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An Artist Who Sees Holiness in Wonder Bread

enriched bread / Corita Kent
enriched bread, 1965, Corita Kent. Silkscreen, 29 5/8 x 36¼ in. Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College

“Her work was about joy and, she said, giving people an idea of what harmony might look like.” More»

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Why the Iconic “Great Wave” Swept the World

Under the Wave off Kanagawa / Hosukai
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The world’s most iconic image of a tsunami isn’t actually a tsunami. More»

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Posted in Photographs, Film, and Video

The Seedy, Funky, and Fabulous Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s

Bus Bench Jesus, Ave Pildas
© Ave Pildas

Hollywood as it was in the ’70s. More»

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Manifest Destiny Billboard Project Celebrates Its Final Chapter in L.A.

Manifest Destiny Billboard Project / John Baldessari
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Siu-Rivera

An artistic road trip pulls into its final stretch. More»

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Posted in Art, Paintings

The Greatest Muralist You’ve Never Heard Of

Misión
Misión, 2001, Fresno St. at Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles, Manuel G. Cruz

The slowly vanishing murals of Manuel Cruz. More»

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Yes, L.A. Has a History

Watts Towers
Photo: Stephen Schafer Schafphoto.com

L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti on why historic preservation matters. More»

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Portrait of the Artist’s Mother as an Old Woman

Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, 1871, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Oil on canvas. Paris, Musée d’Orsay © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, 1871, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Oil on canvas. Paris, Musée d’Orsay © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Who is Whistler’s mother? More»

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Of Mice (Murder) and Men (With Cowboy Hats)

Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown
Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown

A photographer “introduces rural California to urban California for what it really is.” More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Photographs, Film, and Video

Snapshots of a Human Petri Dish

Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Photo 3, 2014, Lars Jan. Courtesy of Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Climate change and photography. More»

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Vermeer Taught Me to Love Again

The Milkmaid / Vermeer
The Milkmaid, ca, 1660, Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Vermeer changes a life. More»

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      Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh [away the sin of the world].

      Saint John the Baptist depicted in a hairy garment, with an intricate gold crown around his head. This was originally a piece of an altarpiece, but now stands alone. 

      Zoom in here.

      08/28/15

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