The Lego Movie opens this weekend, riding a huge wave of positive critical reviews– striking given the pervasive skepticism that has preceded its release.
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Last week Dave Hickey was back in Los Angeles, for the launch of a book of essays entitled Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste. While here, he managed to provoke a twitterstorm at a MOCA book event with his comments on identity politics and its impact on art and the academy.
It is hard to pick “best ofs” from all the enticing books published this year but following are nine that came across the DnA transom that touch on design in very different but thought-provoking ways.
This week on DnA, Frances Anderton spoke with Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson about their book about Marcus “Notch” Persson and the story behind Minecraft, the videogame that parents can approve of.
When TV producer Stephen Gee started hearing the name “John Parkinson” over and over on the L.A. Conservancy tours he was taking of downtown Los Angeles, he decided to find out more. His quest lead him to write a book: “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles.” Listen to Lisa Napoli’s interview with Gee, here.
A novel and an exhibit bring alive the experimental art and architecture scene in LA and New York in the counterculture years. Pop Art expert Christopher Finch talks about his first novel, “Good Girl, Bad Girl,” a crime yarn set in the Soho art scene in the late 1960s; Sylvia Lavin talks about her MAK Center exhibit “Everything Loose Will Land,” about the “loose” …
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An article of faith for architects and designers schooled since the birth of the Modern is that they should aspire for originality; and a source of great frustration and financial cost to designers is having their original designs copied (see how Apple has trademarked its store design). Not so in China, where piracy is rife in a culture that has a very different view of duplication. …
RODARTE and the Secret Underground World of Warholaland + WHO’S YOUR DADA?: The Secret Return of Noever
Scene Around Town, by Bennett Stein (aka The Good4NothingConnoisseur):
I recently accompanied DnA on an outing to Hollywoodland and the epicenter of production companies and sound stages, to what I was promised would be a holiday party. There we found ourselves at the HQ of JustOneEye.com, the online boutique for the self-described “world’s finest in design, fashion, and art” at a top-secret launch party for Pasadena’s finest, most illustrious fashion …
By Olga Khazan
Of the many complaints often made about airports – the lines, the body scans, the baggage fees – one you don’t hear every day is that airports aren’t close enough to our houses. After all, LAX is across the city from downtown, necessitating a well-planned shuttle ride, an expensive cab or a kind friend to reach it. But Greg Lindsay, author of …