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REMEMBERING CHRIS BURDEN

REMEMBERING CHRIS BURDEN

Artist and icon Chris Burden passed away on May 10. It was a shock to the art world; since his early days as a hardcore body and performance artist, Burden has been an indestructible force and a pathbreaker in the field. His last completed work, Ode to Santos Dumont, is a poetic paean to the […]

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PARIS, LA blog is about the magic accidents of life. It’s about artists, writers, photographers, musicians and designers that cross our mind, and our heart for a day, a season, a life! It refers to a vital substance that nourishes, and inspires our soul day by day. A sort of vivid shadow that gives birth twice a year to a print magazine named PARIS, LA.
—Dorothée Perret

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BOOK: BERNARD TSCHUMI’S ‘ARCHITECTURE AND DISJUNCTION’

Bernard Tschumi’s Architecture and Disjunction is a classic, definitive collection of the French architect and theorist’s essays and lectures. Best known for his design for the Parc de la Villette in Paris, with its colorful, deconstructivist folies (the result of a collaboration with postmodernist architect Peter Eisenmann), Tschumi has been theorizing about the definition and […]

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PORTRAIT: DAVID ADJAYE

Renowned architect David Adjaye was at LACMA last night for a talk with museum Director Michael Govan. The two discussed Adjaye’s work since his controversial London Elektra House (2000), which almost landed the young architect in jail, to his grand project for the National Museum of African American History, the last building to be constructed […]

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PLACES: L.A.’S HIDDEN POWER PLANTS

As part of an ongoing study of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Center for Land Use Interpretation has compiled a list of all the electricity distribution stations in the city of L.A. These are recognizable buildings, probably because they’re so nondescript–you may pass one on your way to work every day […]

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EXHIBITION: BRIAN HARTT AT THE BONAVENTURE HOTEL

This afternoon I found myself wandering through the Bonaventure Hotel, an iconic mess of a building in downtown Los Angeles. Its four towers of rooms cluster around a soaring atrium ringed with bridges, ramps, and staircases, punctured by floating elevators and mezzanine levels. The result is unnavigable, and while lost searching for an exit, I […]

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EXHIBITION: MARTEN ELDER AT TIF SIGFRIDS

Marten Elder’s new photographs on view at Tif Sigfrids in Hollywood are curious and lustrous images. Elder photographs mundane spatial configurations–driveways, lawns, planters–and through deft digital manipulation amplifies the ambient colors of each plane, creating surreal and iridescent chromatic combinations. The edits flatten the image, so cacti and dark garden shadows look like puddles of […]