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Printmaking: An Art Medium for the People

Printmaking: An Art Medium for the People

THE ENGLISH ARTIST and art critic Jon Thompson in his essay “Realism, Pop and Poverty” reminds us of the astonishing fact that “by the beginning of the 1960s American art had become almost compl...

Early Exposure: The First Films of Andy Warhol

Early Exposure: The First Films of Andy Warhol

The more you look at the same exact thing, the more meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel. — Andy Warhol, 1975 IN JANUARY 1964 Andy Warhol premiered Sleep, his first full-length ...

The Color of Context

The Color of Context

What is much more important than any of these behaviorist or “moral” approaches are all the stories, poems, and testimonies, the theoretical and political works, that document the struggle to achi...

Homesick: On Larry Sultan at LACMA

Homesick: On Larry Sultan at LACMA

Larry Sultan: Here and HomeNovember 9, 2014–July 19, 2015Los Angeles County Museum of Art5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 ¤ IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY of Larry Sultan, it’s the everyday, the o...

Looking Out, Looking In

Looking Out, Looking In

EARLIER THIS YEAR, I interviewed the children’s author Lois Lowry for The New York Times Magazine. My favorite bit of our conversation, which didn’t make it into print, came when I asked her to de...

Ode to Oakes

Ode to Oakes

ARISTOTLE ENVISIONED a celestial universe of 55 crystalline spheres concentrically organized around the earth, each carrying a planet along its orbit by the angular momentum of the outermost ring, the...

Paris Envy: Frank Gehry’s Vuitton Foundation

Paris Envy: Frank Gehry’s Vuitton Foundation

IN TODAY’S EFFICIENT, RATIONALIST, COST-CONSCIOUS architecture culture, squishy, unquantifiable qualities like enchantment are off the drafting table — exiled, beyond the grid, outside the design ...

Home and History in the Fiction of Los Angeles

Home and History in the Fiction of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES does not, perhaps, get enough credit for feeding the imaginations of science fiction writers. Our original cinematic visions of imagined futures — often dystopian wastelands — were sh...

La Comédie Architecturale

La Comédie Architecturale

MY JOURNALISTIC COLLEAGUE and friend Martin Filler and my architectural colleague and friend Zaha Hadid are engaged in an ongoing legal clash as a result of an article, “The Insolence of Architectur...