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February 27 2014

21:00
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February 18 2014

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20:55

February 14 2014

08:03

Viva Fútbol

Philippe Parreno
Douglas Gordon
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006
© Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon

Football, or soccer as they like to call it, is on the up in America. Many European stars are heading there for a last hurrah, such as David Beckham, who has just announced plans to start a Major League Soccer franchise (or team, as we like to call them) in Miami. But it’s his old stomping ground of Los Angeles that can lay claim to being the stronghold of North American soccer. It’s the only U.S. city to boast two MLS teams – Becks’ old club Galaxy and CD Chivas, a subsidiary of Mexican side Guadalajara – and it’s the venue for the exhibition Fútbol: The Beautiful Game being held at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The game can be divided into two spheres of interest – what happens on the pitch, and what happens off it – and the show is anchored around two such distinct video installations. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a peerless study of the equally incomparable Frenchman by Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon, who track the balletic player exclusively for a whole match and is set to a majestic Mogwai soundtrack. Stephen Dean’s Volta, in contrast, turns the camera on the fans, with a samba soundtrack accompanying the ritualized frenzy in the stands of various stadia. Nearly 30 artists have contributed around 50 works in a variety of media to the exhibition, which is available to enjoy until 20 July.

@LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Andy Warhol
Pele, 1978
Silkscreen
40 x 40 in
University of Maryland Art Gallery,
College Park, MD
© Andy Warhol Foundation/
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Lyle Ashton Harris
Verona #2, 2001-2004
Silver gelatin print
16 x 20 in
The Robert E. Holmes Collection
© Lyle Ashton Harris

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Kehinde Wiley
Samuel Eto’o, 2010
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 in
Roberts & Tilton Gallery
© Kehinde Wiley
Image courtesy of the artist,
and Roberst & Tilton,
Culver City, California

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Generic Art Solutions
Pieta, 2008
Photograph
36 x 36 in
Courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery,
New Orleans
© Generic Art Solutions

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Miguel Calderón
Mexico vs Brasil, 2004
Video transferred to DVD
90:00 min
Duration: 1hrs 30 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City
© Miguel Calderón

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February 13 2014

08:01

The Flame of Love

If you wear glasses, bring them, or the joys of Joseph Martinez’s intricate exhibition will pass you by. Steady Hands, Blurry Vision at Soze Gallery, Los Angeles, features a number of the artist’s trademark miniature works: beautiful oil paintings skilfully rendered on the insides of matchbooks. The paintings, often of female nudes, are lent a poignant fragility by their circumstances, flanked or caged by the matches which could ignite and consume them at any moment. The level of detail is a real mind-blower – if, like me, you have trouble seeing the TV at 10 paces, it’s as fine an advert for corrective laser surgery as there is.

Martinez, a self-taught artist from Denver, also works on a larger scale, and this exhibition will include a number of bigger pieces in a variety of media. Steady Hands, Blurry Vision is Martinez’s first solo gallery show (a tricky prospect to stage I should imagine); it’s on now and runs until 29 February.

@sozegallery

Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision
Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision

Photo, Jordan Ahern

Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision
Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision
Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision
Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision
Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision
Joseph Martinez — Steady Hands, Blurry Vision

Images courtesy, Soze Gallery
© Joseph Martinez

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February 11 2014

08:01

A Star is Reborn

Given Howard Hughes’ legendary eccentricities, his headquarters were surprisingly tasteful. The Los Angeles building at 7000 Romaine – even the name is elegant – is a wonderful but demure example of Art Deco; it wasn’t an original Hughes creation, but rather bought by the tycoon at the end of the 1920s from pioneering lab Multicolor as a way into the emerging colour film market, later becoming the base of operations for his numerous business enterprises.

Hughes is long gone, but that kind of history tends to linger in the atmosphere of such buildings. Residency has now passed to Just One Eye, an ultra swanky arrangement of salons housing a collection of high-end fashion labels, up-and-coming designers and artwork from some of the biggest names in the business, all curated by co-founder Paula Russo. The enormous Damien Hirst piece won’t need much pointing out; there’s also work from Murakami and photography by Andy Warhol surrounding clothing from the likes of Valentino and Paco Rabanne. Proenza Schouler, The Row, and Anthony Vaccarello are a few of the exciting names sharing the roof and hoping that kind of success rubs off. A real shopping experience.

@JustOneEye

Just One Eye — Los Angeles
Just One Eye — Los Angeles
Just One Eye — Los Angeles
Just One Eye — Los Angeles

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February 10 2014

08:03

Three’s Company

Victor Castillo
A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste
22 x 30″, ink on paper

Three Chilean artists comprise a group exhibition currently being exhibited at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles.

Victor Castillo, who now lives in L.A. after moving there in 2010, returns to the gallery with Pure Pleasure. The collection is made up of 12 black and white paintings and an installation, and mark a departure from the artist’s previous work in vividly-coloured acrylics. Blending the innocence and naivete of early Disney cartoons with more modern, adult themes, Pure Pleasure‘s monochrome pallete and sinister backgrounds can be seen to imbue the works with the underlying menace of fairytales.

Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Peña are both first time exhibitors in the US. Garrido can claim Elton John among his celebrity collectors; constructing multi-layered collages, he overlays eroticism, religious and classical iconography and the natural world in surreal tableaux. Peña is also fond of odd constructions, presenting paintings with fragmented, almost dissected elements which need piecing back together to find the narrative.

The diverse representation of Chilean art ends 22 February.

@mkgalleryla

Victor Castillo, Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Peña

Mauricio Garrido,
Pin ups Wednesday, 2013
collage 42 x 52 cm

Victor Castillo, Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Peña

Victor Castillo
Luna
22 x 30″, ink on paper

Victor Castillo, Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Peña

Victor Castillo
Kiss on my List
22 x 30″, ink on paper

Victor Castillo, Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Peña

Mauricio Garrido,
Serie Pin Ups Sunday, 2014
collage 44 x 37 cm

Victor Castillo, Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Peña

Claudia Peña,
La Jardinera, óleo sobre tela, 2009
150 x 200 cm

Victor Castillo, Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Peña

Victor Castillo
Wild Drum
22 x 30″, ink on paper

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February 03 2014

08:00

Prison Chic

Yowzer, The Line is a brave hotel. Los Angeles is a city that divides opinion, and this place in Koreatown is likely to do the same, for while competitors are retreating to the sanctuary of early 20th Century elegance and vintage comfort, Sean Knibb‘s guest rooms and public spaces send The Line headlong the other way. Foot to the floor, cigarette in mouth and one raised finger out of the window to the shocked bystanders.

Prison chic was the term that sprang to mind when looking at the corridors, a canvas of pockmarked concrete – admittedly cheered by the floor graphics – which continues into the rooms themselves, where natural fabrics and artworks go some way to softening the edge. You can file The Line’s charges under edgy urban rather than sumptuous luxury, but different strokes for different folks (these are most certainly our kind of strokes), and if you can keep in mind that you’re walking to the elevator and not the exercise yard, you have to applaud the courage of The Line’s convictions. There is some of that vintage style to be had at the Houston Brothers’ on-premises nightspot Speek, and other notable selling points include the lovely flower strewn wet-look Korean hot pot restaurant Pot helmed by Ray Choi (check the promo vid), and a Poketo outlet selling the cool design-driven things from husband and wife Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. Kudos to The Line for daring to be different.

@TheLineHotelLA
@KnibbDesign
@Poketo

The Line Hotel — Los Angeles
The Line Hotel — Los Angeles
The Line Hotel — Los Angeles
The Line Hotel — Los Angeles
The Line Hotel — Los Angeles
The Line Hotel — Los Angeles
The Line Hotel — Los Angeles
The Line Hotel — Los Angeles

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January 28 2014

17:00

How The L.A. Times Is Honoring Homicide Victims Through Data Visualization

The Los Angeles Times unveils a visualization seven years in the making and shows the human story behind the county's homicide stats.

A year ago, the Los Angeles Times Homicide Report was struggling for attention in an increasingly busy newsroom. Reporters continued to update the project, which began as a blog in 2007 and had grown into a database and map of all of the homicides in Los Angeles County. But with an average of almost two new killings a day, maintenance was getting harder to justify.

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January 24 2014

08:42

That’s Magic

The Broadway Theatre District in Los Angeles is bursting with fabulous 1930s Art Deco movie palaces, but there are none more Deco-rative than Claud Beelman’s Eastern Columbia Building. The turquoise exterior could be cast copper, oxidised over time and symbolic of the area’s faded glory, but the illusory patina serves only to enhance the building’s vintage charm. Now converted to condos, the Eastern Columbia is one of a number of properties in the district to get a major overhaul – Ace Hotels recently moved in up the road at another old theatre.

Fashion label Acne is the latest resident, setting up shop in the Eastern Columbia’s central arcade. When it comes to the interior design, we should first mention the giant mushroom in the room. The sculpture is the work of Belgian artist and friend of the brand Carsten Höller, who from his artwork seems like a “fun guy”… no? Get used to it, I’m here all year. Or maybe not after puns like that. Anyway, the store is a whopping 5,000 sq ft, and follows the brand’s new direction of pink tiling, blue carpets and perforated metal structures that serve as both display units and seating booths.

@acnestudios

Acne — Los Angeles
Acne — Los Angeles
Acne — Los Angeles
Acne — Los Angeles
Acne — Los Angeles

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January 23 2014

09:50

Jolly Good Show, What?

Charlie Billingham
Promenade 5, 2013
Oil on polyester
39.25 x 31.5 inches
Courtesy of the artist and
OHWOW, Los Angeles

What does it mean to be English? A difficult question. Thanks to the Queen, Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, and Hugh Grant in every film he’s ever done, a stereotype isn’t hard to come by. But what about English artists? They have always had a strong identity, from Turner and Constable to the YBAs of the 1990s, so is it still the case? OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles is aiming to find out with its exhibition entitled Bloody English.

Speaking of stereotypes, you know how all Americans don’t want to accept there’s a difference between London and England, and that they aren’t totally interchangeable, and that London doesn’t bear much relation to the rest of the whole country? Yeah that. Anyway, suffice to say that eight very talented contemporary artists based in London – namely Charlie Billingham, Adham Faramwy, Emma Hart, Celia Hempton, Patrick Hough, Oliver Osborne, Prem Sahib and Jesse Wine – are flying the flag for Englishness in art. If you’re in the quaint little city of Los Angeles, which is somewhere near New York, or maybe Mexico, please check it out; the closing date for Bloody English is 15 February.

@OHWOWGallery

Bloody English — OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles

Patrick Hough
An Archeology of Cinema, 2013
Two Channel HD Video, 15:58 min and 20:03 min
(video still)
Courtesy of the artist and
OHWOW, Los Angeles

Bloody English — OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles

Oliver Osborne
…………….., 2013
Silkscreen, paper, and oil on linen
49 x 36 inches
Courtesy of the artist and
Vilma Gold, London

Bloody English — OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles

Emma Hart
From Behind 1, 2013
Glazed ceramic with photographic detail
11.75 x 9.75 x 4.75 inches each
Courtesy of the artist and
OHWOW, Los Angeles

Bloody English — OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles

Prem Sahib
Your Shine Against Mine VII, 2013
Jesmonite, paint, and fake diamond earrings
15.75 x 15.75 inches
Courtesy of the artist and
Southard Reid, London

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January 21 2014

19:00

Ace Hotel opens latest branch in downtown Los Angeles

The Ace Hotel chain has opened its newest outpost inside a 1920s tower in downtown Los Angeles, complete with a 1600-seat theatre. (more...)

January 16 2014

13:47

Foster The People de retour avec Coming of Age

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08:40

Back in Action

When Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith broke away from Paramount Pictures in 1919 to form United Artists, it was a bold statement of intent. Throwing off the shackles of the studio system, wresting back control of their careers from all-powerful producers, the group of silent movie superstars called on architect C. Howard Crane to build them a cinema fit for the transition into “talkies”, and in doing so he made quite a statement of his own.

Inspired by Pickford’s love of Spanish cathedral architecture, the 1927 building in downtown Los Angeles is a curious but nonetheless attractive amalgam of Gothic intricacy covering a minimalist poured concrete hulk with modernised acoustics. The movie studio is no more, replaced in the ’90s by a church group, but the legacy remains in the work of Atelier Ace and Commune Design, who called the shots on a hotel conversion that succeeded in bringing back the glory days of Hollywood glamour. High end materials are a pleasing counterpoint to the concrete walls at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, the hipster giant’s latest offering, and all around little nostalgic touches remind one of a time when the stars ran the show.

@acehotel
@communedesign

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Photography, Spencer Lowell

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January 09 2014

08:18

Getting Along Famously

Hassan Hajjaj,
Reginal, 2013,
metallic Lambda print on Dibond
with wood and found objects,
35.5 x 23.5 in,
courtesy of the artist
and GUSFORD | los angeles

We’ve all got mates who think they’re rock stars – you mostly just have to grin and bear their delusions. Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj has got different ideas. He’s positively encouraging his chums, dressing them up in the blingiest bling and parading them in front of the camera for photoshoots.

My Rock Stars: Volume 2 is the continuation of Hajjaj’s sly fusion of street portraiture and fashion photography, recasting his close friends as the fictional objects of attention and adoration in Morocco, London and Paris shoots. The streets become the studio with the simple addition of woven mats, and his friends take on the starring role dressed in outlandish costumes designed by the photographer and some seriously ostentatious accessories. Once the stars have strutted their stuff, the images are mounted in wooden frames surrounded by items from Moroccan markets. Soup schmoop, tinned mackerel is the future. Hajjaj has an interesting group of friends even when they aren’t pretending to be rock stars; you might be able to spot the capoeira master among them, and there’s also a musician, a dancer, a fashion designer and restaurateur among the group. Los Angeles gallery Gusford is showing the collection from 10 January to 22 February.

@gusfordgallery

Hassan Hajjaj — My Rock Stars: Volume 2

Hassan Hajjaj,
Mr J. C-Hayford, 2013,
metallic Lambda print on Dibond
with wood and found objects,
35 x 24.5 in,
courtesy of the artist
and GUSFORD | los angeles

Hassan Hajjaj — My Rock Stars: Volume 2

Hassan Hajjaj,
Rilene, 2013,
metallic Lambda print on Dibond
with wood and found objects,
52.5 x 38 in,
courtesy of the artist
and GUSFORD | los angeles

Hassan Hajjaj — My Rock Stars: Volume 2

Hassan Hajjaj,
Mr K. Jones, 2013,
metallic Lambda print on Dibond
with wood and found objects,
53.5 x 37 in,
courtesy of the artist
and GUSFORD | los angeles

Hassan Hajjaj — My Rock Stars: Volume 2

Hassan Hajjaj,
Afrikan Boy, 2013,
metallic Lambda print on Dibond
with wood and found objects,
53.5 x 37 in,
courtesy of the artist
and GUSFORD | los angeles

Hassan Hajjaj — My Rock Stars: Volume 2

Hassan Hajjaj,
Mr J. James, 2013,
metallic Lambda print on Dibond
with wood and found objects,
36.5 x 25 in,
courtesy of the artist
and GUSFORD | los angeles

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January 06 2014

19:37

Car Park House by Anonymous Architects

A deep, sloping plot overlooking Los Angeles is home to a new contemporary home with a twist.  Instead of a garage at the base level and private sections above, the Car Park House by Anonymous Architects flips that concept on its head.  The driveway approaches the home from above and [...]
13:00

A Brief History Of Bike Superhighways

Norman Foster, the British starchitect who recently proposed a new cyclist-only highway in the sky, isn't the first to suggest a better way to commute on two wheels.

When a cyclist battles it out for road space with a multi-ton truck, chances are, the guy on two wheels is going to lose. So it's no wonder that bike advocates around the world want a way to elevate the status of cyclists with design that prioritizes their needs. In London, architect Norman Foster has unveiled the concept for an urban cyclist's dream: a sparkling, car-free stretch of elevated highway made especially for biking. Futuristic as the rendering (above) makes it seem, Foster's proposal hardly the first of its kind. Hopes for superhighways that let cyclists bypass city traffic safely and quickly have been around for almost as long as the bicycle itself, though few cities have been willing to implement such plans. Here's a brief history, and what Foster--and the rest of the world's bike advocates--could learn from it:

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13:00

Photographer Makes American Apparel's Silly Ads Look Even Sillier

Thomas Alleman captures the porny billboards in their urban environment. Look who's doing splits over people carrying their groceries!

Just when you thought American Apparel's Balthusian ads--full of doleful models contorting their bodies in mesh bodysuits and reflective disco shorts--couldn't get any sillier, along comes photographer Thomas Alleman. In his series, The American Apparel, Alleman documents the clothing line's ads as he finds them in East Los Angeles, one of the city's poorer areas. And just like that, the ads start to look downright preposterous.

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08:20

Hollywood Nights

We’ve just snapped the hand crank off our vintage klaxon in a frenzy of nostalgia-fuelled excitement at the opening of No Vacancy, a Hollywood nightspot with so much history you can practically smell it. You can certainly see it – this is the oldest address on Hollywood Boulevard, built in 1902 and now in the hands of Los Angeles hospitality players Mark and Jonnie Houston.

Up until the 1930s, Jane’s House as it was then known served as a school which imparted some learnin’ to the children of Hollywood luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B DeMille. Now the fantastic period property swings to the sound of a live jazz quartet and shakes a tassel in time with the burlesque dancers who regularly out on a show at No Vacancy. The name suggests exclusivity, and that’s all part of the appeal of Tinseltown nightspots. I know what the bar scene is like in Hollywood. I’ve seen Swingers. It might be tricky to get in, but once you’ve found a way through one of the speakeasy-style entrances, it won’t take long to get a drink. No fewer than 12 of the country’s finest mixologists, rotating on a yearly residency, are on hand bringing with them an impressive wealth of cocktail knowledge. Enjoy a tipple on the sun-drenched patio garden or soak up some Victoriana on a plush banquette indoors.

@NoVacancyLA

No Vacancy — Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
No Vacancy — Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
No Vacancy — Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
No Vacancy — Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
No Vacancy — Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
No Vacancy — Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
No Vacancy — Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

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