Shepard Fairey mural on building side in downtown LA

LA’s Arts District | Chock a Block

Just east of downtown Los Angeles, the sprawling warehouse area is gradually transitioning from industrial to trendy with increasing numbers of boutiques, galleries, lofts and the inevitable restaurants and coffee shops that follow. Perhaps no one block (okay – it’s really several but feels like one) epitomizes the changing nature of this area as much as East 3rd Street between Santa Fe and Traction where Hauser Wirth Schimmel just opened their arts complex in a former flour mill.   Continue reading “LA’s Arts District | Chock a Block”

Los Angeles | City of Contrasts

Mention Los Angeles to people and their reactions are as varied as the city’s neighborhoods.  To some, it is the incarnation of the American Dream –  the place where stars are born. Or, a sprawling car centric culture albeit one with panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. Lately, many think of the burgeoning arts scene and the remarkable culinary diversity  (no longer is the difference between LA and yogurt that [only] one has an active culture).  Continue reading “Los Angeles | City of Contrasts”

Takashi Murakami, The Broad, LA

LA’s Newest Museum – The Broad

Eli and Edye Broad’s museum is a great gift to the people of Los Angeles and all contemporary art lovers. The Broad was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and fits in well with its neighbors Walt Disney Hall, the Los Angeles Cathedral,  and MoCA among others.  It is possible to spend an entire day appreciating all that this small section of … Continue reading LA’s Newest Museum – The Broad