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ART IN 5
James Turrell

 

Akhob 2013, Louis Vuitton, Las Vegas

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for another installment of my new column “Art in 5″ on La Dolce Vita, and today I’m highlighting one of my favorite installation artists, James Turrell. He is the focus of a retrospective on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and I cannot wait to go. His work with color, light, and spatial illusions is an experience you should take full advantage of if you can! Until then, read up on James Turrell over on La Dolce Vita today, or catch up on the last three installments…

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GIVEAWAY!
Fashion Illustration by Anum Tariq

Happy TGIF! I’m so honored to offer a giveaway for a fashion illustration by up-and-coming talent Anum Tariq! She graciously offered me a print to add to my own gallery wall, and I’d love to give you one of your very own! You could win one of these beauts…

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NEON SIGN TYPE
& the Queen, Tracey Emin

EM Design Interiors

I’ve always had a soft spot for a little creative neon sign typography, so it’s no wonder that I’m still kicking myself that I did not make it to Tracey Emin’s first U.S. show at MOCA North Miami during Art Basel…ugh! You may recognize Emin’s work as the neon handwritten type signs…they’re honest, full of feeling, fleeting and often humorous declarations, yet in a brightly lit permanent medium, they command your attention. They add an edge and chicness to a room, especially when incorporated into an interior where you’d least expect it. If given the opportunity to light up a thought, what would you so boldly declare? Where would you display it?

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ART IN 5
Julius Shulman

For my third “Art in 5″ installment on La Dolce Vita, I’m showcasing famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman. I had the amazing opportunity to visit with him at his home in Hollywood Hills a few years before his death, and it was an afternoon I’ll never forget. One of my favorite parts of the day was when he revealed a few secrets about two of his most well-known photographs, “Case Study House #22″ (above) and “Kaufmann House Palm Springs.” Go check it out (10am PST) and be in the know too!

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
at the Bowers Museum

Last week I had the honor of attending a private gallery tour and dinner at the Bowers Museum here in Orange County to view A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels. The exhibit details the rich history of the brand over a span of 100 years, as well as the innovation and artistry behind both their iconic and never before seen pieces. Not only is it a rare treat to view exquisite pieces that have adorned famous women in history like Liz Taylor and Maria Callas, but also on view is Princess Grace of Monaco’s collection loaned by the royal family for this exhibit. The entire experience is a delight in deco detailing and truly inventive craftsmanship…

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ART IN 5
Auguste Rodin

Rodin’s “Danaïd” 1885

I’ve got my second installment up of “Art in 5″ on sculptor Auguste Rodin on La Dolce Vita! I hope you’ll check it out and learn something new about an artist you most likely only associate with his most famous work, “The Thinker.” But for me, I’m in love with his pieces that celebrate the female form and incite emotion through it, such as the beautiful creation above. Click over to see and learn more! And as always, let me know what you think!

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ART IN 5
Ellsworth Kelly
(New Column!)

“Study for ‘Combe II’” 1950, cut and pasted colored paper and pencil, Ellsworth Kelly

I’m off to Art Basel Miami tomorrow (hurrah!) so I thought this would be a perfect time to try out a new column: “Art in 5″! I’ve been writing “Design Under the Influence” on La Dolce Vita for a few years, and after 30 installments, I wanted to continue to bring something unique and useful to my and Paloma’s readers. Utilizing my Art History degree, I’ll be covering an art period or artist every month, with five quick bits on a “cheat sheet” of sorts you can easily pin, reference, save, etc.! First up, Ellsworth Kelly

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TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK
A Sign of Your Time?

I busted out an old travel sketchbook recently and sighed audibly as I relived those moments in time when I sat, stared, sketched, and took it all in. But then I quickly realized: oh dear, these sketches are over 10 years old! That’s a problem. I’m not sure why my travel in the past decade has prevented me from keeping up my sketchbook — am I too much on the go? Do I try to squeeze too much in? Am I traveling to the wrong types of places? Or is it more of a sign of the times (ahem, Instagram)? Regardless, I promised myself, I resolve to do at least one sketch per trip for the next year…

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D.I.Y.
Spotted Canvas

Here’s a fun, cheap and easy project for your weekend: a black and white spotted canvas. I recently did one up to add to my gallery wall, and it was so simple I had to share…

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BLOGGER LOVES
Erika’s Picks for Adore Home!

I’m soooo excited today because later this afternoon the California edition of Adore Home will go live! Not only is my home featured (18 pages – eek!) but I also got to pick some of my fave products right now. You’ll have to wait and shop the issue, but until then, here’s a sneak peek of the L.A. vibe I’m currently digging…

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