February 2012

Culture(d)—February 2012

edited by MAYER RUS


Over the past decade, the deliciously eccentric designs of John Dickinson have become increasingly desirable (read: pricey) on the auction circuit. Now, 30 years after the death of the great San Francisco designer, Sutherland is reintroducing his plaster Hoofed Table and other fancy-footed creations in fiberglass-reinforced concrete. Cast from Dickinson’s original molds, the estate-authorized reproductions are sturdy enough for outdoor use. “John’s work has always been a favorite among the design cognoscenti, but a lot of people today are connecting to the beauty and whimsy of his designs,” says David Sutherland. Feets, don't fail me now. sutherlandfurniture.com.


Tired of inscrutable, high-concept contemporary art? Take a dip into old-fashioned abstract gorgeousness at the Orange County Museum of Art’s retrospective of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series. Covering roughly two decades, the exhibition contains approximately 80 paintings, prints, drawings and collages, beginning back in 1967, when the artist returned to abstraction. Ahoy! Feb. 26–May 27, ocma.net.


For his premier Los Angeles solo show, Berlin-based, Singapore-born Ming Wong sets his sights on Roman Polanski’s 1974 classic film, Chinatown, with an exhibition of new videos and sculptures in which Wong himself plays the roles of Jake Gittes and Evelyn Mulwray. Shot on location at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Making Chinatown comes on the heels of earlier projects in which the multimedia artist explored the visual styles of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai and other auteurs. Just the right art-world fare for Oscar season. Through April 1, redcat.org.


Anyone searching for inspiration in the garden should check out Charlotte Frieze’s Private Paradise (Monacelli), a dazzling compendium of American designs with a contemporary sensibility in both concept and execution. Unexpected nontraditional materials such as glass and Corten steel spring to life in stunning oases marrying crisp geometry and organic exuberance. Frieze, the longtime garden editor of House & Garden, approaches her subject with a scholarly voice and the credentials of a licensed landscape architect. She’s the perfect cicerone for a journey through the best of garden design.

Ocean Pictures: Courtesy Estate of Richard Diebenkorn
My Sister, My Daughter: Ming Wong, Making Chinatown (study), 2011
Ex Libris: Courtesy Monacelli Press