Eddie Van Halen donates guitars to public schools
 

Eddie Van Halen

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Ben Harper takes on police shootings on latest album
 

Ben Harper

CNN Music & Art

 
Lissie’s “Daughters” brings clean water to women in developing nations
 

Lissie

CNN Music & Art

 

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Cities battle for $1.5b George Lucas art museum

Cities battle for $1.5b George Lucas art museum 

Los Angeles (CNN) The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, has decided that he wants to give a new home to one lucky city — and that is an offer to build a museum which will house his art collection. And in true Star Wars fashion — the proposed renderings of the $1.5 billion project […]

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MARIA ALTMANN

MARIA ALTMANN 

 Los Angeles, CA – June 2006 The smell of chicken dumpling soup wafts through Maria Altmann’s home. A collection of antique timepieces is illuminated behind a glass case in the living room. Old photos of friends and family seem to chronicle a great life. Wisdom exudes off the walls. Outside her redwood bungalow, blooming flowers […]

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LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI

LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI 

Not very sexy undergarments with phrases like “I Hate Men,” “I Am Gay,” and “I Am Not Gay” hang everywhere in Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s studio. The work is simple, yet visionary. It lambastes labels as ignorant and renders sexuality irrelevant. His pieces aren’t just outside the box; they blow the box to smithereens. The painted underwear […]

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WAYNE THIEBAUD

WAYNE THIEBAUD 

Wayne Thiebaud hates the word art. “It’s one of the dirtiest words in the English language,” he purges. “We all can say, ‘Oh yeah, that’s art. This is art.’ It’s a very abstract term that’s still developing. We’re still trying to find out what it is.” Art has an appetite that needs constant burping and […]

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Billy Al Bengston

Billy Al Bengston 

It’s hard to be misunderstood when an uncensored tongue wags like Billy Al Bengston’s. But the man and his legacy may be just that. His art isn’t fetching millions at auction, and his name doesn’t radiate in Hollywood neon like some others. It should, but all that glitz just makes him limp anyway. “I don’t […]

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ED RUSCHA

ED RUSCHA 

Ed Ruscha makes communication interesting. He’s a story teller who defies definition, giving words a life and language all their own. They are abstract forms that have bubbled, bled, crumpled and smoothed out again over the years. They’ve smelled like chocolate, been stained in blood and drawn in gunpowder. Ruscha is pop, conceptual, surreal and […]

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GUSTAVO RAMOS RIVERA

GUSTAVO RAMOS RIVERA 

His brush moves like a conductor’s bow. A stroke. Then a flick. Always smooth. Very personal. With two panels on the easel at once, the arrangement of this painterly musical can be complicated, but years of practice have worn nicely on his hands. As they move freely with confidence to an internal rhythm, a concerto […]

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Jack Swanson

Jack Swanson 

  Jack Swanson is living proof that horsing around can be the best kind of living. The self-described loner says horses are his life. He’s ridden them for as long as he can remember. Some he’s raced real fast. One even tied a world record; twice. He’s painted thousands of horses and today each piece […]

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TR Colletta

TR Colletta 

“It feels like I am in a movie about my life but I don’t have the lead…” a fascinating statement of clarity from TR Colletta – one that allows him to see abundant abstractions in every rigid reflection. He understands that the journey to his core is a compass-confusing maze. So rather than barreling through […]

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JOHN BALDESSARI

JOHN BALDESSARI 

John Baldessari is often irritated. He works in Los Angeles because it tends to piss him off. “It’s ugly here,” he says matter-of-factly. “It’s not a city – just an area with no real culture.” Add traffic congestion, noise and smog to its confusing identity and it’s easy to understand Baldessari’s angst. But being uncomfortable […]

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