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
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 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, the Hollywood native was a bright star in the galaxy of art and glamour that was... More
The Leading Ladies of "Dope"

The Leading Ladies of “Dope”

As the setting sun paints the Santa Monica sky hot pink, Kiersey Clemons and Chanel Iman scroll through their Instagram feeds, debating the merits of candid versus posed photographs. “I’m an actress, so I love candids,” says the 21-year-old Clemons, best known as teen troublemaker Bianca on the pioneering Amazon series Transparent, “but [Chanel] is... More
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 moving. In this liminal state, billboards become a sort of visual white noise or worse, a perceived assault that we... More
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. Expecting 20,000 people for its third year at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood this weekend, it is an art fair... More
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of 'Howl' in Los Angeles

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of ‘Howl’ in Los Angeles

As the man who produced one of Allen Ginsberg’s last recorded works — and who virtually invented the tribute album as standalone art form — the record producer (and current music producer of “Saturday Night Live”) Hal Willner was truly the only person who could have put together last night’s celebration of the Beat poet’s... More
Smoke Signals: Incense for Every Style

Smoke Signals: Incense for Every Style

For many, the idea of incense evokes nothing so much as college dorm rooms and hippie shops that smell more like car air freshener than exotic spices. But lately that stigma has started to lift, as fragrance artisans and boutique brands offer new variations that leave Nag Champa up in smoke. Historically, incense was used... More
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 L.A. transplant Merle Armitage designed the nontraditionally laid-out book “Igor Stravinsky” and ends with April Greiman’s “Does it Make Sense,”... More
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 the normal fantastically normal” is how he describes it. For spring, C stands for “cartoonish,” or “cultish.” Putting together his... More