3:01 PST. Pacific Standard Gift Book Time, part 1

Forget the Rose Parade; the real reason to be in L.A. right now is Pacific Standard Time… the arts program, not just the zone. A six-month “happening” that kicked off in October, PST is the largest collaborative art project ever …

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con …

AIGA National Conference's Top Four Moments of "Self-indulgence"

A graphic artist can gain fame while defying client expectations. German Expressionism can still inspire fine artists. Smart-ass sarcasm can baffle design judges. Oh, and Michele Bachmann and Dick Cheney are “DoucheBoobs.” “Pivot,” last week’s AIGA National Conference in Phoenix, …

Sorel on Sorel

There are over 300 images in Edward Sorel’s SVA Masters Series Exhibition (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”) at the Visual Arts Gallery (601 West 26 Street, 15th floor) (curated by Francis Di Tommaso). Each one of them is …

1:01 PST. Ed Ruscha's Passenger Seat Talk

Just shut up, New York and Europe. You’re really not all that, culture-wise. This weekend will officially kick off “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.” Over the next six months, nearly 200 museum and gallery shows and hundreds of …

Touch My Flaming Cactus

By Jonathan Greenblatt, Designer, Creative Development Walking up Lafayette Street from Bond in New York City, I’m used to certain thoughts bubbling to mind as my body auto-pilots through urban space back to the L train. Is Rihanna still up …

Today's Obsession: Growing Art

I know I’ve been harping upon generative art for years now, but this is the essential reason I love it. When a generative system is well-designed, it’s a boundless fount of potential objects. Here’s a beautiful example of a lighting …

Today's Obsession: Bad Art

I just got back from a weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, which scared the hell out of my Chicagoan eyes and mindset. If you watch the businesses go by from your rental car window, the entire economy seems predicated upon …

Rebeca Mendez on Terrorism, her TED Talk, and the Arctic Tern

This is the first of two features on PMCA‘s latest exhibition. The second, my interview with the Clayton Brothers, is here. . The letter “R.” There’s the capital, erect with the stately nobility of an opera diva. And there’s the …

Wunderkammer of Color, May 2011 Edition

We’re jumping the gun a bit early on May, color-fans—c’mon, tell us you’re not giddy for spring! Let’s get right to it, shall we? Nothing hollers spring louder than the fully blossoming tulip fields in Holland. Right now they’re ablaze …