This mural across the facade of a small commercial building along Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles is a tribute to the late, great Pulitzer Prize-awarded food writer Jonathan Gold. The mural includes a life-size portrait of Gold as seen from the back and wearing his trademark bowler hat. Painted
Peter Lindberg, the German fashion photographer whose work ushered in the era of the “super model,” died this past Tuesday. Lindberg’s worked at the pinnacle of the fashion world, his photography regularly appearing in the major fashion magazines – British and American Vogue, Harpers, etc. — and captured a group
German auto-manufacturer BMW recently unveiled a car painted in the blackest black hue in the color spectrum. This black is called “Vanta’ or “VantaBlack” and it won’t be on any for-sale production model. Vanta was famously exclusively-licensed by artist Anish Kapoor for use in his art (and, as some would
The recently passed Chinese artist Wang Guodong is not well-known name in the art world. For decades and practically the entirety of his active years as a painter, it was virtually unknown in China. But his paintings, according a fascinating New York Times obituary, rivals Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”
Coffee is so central to contemporary daily life for millions — if not billions — of people all over the world. More people than ever before in human history drink it. Some form of coffee, be it the regular drip-type served black or a fussy almond-milk cappuccino with an extra
Late African-American artist Barkley Hendricks‘s photo-realistic painting titled “What’s Going On” is a beguiling image. The artwork is a group portrait evocative of the time and place — early 1970s America –and brings together a lot of themes and ideas all at once: Race, gender, power, feminism, sex, culture, identity,
Sage-and-cheddar croissant with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds and paired with an almond-milk cappuccino at The Boy and The Bear Coffee roastery and cafe in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles. It was exceptionally good.
Like an incredible childhood fantasy made real, “Metropolis II” at LACMA comes to life with the sound of whirring and click-clacking, the sounds of model trains and some 1,100 toy cars racing along Teflon-coated tracks that thread through an architectural complex of high-rises, scale-model monuments and buildings comprised of Lincoln
Ocean Park is a relatively quiet, staid and beautiful neighborhood on the south side of Santa Monica, the iconic beach city and Los Angeles suburb. It’s an affluent part of town that lacks pretension. Showy displays of wealth or heavy glamour are rare. It’s clean and neat and has streets
Artist Yunhee Min’s site-specific floor mural for Hammer Projects takes center stage at the Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Usually artists are commissioned for Hammer Projects to paint the walls along a grand staircase that connects the museum lobby to a mezzanine that leads to a courtyard and galleries
Artist Sarah Lucas emerged in the 1990s as a so-called “YBA” (“Young British Artists”), one of a generation of British artists to capture the attention of the global art world. Her installation artwork pictured here is titled “Unknown Soldier” and is currently on view at the Hammer Museum of Art
Do you ever see something really yummy when you’re hungry and get “hangry”? “Yes,” you say? Yes, you do? We knew it! Sometimes we do, too. Often times it’s while we’re hard at work at our office, super busy with barely a moment to spare between meetings to even think
Here’s another one of these abstract, geometric murals by the artist Berto, who usually signs his work “LoveBerto.” His massive street-art works seem to be everywhere in Los Angeles, though his work can be found all over the world, including in New York, Berlin and in Sydney, Australia, where he
This dumpster at a popular beach in Southern California is covered with graffiti and stickers. The meaning of the graffiti is incomprehensible for most people, but for hardcore surfers familiar with this, it can be read as a signpost identifying a specific surf break amid the string of surf spots
The plant-covered structure pictured here take the term “green building” to another level. The tower is one among several buildings that comprise The Row, a recent mixed-use, commercial urban re-development project that turned the former American Apparel factory and its surrounding area into a contemporary, walkable retail-dining-office complex on the
We recently went to see a small but formidable collection of mostly paintings and some sculptural artwork by the iconic abstract-minimalist painter Frank Stella on view at the BCAM at LACMA in Los Angeles.
And here’s another one, this one one of Frank Stella’s iconic minimal masterpieces.