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GEHRY AND DUDAMEL IN INGLEWOOD

The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) is getting a new, permanent home in Inglewood, and its architect Frank Gehry will join Gustavo Dudamel, Inglewood mayor James T. Butts, Jr., and CEO Simon Woods this week for the unveiling of the project’s design.

Under the leadership of Dudamel and the L.A. Phil, YOLA provides young people with free, high-quality music education and academic support.

Gehry’s design will transform an existing 17,000 sq. ft. structure at Manchester and La Brea into a purpose-built facility. This project is made possible through a gift from Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen.

 

FRANK GEHRY and GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, Wednesday, August 15, at 10:30 am.

JUDITH AND THOMAS L. BECKMEN YOLA CENTER, 111 South La Brea Avenue, Inglewood.

See: la.curbed.com/frank-gehry-youth-orchestra-inglewood

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Gustavo Dudamel in rehearsal.

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GEHRY BY THE SEA

A proposed collaboration between architect Frank Gehry and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck in Pacific Palisades has been given the go-ahead by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The new restaurant will replace Gladstone’s, which has been operating on the county-owed site at Will Rogers State Beach for fifty years. The Gladstone lease isn’t up until the end of 2019, so construction on the Gehry design would not begin until 2020 at the earliest.

Image credit: Frank Gehry.

Supervisors favor Wolfgang Puck-Frank Gehry project to replace Gladstones on PCH

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CHRIS BURDEN DOCUMENTARY

“Joe the Lion”—David Bowie’s song about Chris Burden—is a tribute to the seminal performance artist’s early days, when his body was a laboratory and canvas for bullets, nails, starvation, and potential electrocution. As a student at UC Irvine, Burden didn’t wait around for the bullies; he stuffed himself into a locker. Hitting his heyday during the rise of video art, his pieces have been well-documented, and today his Urban Light sculpture is the number one selfie spot in Los Angeles.

Join Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan at the LACMA screening of their 2016 documentary BURDEN, followed by a conversation with the directors.

BURDEN features interviews with Marina Abramovic, Ed Moses, Alexis Smith, Larry Bell, Billy Al Benston, Robert Irwin, Barbara Smith, Peter Schjeldahl, Jonathan Gold, Ed Ruscha, Paul Schimmel, Frank Gehry, Christopher Knight, and the late Vito Acconci.

BURDEN, Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 pm.

BING THEATER, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

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Chris Burden, post-performance Image credit: Lewright

Chris Burden, post-performance
Image credit: Lewright

PLACES: GEHRY RESIDENCE

The Gehry Residence in Santa Monica is home to deconstructivist starchitect Frank Gehry and was one of his first finished projects when he completed it in 1978.

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In 1977, Frank and Berta Gehry purchased a 1920s bungalow for themselves. Over the course of the following year, Gehry wrapped and extended the façade with disjointed chainlink fences, raw plywood, corrugated metal, and reinforced glass.

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The home is a testament to Frank Gehry’s former “bad boy” style, and his rebellious play with the materials of commercial and industrial construction still stands out in this charming neighborhood of colonial, craftsman, and Spanish revival homes.

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A far cry from Gehry’s fluid, silver-plated “BLOB” buildings, the Gehry Residence is a testament to the depth of the architect’s long career.

1002 22nd Street
Santa Monica, California

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH DAY 4: REFLECTIONS ON DEPARTURE

Paris, LA’s final day at Art Basel was spent perusing missed booths at the Miami Beach Convention Center’s main fair, and soaking up the last few rays of sunshine on the beach. There was perhaps no better way to bookend a whirlwind tour of art and culture on both sides of Biscayne Bay, stretching into late night and early morning parties.

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The Saturday and Sunday crowd was noticeably more casual than at Wednesday’s VIP preview, and a number of works had been replaced with others, having been bought off the wall by collectors earlier in the week. Still, a number of standouts remained. Katharina Fritsch’s bright orange Octopus drew viewers into Matthew Marks’s booth, where a stunning new Ellsworth Kelly aluminum wall sculpture was displayed near polyurethane objects by Fischli/Weiss and a photograph by Thomas Demand. Luhring Augustine displayed one of Rachel Whitread’s Untitled (Stories) sculptures, a cast of the negative space around books on a shelf, which the artist later used in her poetic Vienna Holocaust Memorial.

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Some works humorously reappeared, referenced by other artists. Doug Aitken’s Exit (Large), on display in Regen Projects’ booth, appeared in an Eric Fischl painting not far away. Jeff Koons’s Balloon Rabbit appeared suspended upside down from a totem pole in a Jason Rhodes sculpture, on display at David Zwirner’s Basel booth.

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Fergus McCaffrey presented a colorful survey of Jack Early works, particularly homoerotic paintings of crotch close-ups on children’s wallpaper, featuring cheerful hand-holding soldiers. A canary yellow phonograph in the center of the gallery played Early’s “Biography in 20 Minutes”, recounting how the artist chose the wallpaper for his first bedroom, further referencing his memories of queer childhood and early budding sexuality. Another arresting survey show was Alison Knowles’s The Boat Book, sponsored by James Fuentes of New York. A series of wooden frames painted and draped in silkscreens, prints, photographs and maritime diagrams, The Boat Book looks like an unfolded large-scale scrapbook, memorializing the artist’s fisherman brother.

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Urs Fischer’s Small Rain drew curious crowds to the Sadie Coles HQ, London booth. Nearby Galerie Buchholz’s booth featured a stunning mechanistic sculpture by newcomer Simon Denny, with the familiar Snapchat ghost logo embedded like a 3D phantom in a plastic cube atop a computer server. Artist Sean Raspet also drew crowds to Société gallery’s booth in the Nova section with a wall of plastic tanks filled with a manufactured green polyether substance.

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Hauser & Wirth exhibited an impressive new teardrop-shaped sculpture by Mark Bradford. Other fair favorites included Jose Dávila, whose marble and glass slabs precariously pitched outward on colorful red and orange straps were shown at a half dozen galleries from Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Sherrie Levine’s minimalist objects in glass cases were scattered all over the winding Basel booths.

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At the booth for famed editions workshop and gallery Gemini G.E.L., new works by Richard Serra, Julie Mehretu, and Sophie Calle were on display. Serra’s monochromatic black Rift series was partly inspired by rubbings of asphalt textures in the Gemini parking lot. Mehretu’s Myriads, Only By Dark, composed of many layers of finely colored inks and intricately textured gestures in black, took over a year to complete. Calle’s work, In Memory of Frank Gehry’s Flowers, featured a collage cut-out of dried flowers given to the artist by her friend, architect Frank Gehry, in honor of her exhibition openings, alongside photographs of the flowers when fresh and a vase of real roses designed by Gehry himself.

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Between 250 galleries at Art Basel alone, 10 independent art fairs, and countless events, parties, exhibition openings, performances, and lectures, it was truly impossible to see it all here in Miami this week. Some important lessons were learned: few people come to Miami Beach in early December to view artwork. Perusing the fairs is like speed-dating high culture–there simply isn’t time to stop and study. As the fashion and music industries have teamed up with Art Basel, many more have arrived just for the parties, and parties they find: many of them last late into the night and well past sunrise. And as Art Basel has grown, so has Miami, sprouting gleaming new residential skyscrapers (including the new Zaha Hadid 10 Museum Park) that crowd out the two-lane boulevards and classic white Art Deco hotels.

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If you plan on attending Art Basel Miami Beach next year, don’t forget to pack good walking shoes, your favorite hangover cure, and a well-planned schedule. With the right preparation, you won’t find a better way to spend the first days of winter.