Donald Urquhart’s Melancholy Babies…

The Guardian’s artist of the week is a Scot named Donald Urquhart whose particular area of expertise are pen and ink drawings of Hollywood legends that are not the usual glamorous soft focus fantasies. His movie stars are human and startling: they have mascara that runs, moth-eaten minks, some are ten years past their prime […]

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Poetry in Motion: Jane Campion's Bright Star

Normally, I am not exactly what you would call a fan of Jane Campion’s films. But a few weeks ago, I went to the theater and gave her latest film, Bright Star, a chance. Mostly because Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times’ resident film critic, gave it a simply glowing review … and Turan is […]

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Poetry in Motion: Jane Campion’s Bright Star

Normally, I am not exactly what you would call a fan of Jane Campion’s films. But a few weeks ago, I went to the theater and gave her latest film, Bright Star, a chance. Mostly because Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times’ resident film critic, gave it a simply glowing review … and Turan is […]

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Irving Penn (1917-2009)

One of the 20th century’s truly great artists, Irving Penn, died yesterday. He was 92. His celebrity portraits are the stuff of legend, his work for Vogue reinvented fashion photography and through his lens the ordinary nothings of life became art. But don’t take my word for it. The following shots speak for themselves: Penn’s […]

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Brian Duffy and the Swinging '60s

London’s Chris Beetles Gallery is one of my favorite art galleries and their exhibitions are always something truly spectacular. From October 12 through November 7, they are presenting a special presentation of Brian Duffy prints—Duffy being the Swinging Sixties photographer iconic fashion shoots and portraits of pop culture icons came to embody the energy and […]

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Brian Duffy and the Swinging ’60s

London’s Chris Beetles Gallery is one of my favorite art galleries and their exhibitions are always something truly spectacular. From October 12 through November 7, they are presenting a special presentation of Brian Duffy prints—Duffy being the Swinging Sixties photographer iconic fashion shoots and portraits of pop culture icons came to embody the energy and […]

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Marty Scorsese & the Great LACMA Crusade

I heart Marty Scorsese. And when he goes and does things like this, well, it just sends me all aflutter. First, a bit of background. For nearly four decades, the film program at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art has been a primary venue for film lovers to gather for some of the most […]

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