A portrait of a child peers over the U.S.-Mexico border in new art installation The French artist JR is known for installing massive black and white portraits in controversial locations. He mounted faces of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders side-by-side on the wall separating Palestine from Israel. He pasted photos of citizens on the streets of Tunisia during the Arab Spring. On Wednesday, he went to the site of his newest installation: The wall between U.S. and Mexico.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."