The Art of Reparation: Lauren Bon Imagines the L.A. River After Us

The Art of Reparation: Lauren Bon Imagines the L.A. River After Us

Inside the small, ground-floor gallery, the air is moist and fragrant with dirt and hanging bundles of sagebrush, amaranth, yerba mansa and ephedra. One wall is lined with topographic maps; against another, teardrop-shaped beakers steadily drip water solutions into contaminated soil, filtering out lead, arsenic and other toxins through ceramic pipes. Around a corner, a... More
Heads Up: A Q&A with the Mexican American Milliner Gladys Tamez

Heads Up: A Q&A with the Mexican American Milliner Gladys Tamez

When Lady Gaga appeared on the cover of her 2016 album, Joanne, unadorned except for a gently tapered pink felt hat, the Mexican American designer Gladys Tamez officially stepped center stage. She launched her line, Gladys Tamez Millinery, in Los Angeles in 2014 and would become one of the first Latina hat designers in the... More
The Floating Sound Collective Tunes In, Outside

The Floating Sound Collective Tunes In, Outside

It feels a little bit like joining a secret society — that is, if secret societies were open to everyone. “Text a cloud emoji to this number,” instructs the Instagram bio of Floating, an L.A. collective presenting sound experiences in natural settings. Soon your phone is pinging a few times a week with invitations to events... More
Brother Nature: Obi Kauffman and his California Field Atlas Series

Brother Nature: Obi Kauffman and his California Field Atlas Series

  “This is a love story.” So begins Obi Kaufmann’s The California Field Atlas (Heyday), an illustrated guide to the natural world of California that sat atop the San Francisco Chronicle’s nonfiction bestseller list for six months in 2017, and then spawned a series —the fourth volume of which The Coasts of California was published... More
Flowers for Didion: A California Transplant Says Goodbye to Her Idol on a Visit to New York

Flowers for Didion: A California Transplant Says Goodbye to Her Idol on a Visit to New York

The messages started coming in at noon, Eastern time. “Joan Didion died.” “Joan.” Heartbreak emojis. Instagram posts featuring the glamorous black-and-white portraits I can see with my eyes closed. A link to her obituary. California daughter Joan Didion, whose writings about her home state excavated and formed some of its most indelible myths, had died at her... More
Like A Rainbow: Ariana Papademetropoulos and the Emerald Tablet

Like A Rainbow: Ariana Papademetropoulos and the Emerald Tablet

Ariana Papademetropoulos. “Origins” (2021). Oil on canvas. 84” x 120”. Courtesy of Ariana Papademetropoulos and Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles. The artist Ariana Papademetropoulos moves effortlessly between dimensions. With her recent show, The Emerald Tablet, she took us over the rainbow. In this interview for Flaunt, she spoke about how she got there.   The paintings of... More
Star 80: Nick Taggart's LA Stories Encapsulates an Era and a City's Electric Energy

Star 80: Nick Taggart’s LA Stories Encapsulates an Era and a City’s Electric Energy

When the British-born artist Nick Taggart came to Los Angeles in 1977, he planned to stay for three months. Four-plus decades later, he is still here, living on the same Glassell Park street he was told about at a Stranglers show in London. Then twenty-two, Taggart, who studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art, found... More
Joan Didion Explores the 'Shimmer' in a New Collection

Joan Didion Explores the ‘Shimmer’ in a New Collection

“You know, sometimes I think I can’t think at all unless I’m behind my typewriter,” Joan Didion told an editor for Ms. magazine during an interview at the author’s Malibu home. It was January 1977, and Didion’s third novel, “A Book of Common Prayer,” would be published in March. The editor, Susan Braudy, had asked... More
A New 'Library of Esoterica' Brings the Occult to Your Coffee Table

A New ‘Library of Esoterica’ Brings the Occult to Your Coffee Table

Not so long ago, the discovery of esoteric knowledge was a rite unto itself, requiring research and travel, as many dead ends as discoveries. Today, these quests are as simple as a Google search, a glance at an astrology app or a scroll through Instagram, where the hashtag #witchesofinstagram will lead you to six million... More
The California Dream of Elysian Landscapes

The California Dream of Elysian Landscapes

For Judy Kameon, the most important role a garden can fulfill is to create community, so there is a poetic synergy in the fact that her career as a garden designer began almost by chance, in 1996, when she was hosting a pop-up restaurant in her Elysian Park backyard. Hotelier Sean MacPherson was one of... More
Corita Kent: Pop Artist, Public Servant, Rebel Nun

Corita Kent: Pop Artist, Public Servant, Rebel Nun

“To be fully alive is to work for the common good.” —Corita Kent The artist best known as Sister Corita was born Frances Elizabeth Kent in 1918. She grew up in Hollywood but she was no beach bunny or glamour girl; at 18, right after graduating from high school (and to the surprise of her... More
Sara Ruffin Costello's Southern Charms

Sara Ruffin Costello’s Southern Charms

Seven years ago, Sara Ruffin Costello and her family did what so many New Yorkers dream of but never dare—they left behind the urban rat race for a slower, sweeter pace of life. For Costello, the founding creative director of Domino magazine, and her photographer husband, Paul, the draw was one of America’s most intriguing... More