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Actually, Images Have Meanings of Their Own

Actually, Images Have Meanings of Their Own

HENRI MATISSE received considerably less critical attention during the last half of the 20th century than either Pablo Picasso, primary point of reference for the New York School painters of the ’50...

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Image: Detail from the cover of Semina #1. ¤ PALE AND SLENDER, she is wrapped in a black-and-white shawl that once belonged to Rudolph Valentino, a Spanish comb fanning out from her fiery red hai...

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...

Photographer Spotlight: Stephen Wilkes

Photographer Spotlight: Stephen Wilkes

  Stephen Wilkes is a voyeur on an operatic scale. Although the first thing one sees in his epic photographs is a panorama that divides seamlessly between day and night, closer inspection ...

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...

Library in the Future Tense

Library in the Future Tense

 1. HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of South Korea sits one of the oldest intact libraries in the world, located in the Haeinsa Temple. Since 1398, it has preserved, on spare wooden shelves, the 81,258 print...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Jo Ann Callis

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Jo Ann Callis

Many photographers use images to get under the skin of reality and touch the more elusive corners of human experience. For Jo Ann Callis, that more often than not means a carefully constructed zone ...

Atrocity Exhibition

Atrocity Exhibition

IN THE WINTER of 1945 Czeslaw Milosz and his wife Janka arrived in New York harbor onboard a British ocean liner, a “small half-cargo ship” as he later described it in A Year of the Hunter. Milosz...

Art's Secular Illusions

Art's Secular Illusions

Things are placed right in front of our eyes, not covered by any veil. This is where religion and art part company. — Wittgenstein Psychology is a half way science justified, if at all, by its the...

Expanding Criticality

Expanding Criticality

Take It or Leave It at the Hammer Museum.Through May 18, 2014.10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024 .   STEPHEN PRINA’S 16mm film Vinyl II (2000) begins in tight focus on Gerrit van Ho...

Collecting and Correcting

Collecting and Correcting

I ONCE TALKED with a very rich collector who said he hated going to public museums and art galleries because nothing there was for sale. He wanted, and in many cases could afford, to buy the exhibits ...