Art in Los Angeles

SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion – Dynamic & almost fragile

In architectural language, a pavilion refers to a subsidiary building that is either positioned separately or as an attachment to the main building. Often its function is creating pleasure and providing a place to rest. Pavilions also offer shade to shield us from too much exposure to the sun. All ages and abilities can enjoy …

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Why did Olafur Eliasson turn these rivers green?

Next March, just like any other month of March, the Chicago Plumbers will dye the city’s river green. They have been doing this since 1962, in loving memory of St. Patrick, celebrating an icon in the history of Ireland and Chicago. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson mounted another similar project, but with a whole different thing …

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Catherine Opie takes us inside of Elizabeth Taylor’s extravagant house

Tons of books have been written about Elizabeth Taylor. The legendary actor, humanitarian, and musician has inspired authors, artists, and entertainers across different generations. For this reason, it’s little wonder that Catherine Opie also saw the wisdom in following those who blazed the trail before her. Through her Elizabeth Taylor work, Opie shows us a …

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Michael Heizer – North, East, South, West, 1967/2002, installation view, Dia Art Foundation

Michael Heizer’s negative sculpture – North East South West

Michael Heizer was born in California in the year 1944. He is a renowned sculptor and environmental artist. Michael draws his early interest in art through the influences of his father’s archeological and grandfather’s geological works that he grew up around. Despite having attended art school shortly, one of his most remarkable works came from …

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What happens in Cyprien Gaillard’s Nightlife?

Cyprien Gaillard is known for creating work that interconnects history and nature, as well as humankind’s connection to both. In particular, Gaillard is known for exploring the beauty of failure and the natural collapse of things in general, and in particular, only deeply interested in ruins. His work spans numerous mediums, including etching, performance art, …

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Liquid Shard by Poetic Kinetics – A mesmerizing glitter artwork in downtown LA

If you keep a tab on what’s happening in the public display arts, the odds are that you came across the Liquid Shard. It was a public art installation on display in Pershing Square in LA between July 28 and August 11, 2016. Thanks to its odd size, unique design, and pure ingenuity of the …

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia – The faces of the hustlers of Hollywood

Between 1990 and 1992, photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia made five trips to Los Angeles to take photos of male prostitutes in Hollywood. DiCorcia first approached his subjects in LA’s Boystown, located in West Hollywood. Instead of having sexual activities, diCorcia offered to pay after getting photographs of them. Before making an agreement with the hustlers, diCorcia …

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Yayoi Kusama’s most outstanding sculptures – Pumpkins & Flowers

Celebrating her 90th birthday in 2019, Yayoi Kusama is a leading Japanese artist and legend as far as art is concerned. While she deliberately makes unique pieces that can withstand the wear and tear of the outdoors, she is renowned for reproducing her art on a monumental scale when need be. Her career spans over …

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Jonas Wood’s still life mural covers the entire Los Angeles MoCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles may feel hidden because of its downtown location. For a long time since it was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, it has been associated with its less conspicuous qualities. Since L.A. painter Jonas Wood covered the museum building facade with a reproduction of his Still Life …

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Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds & His plan to retire from painting

Andy Warhol is no stranger to critical acclaim; his various works introduced thousands of audiences to contemporary art, which helped to put American artists on the map, and it waged war against abstract expressionism. Warhol effectively managed, time and time again, to shatter distinctions in art and he helped to reshape the aesthetic criteria that …

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Rick Owens’ furniture collection – The birth of brutalism

When asked to speak about his art, Rick Owens appreciates designers who make hand beads or ball gowns, but he loves his style more. By using rare materials and working with highly skilled artisans, he can create unique items. With an emphasis on art instead of lifestyle, Owens creates massive monuments with little assembly work …

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Jeff Koons’ shiny balloon dog – Would you pay $58 million?

Inspired by the likes of Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons is a recognized artist known for his work in pop culture. As such, his sculptures often depict everyday objects. He is currently among the most popular contemporary artists and is generally considered one of the most important, influential, and most controversial pop artists …

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Karl Haendel’s large murals don’t make any sense

In 2009, Los Angeles-based artist Karl Haendel made two large scribble murals. One was his first public installation in New York. The other, a similar painting, was executed in Los Angeles. His gigantic scribbles are an anti-heroic gesture with roots in street art, public mark-making and a universal means of communication. To put one of …

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