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Micah Ganske puts feeling into his dystopian vision at 101/Exhibit

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

By now the dystopian future is a familiar trope: It seems every other Hollywood movie warns of a savage world overrun by technology. New York artist Micah Ganske’s exhibition at 101/Exhibit treads this well-worn territory  but laces it with unexpected feeling.

Age has dimmed this 'Boys' Life'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

First produced in the late 1980s, Howard Korder's "Boys' Life" garnered a Pulitzer nomination for its portrait of three disaffected young urban men on the prowl for women.

Brian Weil's work focuses on a 'World' few ever see

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Brian Weil is best remembered for having been instrumental in founding New York City's first needle-exchange program for intravenous drug users in the late 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic was exploding. He was also an artist of some note, and his archive is now at the Center for Creative...

Weird and wonderful Michelangelo bronzes stun the art world

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The news that a pair of early 16th century bronzes might have been made by famed Renaissance man Michelangelo Buonarroti hit the art world like a thunderbolt Monday — or perhaps, like a pair of naked guys entering the party on the backs of panthers.

Moment of Friday: A drone video of Auschwitz, field of nightmares

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. To commemorate the occasion, the BBC produced a six-minute video (embedded above) using a drone that flies over and around the infamous Nazi site in Poland to capture images of fields marked...

L.A.'s Hollyhock House among Wright's buildings up for World Heritage List

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Ten Frank Lloyd Wright buildings from seven states, including L.A.'s Hollyhock House, were nominated on Friday for the UNESCO World Heritage List, which recognizes the most notable sites -- cultural and natural -- around the globe.

They look, we look; people's gaze is the focus in Dan McCleary works

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Dan McCleary is among the finest figurative painters working today. Sixteen paintings made during the past 20 years in the survey “Dan McCleary: Every Day Sacred” are clear evidence, if any were still needed, that a full-scale retrospective exhibition is in order.

Dame Edna offers 'Glorious,' cheeky zaniness at Ahmanson

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Dame Edna, the imperious suburban Melbourne, Australia, hausfrau with the purple wig and lacerating tongue, has never seen any connection between winning friends and influencing people.

Mike Kelley Foundation to be represented by Hauser & Wirth

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts will be represented exclusively by the international gallery Hauser & Wirth, the organizations announced Thursday.

French artist tells female critic at Dallas paper to get a boyfriend

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Artists have plenty of ways of dealing with criticism: They put dead critics in their paintings (à la Llyn Foulkes), they make their critics obnoxious fops (like John Ruskin in "Mr. Turner") or martini swilling harpies ("Birdman"). But in this day and age, they also take to Facebook...

'Reborning': Creepy, yes, but undeniably powerful

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Reborning” is the phenomenon in which customers purchase extravagantly expensive infant dolls – sometimes facsimiles of lost loved ones – that are amazingly lifelike in every particular.

Object Lesson: A space-time wormhole by Glenn Kaino at Honor Fraser

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Want to do some time travel? Find a wormhole. That's the tunnel in the space-time continuum that connects two disparate points — and a plot device for countless works of science fiction from "Star Trek" to "Contact" to "Interstellar." It's also the inspiration for a new work of...

Though her purple hair shows no silver, Dame Edna prepares to retire

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Barry Humphries sat at a table overlooking the pool of his Beverly Hills hotel and blew his nose. He had just arrived from his home in London and was suffering with a common cold — something it's hard to imagine ever getting the better of his imperious (and better known) alter ego, Dame...

Bradley Cooper taking 'The Elephant Man' to London in May

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Bradley Cooper, riding high on the dual successes of "American Sniper" in cinemas and "The Elephant Man" on Broadway, will soon be heading to London, where he will open the stage production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited run starting in the spring.

A loose, spirited 'Hat Dance' at LAM Gallery

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Monique Prieto’s new paintings look nothing like any of the works she has made over the last 20 years.

A 'Billy' that leaps with boundless charm

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The sheer joy of musical performance dances through “Billy Elliot the Musical” at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Enigma machine from World War II finds unlikely home in Beverly Hills

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In the Oscar-nominated movie "The Imitation Game," a group of young British mathematicians is tasked with cracking the German Engima machine, the cipher device that the Nazis used to encrypt and decrypt war communications.

Plan seeks diversity at SoCal theater companies — but some question it

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A group of Los Angeles theater leaders will announce this week an aggressive plan to diversify Southern California theater companies, the productions they present and the audiences they draw.

Ben Jonson, like Charb of Charlie Hebdo, sought to reduce zealots

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff can be considered as another moment in a centuries-old struggle between an artist's right to laugh at zealots (and do something about it) and the zealot's right to be offended by the actions of the artist (and do something about it). Beyond the almost...

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