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December 16, 1998 | Irene Lacher
Roughly a zillion years ago, before Harvey and Bob Weinstein were Harvey and Bob Weinstein, they had to sneak into the Palais at the Cannes Film Festival because they were clueless when it came to scoring tickets. "We were watching this incredible movie, and we were sort of on the steps, and all of a sudden a gendarme decided to remove us," Weinstein told the crowd Thursday at Miramax's premiere of "Playing by Heart." "And without missing a beat, the man on the aisle said, 'Leave them alone.'
July 21, 1996 | WILLIAM WILSON
If you were around in a time now faded, nostalgia is a painful thing. These photographs of the L.A. art scene in its toddling heyday are like honey and vinegar. The subject of a book and an exhibition, they picture artists around the now-legendary Ferus Gallery in West Hollywood, where they presented the beginnings of the most original art that ever happened in the city. The artists pictured were nobody then.
When it comes to collecting art, Tom Patchett is no slouch. Every room in his Westwood home is chock-full of sculptures and paintings displayed overhead and underfoot, on doors, floors and windows. A few of them clang, gong or glow, and one even plays middle C on the piano. Says Patchett, owner of Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica: "Some people like landscapes hanging over the couch. That's not me." Neither is Patchett one to treat his artworks like precious museum treasures.
December 17, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE
The Standard Hotel was Hotel LaChapelle the other night when fashion photographer David LaChapelle threw an intimate soiree for about 80 to celebrate his color-saturated book of celebrity portraits ("Hotel LaChapelle," Bulfinch Press, $60). "I wanted to have sort of a holiday gathering and give everyone a book," said LaChapelle, who is very sweet despite his bad-boy, black-leather-clad image. The shutterbug is in town shooting a music video with electronica wunderkind Moby.
April 27, 1997 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
The first obstacle Tom Patchett had to overcome in his quest to carve out a niche for himself in the L.A. art community was getting people to forget he was the co-creator of the 1987 hit TV series "Alf." For all its talk of the merging of high and low culture, much of the art world still looks askance at the world of prime-time television, and that was precisely the world that made Patchett a rich man.
September 9, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
On Nov. 20, 1980, Ari Up, the 18-year-old lead singer of the influential punk band the Slits curled up on the scuzzy AstroTurf that bordered the pool of the now-gone Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Boulevard, her skirt clumped above her knees and a large dog with its paw over her wrist. Photographer Ann Summa, then in her late 20s, snapped a photo of the moment with her clunky Nikon camera. Suddenly Up opened her eyes, looked at Summa — a dedicated punk rock fan who had been faithfully documenting the scene — and told her where to go, in terms both certain and unpublishable.
December 8, 1996 | A.M. Homes, A. M. Homes' most recent books are "The End of Alice," a novel published by Scribner, and "Appendix A," published by Artspace Books, San Francisco
As I was finishing my last novel, I was aware of the strange sensation of something left unsaid--fictional shrapnel. I found myself hunkered down on my living room floor, cutting and pasting, painting. I turned out a series of primitive fetishistic figures different from any work I'd done before. The paintings were eight peculiar illustrations of my creative process--an amalgam of the character I'd created and the psychological debris of having lived with him, so to speak, for five years.
Susan Martin has been a publicist for 20 years and always nurtured a small fantasy that someday she'd get a client who would say, "Please keep my name out of the press." "You know, like the first family, or someone really famous," she said. "I wondered what that would be like." Now she knows. A month ago such a client walked through her door. Actually, it was a group of clients, although Martin will not be specific about the size.
January 24, 1999 | HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA-PHILIP, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a frequent contributor to Calendar
A few years ago, Charles Brittin nearly died of a liver ailment. He never expected to see a survey exhibition of his photographs such as the one that opened at the Craig Krull Gallery this weekend. As the photographer leafs through his show's catalog, published by Krull and Smart Art Press, he muses, "It's unbelievable that some people, because they like my work and they like me, have taken the step that I never did, which is to promote my work as art."
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