No matter how much new art continues to appear, an age-old question remains: what makes something art?
No one knows that question better than art historian, author and professor Richard Meyer. The Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University recently released a new book ... More >>
By Jef Otte
The Internet is about to radically change, and hardly anyone knows it.
Think about it like a phone system: The Internet operates on just a handful of top-level domains (TLDs) -- like .com and .org -- that function like area codes. Right now, the internet needs more of them. And pretty ... More >>
This week's list includes a flute concert inside a video art installation, a carefully planned twenty-minute argument, and an exhibition that's like a film set.
5. Crash site abstraction
Owen Kydd's video Composition Warner Studio shows a black plastic garbage bag crinkling and billowing in front o ... More >>
"John Baldessari is so successful, he carries absolutely nothing in his pockets," says gravelly-voiced Tom Waits, halfway through a six-minute film about the 80-year-old, 6 feet, 7-inch tall, L.A. pop-conceptualist. "Not a thing," Baldessari confirms.
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the duo behind ... More >>
This week's picks pretty much sum up the year: L.A. boosterism, '70s nostalgia, autobiographical installation art and women artists recognized a few decades late.
5. The Original Paparazzo
At MOCA, Weegee is more showman than craftsman. The photographer, who started his career as an aggressive New ... More >>
These hard times have manifest in such hit cable shows as Pawn Stars, Hardcore Pawn and Storage Wars -- television programs about used crap.
But don't think the folks of Beverly Hills are immune to the Great Recession. The gilded city also has folks who want to sell stuff for quick cash. It' ... More >>
Last week saw the release of the official poster for the 54th Grammy Awards, which was designed by the patron saint of L.A. architecture, Frank Gehry.
At first, the poster seems to be another flailing attempt by the Grammys to maintain their relevance in a world where the value of music, and ... More >>
marcopierrewhite.orgMarco Pierre White in Afghanistan
It's probably safe to say that Marco Pierre White, the English chef who famously earned three Michelin stars at the age of 33 -- at the time the youngest chef ever to do so -- and just as famously gave them up six years later when he reti ... More >>
CANNES, FRANCE -- That faint noise wafting in mid-afternoon from across the Atlantic will not be the cacophony of bravos raising the Grand Palais roof in appreciation of the 65th Cannes Film Festival's opening attraction -- rather it will be the sound of the prolonged smooch that the fest's ... More >>
Charles MallisonNite Jewel When we dream of gods speaking, they all sound like Werner Herzog. Revelations granted by viewing Cave of Forgotten Dreams and the following Q&A on Saturday night at the Natural History Museum only made this man seem more like an immortal: Herzog has shot on every c ... More >>
John CaleJohn Cale's album before Paris 1919 was called The Academy in Peril. Last night, at UCLA's Royce Hall, the academy was never in real peril.
Sure, there were a couple of moments (see below), when the academy was under a vague risk of being slighted soiled, of being smeared a little w ... More >>
'La Femme Au Chapeau Bleu.'Federal authorities today announced charges against Los Angeles gallery owner Tatiana Khan, whom the FBI alleges commissioned a fake Picasso drawing, sold it for $2 million, and purchased a real Willem de Kooning painting with part of the profits.
The 69-year-old p ... More >>
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Noises OnCool Cats and Hot ActorsAct 1 of the Burglars of Hamm's hilarious and thought provoking comedy, Land of the Tigers, outlandishly crosses Cats with Planet of the Ape ... More >>