Pop-up exhibit shows the early ’60s fashion photography of Len Steckler, By Andy Vasoyan The ’60s were a different time, so we’ve been told. Amid cultural tumult and advancing technology, photographer Len Steckler was fusing advertising and pictures with an artist’s eye. Steckler started his career years earlier, as an artist who drew pictures for ad companies; he’d shared a desk with Andy Warhol. “A lot of times, what he would do is he would take a photo of a model and start drawing it, and the advertiser would see the photo and go ‘Let’s use that instead,’” says...Read More
When artist Rebecca Campbell noticed that she wasn’t seeing enough women from the L.A. art world represented in L.A.’s art world, she decided to do something about it. She picked up her paintbrush and started to paint female artists from the L.A. area that she thought should be seen. “I thought, well, what I can do is make pictures,” Campbell told NPR. “I made it so that they didn’t disappear, by making pictures of them.” Portraits of 19 female artists, from painters to performers, are on display at L.A. Louver in a show called “You Are Here.” Using a...Read More
2014 saw revivals of Shakespeare and burlesque, Hollywood come to LMU and plenty of notable openings and closings By Michael Aushenker Notable Arrivals With the fate of the mothballed Santa Monica Civic Auditorium still in the balance, The Forum became the Westside’s dominant concert venue on Jan. 14, when the historic structure reopened with a concert by the Eagles after a $100-million remodel by the Madison Square Garden Co. REAL Creative Space, a Westchester workspace for artists and creative entrepreneurs, opened in May. Malibu real estate player Howie Spunt opened P32 Gallery in Santa Monica in October, and...Read More
A journey that real estate developer Howard Spunt began three years ago in Europe has culminated with a new Santa Monica ‘art lounge’ By Michael Aushenker Three years ago, Malibu real estate developer Howard Spunt traveled to Europe and came back transformed. While visiting Paris, he wandered around the touristy Montmartre art district and stumbled upon a little art supply store run by a 75-year-old lady. “I bought a sketch pad and it started oozing out of me,” Spunt said of putting pencil to...Read More
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