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Oh Goodie, It’s the KCRW Pledge Drive! And You’ll Think So Too When You See These Premiums. . .

Posted January 24, 2012 by | 2 Comments

2012 Winter Membership Drive: Get Your Design Goodies Here!

By Beth Topping
Before I was a KCRW employee, and before that a KCRW volunteer, I was a KCRW member.  I had just moved to Los Angeles and found that KCRW gave me a sense of community and helped me feel grounded in my new city.  I even enjoyed listening to the membership drives — it gave me …

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Last Few Days Of Hedi Slimane Show at MOCA: Fashion “Confused With” Art?

Posted January 18, 2012 by | 11 Comments

At the end of his review of ”Best in Art” in 2011 review, LA Times art critic Christopher Knight wrote that in his view the ”worst development” of the year was  “the institutional confusion of fashion with art.” This after the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” show at the Met attracted over 660,000 people, making it their eighth most well-attended show, ever.
Clearly MOCA is not daunted by such a charge, …

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The City in Art, and Architecture: Metropolis II, Temporary Insanity, Breaking Ground

Posted January 17, 2012 by | 1 Comment
Metropolis II from above

There are a thousand stories in the naked city, as they say, and when it comes to design in LA, many of them are good. So it’s always hard to determine what to make the focus of the once-monthly DnA. But this January, it just seemed like a natural to ruminate on a newly unveiled design/artwork that is about the big city; namely,  Chris Burden’s …

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Metropolis II: “Omnipotence, Too”

Posted January 17, 2012 by | 6 Comments

The GOOD4NOTHING CONNOISSEUR went to see Metropolis II when the art-piece was switched off, the cars and trains were still and the room was devoid of the constant whirr of racing vehicles. The experience is different; one focuses on the visual, not the aural. He describes his impressions here:
Directly off the room that’s home to Richard Serra’s giant piece, “Band,”– a woozy ribbon of …

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Hanging By a String

Posted January 13, 2012 by | 3 Comments
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If you’re like me, you probably didn’t know that the largest collection of puppets in the country is right here in Southern California, in a nondescript back building of a church on Fair Oaks avenue in Pasadena, where it shares space with the church’s weekly AA meeting. And if you didn’t know that then you also wouldn’t know that it’s probably not going to …

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Eva Zeisel, Acclaimed Ceramicist, Dies At 105 (Is there Any Connection Between Ceramics and Longevity?)

Posted January 2, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Ceramicists tend to live to a very late age. So said Gloria Gerace, director of Pacific Standard Time, on this DnA, when talking about ceramic art and craft on display in Pacific Standard Time’s design shows. She pointed out that Beatrice Wood lived to 105 while others with work on exhibit typically lived at least into their late 90s.
And now we have the news of another …

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