This wonderful mural in Downtown Los Angeles is a visual play on the age-old proverb “Speak no evil, See no evil, Hear no evil” that often accompanies an image of three “wise” monkeys. Here the evil is money. Instead of monkeys, the painting depicts three simple, cartoony line-drawing-style characters with
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
The much-beloved American writer, television show presenter, foodie and former chef Anthony Bourdain passed away in June last year in a an apparent suicide. Bourdain was in France at the time. The news shocking. We were fans of his books, as well of his food and travel TV series “No
Is this building the poster child for late-modernism? No, it isn’t. But maybe it should be. It’s certainly one of the boldest, loudest manifestations of late modernism. (A more agreeable candidate for this distinction of “poster child” might be the Citicorp Building in New York City.) The building pictured is
This epic painting is by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford. Its title is “160 Portrait Tone.” LACMA is showing the painting in a place of prominence. When you see it at first, the artwork hits you full force with its giant scale. Its gritty aesthetic — bold, typographically distressed sans-serif
This massive hanging canvas by Takashi Murakami is like nothing else the Japanese artist has exhibited before or that we’ve seen from any contemporary artist. It’s a painting on an epic scale and largely characteristic of Murakami’s 2D style except for elements of graffiti art and tags visually woven into
One of Los Angeles’s great landmarks is the Griffith Observatory, an architectural gem that mixes art-deco and Mayan aesthetics. It’s perched on a ridge in the Hollywood Hills above the Los Feliz neighborhood and provides a stunning, panoramic view of the L.A. basin. It’s naturally a major tourist draw, with
A massive collection of various brands and types of spray paint — tools of the trade for artists and creators, but especially graffiti writers of all kinds. On view at the Beyond the Streets exhibition in Los Angeles.
Artist Michael Heizer‘s awesome, infuriating, confounding and beautiful installation-art master work “Levitated Mass” on the north-side of LACMA in Los Angeles elicits many, varied reactions. “It’s just a rock,” is one we’ve heard a few times. “Sublime” is another. “Cool” is to be expected. Whatever people may think of it,
Look up in the sky! It’s … it’s a … it’s a hashtag! Yes, right there, in the air, under the scorching mid-day sun, in our view, it’s a gosh-darn hashtag — skywriting of #AMERICA — letters fading and floating apart, ephemeral, as we walk the back streets of Venice
This massive “PLZR” graffiti art across a row of roller-shutters is probably the only graffiti art or genuine street art in all of Brentwood, an upscale and stylishly understated neighborhood on Los Angeles’s west side.
Hey, you! Yes, YOU! You, the savvy reader of this blog. In case you did not know it, you are an artist! Well, to clarify, if you aren’t, then you can be. Instantly! Yes, INSTANTLY! What if we were to say that you can be an artist within minutes, if
Salt Fish Surf Co is a surfy boutique in Venice, in Los Angeles, run by the effusive and friendly French surfer Romaine Goudinoux, who designs and sells branded t-shirts, caps, accessories, and leather-and-fabric surfboard bags hand-crafted in Mexico. But, to be clear, his small second-floor store is not a surf
We were in Silver Lake, in Los Angeles, stopping by a popular espresso bar for a quick coffee, driving around and around looking for a spot to park when there it was staring at us: A poster by artist Shepard Fairey. A little later, on a recent visit to the