7674 Woodrow Wilson Dr, Hollywood Hills, 90046
3BD / 3BA
Richard Dorman, F.A.I.A., et al. Renard Residence, 2003.
The Renard Residence follows the Eastern Tradition of living within nature not apart.
For a decade, while traveling to perform in concerts, Moby was looking for a new place to call home. His longtime city of choice, New York, had become so gentrified and expensive that artists — his spiritual kin — were being driven out.
“I was looking for a city that was warm in the winter, had access to nature and was primarily filled with weird artists,” Moby says, seated in the guest house of his Beachwood Canyon estate. “Honestly, this is the only place that satisfied all the criteria.”
A wonder of Curved space, Marvel at how lines bend, edges arc and shapes bow in the hands of Alexander Calder at a beautiful exhibition of his mobiles and other works.
This exhibit is being featured at LACMA’s Resnick Pavillion now through July 27, 2014.
If you like Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, you’ll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder. And vice versa.
As an artist Calder certainly wasn’t in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the 20th century, he died at 78 in 1976.) In fact, one frequent knock on him was the claim that, while charmingly whimsical, his sculpture is physically, emotionally and intellectually lightweight.
After all, this is the guy who built an entire miniature circus out of cardboard, some buttons and a bunch of twisted wire. He dropped humble metals for high-end silver and gold in order to craft bracelets, necklaces and brooches. And in the 1930s he hit his stride with the development of the mobile — suspended kinetic sculptures that drift on currents of air — eventually inspiring an entire commercial industry for the gurgling amusement of infants.
How could any of that be as serious as a modern theorem that revolutionized, well, just about everything — from the old philosophical belief in the possibility of absolute truth to conventional weaponry, which morphed into the apocalyptic power of the atom bomb?
‘Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic’
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
When: Through July 27. Closed Wednesdays.
Contact: (323) 857-6000, http://www.lacma.org
Story Courtesy of Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
December 17, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
2020 Cummings Dr, Los Feliz, CA 90027
5BD / 3.5BA
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the oldest estate in Los Feliz, the Cummings Estate, 1905.
Located deep within gated Laughlin Park, this historic estate has it all: security; celebrity-seclusion; 360-degree views; mature grounds; sunny exposure.
11051 Wrightwood Ln, Studio City, CA 91604
The Thies Residence, an exemplary Mid century Modern architectural home from Carl Maston, award winning graduate of the USC school of architecture and it’s located in Studio City.
Modernist lines abound throughout this home evidenced by folded plate ceiling details to the endless rows of floor to ceiling glass windows.
KEM WEBER, 1889 – 1963, was born in Berlin, Germany, a furniture- and industrial designer, an architect, art director and teacher. Going by his first name KEM is the short for his full name KARL EMANUEL MARTIN.
Before he enrolled at the school of decorative arts in berlin in 1908, where he studied with BRUNO PAUL, he was trained as a cabinet maker. Already in 1910 he became involved in the construction of the german pavilion at the the brussels world fair. After graduating in 1912 kem worked for the german government on a display for the San Francisco PANAMA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION in 1915.
To supervise the project he was sent to san francisco and was stranded there after WW1 ( 1914 – 1918 ) erupted. While teaching in Santa Barbara, California, Kem opened his own design studio, became a U.S.citizen in 1924, and headed to L.A. as an art director for Barker Bros. furniture.
From 1927 on, he also designed modern sets for Hollywood movies and private residences in his own studio. In 1934 his AIRLINE CHAIR became famous.
Architect Frank Gehry discusses his architectural training, working for William Pereira, and how the experimental art scene of Los Angeles in the 1960s and ’70s sparked his creativity. He also reflects on the unusual design of his personal residence in Santa Monica.
Special thanks to: Frank Gehry and Joyce Shin, Gehry Partners, LLP; Ethel Pattison, the Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California; Dana Smith, Johnson Fain; Julian Wasser; Gemini G.E.L.; Tim Street-Porter.
To see video click here: Frank Gehry
Photographs: Courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP; LAX Photo Archives at the Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California; Courtesy of Johnson Fain; Courtesy and © Julian Wasser; Larry Bell Studio; Joe Goode Studio; Courtesy Ed Moses and Frank Gehry; Charles Brittin Papers, courtesy of the Getty Research Institute, © J. Paul Getty Trust; Courtesy Billy Al Bengston; Courtesy Sidney Felsen and Stanley Grinstein; © and courtesy Tim Street-Porter.
© J. Paul Getty Trust
This video is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a Getty initiative that brings together local cultural institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of Los Angeles, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing global impact in new ways.
Learn more about the exhibition, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990, co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum.http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/…
3056 Landa Street, Echo Park, CA 90039
2BD / 2BA
The Austrian Spencer House in Echo Park by Mid Century Modern pioneer Raphael Soriano is one of the last remaining homes built by the legendary architect.
Together with Nuetra, Schindler and Koenig, Soriano helped to define mid century modern architecture.