Culture: High & Low With Carolina A. Miranda
Partying with the Germs and drinking with X: A new book about Slash magazine captures L.A.'s early punk scene

It all began as an art project.

It was the mid-1970s and Los Angeles was cheap and stuffed with artists.  Melanie Nissen was an amateur photographer managing a bookstore in Palos Verdes.

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A triumphal arch for the age of Amazon: Michael Parker's cardboard monument in San Pedro

In ancient Rome, important military victories were often commemorated with a triumphal arch — often a standalone structure that was wide enough and grand enough to allow a procession of soldiers to march through.

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New grants in honor of the late painter Davyd Whaley will go to midcareer artists

A new foundation established in honor of Los Angeles painter Davyd Whaley, who died two years ago at age 47, will launch a special grant program to support midcareer artists in the greater Los Angeles area.

Starting in early 2017, the Davyd Whaley Foundation will award a pair of $10,000 artist grants once a year: One for under-recognized midcareer artists; the other, for artists who are also teachers.

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Sand Fire's ghostly pall over L.A. County Museum of Art evokes seminal Ed Ruscha painting on Instagram
An artist's imposing new monument at Echo Park Lake honors Angelenos killed in violent crimes

The area around Echo Park Lake is known for its iconic sites. There is the lake itself, its exuberant fountain and the Art Deco statue on the north end that’s informally known as “The Lady of the Lake.”

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Roundup: Possible discord at Jeff Koons' studio, Luis Barragán becomes a diamond, Dede Wilsey leaves Bay Area museums

A prominent board member departs the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Allegations of labor tumult in the studio of Jeff Koons. An artist has transformed architect Luis Barragán into a precious stone — literally. Plus: Museum expansionism in the age of uncertainty, the Hammer Museum’s digital M&Ms and more troubles for London’s Garden Bridge.

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