supporters in their 20s, 30s and 40s, will be celebrating the Los Angeles Public Library's 139th year in business with a toast, as well as music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But nothing can be properly feted in Los Angeles without a few famous friends: Russell Brand, Demetri Martin, Henry Rollins and Shepard Fairey will be on hand for the event, contributing readings, performances and general literary-minded congeniality. Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. 8 p.m. Fri. (213)
July 28, 2011 |
Even in the Age of Gaga it's still necessary to remind the world that female artists face barriers. Yes, women are free to wear a meat dress or express themselves in any artistic way imaginable, which is an important, tectonic shift from the rigidity of decades past — but they are still struggling to pierce the armor plating of art's most sacred institutions. According to feminist artist and educator Judy Chicago, only 3% to 5% of artwork on display in the permanent collections of most major museums is by a female artist.
April 28, 2011 |
The obvious, already-engaged debate about "Art in the Streets," the show that L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art bills as "the first major U.S. museum exhibition on the history of graffiti and street art," is whether the genre deserves to be certified as museum-quality or decried as vandalism. But look beneath that surface, and the show at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary also poses questions that have roiled the museum world for the better part of a decade. In planning and executing an exhibition, when is it OK for a nonprofit art museum to forge ties with a profit-seeking art entrepreneur?