Saltz on the Firing of L.A. MoCA’s Director, Paul Schimmel — Vulture

Saltz on the Firing of L.A. MoCA’s Director, Paul Schimmel — Vulture.

Ah, another nail in MOCA’s coffin means another chance to bask in the power and glory that is James Franco.

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style at the Getty

Pretty!

Wait…is that a Janet Jackson video?

Seriously.  I asked myself that question as I wandered through the Herb Ritts: LA. Style exhibition at the Getty.  And yet, there was no escaping it.  That not only was a Janet Jackson video (Love Will Never Do Without You) but the gallery showing the videos (I’ll assume Cherish and Wicked Game were also showing, I just missed being aghast at them.  Sorry, Chris and Madge.) was packed.  So people could watch music videos.  This is what happens when MTV just drops the M from its name. Continue reading

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Herb Ritts and the Cult of the Celebrity Photographer

Man, the 80s and 90s were a heady time for fashion and celebrity.  All you had to do was either be a model or someone who took pictures of models (or rock stars, movie stars, athletes…) and you became so famous that people started equating your work taking pretty pictures of pretty people being pretty with fine art.  At least in Los Angeles in 2012.

Earlier this month, Huffington Post, while writing about her being honored by MOCA, referred to Annie Leibovitz, rather foolishly, as arguably the greatest photographer ever (which it has since changed…thanks to the guffaws of roughly every commenter, ever) and I dismissed it as general Deitchian bullshit in service to the cult of celebrity.  After all, he’s already staged a Dennis Hopper exhibition and has taken up permanent residence in James Franco’s ass. Continue reading

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Weed Graffiti @ Beautiful Decay

Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design.

Finding the beauty in things others may find nuisances.

 

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Copenhagen: Roofs Under the Snow, My New Favorite Painting of the Day

Copenhagen: Roofs Under the Snow - Kroyer, permanent exhibit, LACMA

I went to LACMA last week and when the exhibition we planned on visiting wasn’t fully operational at the time, we decided to go up to the mysterious third floor of the Ahmanson Building, which featured a weird Rodarte exhibition where unappealingly 70s looking dresses were allegedly inspired by medieval religious iconography (hmm…) but was mostly sponsored galleries of artwork donated from private collections.

There was a lot of ornately carved marble, sandstone and alabaster, great, big Victorian portraits of unfortunate looking British people, various Rodins, Degas, Gauguins and Monets, and on a wall, next to a doorway to a gallery was a tiny, tiny canvas called Copenhagen: Roofs Under the Snow by Peder Severin Krøyer. Continue reading

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McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Ernest Hemingway, Yelper.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Ernest Hemingway, Yelper..

Entertaining randomness to end the year.

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“Homeless” by vjsuave on Vimeo

A pretty little video to send off 2011.  (Pay no attention to the ad at the end.)

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Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works by Chronicle Books

 

Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works by Chronicle Books - BOOOOOOOM! - CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works by Chronicle Books – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS.

Too late for Christmas but…want!

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Work of Art: The Big Show

Jerry considers confessing that he’s a hack while China thinks “Ooh, pretty.”

Work of Art ended Wednesday night, and despite all my complaints about how lackluster the season’s been, it rights its ship by rewarding the best technical artist in the finale who also put together the most cohesive show and I find I have nothing to say but that I’m glad it ended the way it did. Continue reading

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Swoon and Olek

I love both Swoon and Olek, and after hearing them talk about their work, you’ll love them, too.

Thanks, PBS.org.

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