| May 11, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Think calligraphy is simply that swirling script on nice wedding invitations?
Think, again — then check out the Newberry Library's newest exhibit, "Exploration 2013."
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| May 16, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Did it come with a card attached that says, "Thank you for being a friend"?
A 1991 painting depicting a topless Bea Arthur that was created by artist John Currin has sold at an auction Wednesday for $1.9 million. The sale was part of a larger Christie's...
| Oct 13, 2013
When J. Carter Brown joined the National Gallery of Art in 1961, he was six years older than the museum itself. Just eight years later, at age 34, he would be appointed its director. His accession may strike readers as meteoric, but after reading Neil...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 5:07 AM
In the manner of "when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade," when the garden gives Sherrill Cooper problems, she makes art.
For the 25 years she and her family have lived at this house, the Finksburg artist has treated every problem as a...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 1:31 PM
It's a common error, regularly made in a variety of publications (including this one): Billionaire Los Angeles art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad is said to be the biggest donor to the city's Museum of Contemporary Art.
He isn't. Not by a long...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:48 PM
"Bakersfield Mist," the play by Stephen Sachs that was a recent sleeper hit at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, will be making the transatlantic journey to London's West End when it opens at the Duchess Theatre this spring with a cast that includes...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
My sister in Denver urged me to exchange an adventurous day in the Rockies for a trip downtown, to the Clyfford Still Museum, and I will be forever grateful. Still was one of the most highly regarded American abstract expressionists of the 20th century,...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:00 AM
If you like Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, you'll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder.
And vice versa.
As an artist Calder certainly wasn't in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| Mar 20, 2011
William Morrow: 532 pp., $30
"I happen to be Mrs. Jackson Pollock, and that's a mouthful. The only thing I haven't had against me was being black. I was a woman, Jewish, a widow, a damn good painter, thank you, and a...
| May 1, 2011
Harry Jackson, an acclaimed Western artist who created the bronze equestrian sculpture of cowboy movie legend John Wayne that was installed in front of what was then the Great Western Savings & Loan office building on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills...