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Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art

Consensus says Paul Rand (1914-1996) is one of America’s, if not the world’s, most important graphic designers. He famously developed posters, corporate identities, and logos for the likes of IBM, UPS, and ABC. He also taught at Yale for 30 years. The good people at Princeton Architectural Press have just published this new edition of Rand’s critically-acclaimed, and long out-of-print hardcover monograph, which is the best account of his important work. A Designer’s Art includes two hundred illustrations, twenty-seven essays, and a new afterword by Steven Heller. [Read More]

Another One Bites The Dust

Here’s a recent article by Brian Addison for Longbeachize, about another great mural in Long Beach getting buffed out. Since I’ve helped manage the POW! WOW! LONG BEACH art festival for the last two years, several people have contacted me to ask for more details. I should clarify that this is not in fact a POW! WOW! LONG BEACH mural, but a collaboration between POW! WOW!’s founder, artist Jasper Wong, and Microsoft. That said, I really loved the mural, and ArtX’s stated reasoning for buffing it out doesn’t quite gel with me. On the other hand, it’s their wall, and (I assume) they can do whatever they want with it, legally speaking. If we penalize property owners for buffing out murals, then less and less property owners are likely going to generously donate their walls to the cause of public art.

Worst

Awesome Los Angeles-based artist Benjie Escobar unveils a new body of work at Espacio 1839 in Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights this evening! It’s from 8pm to 11pm.

RKP Vs. Too Short’s Boombox

Last week, I was lucky enough to drop in on Los Angeles artist Reef Kills Pop who was just finishing up his latest installation – at an undisclosed location in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The space belongs to famous Bay Area rap icon Too $hort and it serves as a recording studio, complete with a soundproof booth in one corner. Reef hit everything except the carpets and it looks amazing.

Homes for Hope

I was tempted to post about Super Bowl ads or some recent political shenanigans, but instead I’ve opted for a great real-world solution to a huge problem in Los Angeles (and many cities around the world): homelessness. This article from Co.Exist highlights the MADWORKSHOP x USC School of Architecture project, Homes for Hope, which aims to fight homelessness here in LA with well-designed $25K living pods (modular, portable, single unit-occupancy housing units).

Tigers On Tujunga

The latest video from Los Angeles-based producer/musician Bei Ru is just out. His intricately layered song delivers an interesting and somewhat surreal video shot in and around Los Angeles. Shot by Postas (@itsPostas) / Edited by Paisley Zerr & Jesse Dvorak / Wardrobe styled by Moneeekah / Cast: Christine Garibian, ReefKills, Stuntman, Ervin, Lilly Breeze, Remind. The whole LA Zooo album is great.

TSOTW: LA Zooo

The merch that accompanied Bei Ru‘s latest album LA Zooo is just outstanding – I love how it subversively plays on the theme of Zoo Staff gear gone bad. Look closely, the penguin’s got a switchblade. Watch your pockets! Available in Bei Ru’s online store and also via my friends at Hutch LA.

Ahimsa

A new print by Los Angeles artist CRYPTIK drops today, and it’s for a good cause too. The prints are 14 x 19″ and feature some impressive embossed gold foil stamping. The artwork features the green sea turtle, classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Proceeds benefit the Pangea Seed Foundation.