Susan Michals
Susan Michals, freelance journalist for The Wall Street Journal, and The Art Economist, among others. Occasional arbiter of pop culture.

Entries by Susan Michals

Grandes pinturas de mujeres descansando... con gatos

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:05 AM

(Belleza acostada con su gato, de Fritz Zuber-Bühler, siglo XIX)

Picasso, Balthus y muchos más. Son artistas icónicos y, al mismo tiempo, fans de los gatos y amantes de las mujeres.

Tómate un respiro y disfruta de este perfecto matrimonio pictórico con esta...

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Behold! Some Of The Greatest Cat Art Ever, In Honor Of National Cat Day

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 11:32 AM

("Cat on a Clothes Line," by Jeff Koons. Courtesy of Fondation Beyeler)

People are finally coming around to what we -- the cat afficionado -- already know. Cats, are cool. Artists through the ages have been onto this for centuries, having recognized the...

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It Was A Fulll Throttle Celeb Fest at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic In Los Angeles This Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 3:57 PM

(Stylist Rachel Zoe (L) and actress Selma Blair attends the Sixth-Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 17, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)

Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Zoe, January Jones,...

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Artist Stefania Batoeva's First American Show Hits Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 9:15 PM

("Dark Rivers Boss," by Stefania Batoeva. Image courtesy of Nicodim Gallery and the artist.)

While many art lovers, buyers and dealers are off overseas at major art shows like FIAC (this week) and Frieze (last week), Mihai Nicodim turned the L.A. crowd...

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Γυναίκες και γάτες μέσα από επτά πίνακες σπουδαίων ζωγράφων

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 1:26 PM

Ο Πικάσο. Ο Μπαλτίς. Και οι δύο πολύ σημαντικοί καλλιτέχνες. Και οι δύο λάτρευαν τις γάτες και τις γυναίκες. Προσθέστε σε αυτή την εξίσωση και λίγη χαλάρωση και έχετε την τέλεια συμβίωση.

(Fritz Zuber-Bühler, 19ος αιώνας)

Ακολουθούν οι πίνακες αυτών των δύο μεγάλων...

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Great Paintings of Women in Repose... With Cats

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 5:04 PM

(A Reclining Beauty With Her Cat, by Fritz Zuber-Bühler, 19th century)

Picasso. Balthus. Iconic artists. Also, big cat fans, and lovers of women. Now throw in a little chill downtime, and you've got the perfect symbiotic, painterly marriage. Behold, a few iconic works...

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BeautyCon Happened This Weekend and It Was Insane.

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 4:49 PM

(A view from the stage at BeautyCon last Saturday. All images courtesy of BeautyCon.)

Who watches TV anymore? Not Generation Z. And this past weekend, their ultimate IRL event - a sea of their favorite YouTubing icons - converged in sweltering heat in...

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Summer Escapes: Five Global Spa Getaways

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:39 PM

(The pool at Verdura Golf Resort and Spa. Image courtesy of the spa.)

Outdoorsy type? Facial fanatic? Or just need a quick one day respite from the job? This summer presents a plethora of opportunities for a little getaway action. In no particular...

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Note to SELFie: One Artist's Take On Global Narcissism and Art

(4) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 10:49 AM

("Self" by Antony Micallef. Image courtesy of the artist and Lazarides London)

It used to take great courage to really put oneself out there, for all the world to see. But according to an article in the Daily Mail last...

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Sons of Liberty Star Kevin Ryan Talks American Rebels and British Accents

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:20 AM

(Kevin Ryan as Major John Pitcairn. Image courtesy of The History Channel.)

Irish actor Kevin Ryan has a thing for period pieces. Americans most widely will recognize the actor for the BBC America show, Copper which focused on the New York city circa...

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Hello Kitty Con Opening Night: Erik Estrada! Ireland Baldwin! Ophelia Overdose!

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:03 PM

(Ireland Baldwin and Amy Doan. All images courtesy of Susan Michals)

Last night in Los Angeles, Hello Kitty got her Hollywood close-up with the first ever Hello Kitty Con convention in the world. The Sanrio character, who has recently hit 40...

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No, These Are Not Photographs...They're Paintings By Robin Eley

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 5:56 PM


(Noble Refracted (Blue) by Robin Eley. Image courtesy of the artist and 101/exhibit)

Is hyperrealism destined to take over what could soon be the lost art of photography? Amid a sea of abject narcissism, documenting what we eat, what we wear, who...

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Artist Luke Chueh Spews and Gets "Self-Ish" in New L.A. Solo Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:49 PM

("Some Trends Make Me Want To Puke" courtesy of Luke Chueh/CHG Circa Gallery)

Luke Chueh's work could initially be misconstrued as 'cute.' Cuddly animals -- sweet and innocent bears and bunnies -- are frequently at the epicenter of his work. Sure, it sounds...

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Primetime Emmy Bash Ruled by the Color 'Orange'

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:31 PM

("Orange is the New Black" cast members enjoy the moment with Angela Bassett and Sarah Paulson/Credit: Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images​)

Saturday night saw yet another in a string of Emmy bashes. There was the Women in Film soiree going on at...

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Guess Who Showed Up at Mark Ryden's Latest Art Show?

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 12:29 PM

(Artist Mark Ryden in front of his truly movable art feast, "Memory Lane." Image courtesy of Kohn Gallery/Getty Images/Stefanie Keenan)

It may have been 90 degrees last night but that didn't stop Leo from weighing in on Mark Ryden's latest foray into...

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Want to Get Your Very Own Oscar Murillo for $1,000?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Oscar Murillo, Distribution Center (Installation View), The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA, 2014. Photo Courtesy: Josh White/JW Pictures.

Artist Oscar Murillo was already a bit of an art world darling, but then this happened, thus thrusting the British based artist...

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Bulgari Oscar Bash Brings Out Babes and Baubles

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:55 PM


(Naomi Watts at Bulgari's "Decades of Glamour" event. Courtesy of Getty Images)

"The Bulgari party had everything: music seemingly ripped from my circa 2006 iPod, fantastic champagne (until demand was too great, and they ran out of the cold stuff), a suit-heavy crowd,...

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The Connor Brothers Come Out of the Cult and Into the Art Scene

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:48 PM

("The Honeymoon is Over!" image courtesy of Connor Brothers/Guy Hepner Gallery)

Are we are who we are today a matter of genetics, our environment, or both?

Friday November 22 might be a prime opportunity to ponder that question as...

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An Artist, a Curator and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar...

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 2:32 PM

"The End of the World," by Marc Dennis, oil on linen. Courtesy of the Hasted Kraeutler)

No, that's not the opening line of a new joke, but rather the title of artist Marc Dennis's latest show, which opens Friday, November...

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It's No Mistake: The Mistake Room Launches As a Landmark Art Organization in Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 11:52 PM

(Glenn Kaino's "Study for Bridge (6 Arm/Units)," had a mesmerizing stronghold over the crowd Sunday night. Image courtesy of Stefanie Keenan, Wire Image)

For a long time, Los Angeles has been sort of the Cinderella (think poor, but beautiful stepchild) of the...

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