Archive for July, 2011

Tim Burton Exhibit @ LACMA

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Critically adored – and panned – Tim Burton’s exhibition at LACMA is a retrospective featuring 700+ drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, costumes, puppets and movie props from his days working as an animator at Disney to more modern fare. Running through October 31st, the display gives a glimpse into the artist’s mind – from the isolation he felt as a youth growing up in Burbank, his appreciation of gothic artistry and his fascination with Edward Gorey. Though you may have to navigate through large crowds, fans of his work will delight in seeing the pieces up-close and in person at LACMA.

Opuzen Fabrics Featured in July’s Architectural Digest

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Interior Designer Waldo Fernandez worked closely with Elizabeth Taylor to create a home that was cozy and comforting; a place where she could step away from the fame and flashbulbs that come with the territory of being a Hollywood legend.  A little over a year before her death, the close friends re-envisioned the home in soft blues and lavenders, colors that echoed Taylors eyes.  Check out the images below to see the Opuzen mohair fabric Fernandez chose to adorn Taylor’s sofas.  More images of Opuzen fabrics are available at

Texas’s Best Kept Secret

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Before the 1970’s Marfa, Texas was probably best known for the scenic landscapes which were featured in the 1956 Warner Bros. film “Giant”.  But that all changed when artist Donald Judd took a liking to the small town and began permanently installing his minimalist art.  Judd believed that an artists’ intent is to showcase their work on a permanent basis, and he set out to acquire spaces where large collections could find a final venue.

Judd in the early 90’s

Today, Marfa still retains its’ small-town charm but has also turned into an artists’ enclave.  Supported by the Chianti Foundation and the Judd Foundation who combine their efforts to host an annual Open House where artists, collectors and art enthusiasts come from around the world to check out Marfa’s art scene.  In 2000, The Lannan Foundation established a writers-in-residence program and Ballroom Marfa is a multi-functional art space that tends to feature up-and -comers and can host various forms of performance art.  Hopefully the charm of Marfa will remain the same now that the secret is out.

Outfest 2011

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The 29th Gay & Lesbian Film Festival begins tomorrow, Thursday, July 7th and will run until Sunday, July 17th.  164 films and videos will be featured in 7 different venues across Los Angeles.  Click the link below to get information on everything OUTFEST!