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Refining Minimalism

A review by Michael Webb Some artists—from Vermeer to Picasso—have become household names through widely circulated reproductions; indeed, the iconoclastic Andy Warhol celebrated the idea of mechanic...
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Print Lives!

“Pushing the Press: the Typecraft Design Library” is an exhibition at the A+D Museum that demonstrates the continued vitality of the print medium. The entire gallery becomes a reference l...
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Rain in LA

El Niño may relieve the California drought but, in the meantime, Angelenos can enjoy a downpour without getting wet. Rain Room is an installation at LACMA by the London-based artist collective Random...
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Prouvé Refined

The recently expanded Vitra showroom in Culver City is presenting Prouvé RAW, a special edition of the French master’s office furniture produced as a joint venture between Vitra and the Dutch j...
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Strategies for Shelter in L.A.

By Michael Webb Shelter is as basic a human need as food and sleep, so the A+D Museum could not have chosen a more important theme with which to launch its new space in downtown L.A. It’s a sub...
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We Can Build: Re-Envisioning Rosie

On May 21, 2015, a new photographic exhibition titled Women Can Build will open at Union Station in Los Angeles. But this project isn’t just another art exhibit. The exhibit, put on by the Jobs...
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Reconceiving Antiquity

SCI-Arc hosts the liveliest program of architectural installations in LA, and featured many of them in a book a couple of years back. The current offering is Hypostyle, a student-built creation by He...
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The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl

For the Japanese, the tea ceremony is an ancient ritual that brings people together in a shared experience–aesthetic, spiritual and social. At the heart of that ceremony is the tea bowl, and no...
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Palm Springs’ Architectural Showcase

Palm Springs is celebrating Modernism Week, February 12-22, and one of this year’s highlights is the new Architecture and Design Center, a satellite of the Art Museum. It occupies a former bank...