The 2014 L.A. Art Show came and went without a hitch. It was great to see so many people interested and appreciating art as Los Angeles sits on the cusp of becoming a world-class cosmopolitan metropolis due to its creativity and sphere of influence around the globe.
In the late '80s I used to have a friend who lived near Little Ethopia, around Pico and Fairfax. We used to take the RTD from Lennox and get off in the Picfair Village (Pico/Fairfax), once home to the historic Picfair Theatre that opened in 1941 and was torched during the 1992 riots.
On occasion, I meet a good artist whose work I find appealing and who, on top of that, turns out to be an engaging and even provocative speaker. Today I want to tell you about three artists I know who belong to this rare group.
Even with my Russian training, I know better than to have more than two shots of vodka at any one time. Give me a third, and inevitably a headache descends. But I swear I didn't have any vodka over the last few days, so why the pounding headache?
Retna is one of the great writers to succeed in spreading his art around the world. Retna created his own take on the commonly used Old English script by interlarding it with Asian characters and hieroglyphics.
Tuesday's big money shindig went down at the brand new Mondrian SoHo hotel. The event's climax was the "money drop" from the Garden Room ceiling, when real dollar bills, drink tickets and fake Kanye cash rained down on the crowd.