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The traditionally staid American Academy of Arts and Letters is both charmed and flummoxed by Bob Dylan. The academy announced Wednesday that it voted the musician into its ranks -- its first rock musician ever. But he will be an honorary member: Not...
Tags: Literature, John Updike, Bob Dylan, Neil LaBute, Elections
Madrid is a city of contrasts: It’s a graceful lady with a wild party side. It wakes up early and stays out late. It’s modern and European, but also timeless and Spanish. So our list of must-sees includes not just the most famous spots (though...
Tags: Spain, Madrid (Spain), Travel, Europe, Human Interest
Rhode Island design college's turmoil echoes 2008 upheaval at Pasadena's Art Center College of DesignCulture MonsterA Boston Globe article about recent turbulence at the Rhode Island School of Design brings to mind similarities between that school's controversies and conflict a year earlier at its Southern California peer, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,....
Architecture Critic"(500) Days of Summer" is a movie about obsessions -- gentle, often charming and non-stalkerish obsessions, for the most part, but obsessions all the same. Chief among them -- after romantic love, the subject that stands always at the heart of the story,...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOut with the old, in with the new. So it may well be at the Prado Museum in Madrid. The 18th century museum will get a 21st century update Oct. 30, when a $211-million extension will be inaugurated. The 167,023-square-foot wing, designed by Spanish...
King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will formally unveil the new modernist extension designed by architect Rafael Moneo on Oct. 30 with the first show -- "Modern Masters: The Prado's 19th-Century Masters" -- opening the next...
The woman playing the world's most famous woman was fondly remembering Christmases past in Los Angeles. When she was a child, Suzanna Guzmán recalled, the windows of Bullock's and other now-defunct department stores dripped with seasonal decor, and the...
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Times Staff WriterVISITORS to the Canary Islands come here with one thing in mind: the beach. It's especially attractive to Europeans in winter, when you need a coat even on the Mediterranean. These cold-weather refugees generally head straight for resorts on the sunny...
Tags: National Parks, Crimes, British Airways Plc, Death, England
Times Staff WriterONE morning three months ago, Italian architect Renzo Piano met with a handful of LACMA trustees in one of the museum's conference rooms. After a few minutes of small talk, Piano motioned the group over to a large table and picked up a stack of cards...
Tags: Death, Automotive Equipment, Book, Renzo Piano, Walt Disney
Spain, less burdened by the weight of history than many of its European neighbors, is now one of the best places in the world to see contemporary architecture. Besides Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which draws about a million visitors a year...
Architecture CriticAt the new arts high school downtown, it has become nearly impossible to separate the substance of the architecture, by Wolf D. Prix and the Austrian firm Coop Himmelblau, from debates over cost overruns or questions about who will attend the campus...
Painters such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró and architects such as Antonio Gaudí have given this city a reputation as a center of European art. Less known is its role as a musical metropolis. But Barcelona, the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia,...
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