The only thing hotter than the 113° degree heat wave in Downtown L.A. was the firestorm created Friday by one little press release. DTLA’s famed Art Walk, a monthly event where visitors eat, drink and participate in self guided gallery tours was reportedly at risk when the Art Walk’s Director unceremoniously issued a press release stating … Continue reading Art, Drinks and Food Trucks: A Match Made in Heaven or a Recipe for Disaster?
I visited MOCA twice this summer and most recently I stopped by the museum to view Arshile Gorky: a Retrospective, which is the first exhibit brought to the museum by MOCA’s new Director Jeffrey Deitch. I was thrilled to see that the permanent collection, whose works include Giacometti, Rothko, Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock were still … Continue reading Arshile Gorky @ MOCA L.A.
Los Angeles has fought for decades to cultivate its artistic identity, and Eli Broad has been a prominent player in this effort as one of the founders of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Since then Broad, the founder of KB Homes and SunAmerica, avid art collector, and noted philanthropist, has played an instrumental role in … Continue reading The Battle for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles has been cultivating a thriving underground art scene for years, but l was unaware that DTLA is the home of the world’s largest Art Colony. The Brewery is an artist enclave containing over 500 live/work lofts in converted industrial space off the 5 Freeway on Moulton and N. Main. The complex spans … Continue reading The Brewery Artwalk, Spring 2010
A fierce rivalry is a great source of entertainment. In the art world, when artists espouse the merits of one style over another, the debate can quickly descend into vitriol, jealousy and animus. In the underground world of street art, one artistic debate is between the styles of graffiti vs. stencils, and each showcases a … Continue reading “Street Fight!”
Part of what makes street art so fascinating is when it appears in very unexpected ways. When I was stuck at a light looking around at some boarded up storefronts on an economically challenged street between Silver Lake and Echo Park, I was greeted by the morning pleasantries of two bears in dialog. A white … Continue reading The “Awesome Bears”
After a few months of technical difficulties (read: Blog Block), I’m happy to post my inaugural entry to CultureShock. The choice of content for this first post was quite vexing. There are so many ideas and concepts I want to express on this site, so I thought I’d reserve my first foray into the … Continue reading Easter Egg Hunting in Gridlock