| Dec 23, 2014
| 7:15 AM
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...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 4:00 AM
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 ...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 9:00 AM
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,...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 9:00 AM
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...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 9:19 AM
A new survey of North American art museums' attendance and financial information confirms once more that if they had to operate like for-profit businesses and rely on a paying public, they almost certainly would be sunk.
To make ends meet, the average...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 2:17 PM
The oddly intangible installations of a French conceptualist at LACMA, the art and propaganda of World War I at the Getty Center and the abstracted desert plants of influential photographer Richard Misrach at Marc Selwyn. Plus: paintings on found paper at...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 2:16 PM
Few endeavors embrace the disciplines of both science and art as vividly as astrophotography. While astronomical subjects such as the moon, stars, and of course the sun, have inspired artists for centuries, unprecedented advances in photographic...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 3:44 PM
A show that’s all about surf, a noise rock band downtown and an artist’s view of L.A. as told by installation. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is quiet, but there are still things to do. Here’s what we have in the Datebook:
| Oct 25, 2014
| 7:02 PM
Carmaggedon. Jamzilla. Those were just the headlines.
The southwestern corner of Bel-Air had it bad for four and a half years.
As a more than $1-billion 405 Freeway improvement project moved through the Sepulveda Pass, the streets up against the...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Like Atlas in ancient Greek mythology, Lonnie Bunch has an immense load to carry as founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is now under construction near the Washington Monument on the...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 3:06 PM
Please God, give me a sign -- because Metro or anyone else working on the 405 Sepulveda Pass project won't.
And even though the Bel Air Bar and Grill threw a "We Survived the 405 Neighborhood Block Party" this weekend, construction on the 405 continues,...