| Aug 29, 2010
When Louis Vuitton's 20,000-square-foot flagship opened on New Bond Street in London this spring, the coveted fashions and handbags weren't the only things on display. The mega store, designed by New York architect Peter Marino, also houses works by...
| Apr 15, 2007
New York — IF Tom Ford's much-anticipated sequel had been the movie he said it would be instead of a menswear collection, it might well have been titled "Ford Almighty."
Three years after his high-profile departure as creative director of Gucci and...
| May 30, 2009
David Ireland, a conceptual artist whose quiet embrace of life-as-art made him a beloved guru in the Bay Area and a highly admired freethinker in international art circles, has died. He was 78.
Ireland, who had been in failing health over the last few...
| Aug 20, 2008
In 1966, when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art put up a retrospective exhibition of Ed Kienholz's work, the County Board of Supervisors threatened to shut it down.
The artist was a local hero, known for wrestling with tough social issues through...
| Apr 18, 2008
Belgium's Atomium turns 50
Belgium on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Atomium, an oddity of modern architecture touted as the "most astonishing building in the world."
Built for the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, the Atomium is a...
| Nov 19, 2008
Los Angeles' prestigious but chronically underfunded Museum of Contemporary Art has fallen into crisis. Museum Director Jeremy Strick said MOCA is seeking large cash infusions from donors, and this week he did not rule out the possibility of merging...
| Feb 14, 2008
AT the soon-to-open Royal/T showroom for contemporary Japanese art and design in Culver City, a cafe will be staffed by waitresses in uniforms inspired by manga cartoons. The next time British lighting phenomenon Tom Dixon visits Los Angeles, he will be...
| Jul 13, 2008
THERE'S Balenciaga, with its space-age interior and minimalist cactus garden out front. Down the road at Alexander McQueen, a larger-than-life metal nude is suspended in the skylight. Martin Margiela's exterior shimmers like a disco ball in the sun, while...
| Oct 18, 2008
Kenneth Wingard has designed and manufactured stylish, affordably priced home accessories for more than a decade. Now he's added "retailer" to his résumé with a showroom on décor-centric West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. Shoppers will see his signature...
| Jan 27, 2009
Before video games and Xbox and Wii and whatever else the silicon crackerjacks will soon devise, there was pinball. Not the dizzying, flashing-lights digital pinball you now see in arcades hard by the beach or in the least-trafficked side corridors of...
| Jun 3, 2008
NEW YORK -- Artist David Diao says, "I was the beginning," and he doesn't mean it in a good way.
First he bought a Marcel Breuer-designed house -- a novel home, for sure, designed around a sleek aluminium Spartan Trailer -- on 15 acres two hours upstate....
| Dec 13, 2006
It was a dream of love, and a dread of loneliness, that drew Raymond James Merrill from his comfortable home in suburban San Francisco to this industrial city in southern Brazil.
Dumped by his girlfriend and approaching his 56th birthday, Merrill was...