Malcolm Gladwell is an author whose work is now a calling card for modern thinking persons, proof that you are cool and with it and an intellectual. He is super successful and ranks near the top of the best authors of the twenty first century. Recently, he released Collected, a newly repacked, redesigned, and rereleased version of the books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. On the occasion of this new collection, Gladwell worked with Los Angeles illustrator Brian Rea to make illustrations for the three books, giving them a beautiful and unique visual voice that adds a new dimension to them. We spoke with Rea about the process that went into creating the pieces for Collected.
George Condo has become a bonafide celebrity in the past few years, dragged from outside of the art world into the realm of mainstream entertainment by the hands of Kanye West, who used his art for the cover of his 2010 release, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Condo translated quite well, his art history referential pieces serving as iconoclastic touchstones that very much mirror what West believes himself to be. This past Saturday, his “first extensive exhibition” in Los Angeles opened at Prism and it is great.
Made In L.A. is coming to the Hammer, Barnsdall Park, LAXART, and billboards around town on June 2 and will showcase sixty emerging, under-recognized Los Angeles artists–one of which will be voted to win a $100,000 prize. In order to help you make an educated vote this summer, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by showcasing each artist participating in the biennial.
Kate Costello is obsessed with the artist’s gaze. She is an interdisciplinary artist with toes dipped in sculpture, video, photography, painting, and video, her work surrounding how you view work, how she views work, and how she wants you to see the work of an artist.
The actor in Los Angeles comes in so many different forms, each with their stories about their brushes with fame or lack thereof. It’s a part of our culture that we at LAIY don’t really care about we do understand that it’s a part of our city therefore part of our lives. And some stories are truly very interesting and tragic and inspirational. Take the quick documentary The Hands Of Hollywood by Ryan Palmieri which tells the rise and fall of Steve Hershon, one of the most successful “hand insert models” in the business.
Last week I caught a review of Julia Holzter’s Ekstasis on Resident Advisor and downloaded it as I was intrigued by what they had to say about it. Surprising enough, the record by the ambient pop artist hits very close to home: she comes to us by way of Los Angeles.