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Desert Storm: Art in Joshua Tree and the Coachella Valley

Desert Storm: Art in Joshua Tree and the Coachella Valley

The drive from Palm Springs to Rancho Mirage isn’t what you’d describe as scenic: The landscape shifts from explosively verdant flora and palm tree colonnades to tan stucco boxes, asphalt, and scrub. But Neville Wakefield,... Read More
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Planet Queen: Lita Albuquerque On Art and The Cosmos

Planet Queen: Lita Albuquerque On Art and The Cosmos

Throughout a four-plus decade career, the Malibu-based artist Lita Albuquerque has engaged in an ongoing, epic dialogue between earth and sky—from early desert installations like Spine of the Earth (1980), a “terrestrial painting” invoking the... Read More
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Eve Babitz's Classic Hollywood Memoir is Finally Reissued

Eve Babitz’s Classic Hollywood Memoir is Finally Reissued

Derek Taylor, the Beatles’ L.A.-based press agent and a man about the Sunset Strip, introduced Eve Babitz to the Fab Four as “the best girl in America.” Indeed, for a hot minute that spanned the... Read More
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On a Dark Desert Highway: The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project

On a Dark Desert Highway: The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project

Driving on the freeway, usually wanting to be someplace far from wherever we are at any given moment, we fixate on the speedometer, the exit signs, the lines in the road: proof that we are... Read More
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The Distinct Californication of Paris Photo Los Angeles

The Distinct Californication of Paris Photo Los Angeles

With nearly 200 art fairs on the international cultural calendar, it’s no surprise that art-world denizens have a case of fair fatigue. Paris Photo L.A., however, seems to have the cure for what ails them.... Read More
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The Colorful History of California Graphic Design

The Colorful History of California Graphic Design

Louise Sandhaus’s new book, “Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design 1936-1986” ($55, Metropolis Books), is a collection of visual artifacts as eclectic as California itself. The volume begins in the year that the... Read More
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Gary Baseman Collaborates with Coach for Spring 2015

Gary Baseman Collaborates with Coach for Spring 2015

During Coach’s heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, the C might as well have stood for “classic” or “collegiate.” But Stuart Vevers, Coach’s new creative director, has a decidedly different agenda for the brand: “Making... Read More
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Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

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 hair. Slowly, she lifts the long, fringed lashes... Read More
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Videre Licet: Furniture Glam Enough for Hollywood

Videre Licet: Furniture Glam Enough for Hollywood

President Obama sits behind a custom walnut desk of their design in his private study, and François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek’s Paris apartment is illuminated by their light boxes, but until now, the design partnership... Read More
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"Veils" Celebrates the Art of the Obscured

“Veils” Celebrates the Art of the Obscured

As its name suggests, “Veils” — a 40-artist group exhibition opening Saturday in the West Adams neighborhood of L.A. — offers interpretations of the physical act of concealment. But the show’s curators, Jhordan Dahl and... Read More
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Cosmic L.A. Style: Coryander Friend and Parachute Market

Cosmic L.A. Style: Coryander Friend and Parachute Market

Spring is in the air, and this weekend Parachute Market is celebrating the season with “Let There Be Light,” the third installment of this curated design fair. The brainchild of set designer and vintage dealer... Read More
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Tune In, Try On: L.A.'s Psychedelic Sixties Boutiques

Tune In, Try On: L.A.’s Psychedelic Sixties Boutiques

San Francisco might own 1967’s Summer of Love, but L.A.’s trippy season went on long after that – just like its eternal sunshine. The late ‘60s here saw love-ins in Elysian Park, acid tests in... Read More
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