Shepard Fairey DAMAGED: vast, beautiful, unsettling

Visual arts
Ed. note: Guest contributor Dana Ross covers a new mega-show in downtown Los Angeles, providing photos & text.  DAMAGED, Shepard Fairey‘s new exhibit in Los Angeles, is vast and beautiful. His graphic sensibilities and social commentary rattle the bars on the cage and give us the strength to break out. Fairey is most famous for ...

Juan Bastos: California Portraits: people, places & pets 1

Visual arts
Shall I look at your Juan Bastos portrait? Or, should I look directly at you? That was the question at yesterday’s sneak peak of “Juan Bastos: California Portraits,” a rich exhibition of 40 portraits of prominent Californians painted by the Bolivian-American artist, a longtime resident of Los Angeles. The exhibit is part of Pacific Standard Time: ...

‘Variety’ got it dead wrong: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) 1

Film · Visual arts
On the occasion of the hugely talented, innovative and original filmmaker George Romero receiving his star on Hollywood Boulevard (the auteur director died in July) and the wonderful tribute event we attended (screening Romero’s marvelous and underrated CREEPSHOW) this past week, we sense that Romero’s pioneering in the horror genre can’t have been easy. A tough ...

Strange times for women echoed in Sullivan-Beeman paintings

Visual arts
These are disorienting times, as a parade of women spills forth the secrets and lies they have been porting in private, some for decades. Stories rife with shame, collusion, dominance, desperation all tap distressing emotions. Upside-down post-feminist realities careen, as well, through the fantasy portraits of Los Angeles artist Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman. Sullivan-Beeman is soon to ...

LACMA ‘Found in Translation’ documents Mexi-Cali design dialogue 1

Architecture & Design · Reviews · Visual arts
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From Sacramento to San Diego, California’s Mexican and Spanish underpinnings are as historic as they are pervasive. We often take those connections for granted, but LACMA’s exhibition “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985” offers a fascinating view of the influence and confluence between the two cultures in the 20th Century. It’s part ...

The Guadalajara scene seen by Hans Burkhardt

Visual arts
Hans Burkhardt, City At Night I – Guadalajara, 1957, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 60 inches Hans Burkhardt in Mexico, opening tonight at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, features major works painted in Mexico by the Los Angeles artist Hans Burkhardt over a span of more than 10 years beginning in 1950. Mexico’s contrasting architecture and ...

Pond·ering sixty years of art history

Visual arts
Sixty years, more or less one generation, brought us from Monet to Almaraz. To my eye, two works aligned in hot harmony. Above, the majestic vision of Los Angeles painter Carlos Almaraz, in his reconstituted four-panel Echo Park Lake (1982) — now on rare display at LACMA, as part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. (Our ...

Showing & telling the difficult: Laura Aguilar @ Vincent Price Art Museum

Visual arts
The wonderful Vincent Price Art Museum on the campus of East Los Angeles College has as its Pacific Standard Time LA/LA exhibit, “Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell,” opening Sept 16, the first comprehensive retrospective of the challenging photographer’s works. A series of talks and community events accompanies the show. This exhibition tells the story of ...

Tales of New York neurosis from Roz Chast

Language & ideas · Visual arts
New Yorker magazine cartoonist Roz Chast has a new book. That makes me super anxious. It’s not that I’m jealous. I would be totally fine, but I couldn’t sleep last night. I think the waiter at that restaurant was looking at me funny. Then my neighbors were keeping me up … Chast’s new book, Going ...

Parks & wrecks: Carlos Almaraz @ LACMA

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The ‘Los Four’ exhibition at Los Angeles County Art Museum in 1974 put the local art establishment on notice that a thriving scene was taking place in East Los Angeles and elsewhere in the Southland. The Chicano art renaissance was represented by four artists — Carlos Almaraz, Beto de la Rocha, Frank Romero and Gilbert ...