Art World

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Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation

Giving is an art form Begin the Beguine, a Cole Po... read more

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To the Sea!

After years in the making, David and Lee Ann Leste... read more

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Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Designed by Steven Ehrlich Steven Ehrlich’s new W... read more

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Portrait of a New Life

Painting became the inspirational force that chang... read more

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Richard Prince

Roxy Paine (b. 1966) sculpts paradoxes that interm... read more

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A Champion for The Arts

FOR FORTY-FIVE YEARS, GALLERY OWNER AND ART CONNOI... read more

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Bonnie Clearwater

Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art in ... read more

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Kiki Smith

“I don’t try to address any issues in my work,” Ki... read more

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Hometown Hero

Aix-en-Provence’s MUSÉE GRANET presents Cézanne in... read more

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Photo LA & Photo Miami

Stephen Cohen, Founder; Alex Novak, Participating ... read more

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Bill Viola

Bill Viola (b.1951) is internationally recognized ... read more

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State of the Art Market

Dr. Ulrich Guntram, CEO of Global Art Insurance Sp... read more

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The International Foundation for Art Research: Facilitating Small Miracles

The International Foundation for Art Research (IFA... read more

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VOLTA & VOLTA NY

Amanda Coulson, Founder and Executive Director Wh... read more

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Making a Difference: Rick DeVos

RICK DEVOS MAKING A DIFFERENCE ... read more

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Michael Childers

  An elegant, doe-eyed Natalie Wood sitting strong ... read more

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Rick Devos' ArtPrize

Rick DeVos continues a family tradition of giving ... read more

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LA Art Show

Kim Martindale, Show Producer; George Stern; Parti... read more

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Kingsley

  A Southern California-based conceptual artist who... read more

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Todd Williamson

  Todd Williamson is an abstract oil painter who fi... read more

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Gallery Spotlight

Gemini G.E.L. is more than just an art gallery—art... read more

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The Art of the Chef Is Sometimes... The Art of the Switch

Whether or not they’ll admit it, everyone wants to... read more

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Spotlight: Christie’s Paris

A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE PARISIAN AUC... read more

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Beyond Goya’s Ghosts

This fall, filmmaker Milos Forman brings Goya’s Gh... read more

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Andy Moses

  A Los Angeles-based artist with a unique take on ... read more

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Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman’s Topological Gardens earned him the ... read more

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Wing Chao Named Humanitarian Ambassador

{password} Coinciding with Expo 2010 Shanghai, an... read more

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Kimberly Nichols

  Kimberly Nichols knew she was an artist almost fr... read more

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Pearl Lam: Sharing the Beauty of Chinese Contemporary Art with the West

PEARL LAM SHARING THE BEAUTY OF CHINESE CONTEMPOR... read more

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Cole Sternberg

Los Angeles-based artist Cole Sternberg’s latest p... read more

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John Currin

John Currin (b. 1962) is a virtuoso painter whose ... read more

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Jim Dine

Exploring a Fairy Tale for All Ages While the cla... read more

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Jeff Fleming

Director, The Des Moines Art Center Career Highli... read more

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A Civic Achievement

Sherwood Hu’s Shanghai Pavilion dazzles with a new... read more

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PULSE Miami & PULSE New York

Helen Allen, Founder When Helen Allen launched PU... read more

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Nicola Faganello

Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles From class... read more

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Donald Hess

CEO, The Hess Collection Fine art and fi... read more

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Margie Perenchio

Owner, LA Art House An accomplished pain... read more

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Donna & Cargill MacMillan, Jr.

  Stepping out of the elevator into the Palm Spring... read more

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Michael Bloomberg

  He ended Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 25-year plea... read more

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Fiat Lux!

Talking with Shelby White, the face behind the rec... read more

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Larry Bell

“I am in the process of celebrating my 49th year o... read more

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Is it Real or is it Ecstasy?

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA reopens with a min... read more

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Laddie John Dill

Curator and artist Laddie John Dill is renowned fo... read more

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Marty and Josy Collins

“People collect for different reasons. My family a... read more

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Buchalter Nemer

BUCHALTER NEMER LAW FIRM WITH A HEART ... read more

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Jeff Koons: On Track

Balloon dogs made from stainless steel; basketball... read more

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LLOYD SIMMONDS

LLOYD SIMMONDS MAKEUP ARTISAN, YVES SAINT-LA... read more

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Soraya Sarah Nazarian

SORAYA SARAH NAZARIAN ARTIST HELPING ARTISTS ... read more

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Fathers of the Future

Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns are legendary... read more

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Mull’s Adventures

Martin Mull keeps visual art his true priority De... read more

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The Finest Fair on Earth: The European Fine Art Fair

The Finest Fair on Earth THE EUROPEAN FINE ART FA... read more

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Assurance for Insurance

Christiane Fischer of AXA Art offers a helping han... read more

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Bruce Corwin: Where the Heart Is

The man behind L.A.’s new Children’s Museum on fun... read more

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Montblanc Foundation

“I am deeply impressed by Montblanc’s sincere and ... read more

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Advice from an Auspicious Dealer

For Acquavella Galleries’ Michael Findlay, the bes... read more

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Gallery Spotlight

An Interview with Forum Gallery’s Director, Robert... read more

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Peter Lawson-Johnston

Leading The Guggenheim To New Ground He’s a visio... read more

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Free Arts For Abused Children

Free Arts for Abused Children works with homeless,... read more

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Museum Maestro

With a bevy of his museums opening up in the last ... read more

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Archi-tailored

In its latest show, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemp... read more

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A Walk on the Artsy Side

FUELED BY A LITTLE COMPASSION AND A LOT OF INGENUI... read more

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Carole Feuerman

  Carole Feuerman is renowned as one of America’s f... read more

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Music Carved in Stone

  Many say it was Pythagoras, some 2,500 years ag... read more

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Stephanie Barron

Senior Curator of Modern Art, LACMA Stephanie Bar... read more

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Zhang Huan: Always Free

ZHANG HUAN  ALWAYS FREE ... read more

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L.A.’s Renaissance Man

From Easy Rider to Azzurra, Dennis Hopper explains... read more

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Judit Fekete and Zoltan Pali

Directors, Museum of Design, Art and Architecture ... read more

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Dreaming Watercolors

MAX BECKMANN’S VISUAL IMPRESSIONS VISIT SPAIN The... read more

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An Art Protector

For Los Angeles’ Jack Rutberg, collecting is apart... read more

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Playwright with the Right Stuff

Playwright with the Right Stuff David Henry Hwang... read more

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One Take Tony

Legend Anthony Benedetto takes one canvas at a tim... read more

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A Winning Bid

Santa Monica’s Robert Berman continues... read more

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The world-renowned center of innovative healing—pa... read more

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Ann Philbin

Director, Hammer Museum, UCLA Career Highlights ... read more

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The Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for the Arts and Education

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey’s lives embrace art, ph... read more

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Once Upon an Otto

A book of photographs of artist Frank Otto’s paint... read more

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Betye Saar

  She has drawn and painted, made prints and photog... read more

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Three Fell Swoops

With three new archival acquisitions under its bel... read more

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The Jeffrey Foundation

Alyce Morris turned a profound personal problem—a ... read more

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Mark Acetelli

  In Mark Acetelli’s small, one-bedroom apartment i... read more

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Charles Arnoldi: 1972-2008

FOREWORD BY FRANK GEHRY ESSAY BY DAVE HICKEY CONVE... read more

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Jesse Kalisher

  Celebrated photographer Jesse Kalisher grew up ar... read more

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Let Freedom Reign

After Five Years, The National Underground Railroa... read more

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The Big Picture

For gallery owner Walter Randel, art and antique d... read more

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Annabel Fell-Clark

ANNABEL FELL-CLARK NAVIGATES THE ART INSURANCE LA... read more

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Maurice Stein

MAURICE STEIN  MAKEUP MAGIC THAT SAVES ... read more

Design World

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Real Illusions

JO LE SOINE’S REAL DEAL “Basically, if you can tell how it’s done, it’s not a good job,” Jo Le Soine explains of her hand-applied finishing process. This creative perfectionist is the driving force ... read more

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At the Drawing Table

A look at the early drawings and plans for the USA Pavilion Designed by architect Clive Grout, the USA Pavilion occupies about 64,580 sq ft (6,000 sq m) of the Expo site and stands 56.8 ft (17.3 m)... read more

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The Need For Speed

Is Gerald Wiegert’s Vector WX-8 the next great supercar?  It makes normal sports cars look like slugs. Even other high performance vehicles look like slouches in comparison. It’s the Vector-Avtech ... read more

Creative World

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Cheng Li, George Koo & Edmond Pi

CHENG LI, GEORGE KOO & EDMOND PI   PRESTIGIOUS CHINESE AMERICANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE ... read more

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David Yurman

{password} Owner and Designer, David Yurman For almost 30 years, David Yurman has been sculpting jewelry out of gold, sterling silver and colored stones. An artist first and foremost, he has creat... read more

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Always Armani

His designs are classic, chic, and innately elegant. Giorgio Armani speaks out about the fine lines of furniture design Giorgio Armani has been called a design colonialist. Known for marrying fashi... read more

Archi-tailored

Category: Curators Published: Monday, 23 August 2010 17:27 Hits: 2307

Indeed, Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture is a pioneering exhibition that evidences how contemporary fashion and architecture have a hand-in-glove relationship. Staged by MOCA’s Curator of Architecture and Design Brooke Hodge, it illuminates the relationship of bones (structural frame- work) and skin (external surfaces) in fashions and buildings created by 46 archi- tects and fashion designers of the last 25 years.

Hodge says that she began to conceptualize the show six years ago. “I’ve thought for a long time how the two disciplines have borrowed from each other and interact,” she says, citing as inspiration the sculptural garments of designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and some of the more acclaimed examples of contemporary architecture.“Good fashion and good architecture are based on form and flow of line; they are timeless and not trend-based,” she explains.

Hodge cites that some of Gehry’s building surfaces were inspired by Japanese designer Issey Miyake’s sculpturally pleated garments and that the Southern California-based architect clad the Walt Disney Concert Hall in formed steel much like Comme des Garçons’ Kawakubo wrapped the distorted female form she created with her seminal Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body collection.

Italian-born architect/engineer/fashion designer Elena Manferdini—whose work appears in Skin + Bones—says that she approaches designing a dress much like she would the surface of a building. For her, it’s about transposing human scale and form. Aiming to subvert preconceived notions of seams, materials, modules and color, she tests her ideas on small-scale fashions with the goal of applying them to larger buildings.“The dress for the exhibition is the result of a compre- hensive research on the relationship between fashion and architecture. It sees clothing as a source of traditional and innovative techniques to introduce creativ- ity, effect and taste to the mass culture of building standards,” she comments.

Neil Denari, principal of Los Angeles firm Neil M. Denari Architects, says that architecture, although market driven, allows architects to establish their own notion of fashion. “Buildings, much like apparel, translate into the identity of the buyer,” he says. On the other hand, he suggests that architecture is also about staying impervious to trends while still remaining true to the timeframe in which a building is conceived. “History ultimately judges our work,” he concludes.

Pictured: Todd Eberle, Untitled No. 1, 2003. Frank Gehry,Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, 2003. Photo © Todd Eberle.