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, the artistic director of the Desert X biennial, opening February 25 and on view through April, wasn’t necessarily looking for... More
A Bodhi Tree Grows in Los Angeles

A Bodhi Tree Grows in Los Angeles

Since the dawn of the 20th century, before the first movie studio staked its claim in the Southern California sun, Los Angeles has been a haven for alternative spiritual practices. With the arrival of the Theosophical Society in Hollywood in the 1910s, a procession of Hindu gurus including Paramahansa Yogananda soon followed. Yogananda compared L.A.... More
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 four directions on a dry lakebed in the Mojave; to Sol Star (1996), which mapped the constellations over the Pyramids... More
The Rise of Guru Jagat, Kundalini Yoga's New Star

The Rise of Guru Jagat, Kundalini Yoga’s New Star

To anyone who has walked into a Los Angeles yoga studio, the scene this Wednesday morning would be familiar: white walls hung with Tibetan silk tapestries that depict various incarnations of the Buddha; leafy plants and sparkling geodes dotting the corners of the room; shoji screens that mask a busy city street; a shiny wood... More
The Witching Hour: The Occult In An Age When There Are No Secrets

The Witching Hour: The Occult In An Age When There Are No Secrets

IN 1692, BARKING LIKE A DOG, pretending to fly, or erupting in a spasmodic fit was seemingly enough to get a teenage girl in Salem, Massachusetts, branded a witch and hanged, as depicted in Stacy Schiff’s new book, The Witches. Today there are an estimated one million practicing pagans — a term that includes self-identified... More
Glam Rocks: L.A.'s New Crystal Movement

Glam Rocks: L.A.’s New Crystal Movement

Every Friday night, local artists, chefs, screenwriters, fashion designers and the odd indie celebrity like the French singer, Soko, file into the Sweat Spot, a dance studio in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, for a crystal meditation session. As they enter, Mark Phillips, co-owner of the nearby crystal shop Spellbound Sky, offers each... More
Cosmic L.A. Style: Stargazing with Miss KK & Friends

Cosmic L.A. Style: Stargazing with Miss KK & Friends

On Sunday night, in the shoe designer Jerome Rousseau’s elegant Hollywood studio, a colorful community of artists gathered to celebrate the debut of MissKK: A Sister Collaboration, a clothing line by costumer, stylist, and designer MissKK (née Kristine Karnaky) and her sister, Kat Karnaky, a textile designer and printer who lives in Oakland. Hanging on... More
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 framing her blue eyes and fixes her liquid gaze on the camera. She extends her hand and opens her palm... More
Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie" Screens at Paris Photo

Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie” Screens at Paris Photo

Three of Dennis Hopper’s four children — Marin, Ruthanna and Henry — gathered at Paramount Studios with Hollywood friends like Andrew and Luke Wilson and Todd Phillips (director of the “Hangover” franchise and friend of Ruthanna, Hopper’s daughter with the “Zabriskie Point” star Daria Halprin) and art-world luminaries including Bill Viola and Sophie Calle for... More
"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 Ariana Papademetropoulos, also made a point to stretch the concept, exploring ideas about public personas and the occult. The works... More
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 Coryander Friend < http://coryander.com/> , Parachute aims to bring an aesthetic cohesion to the popular pop-up market format that extends... More
Cosmic L.A. Style: Designer and Vintage Connoisseur Katy Rodriguez

Cosmic L.A. Style: Designer and Vintage Connoisseur Katy Rodriguez

Resurrection, the bi-coastal vintage boutique that Katy Rodriguez founded with her partner Mark Haddaway, just celebrated its 18th birthday. During those years, Rodriguez launched her own clothing line, co-curated a collection of rare 20th century fashion auctioned at Christie’s, and discovered meditation through the Self Realization Fellowship—a personal shift that’s been reflected in a new cosmic... More