102 degrees and still, Downtown LA seduces me like melting butter on a steaming corn on a cob, to step out of the airconditioned office. For this heat-inspired challenge, I am rewarded with visions of public art and murals; history at the LA Times; Portobello fries and Burrata Pizza at Bottega Louie; discounts at the shops of LA Mart; and an ice cold drink at the Grand Central Market.
The Public Art in Palm Springs map lists 60, mostly large scale sculptures, scattered all over the city. There are more contemporary pieces not listed that I was able to photograph, and are worth checking out as well.
Unfortunately, I missed J.Seward Johnson‘s “Forever Marilyn”, who frequented Palm Springs during her short life. So instead, here’s a musical scene from the movie “Let’s Make Love”, starring Marilyn Monroe singing “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”.
Love has been used, reused and abused for the sake of art. It can be subtle, obvious or on your face. This “love” might be more expensive than a divorce settlement, can break a county museum’s budget or be at the subway station one morning and stolen that night. There are beautiful ways of showing love through art and I am sure each one of us have a favorite one hanging at a museum or your living room. There may be pieces less than $20 puchased under the Eiffel tower or priceless like Robert Indiana’s sculpture in NY.
Love for art is another story. But for this weeks challenge, Love is nothing but a word, a symbol, a theme, an interpretation or an act, for the purpose of producing art and making money. And for this I chose Damien Hirst’s piece showed at the recent LA Art Show. This one I believe is from his earlier show, In and Out of Love (Butterfly Paintings and Ashtrays). Damien Hirst, has recently been in the news for “killing” more than 9,000 butterflies for the sake of art.
Though the weather has been cold and wet, what a sweet week it is to be in LA. We had two great shows, Photo LA held in Santa Monica, CA and the LA Art Show in Downtown LA. The sweetness didn’t just stop with the great pieces of artworks but with all the desserts we have been served all throughout the week. Please indulge your senses and tastebuds and I hope you enjoy the show.
The highlight is a special presentation of Bill Eppridge’s photographs and the Emererging Focus Expo.
The floor at the LA Art Show was split into contemporary art and classic fine art, and I spent most of my time going through the 19th century woodblock prints and the enchanting art of Emile Kazaz.