In front of a giant movie screen, Takashi Murakami speaks as a large, pink creature next to him flaps its arms up and down excitedly. Imagine your average pink manga character with human arms and legs topped off by a head with huge eyes and darker pink strands of what looks like hair. The cute chara ... More >>
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This week, a gorilla guards an oversized balloon sculpture, LACMA screens work by a pioneer in animation, and the swing set takes on new, psychological dimensions.
5. Power to destroy
Sculptor Sterling Ruby's ceramic basins look like miniature wastelands, full of destroyed, melted artifacts and bur ... More >>
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Using celebrities as artistic inspiration is certainly nothing new -- just ask anyone who ever tacked up an Andy Warhol poster in a dorm room. Yet, there is ce ... More >>
This week, creatures in crocheted suits wander Barnsdall Park, a role-player tries to make a virtual battle real, and an artist digs up the dark side of Google Street View.
5. Handmade monsters
When I first met artist Zac Monday, he was crocheting a cashmere scarf in a coffee shop. The scarf was so ... More >>
Carol ChehEarly works by Kelley at MOCA's "Under the Big Black Sun" exhibit
Los Angeles is now one brilliant mind short, as legendary artist Mike Kelley has been found dead, his gallery confirmed.
Born in 1954 in a suburb of Detroit, Kelley received his MFA from CalArts in 1978, made his wor ... More >>
Courtesy Gagosian GalleryDamien Hirst's 12-foot wide painting entitled Isonicotinic Acid Ethyl Ester (2010-11)
"I often get asked about the spot paintings," said artist Damien Hirst in 1997, interviewed eleven years after he'd begun painting colored dots on white, spacing them systematically ... More >>
"A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement... Polka dots are a way to infinity." --Japanese polka dot artist, Ya ... More >>
Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio, courtesy Gagosian Gallery and Piero Golia
In this week's print edition, Andrew Berardini looks at Piero Golia's exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. As he writes, "Writing about Golia typically requires a preamble, as the legend of the piece and ... More >>
Courtesy of Team GalleryRyan McGinley: Taylor (Rushing River), 2011
When Osama bin Laden was killed in May and young people, "the Millennials," gathered at the White House, Lafayette Park and Ground Zero in a surprising burst of euphoria, their optimism was unnerving. Did they really imagine ... More >>
Photo credit: Paula Goldman. Courtesy MOCA LA. A view of the 1995 Cy Twombly retrospective at MOCA
The painter Cy Twombly, who died Tuesday at the age of 83, has always, perhaps unfairly, been associated with high culture headiness. Sure, he came of age in New York alongside pop forerunners ... More >>