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January 3, 1998 | CATHY CURTIS
Creative thinking at a few of Orange County's smaller art exhibition venues promises to punctuate the coming year. Ruben Ortiz-Torres, a much-lauded artist who divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico City, will have his first survey show at the Huntington Beach Art Center (Sept. 12-Nov. 8), curated by Programs Director Tyler Stallings. Ortiz-Torres' work in photography, painting, video and installation reflects peculiar and pervasive misinterpretations of one culture by another.
January 28, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In the current issue of Granta, Bernard Cooper publishes an excerpt from his memoir “My Avant-Garde Education,” which is due out next year. Cooper , of course, is a memoirist and fiction writer ( “Guess Again,” “The Bill From My Father” ) of uncommon subtlety and nuance, who uncovers in the quietness of personal experience the tumult of being alive. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he's a quintessential local voice, working from out of what D.J. Waldie calls our “sacred ordinariness,” portraying the city not as mythic landscape but as a place where people live.
December 26, 2012 | By David Ng
The fields of art and architecture lost several notable names in 2012. The most high-profile death was that of Thomas Kinkade, the self-anointed “Painter of Light” who died in April at 58 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium. Kinkade gained a worldwide following for his paintings of cozy cottages and serene landscapes, but he was reviled by critics and most serious art connoisseurs. In Los Angeles, the year began on a sad note with the apparent suicide of Mike Kelley.
December 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Laure Prouvost, a French-born artist who specializes in filmed installations, is the winner of the Turner Prize, one of the highest honors in the visual arts. The annual award, which recognizes artists under 50 who were born in or are currently working in Britain, was presented on Monday by actress Saoirse Ronan at a ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The other nominees for the 2013 Turner Prize were Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Prouvost was considered a long shot for the award, with Sehgal having been expected by many to win. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview The award, organized by Britain's Tate, comes with a monetary prize of £25,000 ($40,900)
March 27, 1992
Hiro Yamagata, a Japanese artist who resides in Los Angeles, has launched a five-year, worldwide visual arts program for the disabled. The first Yamagata International Visual Arts Festival will be Nov. 13-15 in Tokyo. Organized in conjunction with Very Special Arts, an international association which provides arts programs for disabled people, the three-day festival is supported by a $6-million donation from Yamagata.
August 15, 1986 | CHRIS PASLES
Eighteen children, ages 6 to 10, are busy creating portraits of themselves and their families this week as part of a four-week summer camp in the arts at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. After writing autobiographies, the youngsters will illustrate them with two- and three-dimensional artworks and then move on to lessons in the dramatic arts. "This is the first time we've done the program," said Kelly Emmes, one of two coordinators of the program, which runs through Aug. 29.
July 5, 1992 | SHAUNA SNOW
Visual art accounts for $332,750 (or 11.1%) of the $3 million in cultural grants announced Monday by the city's Cultural Affairs Department. L.A. Contemporary Exhibitions tops the list of 21 organization grantees, receiving $35,000. Other recipients include Self-Help Graphics ($15,000), UCLA's Wight Art Gallery ($12,500), the L.A. County Museum of Art ($10,000), Black Choreographers of California ($6,400), St. Elmo Village ($6,000), and the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art ($5,000).
September 1, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
True to form, the art scene will use September as the warm-up for the big October push, with commercial galleries and nonprofit spaces offering a steady start to the fall season and the large institutions holding back a bit. The museums won't be completely dry this month. Notably, the Museum of Contemporary Art unveils its mid-career survey of New Yorker Terry Winters' oddly sumptuous paintings of bugs, fungi and other assorted lower-life forms (Sept. 15--Jan. 12).
February 23, 1993
Newhope Elementary School has received a national award for its visual arts program, one of only three California schools to receive such recognition, district officials said on Monday. The school was one of 56 nationwide to receive the Program Standards Award from the National Assn. of Arts and Education, said spokesman Alan Trudell. Of those, only two other recipients were elementary schools. "We're really excited about it. Thrilled is a better word," Principal Jim Franklin said.
September 30, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
The absence of visual arts in the Los Angeles Festival has elicited three reactions: --Outrage over exclusion of a major component of the arts community. --Indifference to what is essentially somebody else's party. --Approval, by purists, of separating the relatively inaccessible visual arts from more entertaining performing arts. I vote with the outraged, but not without ambivalence.
November 29, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
On Monday night, the Getty will present its inaugural J. Paul Getty Founder's Award to Harold Williams and Nancy Englander, who have helped lead the J. Paul Getty Trust -- and envision its future -- since 1981. The award will be given out annually to honorees internationally in the areas represented at the Getty -- art, research, conservation, and philanthropy. “It's fitting that the first award should go to the two people who gave intellectual structure and physical form to Mr. Getty's vision,” James Cuno, Getty president and CEO, said in a statement.  “And [two people]
November 19, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: P.S. Arts' “Express Yourself,” a creative extravaganza for children and teens, featured 30 arts and crafts booths where youngsters could spray-paint figurines, string beads, decorate goody bags, get runway-ready for the “E! Fashion Police” and partake in many other imaginative pursuits. Sweet treats were abundant, along with other edibles such as gourmet Kobe beef hot dogs. A family affair: A galaxy of stars treated their children to the event at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Sunday.
July 30, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The Santa Monica Museum of Art has received a $121,500 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for an upcoming exhibit exploring art and legislation. "Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy" will go on display in fall 2014 and will examine how public art throughout the Americas can act as an agent for social change. Curated by Lucía Sanromán, the show will feature works by Laurie Jo Reynolds, who led Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots campaign to close the supermax prison in Illinois.
July 19, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Blondie guitarist Chris Stein is back -- again . Never mind the new wave/pop punk band's 1997 reboot, or the fact that bits and pieces of its 10th album, “Ghosts of Download,” started leaking onto the Internet last month. Stein, also an accomplished photographer, will soon have his first art exhibition in more than 30 years at L.A.'s Morrison Hotel Gallery. “I had one show in London and one in New York in the early '80s -- that's it,” Stein says. “I always meant to do more, but music has been all encompassing.” PHOTOS: Chris Stein's Photo Exhibit In his late teens, Stein set out to become a photographer as well as a musician; he attended New York's School of Visual Arts in the late '60s with an emphasis on art photography.
July 9, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Joel Wachs hasn't been an Angeleno for a dozen years, but he still has his key to the city. And he feels its political tremors. L.A., where he made his political bones on the City Council, has just sworn in a new mayor - a brass ring he tried three times to grab. Only three other men served longer on the City Council than Wachs, but after 30 years as that rare political creature - a social liberal and fiscal conservative - he moved east in 2001, to head the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
May 29, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Velvet Underground settled a lawsuit with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over the use of a banana design that appeared on the band's album cover, Bloomberg News reports. Velvet Underground sued the foundation last year when reports surfaced that the foundation planned to license the image to Apple for use on iPhone and iPad accessories. The terms of the settlement, which came Wednesday in a New York federal court, were not disclosed. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times In the lawsuit, the Velvet Underground claimed it held the trademark to the image and sought damages and an injunction to prevent the foundation from licensing the artwork, according to Reuters.
January 20, 1990 | KRISTINE McKENNA
Black music is such an integral part of the fabric of American culture that it's hard to separate it out for examination. That, however, is the task the California Afro-American Museum sets for itself with "The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism." On view through March 4, this ambitious exhibition is ostensibly an exploration of the influence of African-American culture on 20th-Century art.
June 30, 1991 | SHAUNA SNOW
The visual arts account for $316,537 of $2,844,925 in L.A. Endowment for the Arts grants, which will be formally announced by the Cultural Affairs Department next Sunday. Many of the programs financed involve working with children, ranging from latchkey kids to troubled teens.
May 9, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The annual Alpert Awards in the Arts give a $75,000 boost to midcareer artists who often aren't well known but have earned respect in their fields. Among the higher-profile winners of this year's awards, funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and administered by California Institute of the Arts, is the married theater directing team of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, whose Nature Theater of Oklahoma is in fact based in New York City. Their latest work, the musical “Life and Times: Episodes 1-4,” recently was featured in the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival.
May 6, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Occidental College faculty Monday overwhelmingly voted resolutions of no confidence against the campus attorney and another high-ranking administrator for what critics contended was their inadequate responses to allegations of sexual assaults against women at the Los Angeles liberal arts school. The symbolic vote comes two weeks after a group of Occidental students, faculty and alumni filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the school failed to protect women from sexual assaults over the last few years.
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