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4:02 PST. The L.A. Art Scene's Original Culture Jammers, part 2

This is the second half of my interview with Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon, curators of Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961 – 1976, a Pacific Standard Time exhibition currently at the Armory Center for the Arts. In part one we discussed Berman and Heinecken as designers, jokesters, and rear-guard revolutionaries....

4:01 PST. The L.A. Art Scene's Original Culture Jammers, part 1

Several decades before AdBusters, there was Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken. Hardly anyone knew that these two media-manipulating L.A. hipster artists were intimates, beginning in the early 1960s. But now their relationship has been exposed to the public for the very first time. Naked women are also involved. A lot of naked women. And...

Rock A Hue, New Year's Eve 2012

I had a themed New Years Eve party this year. The theme was ROCK A HUE (wear a hue head to toe). The party also included my first art show ever at the party space (Light Rail Studios) and it was hue themed as well. The art all got finished in a month or...

3:02 PST. Pacific Standard Gift Book Time, part 2

This is a follow-up to my earlier post on holiday gift suggestions for people who like their art, and art catalogs, served with a hearty helping of design content. . Catalog L.A.: Birth of an Art Capital 1955-1985 Centre Pompidou exhibition catalog For graphic design enthusiasts, the best overview of Southern California’s current Pacific...

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 undertaken in Southern California. Over 60 museums, galleries, and other institutions allow us to...

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 at Long Beach, CA’s Convention Center. While SDCC has been around for over 40...

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, covered many other topics. Environmental sustainability and social responsibility were the most recurrent refrains....

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 conceived and crafted with Sorel’s signature wit and intelligence. Don’t miss it. And as...

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 program events – featuring more than 1300 artists – will demonstrate the vibrancy and...

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 on that billboard? Should I stop in Astor Wines for a nice bourbon bottle?...