| Jul 17, 2011
In a wide-ranging trip to Europe this year, I found three major new museums to love: in Amsterdam, the first satellite branch of Russia's celebrated Hermitage; in Rome, a long-awaited museum for contemporary arts that is a work of art itself; and in...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 2:15 PM
"Pastry Paris: In Paris, Everything Looks Like Dessert"
Little Bookroom, $19.95
This book takes its subtitle literally because, according to author and graphic designer Susan Hochbaum, everything in Paris does indeed look like dessert. Maybe part of...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 9:52 AM
Griffin Court in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute was transformed into a giant snow globe for "Let it Snow," the inaugural holiday party hosted by the Woman's Board of the Art Institute. More than 350 adults and children welcomed in the holiday season...
| Jul 30, 2011
| 7:28 PM
Standing atop a patch of churned-up dirt on a recent morning, James Corner was surrounded by mismatched palm trees, chipped sidewalks and sagging chain link: a typical slice of Southern California landscape caught unawares, hardly ready for its close-up....
| Oct 3, 2010
Attracting more than 1,000 people and raising nearly $5 million, the Sept. 25 "Unmasking" of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art brought together some of L.A.'s most prominent faces from finance,...
| Aug 29, 2010
John Galliano, a student of history unlike any other designer of his generation, has imagined runway collections from French Revolution-era street scenes, Napoleon-era cartoons and the life of Pocahontas. His globetrotting research trips are legendary,...
| May 14, 2011
Power, money and love fuel extravaganzas. Railroad millionaire Henry E. Huntington had all three and used them in the closing decade of his life to build his eponymous San Marino library and gardens. You know the mansion, the cactus and the Japanese tea...
| Nov 10, 2011
Each year I keep a running log to track restaurants slated to open each month. When this January rolled around and I started my new list, I fully expected the pace of openings to slow to a trickle.
That hasn't happened. Instead, despite the curdled...
| Jun 9, 2011
Restaurants with a view usually come in two varieties: landscape or cityscape. The new Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have a view. But it's not the ocean or the city lights spread on a starry carpet below. Instead, the new...
| Oct 2, 2010
| 9:33 PM
Move over, BCAM and Resnick Pavilion. There's another Renzo Piano building under construction at LACMA sure to attract Piano fans, or at least hungry visitors: LACMA has confirmed that its new restaurant will open in early 2011. It's described as......
| Oct 2, 2010
| 4:35 PM
The new building at LACMA designed by Renzo Piano houses three shows for its debut: âOlmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexicoâ; âFashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915â; and âEye for the Sensual: Selecti...