Photo: David Hockney (Avishay Artsy)
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There are widespread tensions surrounding the runaway construction of large-scale residential developments in Los Angeles, many marketed as luxury projects. Many are built after developers receive zoning variances and planning amendments, a process critics describe as "spot zoning." Now the Mayor's office is vowing to revise the city's 35 community plans in the next decade. Will this be enough to stop a proposed moratorium on some development?
Walk into the Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown and you'll see a large painting of the Paul Smith store on Melrose Avenue. The vivid pink box of a building fills the canvas, except that out front there's an unexpected sight: a leaf blower. His face is not distinct but the figure appears to be a Latino gardener, one of thousands, who dot the landscapes of Los Angeles. The painting is by the 29-year-old artist Ramiro Gomez, whose work strives to bring to the foreground the laborers who make possible the comfortable, manicured lives of more affluent Angelenos.
At 78, David Hockney just keeps on working. We visited him in his studio in the Hollywood Hills and found the walls hung with row after row of portraits -- all part of a project called "82 Portraits And 1 Still Life" that will be a book and an exhibition this summer at the Royal Academy in London. He's also working on another book, A History of Pictures, and he has surveys of his work opening in the next year in London and Melbourne. And, a film about his life, called simply "Hockney," directed by Randall Wright, opens this weekend in LA. We hear about his many passions, including LA, art and art history, and smoking.
David Hockney, painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer
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