LA Art Show Cracks the Code of the LA Art Market

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“After 20 Years, We Know Art in LA…”Arts Spotlight:The LA Art Show is Los Angeles’ Art Show. From the press release:With FIAC’s recent announcement postponing their first foray into the LA market, it has become increasingly clear the only art fair to crack the code for success in the city is the LA Art Show. Taking place January 15-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, The LA Art Show is a 200,000 square foot platform for fine art that brings in more than 50,000 visitors, eager to see 120 galleries representing 22 countries from North & South America, Europe […]

French-Iranian Artist Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer Comes To Tara Gallery In December, Details

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“I’m an artist because it is my spiritual need and livelihood. To thrive, I must remain in a perpetual movement of creation.” – Chahab Tayefeh-MohajerTara Gallery is pleased to welcome Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer hailing all the way from France for his first solo exhibition at Tara Gallery. Ancient Meets Contemporary opens Saturday, December 6 through Wednesday, December 24.The welcome reception is on December 6 from 6-9 p.m. with an exclusive Q&A with Chahab at 7 p.m., followed by a signing of his self-titled book Chahab. Published in France only, this coffee table book riddled with Chahab’s contemporary masterpieces is available for […]

PEN America First Editions/Second Thoughts Auction at Christie’s New York, Dec. 2

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Arts Spotlight: Given the chance, what would Philip Roth change about his classic Portnoy’s Complaint? Is there something more Patti Smith wanted to say in Just Kids? How did Robert Caro feel revisiting The Power Broker for the first time in forty years?PEN America has asked 75 of America’s greatest writers and artists to annotate a first edition of one of their classic works to be auctioned by Christie’s on December 2nd. Proceeds from First Editions/Second Thoughts will benefit the mission of PEN to promote freedom of creative expression worldwide.Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Stephen […]

2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Bill Clinton At All-Star Gala Concert

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2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition & All-Star Gala Concert will see President Bill Clinton to Receive Maria Fisher Founder’s AwardTalent Includes Herbie Hancock, Kevin Spacey, Pharrell Williams, Queen Latifah, John Mayer,Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Taj Mahal and Dianne ReevesArts Spotlight: The 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and All-Star Gala Concert on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, November 9 in Los Angeles will feature President Bill Clinton but he won’t be tooting his own horn. Rather, he will be receiving the organization’s prestigious Maria Fisher Founder’s Award for major contributions to the the expansion […]

“The Poetry of Television” Gala Event to Support Teen Literacy in L.A.

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Arts Spotlight: Get Lit, a leading non-profit presenter of literary performance, education, and poetry programs that affect the lives of over 20,000 teens each year, is hosting “The Poetry of Television,” a gala event to honor the poetic brilliance of today’s television writers to support teen literacy in Los Angeles.Get Lit’s annual IGNITE award will be presented to Alan Ball (Academy Award-winning writer of American Beauty, Emmy Award-winning director and creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood). The event will occur on Sunday, November 23, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium, […]

Live “Day Of The Dead” Performance Event of The Week, Photos

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Los Angeles Culture Spotlight: Live “Day Of The Dead” Performance Gets A Rousing Welcome From Packed House At L.A.’s Museum of Latin American ArtMore than 600 souls braved The Museum of Latin American Art’s “Día de los Muertos” fundraiser on Saturday evening, in an event anchored by a rock-meets-Latin-music-cabaret opera, featuring none other than Death herself (who’s looking damn good these days). The vivid live performance was resplendent with larger-than-life Day of the Dead -styled puppets, created by show producer Tony Dominguez. Lead performers Santos de Los Angeles and Ruby Champagne were backed by a talented troupe of singers and […]

Museum of Latin American Art’s ‘Day Of The Dead’ Celebration VIDEO

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Arts Spotlight: Museum of Latin American Art’s ‘Day Of The Dead’ Celebration Kick Starts Los Angeles Halloween Party SeasonFew cities do Halloween as well as Los Angeles. What with the city revolving around people who put on costumes and weird make-up for a living (we call them “actors”), it’s a natural that Angelenos embrace the holiday and make it their own. This year’s Halloween season kicks off in a big way on Saturday, Oct. 25th with the Museum of Latin American Art’s “Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) celebration and fundraiser.Co-sponsored by Siempre Mujer magazine, the event commences […]

Zhenya Gershman Invited to World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History

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Gershman’s effort evokes not only Whistler’s and Sargent’s, but that from which they took inspiration, Manet’s and Velazquez’s – masters of the figure who in their own ways avoided the banal literalities of their contemporaries for a rendition truer to the vagaries of vision, and (thereby) to the dynamics of human presence.Peter Frank | Art Critic Huffington PostWorld Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society convenes May 29-30, 2015. Zhenya Gershman is a well-known artist, art historian and museum educator. As a co-Founder and President of Project Awe (Aesthetics of Western Esotericism) she has […]

Live Broadcast of LA Opera’s La Traviata On Big Screen at Santa Monica Pier Sept. 17

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Arts spotlight:   Opera royalty Plácido Domingo has announced that LA Opera will inaugurate a new biannual series of free live video broadcasts sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.The inaugural presentation, Verdi’s La Traviata, will be broadcast live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm. The performance will star Nino Machaidze, Arturo Chacón-Cruz and Mr. Domingo, and will be conducted by James Conlon.Captured by nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the broadcast will be produced and directed for the screen by Matthew Diamond. […]

Provincetown Arts: Sirius XM Star Frank DeCaro In The Afterglow, Details

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There’s no place on Earth like Cape Cod in September, so head out to bonny Provincetown and catch the annual Afterglow gathering of renowned and under-the-radar innovative stage artists in the world of live performance.The Afterglow Festival honors Provincetown, Massachusetts as the birthplace of Modern American Theater, recapturing its evolutionary spirit by presenting staged works from performing artists across a wide spectrum of forms and serves as a destination for international and regional stage artists to express their creativity and innovation while re-establishing this visually exquisite and unpretentious seaside community as a home for vanguard stagecraft.New Jersey born, former New […]

‘Think It Ink It’ Simpsons Animator Mentors Next Gen of Comic Book Writers and Artists

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Arts Spotlight: Former Simpson’s artist Carlos Nieto III is working with the next generation of comic book writers and artists in Boyle Heights! Think It Ink It happens on August 30th, 2014 at Meltdown Comics. The event is free and open to the public.Created by former Simpsons’ artist Carlos Nieto III, “Think It Ink It: Nature Comix” is an intensive summer long comic book workshop where inner city teens learn the basics of creating a comic book from writing the story and creating the characters to drawing the images adding the dialogue.Carlos Nieto III hand-picked 12 teens as part of […]

Iranian expat Hossein Khosrojerdi ‘Redefining Home; Tara Gallery in Santa Monica

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“Fluidity—not stagnation—drives my work. As a contemporary artist whose life has been varied by circumstance and change, I refuse to be constrained by specific style or genre. I feel a responsibility as an artist to reflect the inconsistent reality we live in.” – Hossein KhosrojerdiLos Angeles Art Spotlight: Acclaimed Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi will show his work on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at the Tara Gallery in Santa Monica,with a reception from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.Currently living in self-exile in London, “Redefining Home” will be Khosrojerdi’s first solo exhibition in the United States. This unique picturesque collection spanning from 2004-2014 […]

Rob Schamberger, Painter of Champions, Paints Live at WWE SummerSlam this Weekend

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Renowned wrestling artist and painter of champions, Rob Schamberger, is headed to Los Angeles to participate in the festivities leading up to SummerSlam, WWE’s biggest summer event.Starting on August 15, Schamberger will paint live outside of the panel discussions to be held at Nokia Theatre LA Live. His subject of choice? None other than the legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, one of several featured panelists.Wrestling fans are encouraged to stop by the theater from August 15-17 to see Schamberger in action, absolutely free of charge. Several of Schamberger’s prints, including a limited edition SummerSlam 2014 print, will be on sale […]

From Russia, Larger Than Life: Zhenya Gershman

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“There are no bad models, only bad artists. The best way for me to describe what happens when the match is just right is like rubbing two stones together — you get a spark! – Zhenya GershmanNurtured creativity, fluid survival skills in a less than optimal environment and innate artistic moxie, all carried through several generations and across two continents is no easy feat. But for one Los Angeles artist and art historian, it’s her fascinating life story.Meet tenacious, talented artist Zhenya Gershman, who is as commanding and storied as they come in the fine art world. Like the subjects […]

The Female Form Immersed In The Elements: Meet Anna Sweet

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Arts Spotlight: Introducing Anna Sweet, a South Florida underwater photographer who uses artistic elements to capture the beauty of the female form in motion.Sweet’s lens reveals the sensuality and elegance of women throughout the most exotic waters of the world. From these inspiring images, truly unique mixed media is brought to life. Sweet attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and interned in London as a fashion photographer. It was there she found her own style and focus.She says, “I knew I needed to develop a style of my own. I want people to look at my work and […]

Australian Artist Johnny Romeo Hits Los Angeles ‘Too West Coast’ July 12-13

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I make art because it’s truly my greatest passion and I totally feel compelled to express it with the world. I truly love colour and I want the world to see and feel that. – Johnny RomeoArt News: The SoRo (South Robertson) Los Angeles art scene lights up with Petra Gallerie in association with WE MADE IT on Saturday, July 12 at 8:00pm to July 13 at 12AM as Australian artist Johnny Romeo brings TOO WEST COAST Editions on Paper to Southern California.TOO WEST COAST is the event featuring the leading face of Australian Pop Art, Johnny Romeo. Johnny Romeo […]

Chalice California: Music, Glassblowing Artists, More in San Bernardino

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Art Spotlight: In two weeks, a new festival will make its debut in the southern California city of San Bernardino.Chalice California—hosted by innovative water pipe producers Hitman Glass—is going down on July 12th and 13th at the NOS Events Center. And it is not your typical hemp convention.The stacked musical line-up features performers from a diverse (yet complimenting) set of genres and sounds. From headliners STS9 and Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, to hip-hop’s finest Hieroglyphics, E-40 and Mac Lethal, to EDM’s heavy-hitters VibeSquaD, Love & Lights, and Thriftworks, and many, many more, the stages will be going off all […]

Matthew Rolston’s Talking Heads First Solo Exhibit In LA, Diane Rosenstein Fine Art Gallery, June 7

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Matthew Rolston has captured the inherent humanity of a rarely-seen collection of unique entertainment figures: ventriloquist dummies.In Los Angeles, Diane Rosenstein Fine Art announces Talking Heads, a solo exhibition of new photographs by Matthew Rolston.Talking Heads opens on Saturday, June 7th with a reception for the artist from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  This is Matthew Rolston’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Matthew Rolston: Talking Heads will present monumental color portraits of dummies chosen from a collection of nearly seven hundred ventriloquists dolls (dating from 1820 –1980) housed at the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.In 2010, Rolston set […]

Tracy Newman and Daughter Charlotte Dean Bring ‘Charlotte’s Shorts’ To LA, Details

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Los Angeles Highlight: The mother/daughter comedy duo Emmy Award-winning writer, Tracy Newman and her daughter, author and writer, Charlotte Dean are directing LA’s funniest talent in Charlotte’s ShortsWho is performing?Short stories will be read by Laraine Newman, (original SNL cast member and sister of Tracy Newman/aunt of Charlotte Dean,) Lynne Stewart (Always Sunny in Philedelphia and Miss Yvonne from Pee Wee Herman Show, Tim Bagley (Grace, Monk and $#*! My Dad Says,) Jordan Black (Bridesmaids, For Your Consideration,) Jonathan Stark (Tracy Newman’s former TV writing partner,) Jeremy Rowley (iCarly, Modern Family, current Groundling,) and Bridget Sienna (so very funny.)“Charlotte’s Shorts” […]

Behind the Scenes Images of Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. VIDEOS

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Legos and Lady Gaga? Yup.In her newest video, G.U.Y. featuring cameos from Andy Cohen and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Gaga was transformed into LEGO® by tapping the creative mind of Brick Artist, Nathan Sawaya – who currently has an exhibition, The Art of the Brick, on display at Discovery Times Square in New York City. Nathan and Lady Gaga spent the day collaborating on different LEGO-related concepts that help blend art and pop culture.Nathan was on-site of the video shoot at Hearst Castle with the Haus of Gaga team and helped retrofit ‘Yellow’ to Gaga’s likeness.You’ll notice throughout […]