Samara Golden, “Thank You,” 2014.

ALL GROWN-UP: Made in L.A.

Made in L.A. Reflects Breadth and Maturity

Climate experts have yet to advance their science to a point where we might seriously contemplate climate management, but if they ever do, they might…
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Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller’s Greatest Work of Art: Herself

Anything for a Laugh

I always thought that Phyllis Diller’s public/comic persona (the hair, the toothy smile, the A-line dresses and feathery accessories, gloves, booties, cigarette and holder) was…
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Philippe Vergne, Photo by Peter Gregoire, courtesy MOCA

To Protect & Serve: Philippe Vergne

New director Philippe Vergne relies on conversations and trust

The word he kept returning to was “conversation,” which, under less pressing circumstances, might have described our interview, except that Philippe Vergne, MOCA’s new director,…
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Marisol Rendón, “So Dragons Do Exist?” installation detail, courtesy  Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Profile: Marisol Rendón

The Toxic Elixir of Hope

As I meandered through Marisol Rendón’s installation, “So, Dragons Do Exist?” at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles gallery last summer (this was before I had…
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An Evening with Jeff Koons and John Waters

An Evening with Jeff Koons and John Waters

The Dark Side of A Shiny Dog

[Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, February 24, 2013]  ‘The best defense,’ as the old saying in legal and sporting circles goes, ‘is a good offense.’  John…
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THE GOODBYE LOOK

THE GOODBYE LOOK

THERE IS SOMETHING VERY REASSURING—;for someone whose attention, unless riveted by something truly compelling, tends to wander—about being told by her interviewee, “I pride myself…
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