Tom Christie

LACMA; Credit: Wikipeda commons

LACMA to Shutter Film Program, Rethink It

Michael Govan and Ian Birnie sat on the patio at the L.A. County Museum of Art today and explained the dismantling of their film department. Which is to say, Govan planted an IED and Birnie did his best to throw his body over it. The fact that the bomb won't......
Geoff Dyer; Credit: Jason Oddy

Geoff in London, Interview in Absentia

Geoff Dyer’s new novel, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, has received a lot of attention, much of it positive, some not so. A pairing of two novellas that may or may not feature the same character — if not exactly the same, they are similar enough — it is......

THE AUCTION IS IN!

Get out your handkerchiefs, people, and weep with joy. Just when you thought you'd had enough art auctioneering (post-Incognito and FRESH) to last till the ...

BIDDING IN THE NAME OF ART

It's round two of the Spring art auctions, and a leaner but feisty MOCA steps into the ring with its FRESH silent auction. Featuring work donated by some 25...
A.R. Penck

Walking Through Two Germanys

LACMA’s sprawling survey of postwar German art, “The Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures,” occupies — fills — the entire second floor of the Broad Contemporary. Arranged chronologically, in 11 galleries, it begins in the ’40s, before there were two Germanys, and ends in the ’90s, after the wall came......
ArtLA

Rude Celebrity Sightings

I never thought I’d hear the words, and they were even more ridiculous than imagined. Entering ArtLA’s “gala” opening on Thursday, I happened to fall in behind the comedian/actor/director Albert Brooks and his lovely wife just as they were being stopped by a young lady whose job it was to......
Kirsten Stoltmann

Art LA and Los Angeles Art Show

Sometimes, it’s all about the bathrooms. Or, at least partly about the bathrooms, and those at the L.A. Convention Center, says Kim Martindale, are “real.” Martindale is taking his Los Angeles Art Show downtown this year, a decision he says took two years to make: “I feel like now’s the......
Novelist Per Petterson; Credit: Torunn Nilsen

Novelist Per Petterson on Voice, Landscape and His "New" Novel, To Siberia

The Norwegian author Per Petterson burst onto the international scene last year with his novel Out Stealing Horses, which won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and appeared on all kinds of best-of-the-year lists, including The New York Times’ and L.A. Weekly’s. I’m joking when I say burst because Petterson,......
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