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  • Happy Holidays from the High & Low!

    Happy Holidays from the High & Low!
    Well, it's been quite a year. I managed to get myself hired by the L.A. Times. I got to write stories about art and race, a desert swimming pool, kitties that aren't cats, an artist who made a building-sized sugar sculpture, a historic Indian jacket, an artist-made TV and the design of L.A. I also bounced around with a tuba player, irritated a famous art critic, saw art installations inside an old jail, and rocked out to one of the 20th century's best albums. And, oh, there is the small matter of the tattoo I picked up (in the name of journalism) at the Hello Kitty Convention.
  • Nobel Prize leadership change at the Swedish Academy

    When the Nobel Prize in Literature is announced, it's the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary Peter Englund who steps before the cameras with the news. That is, it was Englund; beginning in 2015, it'll be Sara Danius. Danius will be taking over as...

    Museum admission should be free: The state of art in 2014

    Museum admission should be free: The state of art in 2014
    Recently I visited six prominent art museums in two states (Texas and Ohio) and saw a wide variety of rewarding special exhibitions and exceptional permanent collections. Aside from individual works of art, which included some of the most important...

    Christopher Knight's best art shows of 2014

    Christopher Knight's best art shows of 2014
    These were the 10 most rewarding and provocative Los Angeles art museum shows that I saw in 2014 — plus one that was almost entirely superfluous. They are listed in the order in which they opened to the public: "Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris,...

    Major L.A. art heist: 3 paintings still missing, man in custody

    Major L.A. art heist: 3 paintings still missing, man in custody
    Nine paintings stolen in 2008 in one of the biggest art heists in Los Angeles history were displayed Friday as authorities solicited help in locating three more paintings that have yet to be recovered. A joint investigation by art crime units at the Los...