Architecture and Design

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.46.16 AMChris Burden’s gigantic kinetic sculpture Metropolis II attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to LACMA each year. It attracts media attention. It also attracts dust. That’s where art conservator Alison Walker comes in. Gideon Brower reports.

A Charlie Kaufman retrospective, a show of songs and films by two bicyclists named Ben, a look-back at a historic dam building disaster, Laurie Lipton’s techno-Rococo in pencil, and Happy Birthday Marion! at the Annenberg Beach House — that’s all this week in design events.

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How often do you think, as an exhibition ends it run, oh, darn, I wish I’d seen that show?

We are here to help you avoid that feeling of regret, with this list of must-see shows, before they close in early January.

Also, where to party in style on New Year’s Eve, and chill out on New Year’s Day.

Blue is the world’s most popular color. But there was a time when it was expensive and hard to create for artists wishing to capture it in painting — until the discovery of synthetic blue.

That story and its effect on oil painting is the subject of “A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and Their Impact on French Artists, ” an exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, curated by John Griswold.

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Watch candy cane makers at work, skate under sun-kissed skies, walk under artful holiday lights and invest in local design talent. That’s all this week in design and architecture.

If you are in the Chicago area for the holidays, go check out the Chicago Architectural Biennial, the first of its kind for the city that loves its buildings.
Sponsored by BP, warmly promoted by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, CAB was curated by Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima and offers a look at nothing less than the “state of the art of architecture” at this point in the 21st century …

“The historic climate agreement adopted on Saturday in Paris breaks new ground. I got chills watching the room erupt in applause, hugs, and tears, as it was finalized . . . when I stood in Paris at City Hall with Mayor Garcetti and 445 other mayors on December 4 — a better, greener, future felt possible.”

DTLA holiday lights South Shore Drill Team in action,  looking south. Photo Credit- ©Andrew Bruah 2015, unnamed (1) Yellow Structure in Pershing Square, photo Avishay Artsy
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