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

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Primetime Emmy Bash Ruled by the Color 'Orange'

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 11:31 AM

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("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 | 11:29 AM

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(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 | 5:50 PM

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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 | 12:55 PM

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(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 | 4:48 PM

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("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 | 1:32 PM

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"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 | 10:52 PM

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(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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BRUTAL Is a Polite Word for What This Show's Going to Have on Display

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 2:23 PM

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(Dare by DALeast, East London exterior wall. Image courtesy of Laz Inc and the artist)

London gallerist Steve Lazarides is at it again.

The man who once repped Banksy, has a notorious-cum-fabulous rep for putting on seminal shows right around...

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One of Tim Biskup's Latest Works 'Feels Like an Acid Trip'

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:44 AM

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(A Subtle Advertisement for Mind-Numbing Pain by Tim Biskup. Image courtesy of the artist/Martha Otero Gallery)

Tim Biskup is kind of a 'dude.'

Actually, he's more of a dude/nerd -- but that's a good thing. His quirky persona and occasionally off-kilter sense of humor...

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Famed Musician Yo Yo Ma Talks Gustavo Dudamel and What He Failed in College

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:44 PM

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(Yo Yo Ma, photo courtesy of Todd Rosenberg)

You probably didn't know that not only is Yo Yo Ma one of the most pervasive, iconic musicians of our time, he's also hilarious. While tonight at the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall he...

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Barry McGee Has First NYC Show in Nearly a Decade!

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 10:49 AM

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(All images courtesy of Barry McGee/Cheim & Read)

San Francisco has got to be proud of Barry McGee. Born and raised in SF, McGee is perhaps one of the most influential artists to come out of the Bay Area, achieving global recognition as one...

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Brandon Boyd Discusses Art, Cats and Public Speaking

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 3:09 PM

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(Brandon Boyd, photo by Brian Bowen Smith. All images courtesy of Brandon Boyd)


Brandon Boyd is a big animal lover. He has a great French Bulldog, who casually lumbers up to greet this writer as I enter the Incubus singer's comfortably zen...

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Monya Rowe Gallery Heads to Orchard Street

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 2:42 PM

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(Larissa Bates, Mama Mimi, Hija, Hija, Hija, gouache and gold leaf on panel; image courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery)


Monya Rowe has moved. Typical of groovy gallerists everywhere, Ms. Rowe has chosen a nontraditional approach for her new space (see below) to...

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Henri, Le Chat Noir Talks Edith Piaf, Grey Gardens and Hollywood

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 1:21 AM

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(All images courtesy of Henri, Le Chat Noir)


This article originally appeared in Catster.

There are those who embrace fame, and others who are simply repelled by it. Henri, Le Chat Noir, seems to have perfectly straddled both. He is...

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L.A. Women: Five Female Artists You Might Not Know...Yet

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:49 PM

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(Self-Portrait, Ingrid Allen. Image courtesy of the artist)


Back in January painter Georg Baselitz, a legend not only in his own mind but in the eyes of the art world as well, stated 'Women don't paint very well. It's...

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The Bad, Bad Boys of Copper Talk Body Count, Getting Laid and Beards

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 5:53 PM

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(Kevin Ryan, Kyle Schmid and Donal Logue on the set of Copper. All images courtesy of BBC America)


When we last tuned in to BBC America's Copper Detective Kevin Corcoran...

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Yes, That Is Melanie Laurent Nude With Shellfish

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:22 PM

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(Actress Melanie Laurent. Image courtesy of Alan Gelati/Fishlove)


Your eyes are not deceiving you.

Pregnant French actress and star of the upcoming film Now You See Me took time out to pose with a crab for the radical...

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The Hipster's Summer Guide: Bowie's Glamorama at the V&A and Where to Talk It Through

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 3:44 PM

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(Original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997. Union Jack coat designed by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with David Bowie. Photograph by Frank W Ockenfels 3. © Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

There never was, and never will be someone quite like...

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Nathan Mabry Gets His Pre-Columbian Groove On

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 12:41 PM

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(Images courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery/Photography by Robert Wedemeyer)

It's hard enough these days to get one great art show going, let alone two, albeit simultaneously. But that's exactly what Los Angeles based Nathan Mabry has managed to pull off. The 35-year-old sculptor, who...

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Lost Andy Warhol Photos Pop Up in NYC For First Time

(10) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 2:31 PM

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(Image courtesy of Steve Wood)


One of the most iconic faces of the 20th century is about to be rediscovered. On May 3, lost images of pop art icon Andy Warhol will be unveiled in Manhattan for the first time in...

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