October 2010

Culture(d)—October 2010

edited by MAYER RUS

otto natzler, ceramicPhoto coutesy of Los Angeles Modern Auctions


Over two decades, Los Angeles Modern Auctions has carved a niche in international design circles by championing California modernism, casting a light on overlooked virtuosos and getting world-record prices for work by Sam Maloof and Frederick Kiesler. On October 17, directors Peter and Shannon Loughrey celebrate LAMA’s 50th auction with a sale of fine art and design by a typically eccentric roster that includes Ed Ruscha, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gertrud and Otto Natzler (above) and John McLaughlin. 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys, 323-904-1950, lamodern.com.


As hordes of culture vultures descend on Renzo Piano’s Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, be sure not to miss William Eggleston: Democratic Camera—Photographs and Video, 1961-2008. The show (Oct. 31–Jan. 16) spans the photographer’s oeuvre, including his seminal 1970s dye transfer prints, which were shown at the Museum of Modern Art’s first solo exhibition of color photography. If LACMA puts you in the mood for acquisition, hop across the street to Edward Cella Art+Architecture for a show of vintage Eggleston prints (Oct. 28–Dec. 23). LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323-857-6000, lacma.org; Edward Cella, 6018 Wilshire Blvd., 323-525-0053, edwardcella.com.

Catherine Opie; courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles


The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University is feting the late photographer’s 100th annum with Image.Architecture.Now, a show curated by Audrey Landreth that pairs Shulman’s iconic pictures with contemporary work by Catherine Opie (above), Jason Schmidt and others. A symposium moderated by architect Neil Denari and historian Kazys Varnelis rounds out the day. Oct. 9. Exhibition: free; symposium: $15. 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, 818-394-3360, woodbury.edu


Bloom’s Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide (Abrams) is a must-have for all doper cineastes. In addition to entries on more than 420 films, the guide includes sidebars such as “D.I.Y. Inventions by Clever Movie Stoners” (Brad Pitt’s honey-bear bong in True Romance, below, and the shofar pipe from Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and “Stony Tips” by Snoop Dogg. Toke ’em if you got ’em. $18.95.