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Norton Simon to show Whistler's 'Mother,' Manet, Cezanne paintings

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:00am
Contrary to popular opinion, James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famous 1871 painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1," better known as "Portrait of the Artist's Mother," is not a harsh and puritanical portrayal of a matriarch. It's a homage to the rich and tender relationship shared by a...

'Sturtevant: Double Trouble' show at MOCA will dispel misinterpretations

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:00am
Sturtevant was an artist whose reputation preceded her. It still does.

Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:00am
The most memorable televised music performance of 2014 occurred on Nov. 15, when self-described Compton's human sacrifice Kendrick Lamar stood on the Studio 8H stage of "Saturday Night Live" and performed his then-new single, "i." It had been more than two years since the rapper's...

Zahi Hawass urges military action to save Iraq's ancient sites

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 6:10am
If it were up to Zahi Hawass, international boots would be on the ground in Iraq, assigned to guard or rescue winged divinities and other relics of ancient Sumeria, Assyria and Babylon that have fallen in harm's way because of the religious fanaticism of Islamic State.

Shame, fear and terrorism in 'The English Bride'

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 5:00pm
Playwright Lucile Lichtblau achieves the seemingly impossible in “The English Bride,” now in its West Coast premiere at the Road on Magnolia: She makes a Middle Eastern terrorist sympathetic -- almost.

Paintings by Theodora Allen trippy but not trite

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:30pm
Theodora Allen paints in thin layers of oil, wiping away each addition before applying the next. The images that result are more visions than views. They have the consistency of meditations or memories, at once persuasive and elusive.

Offramp Gallery samples stitched, woven and wrapped works

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:00pm
Thread lines are the through lines in "Sampled," an enjoyable group show at Offramp.

Michael Graves, architect noted for Disney collaborations, dies at 80

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:38pm
Michael Graves, the prolific architect and designer whose Postmodern imprint can be found on a number of notable buildings, including Disney corporate headquarters in Burbank, as well as a range of consumer products such as his popular housewares for Target, has died. He was 80.

Mariah Robertson's vigorous tussle with photography

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:30pm
Mariah Robertson is one of photography's exciting new essentialists. She pares down the medium to a few of its most basic ingredients: light, chemicals and a light-sensitive surface.

Global art sales continue to soar; China still among top markets

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 12:26pm
The global art market continued its white-hot ascent with sales for 2014 rising 7% over the previous year to $54.1 billion (51 billion euros) worldwide, according to an annual report published this week from the European Fine Art Foundation.

In 'Hard and Soft,' four sculptors explore contradictions in clay

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:45am
"Hard and Soft," a compelling show at Acme gallery in Los Angeles, substantiates a single general point about clay's contradictory attributes.

Jamie McCourt joins Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts board

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:08am
Jamie McCourt is adding another board directorship to her expanding roster of cultural philanthropies.

L.A. theater openings, March 15-22: 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella' and more

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:00am
A Cockney flower girl gets an extreme makeover in "Pygmalion" at Pasadena Playhouse, Chance Theater heads down the rabbit hole with "Alice in Wonderland," and "Cinderella" is the belle of the ball at the Ahmanson.

Datebook: Word paintings, dance on film, and art about roller skating

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 8:00am
Paintings that echo a half-century-old accusation. Photographs of forgotten corners of the L.A. landscape. The early work of a multimedia artist who fused film and dance. And a show that is all about roller skating. I’m currently running around South America, but here are four things...

Barbara Cook at the Wallis: Still doing what she does best

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:35am
Barbara Cook graced the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, and while the singer wasn’t in tiptop form — she needed a cane to walk on stage, sang from a wheelchair and had trouble remembering lyrics — it was hard not to feel privileged hearing her one...

Producers make $102,860? Composers $63,560? Otis report on jobs and pay

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 6:45am
Employment in Los Angeles County's creative industries rose by 6,000 jobs in 2013 after more modest gains the two previous years, according to the latest annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy.

Pasadena Playhouse executive director to depart for San Diego Theatres

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 6:00am
The Pasadena Playhouse announced Thursday that Executive Director Elizabeth Doran will leave the organization at the end of April to become president and chief executive of San Diego Theatres.