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Culture MonsterGoogle celebrated the work of artist and social activist Diego Rivera Thursday morning with a doodle of a mural replicating Diego’s distinct aesthetic, capturing his many depictions of industrialism and every day life in Mexico....
Culture MonsterDavid Alfaro Siqueiros (on July 31), Diego Rivera (Aug. 7) and Jose Clemente Orozco (Aug. 14) are topics of Gregorio Luke's mural series....
Art review: 'Siqueiros: Landscape Painter' at Museum of Latin American Art and 'Siqueiros in L.A.: Censorship Defied' at Autry National CenterCulture MonsterIn all of 20th-century art there may be no more tangled a tale, however well-known the individual artists are, than the Mexican mural movement. Partly that's because the painters hitched their aesthetic wagons to a revolutionary era, which is by......
Championing reviews this week: Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; China and the U.S. economy; J.M. Barrie and moreJacket CopyIt is, reviewer David Davis writes, nearly impossible to find two opposing superstars whose sports careers became as linked as Larry Bird's and Magic Johnson's. In 1979, when Bird was a college senior and Johnson a junior, they led their......
Jacket CopyIn London on Wednesday evening, American Barbara Kingsolver beat out homecountry favorite Hilary Mantel for the 15th Annual Orange Prize for fiction. Kingsolver's book "The Lacuna" was a surprise winner over Mantel's "Wolf Hall," which has taken many...
The Big PictureOf all the many spellbindingly jaw-droppingly dishy anecdotes in Peter Biskind's new Warren Beatty biography, "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," I was found myself especially astounded--in a "what would a therapist make of this" kind of way--by...
Culture MonsterThe ultimate anti-glamour pose and every publicist's nightmare, the celebrity mugshot is our TMZ culture's shortcut to collective schadenfreude. So long as stars continue to collide with the law, we'll have these unflattering images as fodder for easy...
Times Staff WriterAmong the dozens of spooky, iconic images made by Mexico's most spookily iconic artist, few pack more potent symbolism than the 1939 double self-portrait "The Two Fridas." On the right side of the large oil painting, Frida Kahlo depicted herself in...
On March 2, 1917 (according to the Julian calendar then in use in Russia), Czar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate his throne and, within a few months, Russia came under the control of the unstable provisional government of Alexander Kerensky. Kerensky...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHe was a celebrated painter and political agitator who put revolution before art. She was a twentysomething poet, dazzled by her charismatic suitor, David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the leading Mexican muralists who audaciously combined public art and...
'The Commissar Vanishes" is not your usual coffee-table book. Using photographs, it shows how Josef Stalin systematically erased memories of his chief political opponents from the history of the Russian revolution. In one photo, the dictator appears...
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