Creative Resistance: How LA Artists Are Hijacking Election Discourse

  by Hannah Deitch, Stefanie De Leon Tzic, Brian Marks, and Ethan Varian In the absence of election-year artwork as ubiquitous as Shepard Fairey’s 2008 “Hope” poster, political memes have become dominant images this political season. But that doesn’t mean the art world has been silent. Activist street artists have been especially busy creating some of the presidential campaign’s most provocative…

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The Art of Special Effects: How three generations do that “real” blood thing

 At first glance, films “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Gremlins” and “The Terminator” have little in common. Gutsy kids in love,  demon fluff balls and, then, there’s the muscular cyborg, Arnold Schwarzenegger. But scrutinize the credits (push that pause) and you’ll find that the same people created the visual effects in all three. Gene Warren Jr. and Gene Warren…

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Gemini GEL: 50 Years and Counting

Gemini GEL, Graphic Editions Limited, has been contributing to the cultural fabric of American Contemporary Art for over 50 years. As they celebrate this milestone anniversary, Donna Granata takes us behind the scenes to look at what makes Gemini one of the most celebrated fine art publishers in the world.

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LA Graffiti: A Tagger in Training

Most Sundays, the graffiti writer who goes by the moniker SCENT is out walking the industrial areas of Los Angeles. He’s a photographer or a flicker as it’s called by the graffiti community. Patrolling alleyways, pushing aside garbage, dodging excrement, obsessively photographing tags, he’s trying figuring out how he can be a better tagger. Just how high you can…

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