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'Seafood,' collage on paper, © Sammy Slabbinck 2013

‘Seafood,’ collage on paper, © Sammy Slabbinck 2013

This week on the blog we discovered, the wonderful public library collection at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, CA, and the lotus bed in Echo Park Lake. We shared photos of Oscar Tuazon’s Live Steam Shift Whistle on The Downs, Bristol, UK, Joe Bradley’s exhibition at Le Consortium, art group Gelitin’s cave art in Costa Rica, and Maria Eisl’s new book 207 Photograms. We announced X-TRA magazine’s open call for applications for their writer-in-residence program in Pasadena, their magazine launch in Berlin, and a little taste of the upcoming fall issue. And, we gave you a sneak peak of the latest install at The Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings.




photo 1The Brand Library & Art Center is a treasure trove nestled in the foothills of Glendale, California. I visited last week and was delighted to discover this beautiful piece of architecture, and the library’s amazing collection of art books, vinyl records, and DVDs. It is such a wonderful place, I almost don’t want to give away the secret! But the Brand Library is a public lending library with a fabulous collection that is meant to be used. I found documentaries about artists, Amy Sillmans’ latest monograph, and the giant Taschen Case Study Houses book, and I was able to bring my big pile of library materials home to keep for the next 3 weeks!

The building that houses the library is the former home of Leslie Coombs Brand, who helped develop the city of Glendale in the early 1900s. In 1925, when he passed away, he left his estate to the city of Glendale, and it was turned into a public park and library. The white exterior, scalloped archways, decorative windows, and placement on a hill at the end of palm tree lined Western Avenue gives it a grandiose air.

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