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Book Reviews: Swiss Graphic Design

Michael Webb 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design. Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. Lars Müller Publishers.  €55. Over the past century, Swiss designers have excelled in the graphic arts, creating memorabl...
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Book Review: Architectural Character

By Michael Webb Nairn’s London. Ian Nairn. Penguin Classics, £9.99. There never was and probably never will be another architectural critic as impassioned, omnivorous, and outspoken as Ian Nair...
LACMA hosts Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, which showcases battle gear for high-ranking warriors from the 14th through the 19th centuries. Image courtesy LACMA.

Exhibition Review: Armor as Art Work

By Michael Webb Does everyone realize what a treasure LACMA is, and how far it has come in its 50 years as a stand-alone art museum? An encyclopedic, constantly growing collection is augmented by loa...
Floretine architect Andrea Ponsi's sketches are featured at an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles. Image courtesy Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.

Exhibitions: Florentine Sketchbook

By Michael Webb For centuries, architects sketched their work and recorded their impressions of the places they visited, and the Beaux Arts curriculum was based on a mastery of drawing. Software and ...