By Kellie Chudzinski Black Lives Matter protests poured into the streets of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhoods in late May through early June, with more recent demonstrations spilling into nearby Westwood. Playa del Rey, often noted as the city’s last sleepy beach town, was relatively unaffected by the thousands of protesters who took to the streets in nearby Venice and Santa Monica earlier this year. But moved by the need for equal justice and equality, local artist Rob Revere sought to use his art to give his neighbors a reminder of the daily fight Black communities face. Following George Floyd’s...Read More
By Katherine Brubaker The Actors’ Gang, founded by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins nearly 40 years ago, has been hosting summer camps since 2005 and during the school year hosts a variety of free arts education programs in LA County schools. “We go into classrooms and give free theater arts programming to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have a theater arts program. Some of our programs go into history or English classes, and we bring history or literature to life,” explains Stephanie Lee, Operations Manager of The Actors’ Gang Teaching Department, a teaching artist and actor with the company. “They...Read More
Classic Photographs Los Angeles returns to Bergamot Station By Christina Campodonico The wonderful thing about photo-sharing platforms like Instagram is that the world of vintage photography is at your fingertips. But what if you could have that same experience IRL? That’s where showcases like Classic Photographs Los Angeles come in. Now in its 10th year, the intimate boutique art fair that splintered off from Photo L.A. years ago brings together galleries from across North America for three days at Bergamot Station’s ROSEGALLERY. Visitors can peruse avant-garde prints from Toronto’s Stephen Bulger Gallery, or go back in time with Etherton...Read More
Classic Photographs Los Angeles builds community around images By Sarah Ahern Classic photography never goes out of style. From daguerreotype prints to Instagram posts, it’s an art form that has not only expanded the definition of art, but also who can participate in art. This weekend at Bergamot Station Art Center, more than 30 exhibitors from North America and Japan pay homage to the art form during Classic Photographs Los Angeles, a boutique art show focused on vintage, modern and contemporary photography. Works on display and for sale cover a diverse cross-section of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries,...Read More
Venice artist Allison Kunath trusts her hands to speak for her eyes By Christina Campodonico “Drawing without looking” might sound like an oxymoron. But for Allison Kunath it feeds her creative practice, which ranges from inky silhouettes of couples cuddling to whimsical watercolors of floating hands to geometrically precise portraits of icons like Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie and Georgia O’Keefe, to name a few. At the base of this rendering repertoire — earning her over 22,000 followers on Instagram, as well as commissions from Lululemon Athletica and Playa Vista-based VR and 360-degree video company RYOT News — are the...Read More
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