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A walk through abstract expressionism

A walk through abstract expressionism

Basic principles Abstract expressionist painter and arts teacher Dael Patton by Bondo Wyszpolski And so let us begin, in medias res, with Adolph Gottlieb coming out from New York and teaching a graduate art class at UCLA. Gottlieb (1903-1974) is still hailed as one of the masters of abstract expressionism, and one of his students […]

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Frank LaMantia: In realms of color

Frank LaMantia: In realms of color

All the colors of the rainbow The illuminating art of Frank LaMantia by Bondo Wyszpolski For some time now, usually when least expecting it, I’d come across an image that simply popped from the page. It took a while to figure out that Frank LaMantia was the artist behind these works, which in most cases […]

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The seascape art of Stephen Mirich

The seascape art of Stephen Mirich

Living and painting down by the sea The shoreline is in the very blood of Stephen Mirich by Bondo Wyszpolski Stephen Mirich is a prominent member of the Portuguese Bend Artists Colony, whose primary focus has been landscapes and seascapes. He’s also been a local resident his entire life, born in San Pedro in 1954, […]

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Lucy Bradanovic Agid, sculptor

Lucy Bradanovic Agid, sculptor

A life carved in stone Ninety years with sculptor Lucy Bradanovic Agid by Bondo Wyszpolski Let’s look at her art first, shall we? because it takes only a glance to see the artistry in the marble and bronze sculptures and statuettes created by Lucy Agid. They are not excessively large, we’re not talking Michelangelo’s “Pietà” […]

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Dylanfest 30: Live-streaming this weekend

Dylanfest 30: Live-streaming this weekend

Come rain or shine or virus, Dylanfest is here Live-streamed Friday through Sunday by Bondo Wyszpolski This year’s Dylanfest, presented by the South Bay music duo Andy and Renee, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The live concert was scheduled for May 30. Not surprisingly, some changes were made, but it all comes down to this: […]

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Squealer! 40 years later, will he be redeemed?

Squealer! 40 years later, will he be redeemed?

Trouble in the Magic Kingdom Redemption after 40 years by Bondo Wyszpolski Author’s note: Nearly everything written these past two or three months has had some connection with COVID-19. While that may define the times, it doesn’t define us. I thought back a few weeks to when I referenced Bocaccio’s “Decameron,” that treasure trove of […]

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Making art? Of course they are!

Making art? Of course they are!

In their burrows, but they aren’t asleep! An interruption or two, but then artmaking marches on by Bondo Wyszpolski When I wrote about our local theaters last week, I was taken by what Gia Jordahl told me, that The Torrance Theatre Company regarded our current health crisis as “the great intermission.” Not being able to […]

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Intermission: 20 minutes? or 20 months?

Intermission: 20 minutes? or 20 months?

Life during “the great intermission” Hold that pose: local theater companies on standby by Bondo Wyszpolski The usual theater intermission is about 20 minutes, but what if it’s 20 months? Let’s hope it’s not that long until we can step back into our favorite theater. In the meantime, here’s what some of the area venues […]

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Art is also highly contagious!

Art is also highly contagious!

Creativity is also contagious Artists responding to the times we’re living through by Bondo Wyszpolski As each week passes, our resolve takes a hit or perhaps hardens, and an ongoing chronicle of our time resides in the thoughts and ideas and imagery created by our visual artists. So, with a nod to our future historians, […]

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Isolation Row: Artists alone

Isolation Row: Artists alone

For each artist, new challenges and opportunities At home alone: another sequel by Bondo Wyszpolski Times like these are good for storytellers. In the old days we’d gather around campfires; today we gather around the big screen TV. Last week I referenced Boccaccio’s “Decameron,” that classic compendium of tales, 10 of them each by 10 […]

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As in Florence, so in Torrance

As in Florence, so in Torrance

There’s light in the tunnel An ongoing visual journal of the plague year by Bondo Wyszpolski When the plague ravaged Florence in 1348, three men and seven women retired to the hills above the city to wait out the pestilence, and to pass the time they told one another stories. That’s the premise of Boccacio’s […]

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Artists in their studios… A time for new ideas

Artists in their studios… A time for new ideas

In the studio, and busier than ever When art calls, no one sleeps on the job by Bondo Wyszpolski We’ve been keeping in touch with most of the local galleries, but what are the artists themselves up to, at least those in good health and with time on their hands? Well, most of them are […]

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Even closed, galleries remain busy

Even closed, galleries remain busy

Behind the closures, they’re keeping busy An update on galleries in the South Bay by Bondo Wyszpolski Although the major museums are closed for an indefinite period of time, and art galleries as well, a few of the latter, because of their small size, are still allowing in the occasional visitor, although pretty much by […]

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Galleries go dark; art stays lit

Galleries go dark; art stays lit

Finding light in dark times Local art galleries: postponements, and viable alternatives to showing their art by Bondo Wyszpolski Almost all local galleries are closed or closing temporarily, but what do the gallery owners have in mind during the meantime? Receptions have been cancelled, and some exhibitions that have been scheduled may never open. We’ve […]

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South Bay arts calendar 3/13 – 3/18

South Bay arts calendar 3/13 – 3/18

UPDATE: many of the events listed below have been cancelled (the performances at El Camino College, for example) and so if you are or were planning to attend any of them you should first verify with the organization or event coordinators. Thank you. Friday, March 13 He’s a pinball wizard Postponed: The musical “Tommy,” based […]

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