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Daniel Blimes

Daniel Blimes is a Los Angeles based painter whose current work is a series of portraits, faces and figures rendered in oil in a fascinatingly textural approach. Many of the works are almost monochromatic save for key passages, others are rich with subtle variations in color. His textures combine striations, stipple and linear geometric marks in a way that gives them an appealingly graphic quality. Blimes uses directional marks to aid in the definition of the form and the flow of your eye thr...
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Arcadia, Gallery And Museum Art, Blimes, Daniel Blimes

AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary, April 12th – 14th, 2019

LAABF, via Printed Matter This past weekend, Los Angeles residents and visitors from far afield flocked to the City of Angels for the annual opening of Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair (LAABF) the West Coast companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair.  Marking a unique and wide-ranging look at the current status of art publishing […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, West Coast, Art News, Featured Post

On April 16, 100 Solos For Merce Cunningham’s 100th Birthday (And You Can Watch Them Anywhere)

“One night. Three cities. Seventy-five dancers. And three unique sets of 100 solos, all choreographed by Merce Cunningham.” And if you can’t be in London, New York, or Los Angeles to watch in person, here’s how to stream them live. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Dance, London New York, Merce Cunningham, 04.15.19

The Winners Of The LA Times Book Prizes Cover Today’s Hot Topics

And also the hot topics of 80 years ago. While Rebecca Makkai won best novel for The Great Believers, “Julia Boyd won the History prize for chronicling the Nazi party’s ascent to power in Travelers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism 1919-1945, a project that relied heavily on nearly century-old pieces of paper. ‘For anyone out there who has a box of letters in their attic and is thinking of throwing it out, don’t. Please,’ Boyd said.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Words, LA Times, Boyd, Julia Boyd, Rebecca Makkai, 04.12.19

Mike Kelley Foundation Gives $400,000 to LA Arts Groups

The Mike Kelley Foundation in Los Angeles has named 10 recipients of its 2019 Artist Project Grants, totaling $400,000 going to local groups. “This year’s recipients of the Artist Project Grants exemplify the innovation, rigor, and daring that the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts supports,” says Mary Clare Stevens, executive director of the Mike Kelley Foundation. […]
Tags: Art, News, Los Angeles, Art News, Minipost, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Mike Kelley Foundation, Mary Clare Stevens, LA Arts Groups

Los Angeles Approves Funding For New LACMA Building With Help From Brad Pitt And Diane Keaton

The county board of supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the current plan and release $117.5 million in taxpayer funding for it, despite last-minute entreaties from some art and architecture critics who urged the board to vote against the project. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Brad Pitt, Visual, Diane Keaton, 04.11.19

After 40 Eventful Years, Gay Men’s Chorus Of Los Angeles Tries To Fight Off Bankruptcy

“Fiscal mismanagement, as well as recent sexual misconduct allegations leveled at former board chairman and former West Hollywood Mayor John Duran (accusations that Duran denies), have left the chorus on life support … The chorus has reduced its paid staff, dramatically cut production costs and promised to settle debts to vendors as quickly as possible, but the misconduct allegations have presented other challenges.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, SJM, Duran, John Duran, 04.04.19

Roberto: With A Song

With a bass line and percussion that encourages head-nodding, LA-based singer/songwriter Roberto’s “With A Song” is a lovely bedroom-pop song with a perfectly unfinished tinge. “Unreleased demo” is all the song’s bio reads, but the track gleams with promise. Roberto shows writing prowess and an uncanny ability to weave in and out of the melody. There’s autotune, a distortion and playfulness—and it all works.
Tags: Music, Design, La, Los Angeles, Pop, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Roberto, Bedroom Pop

New York – Friedrich Kunath: “All Your Fears Trapped Inside” at JTT Through

Friedrich Kunath, All Your Fears Trapped Inside (2019), via JTT Presented at its New York exhibition space, JTT Gallery has tapped Los Angeles-based artist Friedrich Kunath for All Your Fears Trapped Inside, a solo show documenting the artist’s ongoing experimentation with modes of understanding and collective memory, articulated through collections of material and his own works. Kunath, […]
Tags: Art, New York, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, JTT Gallery, JTT, Friedrich Kunath

LA County Museum’s $750M Contraction (Yes, You Read Right) Is A Travesty

Joseph Giovannini: “What we are witnessing is the systematic destruction of an institution whose history has been chaotic, whose architecture has been less than perfect, but that was at the same time on the verge of greatness, had a proper director been chosen to lead its rebirth,” said one prominent Los Angeles museum figure, who like virtually everyone I interviewed asked for anonymity. – LA Review of Books
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, LA County Museum, Joseph Giovannini, 04.05.19

Absurd? Why Would LA County Museum Of Art Spend $650M To REDUCE Its Gallery Space?

Christopher Knight: “What was once a project designed to add nearly 50,000 square feet of critically needed gallery space committed to showcasing the museum’s impressive and still-growing permanent collection of paintings, sculptures and other global works of art has been turned on its head. Now, rather than enlarge the capacity, the scheme is to reduce the existing gallery square footage by more than 10,000 square feet.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, Christopher Knight, 04.03.19, LA County Museum Of Art Spend

With dragons and dangerous cliffs, Museum of Illusions offers new 3D adventures

The Museum of Illusions in Los Angeles has reopened with all-new interactive exhibits. The 3D artwork lets you be part of each scene, and of course, you’re welcome to photograph and share your adventures through the two-story space. The pieces range from cartoony and whimsical to realistic landscapes. You can hang out with peaceful elephants, steal treasure from a dragon’s lair, brave falling off a cliff and more. The Museum of Illusions is open 10 a.m.-midnight daily at 6751 Hollywood Blvd. Tic...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Samantha, Skye, Wilson, San Bernardino, Riverside, La Puente, Palmdale, Isabelle

LA Times Restaurant Critic’s Fabulous April 1 Takedown Of NY Restaurants

In Los Angeles, we’re spoiled by the breadth and quality of our dining options. In addition to outstanding year-round produce, I can get great huaraches, refreshing mul naengmyeon and impeccable chả giò within 15 minutes of where I live. But what about New York, a largely culturally bereft island that sits curiously between the Hudson and East Rivers at the foot of the Catskill Mountains? Sure, we’ve all heard of hotdogs, a staple of every New Yorker’s diet, famously gnawed on by rodent and hu...
Tags: Art, New York, Los Angeles, Hudson, Issues, Catskill Mountains, 04.01.19, LA Times Restaurant Critic, NY Restaurants, East Rivers

The Family Acid: California, a far-out photo album from a very unconventional family

For more than 50 years, photographer Roger Steffens has explored the electric arteries of the counterculture, embracing mind-expanding experiences, deep social connection, and unadulterated fun at every turn. After serving in Vietnam at the end of the 1960s, Steffens immersed himself in California’s vibrant bohemia. With his wife Mary and children Kate and Devon, he sought out the eccentric, the outlandish, and the transcendent. Just as often, it found him, grinning, a camera in one hand and a ...
Tags: Art, Post, Photography, Design, News, California, Los Angeles, New York Times, Devon, Dennis Hopper, Vietnam, Kate, West Coast, Berkeley, Death Valley, 1960s

Download Original Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: A Digital Celebration of the Founding of the Bauhaus School 100 Years Ago

In 1919, German architect Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus, the most influential art school of the 20th century. Bauhaus defined modernist design and radically changed our relationship with everyday objects. Gropius wrote in his manifesto Programm des Staatlichen Bauhauses Weimar that “There is no essential difference between the artist and the artisan.” His new school, which featured faculty that included the likes of Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky, did indeed...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, New York, London, Yahoo, College, Berlin, Los Angeles, Munich, Wassily Kandinsky, Mainz, Weimar, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, Kunst Munich

Kooshoo introduces the first plastic-free, sustainable hair ties

Amid growing concerns of plastic waste around the world, one company has created sustainable hair ties that are better for the environment. Made from organic materials like cotton and rubber, Kooshoo has come up with the world’s first plastic-free hair ties that are completely biodegradable. These hair ties come in a variety of colors and styles and are made with sustainability in mind — from the way the materials are sourced to how the products are manufactured. About the company Jesse and...
Tags: Design, California, Los Angeles, Organic, Features, Canada, Innovation, Biodegradable, Plastic Waste, Rachel, Jesse, Victoria Canada, Plastic Free, Kooshoo, Sustainable Hair Ties, Global Organic Textile Standard Natural

ArtCenter's Jenny Rodenhouse on Integrating VR/AR Technologies into Design School Curriculum 

Jenny Rodenhouse, this year's Core77 Design Awards Design Education Initiatives Jury Captain is an artist, designer, and researcher in Los Angeles exploring our increasingly immersive, screen-based lifestyles. As the Director of the Immersion Lab at ArtCenter College of Design, Rodenhouse works with both the Interaction Design Department and Media Design Practices MFA program at ArtCenter to discover ways in which mixed reality technologies can enhance our lives. The ArtCenter graduate also has ...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, Los Angeles, Tech, Sam, Filip Kostic, Designer Profiles, Core77 Design Awards, Microsoft Research, Jenny Rodenhouse, ArtCenter College of Design Rodenhouse, Jenny RodenhouseIn, Rodenhouse, Immersion Lab, ArtCenter College of Art, HTC Vives Oculus Rifts Microsoft

Andy Martin Flies High

The jazz bands of the United States military services have long histories of impressive achievement. Let’s see and hear the veteran Los Angeles trombonist Andy Martin with the US Air Force’s Airmen Of Note in a 2012 concert in Washington, DC. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Washington, Los Angeles, United States, US Air Force, Ajblogs, Andy Martin, 03.26.19

Los Angeles – Zoe Leonard: “Survey” at MOCA Through March 25th, 2019

Zoe Leonard, Survey (Installation View), via Art Observed It’s difficult to place the work of artist Zoe Leonard in any one box. Not only is she a roving polymath in her creative practices, her pieces frequently move between and through various disciplines and practices simultaneously. She’s known as a photographer and sculptor, yet in other modes her […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Zoe Leonard, Moca

Gaillard With Parker, Gillespie, Marmarosa, et al

Here’s a gathering of 1940s Los Angeles all-stars. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Ajblogs, Gaillard, 03.21.19, Parker Gillespie Marmarosa

Soulection’s 400th Episode

Soulection (Soundcloud sensation turned Beats 1 radio show) is hosting a ticketed recording of their 400th episode in Los Angeles on Saturday, 23 March. Joe Kay, the show’s co-founder and head A&R, recorded the first episode in January of 2011 and has since amassed over five weeks’ worth of recorded audio—that’s not even including his live shows and DJ sets, which he does almost nightly—and …
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Live, Radio, Culture, Hip-hop, Beats 1, Linkaboutit, Concerts, Live Performances, Soulection, Joe Kay, Radio Shows

A Look at Six Car Design Specialties, Part 1: The Stylist

"Just imagine being able to take a thousand different bits of metal; and if you fit them all together in a certain way, and then if you feed them a little oil and petrol; and if you press a little switch; suddenly those bits of metal will all come to life. And they will purr and hum and roar. They will make the wheels of a motor-car go whizzing round at fantastic speeds…."That quote is from Roald Dahl's book Danny, the Champion of the World, where the young car-nut protagonist recounts his fathe...
Tags: Design, Roald Dahl, Cars, Los Angeles, Arizona, Gm, Pasadena, Acura, Danny, Acura Design Studio, ArtCenter College of Design, Randall Smock

Tempus Now’s SS19 Homage to Africa, Afrofuturism

Contemporary menswear infused with African tradition Tempus Now, helmed by South African-born designer Ora Fine, is an LA-based label that fuses African influences and processes into contemporary menswear releases. For SS19, Fine designed a collection called Afrofuturism—pulling from his intellectual and creative memories to create clothing that’s representative of his world; a place somewhere between South Africa and LA. “I was looking for context as …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, La, Clothing, Africa, Los Angeles, Tradition, South Africa, Craft, Apparel, Menswear, Ss19, Ora Fine, Tempus Now

Interview: MVMT Watches Co-Founder Jake Kassan

How one minimal wristwatch brand set itself apart from the rest A few months after MVMT watches raised $220,000 on Indiegogo—back in 2013—co-founder Jake Kassan reached out to us via LinkedIn. He wanted to get his products in our hands. The brand was growing. Their site traffic and sales were increasing. And their social media presence was nothing short of exponential. Today, they’ve got one …
Tags: Design, Crowdfunding, Los Angeles, Social Media, E-commerce, Watches, Branding, MVMT, Movado, Watch Design, MVMT Watches Co, Jake Kassan

Behind the Scenes at the Acura Design Studio

This is a story about how Acura lost their way, then refocused on design to successfully reinvigorate the brand. If you're a designer, a car fan or simply someone who follows the sector, we think you'll enjoy and/or learn from this look at what's been going on, behind the scenes, over at the Acura Design Studio. Roughly four years ago the company started making some major changes and now, with the recent release of the new RDX, have had their renewed focus on design validated by some startling s...
Tags: Japan, New York, Design, California, Cars, America, Los Angeles, General Motors, Canada, Lexus, Gm, Kelley Blue Book, Tokyo, Ohio, Bmw, Mclaren

Solar-powered home takes advantage of cooling ocean breezes in Los Angeles

Crafted to embrace spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ziering Residence is defined by its dramatically curved architecture and walls of glass. Local practice SPF: architects designed the contemporary house that’s perched high in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles and engineered to take advantage of passive systems, including cooling ocean breezes and the thermal mass of concrete floors. The home also reduces its energy footprint with rooftop solar panels and solar hot wa...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Long Beach, Pacific Ocean, Carousel Showcase, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Solar Principles, Ac, Santa Monica Mountains, Pacific Palisades, Rooftop Solar Panels, Floor To Ceiling Glazing, SPF Architects, Rainscreen

Los Angeles – “Parergon: JAPANESE ART OF THE 1980s AND 1990s” at Blum & Poe Through March 23rd, 2019

Yukinori Yanagi, Ground Transportation (1987/2019), via Blum & Poe Currently on view at the Blum & Poe flagship in Los Angeles, the gallery has taken on a particularly compelling and eye-opening investigation of the landscape of Japanese Contemporary Art during the 1980’s and 90’s.  Curated by Mika Yoshitake, Parergon is a striking look at the history and […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Blum, Blum Poe, Blum and Poe, Yukinori Yanagi, Mika Yoshitake Parergon

Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and...

Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and around Los Angeles By Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - a great new book looking at the MANY creatures we find all around us (many of which are right in our NOTCOT backyard!) (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Submitted, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

LACMA Decides To Collapse Euro And American Art Into One Big Department

Christopher Knight on why this isn’t going to work – with a review of a new show embedded within the commentary: “Art museums have two audiences — one general, who may or may not have a genuine interest (there’s got to be someplace to take the in-laws over the holidays); the other a dedicated art audience, who range from passionate enthusiasts to committed professionals. … Lose the core and the museum is in trouble.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Audience, Visual, LACMA, Christopher Knight, 03.12.19, Big Department

He had countless hit records. You never heard of him.

Hal Blaine, the behind-the-scenes heartbeat of over 40 #1 hits, has died at 90. Many records by 1960s and 1970s artists were secretly recorded by session musicians and singers. These unheralded performers were some of the most talented artists ever. None Drummer Hal Blaine died on March 11 at 90 years young. Though you may not know his name, he was arguably the most important drummer in the history of recorded music. And the fact that so few were aware of his existence is no accident. If you'...
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Entertainment, Wikipedia, Glen Campbell, Los Angeles, Katy Perry, Innovation, Metallica, Singer, Recording, Detroit, Frank Sinatra, Guitar

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