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In 'Altman's Last Stand,' junk-shop owner hawks his prized possession: An unbelievable life story

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Franz Altman, the fictional New York City junk-shop proprietor in Charles Dennis’ play “Altman’s Last Stand” now at Zephyr Theatre, may be 90 years old, but he’s in no hurry to retire. In fact, he’s recently become a celebrity, interviewed on “60 Minutes” for refusing to sell his store, King Solomon’s...

James Welling's 'Choreograph' a bold dance between the real and the abstract

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

James Welling has had a long relationship with experimental landscape and architectural photography. His exhibition debut in 1975 was a series of Polaroids of his Venice loft, followed by Connecticut landscapes in 1977; the artist famously spent three years photographing architect Philip Johnson's...

Magic of Ken Price sculpture comes alive in Boyle Heights art gallery's first show

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

If you missed “Ken Price: A Retrospective” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012, you missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The magnificent survey was a joy to behold: Jampacked with masterpieces that Price made from 1959 to 2011, it made the case that Price was not only one of the...

In her series 'Make 'Em All Mexican,' artist Linda Vallejo imagines #OscarsSoBrown

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This may be the moment of #OscarsSoWhite, but one Los Angeles artist prefers to imagine it as the year of #OscarsSoBrown. Since 2011, Linda Vallejo has transformed found bits of Americana -- a Bob’s Big Boy statue or figurines of Elvis and Gary Cooper from “High Noon” -- into more Mexican-ized...

A poster exhibit stopping in L.A. gives voice to Mexico's missing 43 students

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The poster, rendered in black and gray with a hint of red shows, a school bus disappearing into a dark plume of storm clouds, leaving bloody trails on the road behind it. A second poster depicts a charcoal-drawn skull on burnt notebook paper. Yet another has words etched into sand on a beach, the...

Opposites attract, and collide, in Fountain Theatre's 'Dream Catcher'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Faith and reason, spirit and matter, head and heart — all are aspects of a division so constant throughout history that it seems to be genetically hard-wired. Exploring this inherently conflicted human nature is the focus of “Dream Catcher,” Stephen Sachs’ new drama at the Fountain Theatre. Sachs’...

Artist Mark Dutcher's 'Time Machine' sputters

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The "Time Machine" that Mark Dutcher refers to in the titles of his paintings and collages at Jason Vass gallery delivers him to places of discovery and loss. At LACMA in 1983, the L.A.-based artist experienced a big-bang moment before a Susan Rothenberg painting, and his current work strives to...

Nick Brandt's 'Inherit the Dust' photos track Africa's tragic urban sprawl

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Nick Brandt has been photographing the grandeur of East Africa's stoic wildlife since 2001, but during his many trips he has observed a troubling pattern: "The destruction of the natural world was occurring at an alarming rate — faster than my already pessimistic imagination could have anticipated,"...

L.A. theater openings, Feb. 21-28: 'The Mystery of Love & Sex' and more

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week, romance is in the air in “The Mystery of Love & Sex,” "Sex, Faith and Jason Wexler" and the classic farce "The Importance of Being Earnest." Backstory Spoken-word series features stories and poems on theatrical themes. The Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank. Sun.,...

Datebook: The art of an influential school, video dystopia, the drawings of a Chicano activist

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The art and artists of the highly influential Black Mountain College. A video that explores a dystopian movement farm. And the prolific drawings output of a beloved poet and icon. Plus: The art of Ayotzinapa protests, a show about plans and art that is inspired by outsourcing. Here are six shows...

Brother rescues 400 lost works from storage unit by late Spanish artist Gil Cuatrecasas

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Artists disappear for riveting, often tragic reasons. Alcoholism, drugs, psychotic breaks, agoraphobia or simply being irascible characters at odds with the world, have all caused up-and-coming artists of great promise to fall through the cracks of art history, says Peter Hastings Falk, founder...

Investor donates his gravity-defying John Lautner-designed home in Beverly Crest to LACMA

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The architect John Lautner — Frank Lloyd Wright disciple, iconoclast and reluctant Angeleno — produced a number of strikingly unorthodox, gravity-defying houses in the decades after World War II. For pure drama, few can match the 1963 Sheats-Goldstein house just above Beverly Hills. The living...

How unlikely Steven Stucky proved indispensable to the L.A. Philharmonic's rise

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

I first met Steven Stucky at Yaddo, the arts colony in upstate New York, in the summer of 1988. He was a 38-year-old composer just beginning to emerge on the national scene. He had been named composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and I had come to interview him for his first major...

Roundup: Knoedler fraud case settled, Ai Weiwei's latest antics, an L.A. photo fair is shut down

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A prestigious L.A. fair has been given the ax. A riveting trial about gallery fraud comes to a close. Facebook and censorship. Plus: Ted Cruz’s on-staff art historian, Ai Weiwei’s latest tone-deaf refugee project and Cindy Sherman’s Instagram-style antics. Here’s the Roundup: — Paris Photo L.A....

Steven Stucky dies at 66: Pulitzer winner, longtime composer for the L.A. Phil

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Steven Stucky, a Pulitzer Prize winner for music and for 21 years a composer closely affiliated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, died Sunday morning of brain cancer at his home in Ithaca, N.Y., said his agent, Jessica Lustig. He was 66. Stucky’s long relationship with the L.A. Phil began in 1988,...

Sunnylands, the western Camp David, blends diplomacy with history

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When President Obama and leaders of Asian nations meet here Monday they will feel the tug of history and a bit of glamour on an estate where Ronald Reagan wandered around in slippers, Frank Sinatra sipped drinks by the pool and Dwight D. Eisenhower suggested that the nine-hole golf course could...

Esa-Pekka Salonen-led L.A. Phil explores revolutionary nostalgia in French program

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Let there be "City of Light." The Los Angeles Philharmonic's current celebration of French music from roughly the last 125 years has thus far supplied a great excuse to illumine Walt Disney Concert Hall, adding visual projections to musical performances. A country with a revolutionary flare, France...

Ming dynasty finds the stars of 'Royal Taste' at USC Pacific Asia Museum

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The might of the Ming dynasty will be on display at the USC Pacific Asia Museum beginning Feb. 26 in the exhibition "Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th Century China." The traveling show features recent archaeological finds and a variety of lavish decorative arts including jewelry,...

The new Berkeley Art Museum is a study in extremes

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

How many arranged marriages can one piece of architecture handle? That's among the most intriguing questions raised by the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which was designed by Broad museum architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and opened at the end of last month. See more of Entertainment’s...

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